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New Drug Mimics the Beneficial Effects of Exercise

gubon13 Re:The alternative (492 comments)

(And a more general problem here is that the general public -- and the media -- is generally ignorant of even the most basic statistical concepts.)


about a year ago

Soldiers Looking For Hookups On Craigslist Are Being Warned of a Military Sting

gubon13 Re:So what? (335 comments)

The issue is that - fair or not - these people made a commitment to the U.S. government and its people. Part of that commitment entails keeping themselves in the best possible shape to act at a moment's notice to protect the constitution and yada yada yada. (The so-called "military owns your body" argument.) So it's not a problem with sex, it's a problem with soliciting prostitutes - not exactly nature's perfect specimens of health. That these are people in high positions of authority makes it worse.

Look at it this way - Imagine you're playing chess. If one of your pawns suddenly gets AIDS, you can lose him, even though it affects the overall battle worthiness of your troops. Now imagine you lose a knight. Significantly greater impact. And it's not like they're bringing prostitutes back to the safety of the barracks; they're going into seedy areas and putting themselves at risk of kidnap or attack.

I'm not condoning what the military is doing in this situation, nor am I saying it's wrong. After reading the linked articles, I don't have enough information to form even a knowledgeable opinion on the matter. I'm just addressing why it would be bad to let soldiers fuck any filthy thing they want in their downtime.

about a year ago

Japanese Gov't Accidentally Shares Internal Email Over Google Groups

gubon13 Japan is more advanced than us (25 comments)

They've already accepted that Google has all of their information anyhow.

about a year ago

Archaeologists Discover Lost City In Cambodian Jungle

gubon13 Re:Let's hope no one needs... (91 comments)

I spent some time out in Angkor Wat and the surrounding areas just a few months ago. Beng Mealea was by far my favorite because it was the least molested and commercialized. Cambodia is in a period of economic transition and they are starting to amass the kind of discretionary wealth necessary to properly protect their proud history. Sadly, most of it has been destroyed and/or looted over the years and there is little they can do about that.

As for your hope, I can pretty much assure you that the area where they re-discovered these ruins is so far away from any place that would need a real road that you needn't worry...

about a year ago

Facebook Cancels UK Launch of HTC First

gubon13 Re:Hardware vs Software (54 comments)

This is kinda like Nokia pinning their company future on Windows phones -- if nobody bought them, it was Nokia left holding the bag.

I would disagree because it's not like Nokia had many other options. They were quickly being phased out of the market, suffering massive losses, when they decided to gamble on Microsoft's phone platform. The amount of time it would have taken them to develop a new operating system and/or next-gen Symbian would have guaranteed their continuing loss of market share for at least a couple more years.

Nokia had to gamble on either Microsoft or Google. Microsoft is the one that came to the table with a ton of cash to boost joint development of the new endeavor. At the end of the day, Microsoft had/has just as much - if not more - to lose than Nokia.

about a year ago

Aurora Attackers Were Looking For Google's Surveillance Database

gubon13 G-Men. Gmail. Coincidence? (81 comments)

*Cue the dramatic prairie dog*

about a year ago

Adobe Creative Suite Going Subscription-Only

gubon13 Re:Is Photoshop that much better than the rest? (658 comments)

Aside from having switched to Mac for my daily driver, I hadn't heard of either of these. Will check them out as a possible option to use on my work system, though. (I really can't express how much I dislike GIMP.) Thanks.

about a year ago

Adobe Creative Suite Going Subscription-Only

gubon13 Re:Is Photoshop that much better than the rest? (658 comments)

To be honest, I was trying to think of an answer to this question and couldn't come up with anything.

I've been using Photoshop since it first came to Windows in the early 90s. Never looked back. I did try PSP early on, but there was a huge feature gap. I've heard that gap has been narrowed considerably, with 90+% of common features. I used to be a graphic designer and Photoshop was (is?) the de facto standard. You almost had to buy it just to be able to open other people's files. That meant, however, that you could easily get help with learning techniques, wide availability of plugins, etc.

I no longer work in the industry, but I still open Photoshop at least twice a week to tweak something. Familiarity is my main reason for sticking with Photoshop. Not sure what I'll do when the new SaaS model goes live...

about a year ago

Google Cache Makes Murdoch's K-12 Site Look Obscene

gubon13 Obviously the cached content was not current (101 comments)

Rupert Murdoch doesn't want to f_ck your a_s - he wants to f_ck your access to impartial press.

about a year and a half ago

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover

gubon13 Sometimes science gives me a woody (101 comments)

I'm trying to understand the sheer awesomeness of the technologies necessary to get to this point where I can have some sense of what it's like to be on Mars, and it's a bit of a pant-tenter...

about a year and a half ago

Digging Into the Legal Status of 3-D Printed Guns

gubon13 Re:Symptomatic of what's wrong with American polit (404 comments)

I get your argument, but it's not just the actions of one crazy person that has prompted this discussion. Many would argue that gun violence has become more pervasive, and I'd have a hard time arguing against that statement. And before I continue, I realize that my comment came across as being "anti-gun," but that's not actually the case. My main gripe is with ineffective government.

As a parallel, here in America, we have a ridiculous war on drugs. The same argument has been made that criminals get their drugs regardless of the laws. I'm actually in favor of decriminalizing 99% of drugs and legalizing 5% of them for the tax revenue. You could end the illegal drug trade overnight. (Hyperbolically, of course.) If people have free access to drugs, they have the right to choose what harm they may or may not do to themselves. Obviously, individual gun use has a far greater potential for hurting others than individual drug use. We have to at least be realistic about that.

I disagree that this doesn't need attention, and here is why. I agree that criminals will always ignore laws and have access to whatever they want, but what about children? Consider a depressed 13 year old, surrounded by responsible adults, who has no access to a gun. Said 13 year old is highly unlikely to have the machinery or skill-set to homemake a gun. If this kid has access to a 3D printer, however, suddenly he/she has access to a deadly weapon - that can harm not just themselves, but others, too - with just $100 in Internet-sourced parts. 3D printers will become more prevalent in the near future. I'm not suggesting that the government try to restrict their sale or use. I'm simply acknowledging a potential problem and asking why they aren't considering what we can do to help prevent unnecessary tragedy down the road.

I'm not looking for new legislation, just better enforcement of existing legislation, with a possible amendment to recognize new technologies that could affect the access of weapons to children.

about a year and a half ago

Digging Into the Legal Status of 3-D Printed Guns

gubon13 Symptomatic of what's wrong with American politics (404 comments)

"Experts on all sides of the issue seemd to agree that no clarification of the law would happen until a high-profile crime involving a 3-D printed weapon was committed."

Yes, let's just file this issue away until the problem is too pervasive to control. Nobody take responsibility. Brilliant.

The ineptitude of American politics and their reactionist mentality have slowly turned us into a de facto laissez-faire society. The reality is that our government is highly ineffective at dealing with modern issues, let alone proactively seeking to address potential concerns from emerging technologies. With gun issues at the forefront of today's political discussion, how is this not a topic that needs immediate attention?

about a year and a half ago

If You're a Foreigner Using GPS In China, You Could Be a Spy

gubon13 Don't worry, China... (219 comments)

...I've got Apple Maps. Even if I geotagged one of your military sites, I'm just as likely to inadvertently order a missile strike on the Superdome.

about a year and a half ago

Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

gubon13 Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

...and now I wish I hadn't blown my mod points on semi-logical arguments...

about a year and a half ago

Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

gubon13 LibreOffice (464 comments)

You can haz open source solution with full MS Office compatibility...

about a year and a half ago


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