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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

amicusNYCL Re:Fristy Pawst! (319 comments)

That it's not a 'dark, dismal world', that it's a ''what you make of it'' world, depending on your attitude towards it.

The important question we need to ask is if we want to live in a world of single quotes or double quotes.

6 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

amicusNYCL Re:Fristy Pawst! (319 comments)

Science is cool and all, it has many answers, though not all of them, imo.

That's one of the best things about science, though. Not only does it not have all of the answers (in fact, not even a very small percentage of them), but this fact is ingrained into the entire scientific process with the knowledge that if we try hard enough, we can find the answers.

6 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

amicusNYCL Re:Fristy Pawst! (319 comments)

Why SHOULDN'T first world countries get to share the misery of their less fortunate bretheren, anyway?

For one, because first world countries tend not to have mobs go after health workers and scientists based on belief in things like witchcraft and sorcery, and they also tend not to break people out of isolation in a hospital when the person has a deadly contagious disease. Sometimes a little epidemic is just what you need to get the population on board with modern medicine.

7 hours ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

amicusNYCL Re:Why? (126 comments)

The concept was a good one, but the major thing that kept bugging me was that I would log in after several weeks or months and my playlists kept shrinking. I don't even know which songs it was removing, but in a lot of cases it would remove some songs by an artist and leave others by the same one (or even the same album).

7 hours ago
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

amicusNYCL Re:MDMA Demand (64 comments)

It seems that this is pretty good proof that there is a demand for reputable MDMA.

The SR vendor you're looking for is Geoffrey Giraffe.

If the dosage was known steps could be taken to provide the most fun for the least amount of harm (it sure as hell isn't harmless).

The therapeutic dose is 125mg, with an optional 62.5mg an hour or so in. Note that the additional dose doesn't typically cause any increase in intensity, it just makes it last a little longer. The first dose usually determines the intensity.

12 hours ago
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

amicusNYCL Re:Dollars mean nothing (64 comments)

I had orthopedic surgery last winter and I was paying like $13 for forty 5 mg oxycodone pills.

That's not the same as saying that 40 5mg pills cost $13 though, that's just the cost to you. The manufacturer's price is higher, and they're getting paid by your insurance company. Sadly, I haven't found any insurance company that will go in with me on Silk Road purchases.

12 hours ago
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

amicusNYCL Re:Average price? (64 comments)

236 dollars buys you what?

Around 3 to 3.5 grams of MDMA crystals/powder. The therapeutic dosage of MDMA is 125mg.

12 hours ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

amicusNYCL Re:what a difference a day makes (221 comments)

Police said the man is a contractor, not an air traffic controller or FAA manager.

Reading is hard.

4 days ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

amicusNYCL Re:Taxing the Congested Skies (221 comments)

Your solution is "don't travel so much?" With all due respect, go fuck yourself. We already pay fees on airline tickets to pay for things like this. If the system cannot handle the current load, then the system needs to be upgraded.

4 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

amicusNYCL Re:It's been in bash a while. (316 comments)

I may be naive, but it's difficult for me to believe that someone thought up the attack vector from just thinking about shells in general.

It's not that hard to believe, maybe someone was designing some piece of software where they wanted to use functionality like that. They wanted to have the browser end up defining a function in bash, and then run some additional code, and did some tests to see if it would work. They found that not only will it work, but it will work a whole lot better than they thought it would. At that point, time to tell someone.

5 days ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

amicusNYCL Re:How is that supposed to work? (131 comments)

Who is giving away their time to code review the work of thousands of neophyte programmers?

Probably exactly the same kind of people who answer questions on Stack Overflow or any of the other multitude of programming fora. Believe it or not, but some people like to help just because they enjoy it. I do it because answering random questions can be a nice break in the middle of work and it keeps me thinking about programming (especially problems that I wouldn't encounter in my normal work flow). It helps keep me sharp instead of only ever thinking about what I'm working on.

about a week ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

amicusNYCL Re:Yep, ready for a job in coding (131 comments)

I like this quote:

"It's remarkable to me that people have figured out how to use it."

That is a truly self-aware software developer saying that. Sometimes I feel the same way, I'll design something that will work really well, but once I put it in front of people I realize it doesn't make a lot of sense. But still, there are people who can dive in and pick it up from the start. It's remarkable to me as well when people can figure out how to use my software.

about a week ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

amicusNYCL Re:This is asinine in the extreme. (127 comments)

These prizes should go to people who contribute to the scientific community in such a way as to better humanity. no one gives 2 shits about why banana peels are slippery.

Somewhere right now, someone is posting an outraged message on Facebook about how scientists got a Nobel Peace Prize for research on banana peels, and suggesting that we cut all science funding.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

amicusNYCL Re:US is next? (974 comments)

The two do tend to contradict when religious teachings make incorrect claims about natural phenomena.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

amicusNYCL Re:they will defeat themselves (974 comments)

I don't even think it's just the Kurds. The Sunni and Shia populations don't have a great record of getting along either. It sounds like each of them need their own country, instead of the European-drawn borders of Iraq and Syria. Those borders need to be re-drawn along religious lines instead of some arbitrary border. Break up the two countries and replace them with a Shia state, a Sunni state, and a Kurdish state and things might quiet down for a while. Sadly, countries like Iran and Turkey would not be happy about that, because their Kurdish populations would want some Iranian and Turkish territory to become Kurdish. There are a lot of different aspects to this thing, and everyone is looking out for number 1.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

amicusNYCL Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (974 comments)

Jesus is quoting the priests' law and calling them hypocrites.

You sure about that? To me, it sounds a whole lot like Jesus is quoting God's law.

Jesus replied, "And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God? For instance, God says, 'Honor your father and mother,' and 'Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.' But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, 'Sorry, I can't help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.' In this way, you say they don't need to honor their parents. And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition. You hypocrites!"

That looks a whole lot to me like Jesus, the literal Son of God and Savior of all humanity, is quoting God, his father, the creator of everything, as saying "Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death." Are you reading that differently than I am? You're pretty quick to dismiss the criticism, so what do you know that I don't?

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

amicusNYCL Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (974 comments)

Let us not forget that there's nothing inherent to either Christianity or Islam when it comes to fundamentalism.

I think that both religions go a pretty long way to make sure their followers understand that the holy book is the literal word of God. The book itself says so, after all. That's fundamentalism right there. The bible doesn't say that you're allowed to follow the rules you want and ignore the others, they are all supposed to be followed.

By favorite part of the bible is how Eve got everyone evicted from paradise for eating forbidden fruit from the Tree Of Knowledge. It looks like ISIS is right on board with that. God doesn't want people to have knowledge, and ISIS is happy to lead the charge.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

amicusNYCL Re:they will defeat themselves (974 comments)

No, I think the only option is to go in and kill every last one of them, like the vermin infestation that they are.

Congratulations, you thought of the same strategy as them.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

amicusNYCL Re:Intelligence is highly heritable (269 comments)

Here's my own anecdote:

My maternal grandfather had a PhD in organic chemistry, was an inventor, a professional chemist, and taught at a university. He had a son, who would eventually go on to work for Apple and retire early. That son had a daughter early in life, although he never acknowledged her. She tracked him down decades later and that's when I even became aware of her. She, without any knowledge of her family, pursued a degree and career in aquatic biology, a science profession like her father and grandfather. She shares a lot of common interests and aptitudes without ever knowing her family history while making her academic or career decisions. For what it's worth, I'm a programmer and I'm also fascinated by a wide range of scientific fields.

about three weeks ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

amicusNYCL Re:Looking in the wrong place (269 comments)

Did they look at the CVs of those 100,000 people? How many where self-made *gasp* one-percenters?

I'd wager about 1,000 of them.

about three weeks ago

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