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Fish Tagged For Research Become Lunch For Gray Seals

happy_place Re:Seems pretty benign (48 comments)

I wonder if true fish population counts might be skewed, if the ones being monitored are all being eaten. It would show that fish populations are smaller than they really are. Which could affect local fisheries and conflate environmental impact concerns.

2 days ago
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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

happy_place Re:Learning English (127 comments)

I'm a native english speaker, and learned a ton of language just by reading D&D books... They use an assortment of words you don't regularly encounter in regular off-the-street speak. :)

about 4 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

happy_place Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

A reporter on location reported on NPR this morning that they had a couple witnesses that saw a flash prior to the downing of the launch. Apparently due to the pro-russian population of the village where it was downed, this is a very unpopular confession to make. This is a HUGE snafu for Russia, who has been arming the rebels, so they can continue to humiliate Ukrainian air power. I also think it is ridiculous that Obama is only speaking out of concern for possible US Citizens missing. The Netherlands are a solid ally, this is a terrible attrocity...

about 4 months ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

happy_place Re:Simple math (245 comments)

I am playing the latest 4X turn based stat game. Age of Wonders III. It's fantastic. I can't imagine this ever being on consoles because there's so much more to it, and it requires me to really focus to play.

about 7 months ago
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Why Transitivity Violations Can Be Rational

happy_place Re:Most likely exists to prevent over-grazing.. (169 comments)

It might also have to do with competition. If there's little competition for my preferred food source, I will eat it last, knowing it will last longer. My wife hates dark chocolate, but I prefer it, so if there's a bag of chocolate bars and dark chocolate, I'll dig into the milk chocolate first, knowing that my wife will actively consume those as well, then when they're gone, I still have the dark chocolate to enjoy afterwards, while she's without.

about 10 months ago
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Government Lab Uses Smartphones To Measure Gamma Ray Exposure

happy_place Re:My iPhone is getting Angry! (105 comments)

So can the phone detect the radiation it is generating and solve that endless debate as to whether cellphones are causing brain tumors?

about 10 months ago
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How Much Is Oracle To Blame For Healthcare IT Woes?

happy_place 43 Million Dollars!? (275 comments)

Well there's the problem right there... they only paid 43 Million dollars. I think that's enough to buy one license of Oracle DB... for maybe a week or so...

about a year ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

happy_place Re:Should be legal, with caveat (961 comments)

As the expense of caring for the Elderly increases, I predict this will become a very popular notion. Sure some will abuse it, but it's not like we don't already treat our elderly people as disposable. At a certain point there will be a deluge of stories like this. There will be stories of "brave" elderly who take their own lives to save their children the inconvenience of their existence, even when they aren't ill... It's kind of the way of a society focused on efficiency and productivity, that no longer really gives a role to the elderly. (There are cultures that value the elderly and see our modern culture as abhorrent, but they don't have wikipedia...)

about a year ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

happy_place I really liked it. (233 comments)

Yeah there was that one coinkydink, but the visual effects were spectacular, and I can't remember enjoying a superhero movie to the degree I enjoyed this one. Maybe it's because my teenage daughters all have a crush on Thor, but it was a decent fun movie, well made, and worth the price of admission.

1 year,9 days
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I wish my car could...

happy_place Re:Missing option: (443 comments)

One option that's missing is "Fly through Time" (rather than space). Even if it were a few minutes at a time, I would never need be late again.

about a year ago
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Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future

happy_place Re:Books perhaps... (149 comments)

I still use our local library, though I'm a huge fan of ebooks. There are certain books I don't want to purchase, but can access via library or interlibrary loans, that make accessing the books more feasible. I take my kids there and they have a chance to just look through the shelves and find something they would not normally take home and read on their own. One daughter started reading a series I'd never heard of lately because she was attracted to the covers of some of the later books in the series, we had to place a hold on the first book which wasn't in this branch of our library, then as she started reading, she was a little perturbed by some of the content which she shared with the whole family, reading aloud passages that she thought were a bit gory--though I could tell she was secretly delighted by... This same daughter was a very slow to take to reading and required special reading assistance in grade school when younger, and not til she read the Harry Potter series did she really enjoy it. Now she's in High School and is absolutely thrilled to be reading "classics" like "The Crucible" while the rest of her class are dreading it.

I also like how you only get the book for a couple weeks at a time. To me, it's motivating to read the book or move on... you have to choose to actually pursue the book. You don't collect a hundred of them on your edevice and never finish them...

The nicest thing about a trip to the library is how much I pay to go... I do worry that even with cheaper books to access, the whole "free to read" concept is jeopardized by our need to affix a pricetag to everything.

about a year ago
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Glenn Greenwald Leaves the Guardian To Start His Own Site

happy_place Re:Recruited by NSA? (94 comments)

kind of ironic the story leaked. I don't see why he can't tell us everything... right now... he's kinda made a living on doing that.

about a year ago
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Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone

happy_place Re:My failure was actually awesome success... (414 comments)

Mr. Shuttleworth probably has an Amiga Computer... best darn computer ever (just ask someone who owned one), ahead of its time, and completely forgotten nowadays...

about a year ago
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HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

happy_place Re:My wife worked there for 25 years (477 comments)

Carly actually did this, citing HP's long history of caring for its workers. Many employees donated their pay to keep layoffs from happening. By the end of the Summer of 2001, though, she went ahead and enacted lay-offs anyway. In fact it about a month prior to 9-11. After announcing the lay offs, she then promptly announced the acquisition of Compaq, which she clearly had in mind ahead of time.

Other than that, she spent a lot of time talking about espeak, which never really amounted to anything, because XML (a non proprietary open standard) became accepted as the defacto application interface meta-data language. She wanted to turn HP into Computer Sciences Corp, doing consulting and software services, because she saw IBM's success...

But HP has never really done software all that well. (Just check out any HP programs that come installed or packaged with your workstation or print/scan center... (I'm not talking drivers, but the software that presents that information... it's always abominable and on most of my systems it breaks quickly.))

about a year ago
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HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

happy_place Re:My wife worked there for 25 years (477 comments)

Lew Platt was Carly's predecessor, not successor. Lew split off Agilent first, then Carly came along and enacted the first ever lay-offs inthe company's history, because she was enamored with the draconian Cisco model leadership, which boasted a mandatory firing of the bottom 5-10% of the workforce every year, which was in direct and utter opposition to the HP Way (the basic concept that if you trust your engineers, give them what they need to succeed, they'll rise to your expectations and do a great job). The summer prior to the Lay Offs, Carly begged the employees to give back part of their pay to avoid lay offs, claiming it would avoid the inevitable. Then she "cut the fat" as she saw it... and then bought Compaq... then she butchered both those companies... which left all those who endured the lay off wondering why they'd donated their salaries to finance their eventual lay offs. It was a new low in leadership, that has only gotten worse with the ridiculous scandals and such that continue to plague a once decent company.

about a year ago
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HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

happy_place Re:RIP (477 comments)

Now, now, those were heady days before we knew things like 9-11 and that Cisco wasn't the end-all company that she thought it was... or its mandatory firing of the bottom 10%... that she salivated over and tried to impose on a company that had never even seen a single lay-off.

Whacky fun.

about a year ago
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I'd prefer my money be made of ...

happy_place Paying with Evil (532 comments)

Thankyou, whomever made this poll, for allowing me to vote for using evil itself. Hee hee... made my day.

about a year ago
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How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?

happy_place Re:In utero (299 comments)

The problem with teaching children in utero is the smarter ones hack mommy's system and that makes for a difficult pregnancy, with her constantly craving hot pockets, bacon flavored snacks and highly caffienated beverages.

about a year ago
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How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?

happy_place Re:logic (299 comments)

One problem with math education is that it simply isn't the same thing as logic or computer linguistics. Even Discrete Mathematics uses a whole different set of terms, jargon and solves only a subset of the sorts of logical conditions one can expect to program in a computer. But then that's been a problem for mathematics since its inception--its application to real world issues and uses...

And very few schools actually teach programming, even at the High School level, let alone at lower level education. One reason is that a programmer generally gets paid better than a public school teacher, and so if you know how to program you've probably got a better paying job not at school. Further there's the question of what is a decent education in programming--and do you focus on programming at all with the limited time and access to computers--or teach them basic computer skills and be happy with it.

In a public school you can probably expect the computer science teacher to double as a coach, with his first love being coaching. My High School experience was a bunch of us "smart kids" (most of them were kids who had dads with computers and that had taught them a few things) figuring it out, while the teacher floundered to explain sorting algorithms and what recursion was. (He had no clue, though I didn't realize this until I got to College and what had taken months to study and explain was all explained in perfect clarity by a grad student in about an hour lecture...)

about a year ago

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Study shows: Being in Nature improves brain function

happy_place happy_place writes  |  about 2 years ago

happy_place writes "Been staring at a screen too long, and still not sure what you're doing? Sounds like it's time to head for the hills! A study conducted by Universities in Utah and Kansas demonstrated that brain function really does improve when we take a break from all our gadgets, fast-paced multimedia, multitasking lifestyles and just get out into Nature. (News summary of article found here too.)"
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Distracted Driving claims another life

happy_place happy_place writes  |  more than 2 years ago

happy_place (632005) writes "A few minutes after posting on her facebook account a joke about the dangers of driving and facebooking, a Utah State University student was killed in a motor vehicle accident in the middle of Idaho. This article describes the incident and describes research about how texting and driving is the equivalent motor impairment to drunk driving."
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Monitor Your Teen's Driving

happy_place happy_place writes  |  more than 5 years ago

happy_place (632005) writes "Are you in denial about just how bad your teenager drives? Inthinc technologies provides a way for parents to set web-based rules on locale, speed limits, and even how hard they hit the breaks, and monitors their driving habits for that warm heart to heart you have with them every night at the dinner table. Teens will no doubt love how safely they drive, as this article concludes, "If you know you're being watched, you're definitely less likely to break the law.""
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140 MPG Hummer coming in 2011

happy_place happy_place writes  |  more than 5 years ago

happy_place (632005) writes "A Utah-based geothermal energy tech-company called Raser Technologies is shifting gears into hybrid powertrain creation. Press claims the company has modified an H3 Hummer to get up to 140 mpg, with conjecture that smaller vehicles might get upwards of 400 mpg. Of course the official website is calling such predictions "forward-looking" just in case there some media hype involved--so your mileage may vary."
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Black Holes could really suck.

happy_place happy_place writes  |  more than 5 years ago

happy_place (632005) writes " Fox News is reporting that some scientists may think that creating black holes with the world's largest particle collider may not be a good idea. Which begs the question, which scientist forgot to carry the one, and what could possibly go wrong with creating black holes in the middle of the European Continent?"

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