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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

Cro Magnon Re:How online? (45 comments)

It's not even limited to the "developing world". My mom is totally offline; no computer, no internet, no cellphone. She does occasionally ask me to order something online that she heard about on the radio, but that's it. My GF isn't much better; she has an email, but doesn't use it much, and no facebook.

9 hours ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Cro Magnon Re:Are You Sure (435 comments)

Or, his SO talks to the DOG.

yesterday
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Cro Magnon Re:Pathetic (1064 comments)

To be fair, I have no problem with them burning down the McDonald's. Don't know about the pizza place, some of those are pretty crappy.

yesterday
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"Advanced Life Support" Ambulances May Lead To More Deaths

Cro Magnon Re:$1200+ for a 15 min trip! (110 comments)

The President himself sabotaged that possibility by accusing doctors of performing unnecessary amputations, which besides depicting surgeons as being suitable for the leading roles in either "Little Shop of Horrors" or "Sweeney Todd", is nonsensical because amputations actually are relatively inexpensive.

I dunno. I heard they cost an arm and a leg.

yesterday
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Cro Magnon Re:fight it out in court (474 comments)

Which is a strong argument for mandatory police cameras. Without the dashcam, it would have been the black guy's word against the cop's.

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Cro Magnon Re:Flawed, 'cos... (453 comments)

I'm in my 50s with no problems. But eventually it will be in issue. Hopefully not at 62 like the above poster, but what about 72. Or 82. Heck, I might still be alive at 92. At that point, I'd probably be ready for a self-driving car.

2 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Cro Magnon Re:Education versus racism (474 comments)

I agree with the first 3. The problem with #4 is, some people are MORE likely to act like idiots on camera.

2 days ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

Cro Magnon Re:How do you get good people to step up? (204 comments)

Also, in a random digression, I don't think a good technical boss necessarily HAS to be good technically. S/he just has to be able to listen effectively to the people who ARE good technically--which is something s/he should be doing even if s/he IS good technically. A boss who doesn't listen is in my opinion worse than a boss who is ignorant, knows it, and respects the experts s/he supervises.

--PeterM

A similar thought. Can a boss remain good technically? Most of my bosses used to be tech people, presumably reasonably good at their jobs. But when they got promoted to the big chair, they were kept busy with boss-stuff, and their tech-skills fell behind.

about two weeks ago
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Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

Cro Magnon Trust us (98 comments)

We promise, cross our hearts, not to abuse your privacy. And we don't need to put it in writing, because you know we're totally trustworthy. Honest!

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Cro Magnon Re:This is so stupid. (698 comments)

It's a common saying; when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Cro Magnon Re:Yeah, right... (459 comments)

No, but the history and experience of blacks in the US is very different from those other groups. When is the last time anyone moved to the other side of the street to avoid an Asian guy?

I expect the people who have been mugged by Asian gang bangers, or know people who have, will cross the street to avoid them.

about two weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Cro Magnon Re:25 years (187 comments)

I don't know much about my father's side of the family, but on my mom's side, one aunt passed just before 90, and the other is still alive at 95. Mom's "only" 80, but still going strong and kicking butt. I figure somewhere in the 80's is a good guess. I'm 54 now.

about two weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Cro Magnon Re:Need more options around 50 years (187 comments)

I'm already over 50. I might live another 50, but more likely not. 25 more years would have me nearing 80, and that seems realistic for me.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Cro Magnon Re:Distrust of the source (282 comments)

The problem is, just about everything that comes out of a politicians mouth IS a commercial.

about two weeks ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

Cro Magnon Re:Games do not make people violent (250 comments)

I've made the remark that the people who would snap playing video games should probably stay away from TV newscasts. Those can be pretty damn violent.

about two weeks ago
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Users Can't Distinguish Scams From Facebook's Features

Cro Magnon Re:The only way to win the game... (116 comments)

#1 & #2: I interact with most of my RL friends and family in person. Most of them aren't even ON FB, and the ones that are are more likely to phone or email.

#3: My GF isn't on FB. She has no interest in FB, and though she did make a comment when I admitted to "friending" a girl I knew in High School, she took my word that there hadn't been anything between us in years.

#4: That is the only reason I'm still on FB. My neighborhood crimewatch group is on FB, and it's the fastest way to keep up with who's been shot this week. I seldom leave the crimewatch page to go anywhere else on FB anymore.

about three weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Cro Magnon Re:Hey, MS, give them to people who will use them! (236 comments)

I have two concerns about the Surface Pro 3. The big one is price. Last I looked, it was still a pretty pricy machine. Also, I had the chance to play with the RT and the keyboard was total crap! Does the Pro 3 have a decent keyboard? It would need to be MUCH better than the RT one I tried.

about three weeks ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

Cro Magnon Am I the only one (131 comments)

who read the headline as "Shit Work Dulls Brain Performance"?

about three weeks ago

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Does anybody read these things?

Cro Magnon Cro Magnon writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Just wondering if there's any point in writing a journal here.

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