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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

kencurry Re:So, my kids are OK ... (77 comments)

... for eating Cheerios off the floor.

exactly, there had to be an explanation why kids could eat the cereal/funk they find under back seat of the minivan and never get sick!

5 days ago

Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

kencurry Re:Doesn't add up (446 comments)

Why would you want a venue for 20 people that could've held 200? Also, if the reception is small, you can have it in a private home, vs. needing a venue at all.

Talk about stupid.

about two weeks ago

Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

kencurry Re:At Odds (446 comments)

> "Couples who elope are 12.5x more likely to end up divorced than couples who get married at a wedding with 200+ people.

Doesn't seem at odds to me.

People who act impulsively for their own immediate gratification are more likely to get divorced than those who plan stuff intricately and have the combined social pressure of all their friends and relatives acting on them. Well, knock me down with a feather.

My wife and I eloped. Our reason was that we had relatives in east coast, Mexico, pacific northwest, and we are in SoCal. The planning was getting too complicated and expensive, and finding a time when everyone could travel was next to impossible. So we got married in Spain, traveled in Europe, and we had a really nice reception party when we got back.

That was 17 years, and two kids ago - still going strong! ;-)

about two weeks ago

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

kencurry Texas, go ahead with that secede thing (421 comments)

Dear Texas,

After careful consideration, we do actually think that your secession plans make sense after all!

With Best Regards,
The Other 49 States

about two weeks ago

BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

kencurry Re:Incredible (429 comments)

Except the analogy is flawed. A better analogy would be that, instead of yelling "hey, leave some for the rest of us" (which is what SHOULD be done), this michaelcole has chosen to beat the guy to death with a crowbar. That lands you in prison.

No, you are resorting to extreme hyperbole (as are many other commenters here) by equating the submitters actions with violence. The offender is certainly unharmed in the submitter's case and in the analogy given. An improvement on the analogy would be to, instead of shouting "leave some for the others", place a barrier between the offender's and the food, preventing them from getting any more. The submitter advocates coordination with the network owner on the github readme (though this might not be in good faith). In the analogy, the restauranteur would likely escort such an offender out of their restaurant. The only reason they do not do this in the submitter's situation is that the owners are technologically incapable of doing so.

However, it is on the business owner to stop the abuser, it is not for the other clientele to take aggressive action on their own. The best course of action as a consumer is to go elsewhere.

Look, in a functioning society, (or is a smaller sense a social setting), the people involved understand their roles and act accordingly. When society lack these norms, you have chaotic, random behavior, which in the end leads to more problems.

about two weeks ago

Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

kencurry Re:Prove him right some more (263 comments)

X100 with LSD.

I used to think that it was important for people to experience the drug "sense of profound" to get an understanding of what your brain should feel like in "deep mode." Later, I realized that you can get this "sense of profound" watching e.g., inane TV show while high; thus, in fact, the chemical modification was useless. Better off not wasting your time with the drugs, just get on with trying to learn how to think.

about two weeks ago

End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

kencurry Point-end-down-point (156 comments)

I think that was it: a way to highlight a really long array in 123, vs. dragging the mouse through a giant array. This is particularly painful on the Mac version of Excel. Adios 123, you are fondly remembered.

about three weeks ago

Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

kencurry I told you no big phones! (421 comments)

Shit, I'm dead only a year or two and then this crap - seriously?

Yours Posthumously,
Steve Jobs

about a month ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

kencurry seat rage (819 comments)

It's what's happening at 30,000 feet!

about a month and a half ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

kencurry Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

Nuclear weapons are serious technology; maybe the most serious tech that we possess. I do believe that this story belongs on slashdot for that reason alone.

about 1 month ago

Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

kencurry Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

No, if you or I did this, we are violating the LAW.

When the brave officer did this, he was just doing his VERY DANGEROUS JOB. /sarcasm

about 2 months ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

kencurry Re:What next (247 comments)

Eventually, we will find that the original 2D system from which we are projected is itself a projection of a different kind; i.e., "it's holograms all the way down"

about 2 months ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

kencurry Re:Who pays the ticket? (475 comments)

Actually no. The reason Google's cars do this is because they (for now) drive in California. The driver's handbook in California explicitly states that you should at all times keep up with traffic, even if it means exceeding the speed limit a little bit, so that all cars are driving at roughly the same speed. You won't get a speeding ticket, because you are following the law. Presumably, in other areas, the car will be reprogrammed with knowledge of that area's driving rules, and will or won't do this as appropriate.

Wow, is that true? I drive in Cali, I guess I should know that but it's been so long since I looked at the handbook. On my last speeding ticket, I did tell the cop that I was merely traveling equal to traffic, and he shot me a look like I was an idiot. If I knew that tidbit, I might have tried to fight the ticket.

about 2 months ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

kencurry Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (475 comments)

Why not? are you saying you never speed? If you trust the car to stop, why not trust the car to speed up?

about 2 months ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

kencurry Re:Rolling roadblocks (475 comments)

Hopefully google programmers put in "cheat-up speed a little if traffic allows" subroutine. That would be awesome.

about 2 months ago

Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

kencurry Re: Why did they pick such a bad buzzword? (98 comments)

Then you would have a 12,000 dollar fridge (I'm assuming this is commercially done, not a DIY), which would require service updates. Some people would buy that, but large majority would stick with the current "pretty nice" fridge for 2000 or less, and spend the money elsewhere.

If you are speaking of a DIY project, that's a different analysis, and could be fun. Good luck if that is what you meant.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

kencurry I've been through both styles with my kids (421 comments)

I Had my older two kids in elementary with a year-round system; now our two younger kids are in traditional. When I first heard about the year-round in our school district (Vista, CA, '90s) I had the same thoughts as "what? kids need summer break, just like I had etc." What I found was that, as far as total days of schooling, it's the same. As far as having working parents, scheduling day care, and being able to take family vacations, year-round is better.

Now, with my younger kids back in traditional, I miss the year round. Summers are a pain to manage, kids get bored, and you have to pull kids out of school to go skiing or visit friends in Europe in October.

So, given a choice, I would go back to year round.

about 2 months ago

I'd most like to (personally) explore:

kencurry Adventure, Indy Jones style (246 comments)

Requisite components:
Exotic city
Pretty woman
Valuable antiquities
Foe, to be vanquished
Adoring mob

about 2 months ago


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