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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Reziac It's part of your education. (350 comments)

Learning to make do and do well enough on damned little is part of what you're supposed to learn in life. If you didn't learn it before, you'll learn it in college. Being thrifty all around, reusing and repurposing, cooking your own meals because it costs a fraction of what it does to eat out. These are valuable life lessons that will serve you in good stead when things don't go entirely swimmingly later on.

7 hours ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

Reziac Re:Shame this happened (136 comments)

I knew someone in Los Angeles who had disposed of some tired storebought tomatoes by tossing them into the front yard for the birds to eat. The seeds volunteered all over the place and after a few years of benign neglect, their yard was one big self-renewing tomato patch -- producing perfectly edible tomatoes, all of the same variety. Apparently whatever they'd bought at the grocery were not hybrids.

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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Reziac Re:Simple problem, simple solution (359 comments)

The real reason is probably a lot simpler: Cost.

Before you break ground on a single-family home in Pleasanton CA, you must cough up in excess of $125,000 (yes, 125 grand) in fees and permits.

I expect said fees and permits are even more expensive in San Francisco proper.

[For comparison, in Los Angeles County a home building permit is $38,000. Here in Montana it's from $50 to $2000 depending where you are.]

3 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Reziac Re:Militia, then vs now (1581 comments)

I'd say that his revision would have the direct effect of creating a more-effective police state, where the government need never fear The People.

The whole POINT of the 2nd Amendment was that government SHOULD fear The People.

3 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Reziac Re:Uh-huh (857 comments)

The explanation will be AGW and CO2 until something more profitable comes along...

Fascinating video on the sunspot factor. Makes the best sense I've seen yet.

about a week ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

Reziac It doesn't say they can't distinguish... (469 comments)

...it says that sometimes they found the new equaled or surpassed the old.

That's far from being "can't distinguish".

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

Reziac Re:Let it die (509 comments)

Lazy was probably not the best word. But people do generally avoid needless work, and when that was something you formerly had to do to survive, it can be perceived as 'lazy'. If the deaf person can now hear and has no pressing need for ASL, why go to all the extra work of learning or maintaining your ASL?

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

Reziac Re:Let it die (509 comments)

I've heard basically the same about 'dwarf culture' -- that when surgical techniques for increasing leg length became a realistic treatment, there was a huge backlash against it, as if being able to be 'fixed' invalidated all the existing dwarfs.

And don't think it doesn't exist among the blind, too. A friend who is partially sighted has been on both sides of the fence, and while immersed in it, railed against the same crap in the blind community.

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

Reziac Re:Now replace "deaf culture" in your text (509 comments)

When I was a kid I lived next door to the deaf-and-blind school. Every kid in the neighborhood played on the grounds. We never saw the blind kids, but when we'd see the deaf kids out on the grounds, we'd try to include them in our games. But they would not play with the rest of us.

about two weeks ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Reziac Re:farming vs. hunter gatherer (351 comments)

Some of whom practiced slaving and genocide, too. Roundly denied by the idyllicists.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Reziac Re:who cares (641 comments)

Some people fail basic math... Frex, this handy story problem:

new truck: $500/mo. payment, $200/mo. insurance, $500/yr lic.
old truck: $700 in repairs on average every 3 years, which is $20/month, permanent lic. $270 one-time cost, ins. $10/mo.
Both get about the same gas mileage.
Which one is more expensive to own??

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Reziac Re:Good for you. (641 comments)

There was a story here a while back about where someone had pulled together stats, total number of computers vs how many were infected (I don't remember precisely how they collected the data, but I vaguely recall it was from a search engine's logs). We were all astounded to read that the infection rate was only 0.4% of all internet-connected computers.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Reziac Re:Personally (641 comments)

Same here. I'd have to replace the whole machine to 'upgrade' the OS, and there's nothing Win7/8 can do for me and my current needs that XP can't. Firewall and router, don't click on or run random shit, and don't let email run scripts... I have clients with setups 15+ years old, infection-free, who do no more than that for security.

Someone pointed out that these 0day exploits aren't quite... that most derive from reverse-engineering the patch, then seeking unpatched machines. No patches, no cues where to look.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Reziac Re:Hardware requirements (641 comments)

Someone here turned me on to this motherboard:

http://www.ibase-i.com.tw/mb80...

I got one purely for the ISA slots. It's very stable and well-mannered, tho it does need an update to handle larger HDs. (I don't really care since anymore I either run HDs as externals or off a SATA adapter card.) Company responds to support queries with a Real Human.

I have a stash of P2 and P3 motherboards/CPUs for the same reason... ISA slots, and fast enough for the purpose.

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

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

That's another good point, and I've known people who did not distinguish. One function of skimming is to find out if it's worth your while to read carefully... read everything carefully and you waste a lot of time and effort.

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

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

I max out at about 800wpm with full comprehension, but can skim much faster -- a skill learned in high school history class, where the trick was to pick out the highlights from the wall of uninspired text. Conversely, I may read a book with a leisurely pace at a similarly relaxed speed. And yeah, I've found that people who read slowly do not grok that some people can process print that fast.

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

Reziac Re:Meh (224 comments)

Indeed -- I took this to be the same skill as the primitive who glances at a vast prairie, immediately gets all the information he needs from it (not enough game to be worth the trouble to hunt, too big to search for scarce water) and moves along to something else.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Reziac Re:Pipeline ruptures are extremely common. (163 comments)

And how much of a problem are these accidents as a percentage of the whole? I'd guess it's some miniscule fraction of a percent, relatively safe compared to, say, medicine or automobiles or bathtubs. But like a plane crash (also a rare risk) it's spectacular compared to everyday risks.

Also, let's not forget that a great many of today's housing developments grew up AFTER the pipeline or refinery or whatever nasty-NIMBY. Who is really liable when you move in next door to a known potential risk?

about two weeks ago
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Facebook and Google's Race To Zero

Reziac Re:How do you make money out of "zero"? (53 comments)

I don't think it's about selling merchandise. I think it's more likely about becoming the one-low-monthly-payment access to an internet of micropayments... basically they'd be a reseller for such websites, same as Prodigy did in the olden days. Meanwhile, they still can sell your eyeballs to advertisers for a little over-and-above the guaranteed monthly rent paid by subscribers.

Think on that when someone promotes the notion of micropayments... who will it really benefit?

about two weeks ago

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I understand friends. I understand fans (tho I wonder where I got some of 'em). I understand foes. But WTF are "freaks"?? I don't recognise any of those people. Maybe it's time to clear brush from under the bridge again. ;)

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 12 years ago

And sorry, trolls anonymous and otherwise, but I don't respond to your ilk. Just in case you came here to find out if there were any available goats.

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hell, I didn't know /. *had* a journal, til I found a link appended on someone else's comment!!

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