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The Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Why Tech Doesn't Kill Jobs

Jens Egon Thank you! (674 comments)

Thank you science and technology for giving me the chance to pursue a career in telemarketing.

One day I will tell my wide-eyed grand children about about my dashing adventures as an itinerant telemarketer.

about a year ago

Flowering Plants' Roots Pushed Back 100M Years

Jens Egon Re:Damn (63 comments)

Just buy a cultivator with an optional time trowel extension, and you'll be fine.

about a year ago

Fake Academic Journals Are a Very Real Problem

Jens Egon Re:Fakery (248 comments)

Obviously you need to ask at a petrol station in the US too!

about a year and a half ago

Yokohama Accidentally Tweets That NK Missile Is Inbound

Jens Egon Re:Pre-written? (131 comments)

This is Japan. They have PA systems all over the place to bring earthquake warnings.

Backing that up with whatever they can lay their hands on .

Apparantly that includes twitter.

about a year and a half ago

USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

Jens Egon Re:I don't believe it. (1121 comments)

Grandparent (and anyone else) is also free to repeat the experiment himself!

about a year and a half ago

Growing Public Unrest Leads China To Admit To 'Cancer Villages'

Jens Egon Re:Low low Walmart prices (174 comments)

But China is also like anywhere else in so many other ways ...

about a year and a half ago

Growing Public Unrest Leads China To Admit To 'Cancer Villages'

Jens Egon Re:Low low Walmart prices (174 comments)

Should I take that to mean that most countries have had incidents where somebody knowingly introduced poison in the food supply?

Or do you mean that China, as such, knowingly poisoned it's own people. (cite please)

Or are you trying to say that there are countries where something like this has never happened? In that case, please, name one!

I'll make it easier and let you name a country where nobody poisoned the food supply in this century. Should be easy, shouldn't it?

about a year and a half ago

Growing Public Unrest Leads China To Admit To 'Cancer Villages'

Jens Egon Re:Low low Walmart prices (174 comments)

Can you please name a country that has not at some point introduced poison into the food supply?

about a year and a half ago

Texas School Board Searching For Alternatives To Evolutionary Theory

Jens Egon Re:You have a logic problem (763 comments)

Theology works on the theory of a creator

No. It doesn't. It works on a story of a creator. There's no evidence for one; there's no way to test to see if there is one; there's no way to test to see if there isn't one (it's not falsifiable); there are no predictions re effects upon reality that arise from the idea; etc. Theism is in no way qualified as a theory. Theism is speculation, no more than that, in terms of its value in quantifying reality.

You're only right if we're talking in the abstract about just any creator, but we're not, despite any the weasel wording, we're talking about the Lord God of christianity.

And that creator creates a strong expectation that there will be no dinosaur bones (and no Auswitch etc).

My predictions of the effects that should be observed may be wrong, but nothing that causes (significant) effects on this world is truly outside the purview of sience!

about a year and a half ago

Texas School Board Searching For Alternatives To Evolutionary Theory

Jens Egon Re:The theory of gravity is under review :) (763 comments)

Secondly, it's a pointless, valueless question. It's on exactly the same level as "is there a Santa Claus?" There's zero evidence for such a thing, despite thousands of yeas of looking for same, so, other than writing fiction or cult-building, there's no reason to assume there is one, and therefore no reason to worry about whether there is one (or several.) When you concern yourself with it, you're simply self-identifying as a cultist or an intellectual lightweight.

Just because Santa is somebody's father in a suit doesn't mean he doesn't exist.

Or would you claim Officers of the Law do not exist? They, too, are just somebody's father in a suit

about a year and a half ago

Ad Blocking – a Coming Legal Battleground?

Jens Egon Re:Detection is cheaper (686 comments)

Yep, exactly. Most sites don't bother because only a small minority does it and that small minority tends to be disproportionately made up of the kooky anti-consumerist crowd anyway, who aren't worth advertising to due to their hatred of advertising in general. If ad blocking ever went mainstream you'd see more sites tying content to ads explicitly.

Freebies still give increased marketshare.

They hurt you little. They are only a serious problem for your would-be competitors.

Let them try to solve it.

about 2 years ago

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Or Not You Own What You Own

Jens Egon Re:The case (543 comments)

. If the courts do not rule narrowly and uphold first sale doctrine for these EEE books, the publishers will simply stop licensing EEE books under cheap terms. Millions of Asian students will be affected.

How does that stack up against cheap ereaders from china and scanners?

about 2 years ago

Following FEMA's Zombie Preparedness Plan Could Land You On Terrorist List

Jens Egon Re:Mormon's are Terrorists (527 comments)

Take this and factor in the price hikes.

And realize that it could get much worse.

But I think that if we get back, so will society ... eventually!

about 2 years ago

California's Unspoken Health Problem: Brain Parasites

Jens Egon Re:Obligatory (313 comments)

Or rare meat. The core of the meat has to reach a high enough temperature to reliably kill the parasites. 145F for pork and fish. 165 for everything else. Note that chefs routinely go lower than these temperatures in order to avoid tough, leathery meat. I would imagine that fish tapeworms are the most common in the US since cooking fish too long will ruin it. And then of course there is sushi.

Here (Denmark, Europe) the local health authorities think freezing hard enough for long enough will render raw fish safe for eating.

Fish may be sold as safe for raw eating iff they have been frozen to below -21C for at least 24 hours.

My freezer can do -18C or - 30C, so here it's -30C for 24 hours. And I mostly use other things in stead of (raw) fish.

about 2 years ago

Twitter Jokes: Free Speech On Trial

Jens Egon Re:Get a fact checker (172 comments)

Section 2: ...may may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law...

Section 2 ... Of the explantion provided!

That's just like the little annotations to the US constitution that SCOTUS members have in their heads.

It's just that it's out in the open where you can see it!

about 2 years ago

Bilingual Kids Show More Creativity

Jens Egon Re:Multiculturalism (221 comments)

I find that compared to hiring a native teacher over the internets Rosetta Stone is worth at most a tenth of the asking price.

In short: Even if it's ever so slightly useful, it's still a waste of money.

If you have time to burn and don't have to pay for it, Rosetta Stone can save you 2 or 3 hours of other learning.

More if you're slow ;-)

more than 2 years ago

Overconfidence May Be a Result of Social Politeness

Jens Egon Re:Big problem for geeks in Japan. (263 comments)

At least you know those people are just trying to be (unreasonably) nice.

It's worse when someone decides their incomprehensible English is better than your incomprehensible Japanese.

more than 2 years ago

US Election Year, Still No Voting Reform

Jens Egon Re:TFS also left out: (302 comments)

Also given to excessive verbiage.

doesn't have a subject.


more than 2 years ago

UK Considering Automatic Web Filtering For Adult Content

Jens Egon Re:"active choice-plus" (170 comments)

Also, if you want to protect your children, try to protect them from meaningful threaths!

I keep an eye on what my children do online, but not for fear that they might see a nipple.

We even have mirrors in the house!

more than 2 years ago


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