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Identity As the Great Enabler

Dragon Bait Re:nobody was in charge (58 comments)

In my opinion, healthcare.gov failed so miserably primarily because nobody at HHS was in charge of the project, ....

How many lines of legalize was the Affordable Care Act? Just translating the ACA into requirements would take longer than the time allotted to getting the web site up and working --- and then you need at least one individual who completely understands the sometimes conflicting requirements.

No. The web site was doomed before it even began.

3 days ago
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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

Dragon Bait Re:Technology might not help. (87 comments)

This is controversial but it should be said. but the biggest problem, religion, cant be solved with technology because religious zealots dont operate logically.

History doesn't bear this out. During the black plague in Europe, the Jews fared much better than others because of a ritual of cleanliness. Islam also has numerous cleansing/washing rituals. At best, lumping all religions together is ignorant.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

Dragon Bait Re:Divergence (154 comments)

...mice and rats diverged somewhere between 12 and 24 million years ago.

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What does this even mean?

Part of the problem is that we want clear and distinctive buckets (labels) to put things into: this a rat, this is a mouse, ... Evolution, slow, gradual changes over time, doesn't work that neatly. 12 to 24 million years ago there was some animal with some its descendants became today's rats and some other of its descendants became mice. That animal could interbreed with others of its kind. At some point its descendants branch that eventually became rats and its descendants branch that eventually mice could no longer interbreed. But it wasn't a "Gee, we could interbreed last night but not this morning" kind of deal.

about two weeks ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Dragon Bait Re: The amazing part (201 comments)

It's amazing I was wrong. Dammit! :)

It's amazing that someone admitted they were wrong. Consider +2 to your credibility.

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Dragon Bait Re:Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (376 comments)

...standard US foreign policy...

No, that level of insanity started with the Bushes.

I agree. We all hate the Bushes. But there's no reason to deny Viet Nam or Korea happened just because we hate the Bushes.

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Dragon Bait Re:WMDs? Chemical weapons? Wait, what? (376 comments)

Anyone who defines chemical weapons as "WMDs" is doing it wrong. Very wrong.

Thank you. For a moment there I was afraid we wouldn't be able to say that Bush lied.

about two weeks ago
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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

Dragon Bait Re:DESI Is the SUPREME RACE! (117 comments)

Most of them are buddhist, vegetarians or vegans.

Do you think buddhism is some kind of diet? Or should that have been a period after buddhist?

Do you think vegetarians is some kind of diet? Do you think vegans is some kind of diet? I suppose if you're a cannibal it could be, but I highly doubt that what GP meant.

about a month and a half ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Dragon Bait Re:What are the bounds of property? (166 comments)

Also, as far as I am aware, you are not allowed to have security cameras on your property that film parts of other's properties. Those laws should suffice, or at least be amended to include "roaming" cameras.

Be sure to check with your local laws. IANAL and I understand the law slightly differently --- which might be because we're in different localities (or because IANAL).

about a month and a half ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Dragon Bait Re:define "customer" (290 comments)

We are not customers, however I would argue that we are service providers. We provide service to Google's business by consuming advertising. As a service provider I also do not want my emails ignored.

If you're the service provider to Google then according to this ruling it is you that is not allowed to ignore e-mail from Google.

about a month and a half ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Dragon Bait Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

My initial perception was the same as your experience: that the black and Latino populations were solid blocs

I never said they were solid blocks. That one day --- when violence was threatened --- then they formed one solid block. During normal times they weren't.

That said, they form pretty solid voting blocks. Blacks have consistently voted 90% for Democrats since Johnson's Great Society.

about 2 months ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

Dragon Bait Re:zero privacy = full control (206 comments)

I'm just saying if we can embrace the positive parts of full transparency, that will be better than the fallacy of believing we can successfully safeguard our privacy.

You do realize that Roe v. Wade is based on privacy rights, don't you? If you get rid of privacy, including (or especially) medical privacy then you undermine the foundation of a woman's right to choose.

about 2 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Dragon Bait Re: yet if we did it (463 comments)

They ran off to enact laws allowing the police to arrest the other two groups based on their color.

[sarcasm]You're right. 8th graders tend to do that. [/sarcasm]

about 2 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Dragon Bait Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Or it could mean that white people benefited from better education and privilege, there-fore having less reason to riot over perceived ills and taking alternative means of remedying the situation.

Or there could be different cultures at work.

My junior high was 1/3 white, 1/3 Hispanic, and 1/3 black. In 8th grade, a white kid was beaten severely enough to be sent to the hospital by a group of Hispanic kids. The vice principle (a huge black man with a commanding presence) got on the intercom and indicated that any retaliation would be dealt with severely. After school, all the blacks were in one large group, all of the Hispanics were in one large group in another area, and the whites were completely scattered---you couldn't find more than 4 white kids together in one group.

I found it interesting that the whites did not band together like the other races.

about 2 months ago
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Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

Dragon Bait Re:I see 2 problems (83 comments)

First, about half of what I buy on Amazon are gifts that I myself would not have any interest in owning.

IIRC, you can mark an item as a gift when you purchase it (not sure if that impacts recommendations). You can alter the recommendations via "Your Account", "Your Recommendations", "Improve Recommendations", "Don't use for recommendations."

about 2 months ago
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Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

Dragon Bait Re:OK, fine, do it already. (83 comments)

I'm OK with targeted ads. I just wish they would figure out how to target them.

On the desktop version of Amazon, go to "Your Account" on the top right next to the search bar, then "Your Recommendations" from the drop down. Under the search bar there should be a "Improve Your Recommendations" link. Find your "Hello Kitty" purchase and click "Don't use for recommendations."

Note: If anyone cares, I do not work for Amazon any more than any of their other customers do.

about 2 months ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Dragon Bait Re:Because they could't sue the Government (212 comments)

Hmm, Kaiser. Where have I heard that name before? Oh, I remember: in the Nixon tapes when he's discussing HMO's, which in turn created the largest rise in healthcare costs in the entire history of the United States! Well now that there is sure an unbiased source, yesiree Bob!

An Anonymous Coward does an ad hominem attack without bothering to see if his nay saying has any credibility. How useful.

You could have done a simple Google search

about 2 months ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Dragon Bait Re:In the south bay... (135 comments)

We are 29 miles away and it felt stronger than any others I've been through in this same location - but still not very strong. However, my parents live in Napa - trying to contact them now.

Use text messaging.

about 2 months ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Dragon Bait Re: In the south bay... (135 comments)

That's completely untrue. I gave a fuck to your mom during the earthquake. She said it was way better than when you do it.

Did she feel the earth move?

about 2 months ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Dragon Bait Re:Not strong in Oakland (135 comments)

Why do Californians think they can "feel" the strength of a quake?

With the Northridge quake of '94 I was over 150 miles away and knew it was significant. Not by the rolling sensation, but by the duration.

about 2 months ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Dragon Bait Re:They always told me I was so smart... (243 comments)

Intelligence isn't a liability.

It certainly can be. With schools aiming for the middle or least common denominator, intelligent kids get bored and don't live up to their potential. The kid that is motivated and has to struggle is far ahead in this system than the kid that is intelligent, finds everything easy, and gets bored with it all.

about 2 months ago

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Apple Wins $1B Verdict

Dragon Bait Dragon Bait writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dragon Bait (997809) writes "Apple Inc. (AAPL) won more than $1 billion after a jury found Samsung Electronics Co. infringed six of seven patents for its mobile devices in a verdict that may lead to a ban on U.S. sales of handheld electronics a judge deems to violate Apple’s rights.

Let the appeal begin."

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