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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Gr8Apes Re:Bloody Idiot (586 comments)

I definitely agree that we need to know more about what causes autism. The problem with the anti-vax crowd is that they are trying to force researchers to focus on vaccines (to some degree of success) which takes resources away from finding the real cause.

The anti-vax crowd should be segregated from society as a whole, and then exposed to everything they don't want to be vaccinated against "naturally" as there's still polio, measles, mumps, etc out there. Those that survive and are disease free may then rejoin society. I don't think too many would want to take that route.

about a week ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Gr8Apes Re:road side illumination (184 comments)

Technically you're allowed to use large A roads (not motorways) for all sorts of things because they're public rights of way, so you are allowed to walk down them, ride (either bike or horse) down them, even drive geese down them. The speed limit is 70mph, but generally people drive up to 80.

So I guess those that drive geese down them at midnight wind up with lots of pate if this is any guide to effective lighting distances?

about a week ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Gr8Apes Re:road side illumination (184 comments)

Also, where ever practible, around on- and off-ramps.

I personally don't see the point in having lights on most highways given that cars carry around their own illumination, and going straight and changing lanes doesn't need too much effort without lamps. But given the shuffling about just before, and just after, ramps, it's worth spending the resources to improve safety.

For the rest of the length of most highways (even those through urban areas): meh.

The purpose of lights is to improve safety on high speed roads. Hence lighted highways. Otherwise, night time driving would have to be slowed significantly to be safe, unless you're driving with high beams. The oncoming traffic or the guy in front of you may not like that much, and even then, it's probably significantly slower max safe speed as compared to a lighted road.

about a week ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Gr8Apes Re:Bloody Idiot (586 comments)

As far as why are so many being diagnosed now? It's because of better detection, plain and simple. In the past, many with autism were written off as being "shy" or "weird" or (worse) "retarded." (NOTE: Don't use that last word around a parent of a child with autism. I'm only including it as a reference of what was used in the past.) Furthermore, theories of what causes autism have changed. In the past, mothers were blamed. The so-called "refrigerator mom" theory said that moms who weren't loving enough made their kids autistic.

Yes, more are being diagnosed now because it has a) become acceptable to be autistic and b) we have a more encompassing definition of what symptoms are to be called autism, but we still have little clue to the causation. In short, we still have little clue with ASD what it really is and what it's root causes are. Until we do, we're merely acting like the late 1800s physicians and throwing all people with a set of symptoms into a single ASD bucket.

about a week ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Gr8Apes Re:Only in America... (307 comments)

Sure it is, according to my map anyways, N America. Now, it is not the USA.

about a week ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

Gr8Apes Re:Oh wow! Now I HAVE to type my own comment heade (97 comments)

Whether Apple paid for Xerox's ideas or not, the fact is, the flow of ideas from Xerox to Apple meant that the state of art moved forward. When Microsoft copied similar ideas to Apple, the state of art didn't stagnate either.

Nope, it went backwards.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

Gr8Apes Re:This is how America ceases to be great (133 comments)

The easiest way to solve the 2 party issue is to disallow party affiliation on all ballots. Only names for the position, listed in alphabetical order on first or last name ascending or descending decided randomly per spot, and ideally per ballot with electronic voting. You either know them, or you don't. Voters can't just pull a red or blue lever. Instant destruction of the 2 party system for many of the lower level positions. As soon as that happens, you may see it bubble on up the hierarchy, as people realize that their segment of the party doesn't really match up with the "national" party view, and diversification ensues. Or so I would hope.

about two weeks ago
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The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

Gr8Apes Re:infects 50 million, eh? (71 comments)

Oh and I forgot, at least one treatment for it, Flagyl, actually makes you feel worse. But at least then you're done and can stop taking it.

As a bonus, while you're on Flagyl you can't even drink to forget your problems.

That's ok, you won't want to, as you'll be too busy moaning that you're dying already, provided it doesn't kill you. That is one of the "side effects" not listed there but was on the bottle I saw that you should immediately contact your physician for...

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Gr8Apes Re:Let it die (509 comments)

Hey, she might be a mexican immigrant with a Filipino ancestry, to Canada. How do you know?

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Gr8Apes Re:Not going to work... (408 comments)

Homeopathy is bunk, and throwing it out wholesale would be as big a leap forward as throwing out astrology. Studying the claimed effects of an item is actually medicine. Treating the entire person is now possible in western medicine, earlier they were concerned about actually fixing what was going to kill you tomorrow or the next day. We've solved many of those challenges, and are now looking for much longer term solutions.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Gr8Apes Re:The spokesman for the AHA said... (408 comments)

Substituting one god for another isn't going to effect your well-being to any great extent. Substituting homeopathy for medicine will.

That entirely depends upon which "god" you substitute.

about two weeks ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Gr8Apes Re:Its called evolution.. (224 comments)

Nah, the article claims that the internet is causing us to lose our ability to read deeply. It's pure nonsense. Anyone that dealt with writing reports and research papers in school using, gasp, dead tree encyclopedias certainly had highly developed skimming skills, jumping around through those pages looking for the pieces they needed to complete their papers with all the required footnotes and bibliography. And then they still had to read through more dead tree novels, if they were in the appropriate english classes, thus both skill sets were needed. I do both on a regular basis still, both on and offline.

Now what might be happening is that schools today have declined to the point that students are no longer required to read those more challenging novels, and thus never develop the deeper reading skills in the first place. Given all the group-think "learning" now in schools, this is quite easy to believe, and the blight (and savior) that is Cliff notes and the like along with mostly average teachers. It takes a great teacher to get students to actually read some of the admittedly dredge crap (Dostoyevsky, I'm looking at you for one) which at best is unpleasant reading and write about something that cannot be gleaned out of those abridged notes. There's many others, but it will vary by reader, which is why literature is such a great thing. Someone will love the Canterbury Tales, others will not be able to tolerate reading it by choice, Beowulf? Steinbeck? Hemingway? Bronte (any of the three)? But without exposure to the actual works, and the effort to absorb them, most will never know. (FYI - I threw in a mixture of authors and works considered classics that should prove challenging to any student to read that's not already read other peer works, I make no voucher of my opinion of any but Crime and Punishment, of which I feel I was sentenced without committing a crime...)

about two weeks ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Gr8Apes Re:The world is changing. (224 comments)

Merely reading at 400 words per minute is trivial. Reading *some kinds* of materials at 400 words per minute is a problem. I guess Amdahl's law is sort of universal.

Reading TMZ at 400 words per minute is seriously absorbing the material.

about two weeks ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Gr8Apes Re:Meh (224 comments)

Hollywood has been reacting for years. Just look at a movie from 50 years ago compared to today. Lawrence of Arabia was considered the greatest action movie made. Today it would be a drama at best.

It was always a drama, with some action. There was no "action" movie per se until the 60s starting more or less with the Bond movies. Everything prior to that could be more or less described as a story with action sequences rather than an action movie tied together with story sequences. The Michael Bey variety could be said to be just a series of action sequences with not much else...

about two weeks ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Gr8Apes Re:Its called evolution.. (224 comments)

I can perfectly pay attention to the story I'm hearing, while playing video games, and in a couple days, I'll listen to the entire audiobook.

AD(H)D anyone?

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

Gr8Apes Re:Won't work (342 comments)

That only nullifies the ordering issue (first in, maximum profit) You still get in on the next tick at 'x' price, which should be close to what you were looking at. Your solution only stops the ever faster links and programs from improving results by merely being first in. Mine also addresses the issue of attempting to ride the small changes and skimming profit. It would reduce market volume, and likely volatility, as profit would have to go looking elsewhere other than the small fluctuations. Maybe even enhancing that aspect of the stock market that is its raison d'etre: actually investing in an activity.

about two weeks ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

Gr8Apes Re:Alternatives (240 comments)

MAC addresses are changeable. Thanks to Digital for forcing that option, IIRC :)

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

Gr8Apes Re:Won't work (342 comments)

My solution was intended to not only nix the advantages of those with higher speed links over other high speed links, but also remove the advantage over those without high speed links. 30s may actually be too short. Perhaps a 5 minute window would be more appropriate.

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

Gr8Apes Re:Won't work (342 comments)

It would be better to have random delays introduced from 0-30s, which causes out of order sequencing on trades, making HFT relatively unreliable and unusable, since the high speed links currently used to facilitate those ms advantages will be entirely negated.

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

Gr8Apes Re:Loser Pay Legislation (223 comments)

What is needed is a LIMIT or CAP on legal fees that can be spent in a court case to 10% of the lowest income persons total income, so if AT&T sues you, they cant spend more than 10% of your income, thus keeping them from bleeding you dry.

Now I like that idea, except if you're suing a homeless person. I'd say keep recoverable fees at 10% and actual expenditures under the median income. Still a nice limiter that's automatically indexed to inflation.

about two weeks ago

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Virtual boss keeps workers on a leash.

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 3 months ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Hitachi has created a "perfect virtual boss"

"Hitachi, the big electronics company based in Japan, is manufacturing and selling to corporations a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace. It has a rather bland and generic-sounding name: the Hitachi Business Microscope (paywalled).

But what it is capable of doing ... well, just imagine being followed around the office or the factory all day by the snoopiest boss in the world. Even into the restroom."

We may pine for the privacy of Orwell's 1984...."

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The First Cyber Super Weapon?

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "The realm of science fiction keeps shrinking. Those annoying viruses and malware that can interrupt your perusal of /. will now have to take a back seat to real cyber threats

From the article: Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target: a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant."

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Help the Galactic Census

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN has a story about scientists needing your help in a galactic census. From the story: They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. Astronomers say computer programs have been unable to reliably classify the star systems. With 10,000 to 20,000 people working to classify the galaxies, the process could take as little as a month. With /. alone, they might be able to do it in a week. Give them a helping hand by signing up at Galaxy Zoo."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD is upping the performance numbers for Barcelona by stating that "Barcelona will have a 50% advantage over Clovertown in floating point applications and 20% in integer performance 'over the competition's highest-performing quad-core processor at the same frequency'". AMD also claims that the new 3.0 GHz Opterons beat comparable Intel Xeon 5100 series processors in three server-specific benchmarks (SPECint_rate_2006, SPECint_rate2006, SPECompM2001) by up to 24%."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Listeners and Indies may rejoice according to a just breaking story. According to the AP story:

Four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, The Associated Press has learned.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN is reporting that Walmart "fired a systems technician for intercepting text messages of non-Wal-Mart employees and recording telephone conversations with a New York Times reporter without authorization". The story further goes on to state that the recordings were in violation of their policy since they did not have authorization from their legal dept. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't wiretapping illegal without court authorization as shown by the HP scandal?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD has showcased their new 65nm Barcelona quad-core CPU. It is labeled a quad-core Opteron, but according to Infoworld's Tom Yeager, is really a redefinition of x86. Each core has a new vector math processing unit (SSE128), separate integer and floating point schedulers, and new nested paging tables (to vastly improve hardware virtualization). According to AMD, the new vector math units alone should improve floating point operation by 80%. Some analysts are skeptical, waiting for benchmarks. Will AMD dethrone Intel again? Only time will tell."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "From an Associated Press article in the Boston Herald:
President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
As this directly contradicts the law as passed by Congress, has Bush created the line-item veto by fiat?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "TomsHardware reviews Intel's new Kentsfield quad core processor From the article:
Compared with the already not-too-shabby Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme, the Core 2 Quadro can give performance a mighty tweak — but only for specific applications. In the best-case scenario, performance can even be doubled.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Clear Channel wants ownership rules relaxed even further to allow it to own up to 12 stations in major markets. Clear Channel states that it has already hit the maximum number of stations (8) in most major markets. They further argue that this artificial limit impedes its potential for growth, and with the emergance of satellite radio that the terrestrial radio market has changed and should allow loosening of the restrictions.

Since Clear Channel owns a significant share of XM already and has stations on XM, this argument seems rather weak. Does anyone else feel like Clear Channel is attempting gain more leverage to drive you to subscription radio?"

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