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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

Jhon Re:IQ is not a simple measure (62 comments)

Kind of a cross between "Transcendence" and "Limitless".

What could go wrong?

3 days ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

Jhon Re:Why not get rid of states as taxing entities? (257 comments)

"And states should be allowed to legalise (sp) slavery. Because that worked so well the last time."

Sigh... Why not look at the history of the world as a whole. What nation ever fought itself over the issue of slavery? To the tune of over 600k dead?

Many of our abolitionist founders believed that slavery was a dead end doomed to end in the near future but elected to allow the south to maintain it for the interest of the union. It was essentially the cotton gin's invention which allowed slavery to remain economically viable far longer than they expected.

Without that economic leep after the 1790s, attitudes would have changed in the south as much they had in the north regarding slavery and it would have ended -- WITHOUT bloodshed. You've effectively made my point -- when a powerful central government makes a uniform law across a heterogeneous population, someone's rights are going to feel violated and they could very well go the route of the US in 1776 or the South in 1862.

I'm not saying that slavery or the south was in any way honorable. That war needed to be fought and is an exception brought on be a dramatic and swift economic change..

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

Jhon Re:Why not get rid of states as taxing entities? (257 comments)

"thanks for letting us know you don't know what average means."

Your example shows you don't know what an IQ measures. Thanks for letting us know.

It's pretty apparent he meant half are below an IQ of 100, assuming 100 as the average (mean) and intelligence is evenly distributed (which basically defines an IQ test score) .

While an IQ of 99 isn't REALLY below average, his statement about expectations is appropriate.

Still, with a REAL number of about 25% below average intelligence (90 and below) we are left with about 80 million dullards out of about 320 million fellow citizens.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

Jhon Re:Why not get rid of states as taxing entities? (257 comments)

"Ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. It's forcing one person religious beliefs on another.
Banning gay marriage is no different then banning a religion."

I don't believe in rights magically appearing to be constitutional where they never have been before. I believe that if they can magically appear, they can magically disappear using the exact same mechanism. Living in such a world might appeal to you but it does not appeal to me. In fact, it scares the bejeezus out of me.

"We aren't that heterogeneous any more.
Drive around the country. Same strip malls, same gas stations, people watch the same set of entertainment.
Hell, do to TV, regional accents aren't as strong as they used to be."

Of course we are. I've driven across the country numerous times and lived in several states. Without listing countless examples, I'll cite one. Red states vs. blue states. Different political and economic philosophies.

"Also, thats not why it was set up that way."

Of course it was. Read Federalist 10 and 28. Federalism was set up to aid in preventing tyranny (and thus a civil war) by keeping all power in a central government, as well as to allow various other ideals to be tested and tried. A central authority is not by definition "tyrannical", however when trying to apply the same laws on an entire heterogeneous population with different economic religious beliefs a central single authority will by definition become tyrannical. Example, forcing a business owner to serve a customer for a service of which he has a moral objection violates his religious rights while the customer's civil rights may viewed as being violated. How long until the one who's rights are being suppressed follow Jefferson's observations:

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness" -- Jefferson

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

Jhon Re:Why not get rid of states as taxing entities? (257 comments)

"All the Federal courts have said is that if the states wish to have a legal institution of marriage that it must be compatible with the 14th amendment, and States which do not allow gays to marry do not meet that requirement."

That statement is profoundly inaccurate. There have been federal courts that have decided on both sides and SCOTUS has yet to make a final decision. Hell, Prop 8 (California) was tossed out because the SCOTUS found the petitioners had "no standing". That was honestly a poor decision and a deliberate dodge. A liberal court may likely decide that the 14th amendment applies, but a conservative court would not. We have a 5/4 SCOTUS right now that have deliberately been trying to avoid making the decision you cite. I think it's inevitable that they will take up a case where they'll need to decide, however.

This is exactly the type of of issue that SHOULD be left to the states until society is more agreeable to it. I believe it's inevitable. If the far left state of California time and time again passed legislation against same-sex marriage and even added an amendment to it's State Constitution to forbid it then it should be painfully obvious that the doesn't come anywhere near the level of acceptance that interracial marriages had in the 60's. Note that Loving v Virgina was a UNANIMOUS decision.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

Jhon Re:Why not get rid of states as taxing entities? (257 comments)

"The US is nowhere near as heterogenous as you think. "

And I think you underestimate how important those differences are or how unevenly they are distributed. I've traveled the US numerous times. I've been to every state in the union (except alaska) numerous times and have lived long stretches (3 or more years) in 5 of them. Trust me, while we have more in common than different, those differences can become QUITE important. Particularly when we paint differences of political and economic philosophy in terms of "good" and "evil".

Moving from state to state *IS* more common that it was, but it is not universal and far from it. About 60% of the population are still residing in the state in which they were born. Of the rest, ~20% are foreign born -- leaving about ~20% "mobile" with the highest percentage of non-movers being in the mid-west. The lowest is the west. And the differences in numbers are profound (about 20+ percentage points different between the two regions).

Look it up. Census.gov is freely available. Or check up on a William Frey -- he published "The Great American Migration Slowdown".

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

Jhon Re:Why not get rid of states as taxing entities? (257 comments)

"Real federalism was pretty much dead before the War of 1812 anyway so why maintain the facade of empowered states"

First, it's not really "dead", but very much weakened. Second, and most important, the reason WHY we should maintain "empowered" states is for the various reasons it was set up in the first place. We are not a homogenous nation. We are spread over a huge area, of various races, faiths, cultures and economic interests and yet we haven't torn ourselves apart (came close in the 1860s).

The stronger the Federal government becomes, the more likely the US will balkanize. Want to maintain the union? Limit the powers of the Federal government and let the states dictate more of what is in there interests. Example:

Gay Marriage. States should be allowed to ban gay marriage but be forced to recognize it when performed in states which allow it. You keep those who find it in conflict with their faith happy and provide a solution to those who are homosexual who wish to wed.

What happens over time is that America will change -- SLOWLY and once gay marriage becomes as accepted to the extent that an amendment to the Constitution can pass, you've now created a "right" which was accepted by a supra majority of the states/peoples without putting stress on the Union by it being perceived as being shoved down our throats.

It was DESIGNED to work slow as the swings and dramatic changes of both whim and passions would destabilize a government. And when a population is as heterogeneous as we are -- it would just add more sparks to the fuel of succession.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Jhon Re:Yes! (242 comments)

There WAS a VHS "game" that came out that matched the plot of Caves of Steel back in the 80s... It actually wasn't that bad. That's about as close as you're going to get to film/video right now.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Jhon Re:Yes! (242 comments)

They should be called HBOO (with a little dot in each "O").

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Jhon Re:Yes! (242 comments)

Good thing it's Asimov and not George R R Martin...

Hari Seldon would have been killed by a classmate before he ever developed psychohistory.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

Jhon Re:The Right to Get Away With It (438 comments)

They have the "ability" to cheat. Being "able" to do something does not make it a "right".

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Jhon Re:Every time I hear the word 'lobbyist' I feel si (485 comments)

"This kind of lobbying would have a lot less influence if we repealed the 17th amendment (direct election of senators)."

Absolutely agree! It "breaks" the reason WHY we have a bicameral legislature in the first place.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Works On Windows For ARM-Based Servers

Jhon Re:Microsoft Works? (113 comments)

So you can print to your kodak diconix battery operated ink-jet printer, of course!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

Jhon Re:Don't (107 comments)

Heh... break out the soldering iron and put a relay between the battery contacts. We'll teach that pesky router!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

Jhon Re:Don't (107 comments)

"The device itself is about as reliable as other consumer level networking gear -- meaning you need to power cycle it now and then to make it start working again. It has a remote web admin interface, with no way to remotely reboot it. You have to physically touch the thing to power cycle it."

Way-back-when, I had an old x-10 serial controller and a power outlet adapter. I wrote a script that would check for gateway connectivity and if it failed it would power cycle the DSL modem and router. We were having issues with line quality during the summer (lead based wire to the home) that presented as a problem similar to what you describe. it worked and made sure my connection came back up automagically within 10 mins of going down.

about a month ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

Jhon Firefly reference (216 comments)

Wasn't this the basic plot of Serenity? They tried to make some type of "peace" drug and ended turning the population that didn't outright die in to "Reavers"?

about a month ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Jhon Re:Well.... (320 comments)

He's a mad man with an evil mind!

about a month and a half ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Jhon Re:Well.... (320 comments)

Nope. It was Electra woman and Dyna girl. And maybe Wunderbug.

about a month and a half ago
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Lost Sense of Smell Is a Strong Predictor of Death Within 5 Years

Jhon Re:Or maybe the sense of smell... (139 comments)

Dementia can wreak havoc on someone's ability to do stuff. Cues like "smell" would certainly help someone who isn't too far down the dementia path.

about 1 month ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

Jhon Re:"Conservative group opposes net neutrality" (283 comments)

"And yet it *IS* conservative groups that are opposing net neutrality. So there's something wrong with your reasoning."

No. There's something wrong with yours. I *DONT* want to see any tiered services. Net neutrality would prevent this. Yet I'm apposed to it. Because I'm against a bloated central government trying to do control a very heterogeneous population (culturally and economically) over a wide geographic area. What works in NYC probably wont in Baker, CA. Let local governments and the market place deal with stuff like this.

The larger our Federal government becomes the more likely we are to see a balkanization of the US. Geez -- we've already fought this battle once and sacrificed what? 3/4 of a million of our kids to preserve the union? 10 years ago the idea of a balkanization would have made me laugh. Yet now there are rumblings that cannot be ignored.

about 1 month ago

Submissions

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Goodbye Spirit!

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jhon (241832) writes ""Last night, just after midnight, the last recovery command was sent to Spirit. It would be an understatement to say that this was a significant moment. Since the last communication from Spirit on March 22, 2010 (Sol 2210), as she entered her fourth Martian winter, nothing has been heard from her. There is a continued silence from the Gusev site on Mars."

Goodbye, and thanks for all the bits!"

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"The Olympics Stole My Game"

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jhon (241832) writes "
What should the original author Cadin Batrack receive (if anything) for his stolen work, considering the penalties the Beijing Olympics Organizing Committee threatens for anyone violating THEIR intellectual property and how Batrack backed up his claims of piracy?

What court would he appeal to?"

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Jhon on Text Messaging

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Isn't modern technology amazing? We're able to take a simple conversation which would take about 2 minutes and extended it out to 2 hours by just using our thumbs!

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Godiva Chocolate

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

For Valentine's day, part of my "husbandly duty" was having a box of my wife's favorite chocolate arrive for her at work -- Godiva Chocolatier.

I placed the order on Feb 11th. It was shipped Feb 12th (2nd day air) and was scheduled to arrive at my wife's work on the 14th (along with flowers, a CD and cards from our kids -- all different vendors). UPS screwed up and shipped the Chocolate 90 miles north by accident. They rescheduled delivery for the 15th.

I was ticked off, but I understand mistakes happen. I call up Godiva on 02/14 at 11:25 am to request a refund of the SHIPPING -- I paid for 2nd day air and wanted them to credit me the difference for standard shipping.

I was shocked and surprised when while on the phone, the Godiva rep called a local store and had a box couriered over (which arrived at 2 pm on Feb 14th)! Fantastic customer service. They made me a customer for life (more of a benefit for my wife -- I'm not a huge chocolate fan).

The only problem was billing. I needed to make 3 separate calls to customer service after that to resolve the two items I was billed for. Not the end of the world -- and I was never on the phone more than 10 mins. It was resolved to my satisfaction.

Forget See's Candy -- go with Godiva. It's more expensive, but the quality of the candy AND service is far greater.

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Netflix

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I finally broke down and subscribed to Netflix. I've been a "paying" member for about two weeks. That's added to their 2-week trial membership.

So far, I'm very pleased with the service. I'm impressed with their turn-around-time and surprised that the DVDs aren't scratched up beyond use by the time I get them.

Benefits:

  1. Cheaper than local rental (which is around $4/movie)
  2. Cheaper than PayPerView (around $4)
  3. Huge selection
  4. Haven't come across a movie yet that is "rented out"

Hassles:

  1. Regular trips to the local MailBox/PostOffice
  2. Anxiety that a movie will get "lost" in the mail
  3. Anxiety that when something HAPPENS that requires I speak with 'customer service' that it will be a nightmare

For me, the benefits out-way the hassles.

For the record, We got 8 movies over 1 month. At that rate, the cost is $1.25/movie.

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Life is full of little bits of self discovery.

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Tonight I was putting all my DVDs (and a few tapes burned to DVD) in order. I don't have a huge collection, but it's full of mostly movies I've enjoyed and thought were worth owning.

What I noticed was quite interesting. I have a facination for court-room themes. Here's a list of courtroom-related movies in my collection:

12 Angry Men 1957
Anatomy of a Murder 1959
Inherit the Wind 1960
Judgement at Nuremberg 1961
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
And Justice for All 1979
From the Hip 1987
A Fish Called Wanda 1988
My Cousin Vinny 1992
A Few Good Men 1992
Philadelpha 1993
Primal Fear 1996
Red Corner 1997
Liar Liar 1997
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997
Devil's Advocate 1997
Liar Liar 1997
A Civil Action 1998
The Insider 1999
Erin Brockovich 2000
Hart's War 2002

Each one of these movies has a 'courtroom' themes. What I find interesting is that I never realized I was drawn to such movies.

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On Adolescents and Cell Phones

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I have often wondered why I see younger and younger folks with cell phones. Is this just parental doting? Or is there a real need?

I'm a parent of two young children (age 5 and 2). My recent experieces have led me to doubt if I ever will dote on my children in such a fashion. I have come to the conclusion that cell phones should NOT be in the hands of children (younger than 21 who do NOT pay for the service).

Why? I have recently taken over many mondane tasks for my sister -- who suffered a stroke a few months back. Including her cellphones/bills. Her two children (16 y/o girl, 14 y/o boy) each have a cell on the plan.

Their usage has been unbelievable. Some 800+ text messages each (at $0.05 each), 100+ hours each on the phone. Staying on the phone until 2am, 3am or even 6am on school nights. It has taken some serious effort to cut them down to what I consider to be 'reasonable'.

The 14 y/o has lost his cell phone all together. Consistent lying and late-night usage on school nights we well as stealing a cell phone out of his grandmothers purse, left me what I consider no alternative. He is unable to use the phone responsibly.

The 16 y/o lost her cell usage for about 2 weeks (I shut it off). She's allowed 1000 minutes per month TOTAL. 300 text messages per month TOTAL. As much as I would like to remove her cell phone completely, she has shown enough self-control -- particularly when I check the usage every day and see how long and how often she has used the phone.

Between these two kids, they have cost me close to $400 on cell phone abuse. The 16 y/o is paying me back her share and I've enslaved my nephew on all saturdays and some sundays to work it off at $5/hour.

Post Script: My niece almost lost her cell phone usage for the remainder of the month. She went over her 1000 minutes by a half-hour. I told her as long as I see NO usage (other than checking voice mail), it'll stay on.

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Big time scare.

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Two weeks ago, my sister had a stroke.

She's 49, mother of 2 children (16 y/o girl, 14 y/o boy), very active and independent.

I was the first to arrive at the hospital -- about 10 minutes after she arrived. This was about 30 minutes after the stroke. She was lucky that it happened in public and it was recognized quickly.

I can never adequately express the fear and anxiety I felt as I received the phone call from my neice. She said that she just got a call that her mother was taken to the hospital and she wasn't talking. I don't know why, but I immediately thought STROKE. When I arrived at the hospital, they were asking me questions about my sister that I knew she could answer. This increased my fears. They told me she was receiving an MRI and an asprin enema. That essentially confirmed it, for me.

Before my sister returned from her MRI, her Dr. approached me and told me that he suspected a stroke, and "a massive one, at that", he said.

They wheeled my sister back in. She looked asleep. I took her hand and spoke to her. She squeezed my hand.

Over the next 30 minutes, my sister regained consciousness. She couldn't talk, she was paralized on her right side and it wasn't clear if she was understanding anything that was said to her. I kept reassuring her that I'll make sure the kids would be fine, the bills would be paid, the pets would be fed, etc -- until she was better.

After the first hour, she was actually lifting her head and looking around. She was able to nod and shake her head in responses to questions -- but not always consistant in her answers.

I'll fast-forward a bit and skip where I passed the news to my mom and my sister's kids...

The first day saw the most dramatic improvement. She was moving her right side (albeit barely) and she was more consistantly nodding and shaking her head. From then on, she has make significant improvement every day.

As of yesterday, she can speak -- but her words are haulting. She's stuck on about 10 phrases. "Yes", "No", "I don't know", "I know", "Maybe", and a few others. She can fully understand everything spoken to her. She can't find the words yet, and she has trouble reading. She KNOWS the words, and can clearly identify their meanings when shown pictures of things and actions -- but when the words are put in sentences, she can't make out the meaning.

Also, she is nearly paralysis free. You can see a SLIGHT droop in her lip when she smiles and she's just a little weak on her right side. That's it. She's able to do EVERYTHING should could before (except drive -- but that's by Dr's order -- she'll need to be evaluated for that in the future).

I've taken care of all her bills and will continue to do so until her disability kicks in. Money will be a little tight for her, but I can supplement it as needed.

She's home now. Last week, she was released as an in-patient at a local rehab clinic and then released for home just yesterday. Her insurance will pay for at-home speech therapy and I'll be working with her on that, too. She's going to get annoyed with me pushing her to read/talk -- but hey. I have a thick skin. I post on slashdot!

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