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Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

laie_techie Re:Still useless to Brazilian portuguese (122 comments)

A Brazilian like me will have to do a good effort to make sense from what you wrote if you do not know brazilian portuguese and try to use Google translate.

I spent two years in Brazil, and my wife is brasileira. I find that by speaking both English and Brazilian Portuguese I can understand most translation mix-ups between these languages. As an example, the confusion over do and make.

about two weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

laie_techie Re:Conform or be expelled (320 comments)

Actually very few areas in the US have HOAs. It's just that they are the more rich, white areas, which are more desirable. I've never lived in a place with an HOA, and only a handful of people I know live in such areas. They are often more expensive, as you are paying for the "privileged" of having someone boss you around. There must be lots of people into that. Though my current house is in an HOA area, but the HOA wasn't strong enough, so I bought the house from people who didn't sign the HOA paperwork (no idea how many owners before them didn't), so I own a non HOA house in an HOA neighborhood. Or maybe only the homes that have a plot at the local airstrip have to join the HOA.

I live in an HOA area in Utah. Our units are currently worth $200k. Our HOA fees (about $100/month) cover use of the clubhouse / swimming pool / community park, snow removal, upkeep of our front yards, and home insurance. Non-HOA homes in the area go for $300-400k.

about three weeks ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

laie_techie Re:Tired of this shit (448 comments)

I agree with your sentiments, but disapprove of your use of such filthy language. I'm a White heterosexual male. I married a Brazilian of a darker complexion. I have Chinese, Filipino, Latino, and Polynesian in-laws. I have cousins who are 50% Black. Race is not an issue; culture is. I don't care about the color of your skin. I am tired of people playing the race card. People should be hired and paid based on qualifications, and in 95% cases race is not a qualification (exception for performers at cultural centers; people don't fly 2000 miles to Hawaii to see a blonde dancing the hula).

about a month and a half ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

laie_techie Re: It has been done. (448 comments)

Here's a question for you: why is Obama "black?" Was that his choice, his family's choice, his culture's choice, your choice, all of the above or just some proclaimed fact from an all-knowing-deity?

Barak Obama is 25% Black African, 25% Arab, and 50% White. He is called Black because the 25% of his genes are the most dominant. He got 25% Black African and 25% Arab from his Kenyan father. Barak didn't choose his race nor ethnicity (but he saw that 25% Black was more advantageous than 50% White when applying for student aid).; these were chosen for him by his parents.

about a month and a half ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

laie_techie Re:5th Admendment? (446 comments)

Your logic is slightly flawed. An egg laid by a not-quite-chicken is still NOT a chicken egg. The embryo inside that egg was a chicken, so the chicken came first.

No, you're not reading it right. Given the constant small steps of evolution, you end up tripping over the very definition of chicken. Becuase that alomst but not quite checken is a mythical creature. What we have today, we consider chickens. What we have today is slightly different from the jungle chicken. But that would have been a chicken then. That's why he uses the N+1 argument, evolution doesn't stop. We can observe complete speciation, but not the tiny steps of detail.

Which is why the argument ends up becoming is the chicken that laid this egg the chicken, or does the egg laid become the chicken?

It may be even more tangled than that - if it's a chicken egg by virtue of the animal hatching from it is a chicken, then it only becomes a chicken egg once it's fertilized (unless it was laid by a chicken).

about 2 months ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

laie_techie Re:5th Admendment? (446 comments)

And even if you specify chicken eggs, it's *still* the egg. By the process of evolution, the first chicken would have been a mutation from parents that were almost, but not quite, chickens. The almost-but-not-quite-chicken mother would have laid an egg, out of which hatched the first chicken. So the egg came first.

Your logic is slightly flawed. An egg laid by a not-quite-chicken is still NOT a chicken egg. The embryo inside that egg was a chicken, so the chicken came first.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

laie_techie Re: huh? (187 comments)

The "spirit" is bullshit. There is no brain, so there's no place for consciousness to emerge from. It's no more alive than a scab.

Religious people believe in the spirit (hence my qualification). As for no brain means no more alive than a scab, you are aware that not all independent life forms on earth have brains, right? Sponges and Trichoplax are examples of animals without a brain.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

laie_techie Re:This is the same community (581 comments)

This is the same community that you can still start a street fight, or at least a troll war, by asking "Which is better: emacs or vi?" I'm not sure they're ever going to get over this. But, like the above question, the world will move on and leave them behind.

But the OS works with either vi or emacs (or heaven forbid both) installed; you can only have a single init system

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

laie_techie Re: huh? (187 comments)

Yeah, but what educated person believes a blastocyst is "alive"?

Can you empirically tell me at what point a group of cells starts being "alive"? Or, if you're religious, at what point the spirit enters that ball of cells?

about 2 months ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

laie_techie Re:We have one in the US, too (231 comments)

My objections to the ACA? It raised my premiums 200% for similar coverage. It forces everyone to have health insurance (or pay the tax penalty), meaning that insurance companies can charge what they want.

As opposed to what? The government mandating prices?

If you meant that insurance company profits peak at an unresonably high profit margin level, isn't that what the market is supposed to take care of?

If the government mandates that everyone purchase a product (such as health insurance), then there is no incentive for those selling that product not to fix prices. Such a mandate gets rid of most rules of an open market.

about 2 months ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

laie_techie Re:We have one in the US, too (231 comments)

What is it specifically you object to about the ACA? Covering more people? You do realize the whole idea behind any health insurance is that healthy people support the unhealthy. My main objection to it is that it let the health insurance companies and their "death panels" ("actuaries" to you) live. It has only been since the 1960's that insurance companies have gotten into health insurance in a big way. And we can mark the cost rises for health care to them.

My objections to the ACA? It raised my premiums 200% for similar coverage. It forces everyone to have health insurance (or pay the tax penalty), meaning that insurance companies can charge what they want. No one knew what was in the 2000+ pages before it was passed (with the promise they could read it later).

I like that insurance companies can't deny coverage based on preexisting conditions.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

laie_techie Re:huh? (187 comments)

How can you "abort" a fertilized egg that isn't even in a womb?

Abort in this sense means to end. You can abort fertilized eggs by destroying them, cooking them, etc. Abort doesn't mean to remove from the womb.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

laie_techie Re:huh? (187 comments)

Posting anonymously since I've voted on other posts: I don't think 99% of people would care that non-human cloning it erases a potential life. We end actual animal lives all the time for food, sport, or simply out of carelessness.

Concerns about cross-species surrogacy (that could kill the mother, a species with problems of its own), creating social animals with no living members of the species to acculturate it, and of course, spending millions of dollars that could (arguably) be better spent preserving extant species all seem like more likely ethical concerns.

I'm against ending animal life for sport, but support hunting for food and being good stewards of the land. I feel that animals deserve humane treatment - if you are going to harvest an animal for food, kill it in the most painless way reasonably possible.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

laie_techie Re:huh? (187 comments)

You've never eaten eggs? What do you think eggs are?

The only fertilized eggs that I know people eat are balut. And, no, I don't eat balut.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

laie_techie Re:huh? (187 comments)

Well, yeah, but you wouldn't be using a human zygote for this. Seems like only the 3 craziest members of PETA in the world would have an ethical problem with this...

Are you saying it's ethical to abort animals?

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

laie_techie Re:huh? (187 comments)

I don't understand... what would be unethical about this?

Study up on how cloning works. You take a zygote (fertilized egg), then wipe its genetic code, replacing it with the desired genetic code. The ethics come into play int he wiping stage. If you believe that life begins at conception, you could easily view wiping the genetic code from a zygote as killing the (potential) life.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech

laie_techie Re: The first step to control (109 comments)

Constitution shmonstitution, we got us a mujorty! We can do as we likes. First up, let's repeal the goddam 15th.

Republicans also have a majority in the House.

about 3 months ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

laie_techie Re:Sadly, not surprising. (182 comments)

Sadly, the US has this too with "Free Speech Zones." If the President is driving down the street or a political convention is being held in your city and you want to peacefully hold up a sign protesting a policy of theirs, you are free to do so... in a specially designated zone that is actually nowhere near where they are. We wouldn't want our leaders to see opposition to their efforts, would we? Yes, we have a first Amendment, but the courts have ruled that "make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech ... or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances" really means that you CAN decide WHERE the people protest so long as you don't prohibit the content of their protests. So you're free to say whatever you want, so long as it is in this gated cage with an armed guard miles away from the person/people you are protesting.

I have visited Salt Lake City, Utah, during the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I couldn't be more grateful for those Free Speech Zones. Before these zones got put into place, I was physically grabbed by protesters. I'm fine with peaceful, respectful protesters, but once my physical safety is threatened, it's time to do something.

about 3 months ago
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Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

laie_techie Re:Background material: (152 comments)

I understand your point here, but if he wasn't actually found guilty of whatever they're trying to prosecute him with, he's still innocent until proven guilty. To do what you suggest, would allow the government to prevent a plaintiff from seeking legal recourse because they're awaiting prosecution of an unrelated issue.

Isn't resisting arrest a crime? Isn't ignoring a subpoena a crime? He may (or may not) be guilty of the original crime, but he's definitely guilty of subsequent ones.

about 2 months ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

laie_techie Re:That's the part that "counts" (groan) (443 comments)

Do you know WHY they use 40+ year old Russian engines? Because they are better than anything West has to offer.

It seems to me that in order to be better, they have to deliver their payload, and not explode. When they blow up, their effectiveness falls off to zero real quick.

From what I understand, the rocket was veering off course, so they activated a self-destruct mechanism.

about 3 months ago

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