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Researchers Successfully Cut HIV DNA Out of Human Cells

Paradise Pete Re:soddering (64 comments)

Good one! Apart from 'solder' English pronunciation is so consistent that this is absolutely shocking.

5 days ago
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$10 Million Lawsuit Against Wikipedia Editors "Stragetically" Withdrawn

Paradise Pete Re:Wikimedia SCREWED UP (51 comments)

It would have been more impressive if you'd posted your analysis *before* the suit was withdrawn.

about two weeks ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Paradise Pete Re:Stop these fsckers (125 comments)

Then they claimed they were from M$

Did he actually pronounce it that way?

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Paradise Pete Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Pretty much the only way to avoid that in most cases is to eat so little that you aren't meeting your daily caloric needs, which means you'd need to starve yourself to death in order to avoid taking insulin.

Well that's certainly not true. You can eat plenty of meat, eggs, spinach, broccoli, olive oil and much much more.

about two weeks ago
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How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

Paradise Pete Re:An absurd "crisis"! LOL (128 comments)

The argument made in that article that chess is somehow good for the goals of "STEM" makes me laugh out loud

I have to agree with this. I was a successful player as a student; my high school team won the national championship, I won an individual state championship, and before this article I had no idea there was even anything called a "chess facilitator."
Chess was not in any way a "gateway to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics." Other than the satisfaction and enjoyment of the chess itself, the one other thing it did for me later was give me a couple of big breaks in my career, as I unknowingly (at the time) impressed somebody during some casual games.
Anything I learned about "science, technology, engineering and mathematics" I learned in spite of playing chess, not because of it.

about two weeks ago
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The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

Paradise Pete Re:Fair enough (78 comments)

Never go full potatoe [sic]

The "potatoe" incident was not Gerald Ford, it was the legendary Dan Quayle.

about two weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

Paradise Pete Re:So (310 comments)

Cars on the ground can, with little exception, stop any time they feel like giving up the chase and turning themselves in to the officers.

"And once they've turned themselves into the police, they'd be the police and they can drop the charges!"

about two weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

Paradise Pete Re:Sooo (415 comments)

What if you loaded the thumb drive with pictures of squirrels? Would the dog recognize that?

You mean like Squirrels Gone Wild?

about three weeks ago
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Oklahoma's Earthquakes Linked To Fracking

Paradise Pete Re: A good thing (154 comments)

Well obviously there is a certain amount of energy building up that is going to be released somewhere, at some time. Breaking that up into small, tolerable releases seems like not such a bad thing. I have no idea if fracking is good or bad overall, but this might be a small positive.

about three weeks ago
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In Düsseldorf, A Robot Valet Will Park Your Car

Paradise Pete Re: i don't wanna hear how lazy americans are. (120 comments)

People chose bacon over low cholesterol... get over it.

A big part of the problem why Americans (and others) are fatter and fatter are because of misbeliefs foisted upon them.
Fatty foods don't cause heart disease. Sugar, stress, and smoking do. A high cholesterol count does not cause heart disease. It is a *symptom*, not a cause. It is your body attempting to repair the damage.
Avoiding fats is a very good way to fatten yourself up. You'll instead be ingesting sugar and other carbohydrates, and you'll quickly feel hungry again. The sugar in your bloodstream requires the release of insulin to process it. The insulin tells the fat cells to open up and start sucking up all that sugar. When there an over-abundance the walls of your arteries get inflamed in the process, causing your body to *produce* cholesterol to attempt to heal the damage. Then you've got leftover insulin in the blood, and so you feel hungry again so you can put it to use.
Stop accepting what you've been told all your life. Stop eating sugar and stop avoiding fats. It's good for your brain and your heart, and you won't eat as much because you'll feel full for much longer.

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Paradise Pete Re:OR (579 comments)

Let me guess: the King of clubs, seven of diamonds and Jack of spades...

A good guess, but it turns out the answer was Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, and Rogers Hornsby.

about three weeks ago
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Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

Paradise Pete Re:Good. (138 comments)

the only anecdotes are a lot of money or to hide yourself completely from the world

I'm not so sure. That seems like just antidotal evidence to me.

about a month ago
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Human Language Is Biased Towards Happiness, Say Computational Linguists

Paradise Pete Re:Makes sense (86 comments)

When it comes to innuendo

Innuendo? What is that? Some sort of Italian suppository?

about a month ago
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Mysterious X-ray Signal Hints At Dark Matter

Paradise Pete Re:This too shall pass (100 comments)

Do you have data from a 5 Billion years ago to prove this?

I think you are misplacing the burden of proof.

about a month ago
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The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

Paradise Pete Re:That's not far fetched. (188 comments)

A non-crushed universe should be proof enough that our current theories are missing something.

It's just further evidence that I am just a brain in a jar somewhere and you and everything else are figments of my (now apparently flawed) imagination. Sorry about all the misery and suffering n' stuff. But on the bright side, it's not really real.

about a month ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Paradise Pete Re:Change is coming for car dealers (455 comments)

The remaining Monty Python members are doing their last live shows in London. Among other things, they announced that for the first time they will be doing the Spanish Inquisition sketch live. The only drawback to that announcement is that now everyone expects the Spanish Inquisition.

about a month ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

Paradise Pete Re:Really? (293 comments)

difficult things are hard, and most people can't do them.

Presumably with "difficult" being defined as "something most people can't do."

about a month and a half ago

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OS X 10.4 Early Impressions

Paradise Pete Paradise Pete writes  |  more than 9 years ago I've had 10.4 installed for only about a day now, so no doubt many of the gripes will be easily solved as I discover more.

Mail

  • Improved searching is great.
  • Why is there so little control over the sounds?
  • The interface seems to be "de-proved." But maybe I just need to get used to it. It sure seems harder to see at a glance the state of the folders. I did go get Cage Fighter, which helps a bit.
  • Why did they remove the "Quote Level" from the contextual menu? I can use the keyboard, sure, but chances are I've just selected some text and my hand is on the mouse, not the keyboard. And I'd rather have it right there than have to go to the menu bar.

System Preferences

  • What? No more toolbar? I can't drag the frequently used ones to the top anymore? Am I missing something, or did they make it less usable? And here's an aside: I notice that System Preferences is one of the few apps that doesn't have Preferences.

Safari

  • Impressively fast. Seriously fast.
  • I just noticed in typing this that it supports multiple undo. I don't know if that's new or not.
  • It's able to deal with some sites it couldn't before. I don't who was at fault, but either way they work now.
  • Overall, simply a first rate browser.

Widgets

  • So far, pretty much a toy to me. Seems like a big layer of stuff just to bring back desk accessories, but then I'm pretty sure I just don't get it yet, and the light will come on.
  • Does World Clock actually work? When I flip it over to set the city I can't flip it back. There's no "Done" button or anything, so it just sits there, taunting me with its back turned. It looks like maybe it's missing some resources.
  • Many of them seem pointless, as if someone said "Well we've got iTunes, and we've got widgets, so I guess we'd better make an iTunes widget." How is that any more convenient than going to the actual app?
  • The translator, which I was very pleased to see and thought I would use in place of going to babelfish or google, is pretty clunky. It's slow, with no indication that it's doing anything, and the interface sucks. How do i actually invoke a translation? Do I tab, click on the squiggles, what? If it weren't so pokey I could use the feedback to figure it out, but for right now I don't really know what makes it "go." It's also very easy to make it appear to be wrong.
  • I really like the weather widget. It looks great and does what I want.

Finder

  • Why do all the apps now say .app? It gives it such a "Windows-y" feel. Is that to protect me from accidentally running a program or something? If that can be turned off I'd sure like to know how.
  • Can I get some control over the interface sounds? It seems like such an obvious desire that I wouldn't be surprised if there's already a third-party utility to do so.

X 11

  • I generally use this for only one thing, running gnuBackgammon. For whatever reason, it (gnubg) takes much longer to start up now.
  • I now have to click twice on the dock icon to get it to come to the front.

Spotlight

  • I guess it's great. I find myself making "interface" blunders, though. I'll get used to it, but it somehow seems unfinished. Maybe it's just me, because I can't be more specific. I think part of it is that my expectations were so high.

That's all that comes to mind right now. I really haven't yet done all that much with it. More to come. Comments are encouraged, especially where I'm wrong about things.

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Golf Today

Paradise Pete Paradise Pete writes  |  more than 10 years ago The rain broke early this morning, and Nito the caddy calls me on his way to the course. Convinces me que se vale la pena, it's worth going out there.

So I get there and the course is in good shape, and very few golfers. Nito and I go off alone.

Hole #1: For some reason I'm a little bit nervous today. I also feel like I'm going to play well, so I take the nerves as a good sign. I yank my first drive a bit, but hit it well, so I'm long but in the right rough, about 80 yards out. I hit a 90% sand wedge. It's right at the flag, but because of the rough there's not much spin on it, and it hits and rolls about 15 feet past. It's a slippery and fast putt, but I'm able to get it near the hole and make the two footer for par.

The swing with the wedge felt really good; loose, smooth and easy, and the shot went straight at the flag. It felt like I could do it all day long. So as we approach the the number two tee, with my driver in hand I say to Nito "If this club cooperates, today is the day." And he grabs the putter and says "No, If this club cooperates, today is the day!"

#2, the long par four: I hit a solid drive right down the middle. I'm about 140 out. The flag looks like it might be slightly towards the front, so we vacillate between a 9 and an 8. We settle on the 8. I hit a good shot towards the middle of the green, but then we realize the flag is not just a little, but rather all the way up front, so I'm on the green, but a full club long. I'm able to lag the 30 footer up to about two and a half feet, and make that for par.

#3, par five dogleg right: I hit a good drive down the middle, but what wind there is is against, so I still have a ways to go to get to the turn. I hit a four iron solidly, but with an unintentional draw. It happens sometimes with my long irons, so I'd aimed far enough left to guard against it that the ball curled around the turn nicely. The flag is on the far right, so I have a little tree trouble, but an 80% sand wedge goes right over it, and right over the flag, hitting and sticking seven feet past. I roll it in for birdie.

#4, par four, water on the left. I don't quite get all of the drive, but it's in the fairway and on the right hand side, which is good because the flag is tucked in the extreme left corner, guarded by those trees. So the right side is the place to be to get an angle. I hit a pitching wedge right at the flag, but it's a little long and hits and sticks in the fringe, about 12 feet past the hole. The putt has a big bend in it, and it's fast, so I just try to cozy it up. With its last turn the ball dies at the hole and drops in the side door, for an unexpected but pleasing birdie.

#5, par three over the water. The way it's set up today Nito says it's playing about 120. He hands me a pitching wedge and asks how far I hit it. "125," I say, and he says "Si, OK, plays 125." Hmmm. So I hit right over the flag, and it goes 125, but sure enough the flag is indeed 120 away, so I'm on the back of the green, well long. The hole is on the crest of the hill, and I don't hit the putt hard enough and leave it well short. Now I power the next one past the hole. Then I miss the comebacker! Man oh man. Four-putt Double bogey, and those two birdies go up in smoke. Shoot.

#6, par four dogleg right. I crack my drive to the turn. The flag today is placed perilously close to the water on the right, and you know how the green just feeds everything that way anyway, so I employ some o' that course management stuff and hit a cautious lob wedge pin-high, but ten feet left. The putt is VERY fast, and a has fair bit of break. Too aggressive and it could go off the green and into the water! So I gently baby it up to a foot away, and tap in for par.

#7, par three over the water. Pin all the way in the back, and some wind against, so we go with the 6 iron. Too much club, and I also get another unintended draw. So I'm over the back and right. Tough chip up over the slope, and I leave it short. The next chip one-hops off the flag stick and lands next to the hole for a tap-in bogey.

#8, par five dog leg left. I hit a good drive, but in the left rough, so I've got those two big pine trees to deal with. I avoid those, but catch the branch of one of the small trees instead, and the ball ricochets over the huge water hazard on the left, and lands on the far left bank, just in-bounds. They've dug out the hazard so that now it's a 15 foot deep lake. So I walk all the way around it and through the mud to get to my ball, which happens to have a great big blob of of that mud stuck right on it. I'm 140 out, but because of a small tree the only line towards the green is over the next water hazard and the trees guarding the left side of the green, and with that mud ball I don't think I can make the shot. So I hit it out to at a right angle to the green, across the fairway to the hill on the other side. I'm 70 yards out lying three, but I stick a lob wedge one foot from the hole for a tap-in par. Whew!

#9 the par four over water. I hit a mediocre 3 iron off the tee, and am left with a long approach to the green. The flag is again tucked in the left corner, and from my position it's too dangerous to go at it. Anything less than perfect and it's in the water. So I take a five iron and aim for the middle of the green. Apparently today was "hook the long irons day," as I get yet another unintentional draw. So I'm just over the back of the green, and way on the opposite side from the hole. I don't get up and down, so I make bogey for a two-over 38 on the front.

#10, the par five with the creek. I hit a long drive, up on the hill on the left. That hill usually feeds the ball back to the fairway, but with the wet conditions the ball stays up on the slope. Earlier in the year, when there was a strong helping wind on this hole I could sometimes hit driver, 9 iron. With the rainy season the conditions have reversed, and now there tends to be a wind against here. So instead of 9 iron, I'm hitting 3 wood! I strike it well, and the ball flies over the tree on the right and fades back to the slope above the greenside bunker. I chip up to about 8 feet, but roll the birdie try by. Par.

#11. Par four. I hit a good drive to 100, then a decent wedge to about 15 feet. Somehow I manage to three putt! Bogey.

#12. Long par four. OB and sand left, water right. I hit a good drive to the valley, then a five iron. It of course draws to the right, so I'm pin high but off the green. The hole is again on the crest of the hill, and I can't chip close, and then the par putt lips the cup and stops one inch directly behind the hole. Bogey.

#13. Par four with the tiered green. Water left, wide open on the right. I hit my drive way right to the other fairway. We're not sure of the distance, but decide on an eight iron. The flag is on the upper shelf, way left. Tough pins today. With a slightly uphill lie I hit a towering shot right at the flag, and it's hanging in the air for forever, and we're sweating out the distance, until it finally plops down on the crest of the ridge that runs through the green. It sits there for a moment, thinking it over, before it finally gives up and rolls back down to the lower tier. Bummer. Very tough putt from down there, and I'm not up to the challenge. Another three-putt bogey.

#14. Par four. I crack my drive down the middle, then hit a 9 iron to about 10 feet. I smooth it in for birdie.

#15. Long par three. I hit five iron pin high, but it's a long iron, so naturally I'm off the green to the right. I get up and down for par.

#16. Short par four. Wind against, so it plays a little longer than usual. I hit a good drive, then a pitching wedge at the flag. It hits and sticks 8 feet past. My birdie try just slides by. Par.

#17. Short par three. I hit 90% pitching wedge, but pull it a little, so I'm on the green pin high but 20 feet right. Hole is once again on the crest of the hill. I three putt. Bogey.

#18. Long par five. OB left, water right. Dogleg right. I hit a good but not great drive just past the tree. I crack a three wood to within 40 yards of the green. The flag is all the way in the back, so I hit a full lob wedge, but it's not quite enough to get all the way there, and I'm about 12 feet short. My birdie try just breaks off at the end for a tap-in par.

So, a 38-39 77. And as usual, Nito was right. It was the putter.

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