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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

Oligonicella Re:Simple. Easy. (111 comments)

That selection process however is far more limited that what you can find on Amazon. It's nice to enjoy nostalgia but that doesn't mean everyone else does or should.

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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

Oligonicella Re:Difference between publisher and vanity press (111 comments)

Sell that to one of the lesser known authors that the trad publisher does little or no promotion for yet retains the copyright for that particular contract.

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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Oligonicella Re:Chemistry is religion now? (520 comments)

Utter nonsense. Chemistry is not about transmuting base metals to gold, discovering a universal cure or the means of indefinitely prolonging life. Alchemy was not a precursor to chemistry, it grew from it and existed alongside it.

3 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Oligonicella Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (520 comments)

To be fair, the bulk of Aristotle's and Plato's students were of high school age. They would disagree with you. Perhaps it's your teaching methodology?

3 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Oligonicella Re:If you don't want science... (520 comments)

No one ate shit soup. That anyone uses that phrase undermines any argument they make. He was wrong to use the Stone Age rhetoric, but answer this; are you saying the religious people of the time weren't the ones pulling humanity out of the Dark Ages?

3 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Oligonicella Re:If you don't want science... (520 comments)

Name a couple. I don't believe you understand what the church considered blasphemy to be. As for "a lot of them pretended", you cannot read minds. Especially those in the past.

3 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Oligonicella Re:This is good! (520 comments)

Hysterical exaggeration. It is explained to small children what multiplication means. After that, rote memorization of the tables increases efficiency.

3 days ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Oligonicella Re:Not all the blocks (202 comments)

Because they left us paintings that *said* they did? I think I'll take their word over others.

4 days ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Oligonicella Re:So, is there any shred of EVIDENCE? (202 comments)

Earliest Egyptian pyramid 2630 BCE. Earliest verified vehicular use of wheel is Mesopotamia around 3200 BCE and Egypt developed the spoked wheel around 2000 BCE. These are just records, it's rather obvious the wheel goes back much further. So yes, the Egyptians had the wheel when the pyramids were built. Did they use them for that? Probably not, due to weight. We *know* they used sledges, so why come up with more complicated methods based solely on supposition?

4 days ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Oligonicella Re:Fail (247 comments)

Right, asking for remote control so they can poke around in your files, record you actions and initiate monetary transactions are things people do to each other every day. Bullshit, they know.

4 days ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Oligonicella Re:Got one of these once (247 comments)

Sir or madam, I truly admire your tenacity - and your sense of the sublime. I'm a little more direct and short. As I've said here before, when I get such a call I immediately start talking in a soft and quaky voice. Like that of an eighty year old. This makes them listen closer and hopefully turn up their volume. I lead them on for a couple of minutes so they're focused and calm and then scream at the top of my lungs like I'm being murdered with an axe. Reactions range from screaming themselves, cursing me out and once trying to find out if I was OK at which point I laughed and *then* they cussed me. All quite cathartic.

Moral: If you work for sleazoids you're a sleazoid, don't expect civility.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Oligonicella Re:Urgh (524 comments)

Oh bullshit. Pull the pole out of yours and point to a cite.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Oligonicella Re:Urgh (524 comments)

Nice of you to downplay one of two of his works. You know, the one that's actually been put into use. All of that collectivism is and has always been at the point of a gun. In other words, by people who would rather get their gains by thuggery than by honesty.

4 days ago
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

Oligonicella Re:not so fast (128 comments)

Larger and stronger at a younger age would seem to be a good survival trait, not a bad one. It doesn't seem like the benefits of parental protection instincts for young children would outweigh the negatives of being weaker and smaller, purely on the basis of survival traits.

It is axiomatic that, as far as Homo sapiens is concerned, evolution disagrees with you. I believe the reason is you limit what survival traits are to less than what they truly are.

5 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

Oligonicella Re:There's something to it (281 comments)

They ate fruit when they could get it, which was almost never (e.g. berries in late summer, a few dried berries other parts of the year).

Nope. May apples, mulberries, currents, chokecherries, rose hips, elderberries, cherries, apples, pears, persimmons, hawthorn apples; I just took you from spring into late fall after frost and didn't even cover all the available fruits.

I've picked and made jams, pies and such out of all of the above. (You haven't truly lived until you've had chokecherry or elderberry brandy.)

5 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Oligonicella Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

I do believe you have an odd definition for excellent.

5 days ago
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Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

Oligonicella Re:More information please! (108 comments)

FTA :

"(RoboEarth's files have to be processes and organized by humans)"

Coffee is connected to mugs, as well as to the motion-planning related to pouring liquid.

The bot, a two-armed, highly-dextrous PR2, queried the system, and discovered that affogato was an italian dessert composed of ice cream and coffee. Without any human nudging or intervention, the robot located the coffee, figured out how to get it out of a dispenser, and poured it over the scooped ice cream.

Notice it queried the system, not the videos themselves. "Without any human nudging or intervention" simply means "at that moment", in other words, it's programmed, not learning on its own. Also it didn't discover it was an Italian dessert, it didn't give a crap about the national origins and in all probability didn't even have that in it's database - it's just word padding to make things seem more human-like.

5 days ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Oligonicella Re:The Faux News of Geekdom (131 comments)

Except, of course, the distinctiveness is rather shaky instead of "very". It reads as a weasely accusation.

5 days ago
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13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

Oligonicella Re:The Tools of Science (134 comments)

Yes it is. I sent my daughter to an MS. It was a drain at the time but worth every penny. An aside - she now teaches mid-school physics and physical sciences with an elective in robotics. She's in heaven.

5 days ago

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