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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

laie_techie Re:Overly broad? (409 comments)

People who regularly drink Coke (or Barq's Rootbeer), Pepsi, or Dr.Pepper, consume about as much caffine as drinking a similar amount of coffee.

In Utah, Barq's Rootbeer doesn't have caffeine. Even with the others, most coffee has more caffeine per fluid ounce than the sodas you mention:
Espresso: 51mg / floz
Regular Coffee: 20mg/floz
Instant Coffee: 7mg /floz
Barq's Rootbeer: 2mg/floz
Coke Classic: 3mg/floz
Pepsi: 3.2mg/floz
Dr. Pepper: 3.5mg/floz

Source: http://www.caffeineinformer.co...

yesterday
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

laie_techie Re:It only takes one ... (381 comments)

I would like to think that reasonable people knew what he meant, but there are a lot of crazy Fox News people out there. Still, they could have used a better term.

Unfortunately I don't think crazy is limited by political leanings.

4 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

laie_techie Re:It only takes one ... (381 comments)

I just heard that Obama wants SWAT teams to react to diagnosed Ebola cases. Talk about discouraging good behavior. I guess that is a more aggressive stance. If the host is dead, the disease will die too.

As much as I dislike Obama, I must respect the office. Obama wasn't talking SWAT teams with guns and other weapons, he was talking about rapid response teams specially trained in Ebola and other diseases. I want to believe you already knew that and just wanted to stir the pot.

5 days ago
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Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

laie_techie Re:Give me $5.000 (108 comments)

And, yeah, I'm in HR. I value long probationary periods - paid, of course, but at a lower rate while training is provided: IOW I care more about your reasoning skills than buzzwords on your resume.

It's people like you that caused me to go through six months as an hourly employee, zero overtime allowed, no paid vacation, no PTO accumulation, no matching contributions to my 401(k), etc. During six months I could have accumulated over 60 hours of PTO, plus my official time as an employee starts after the six months when giving me the five years of service raise. I hate buzzwords as much as the rest, but you don't need a long probationary period to find out if an employee padded their CV.

about a week ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

laie_techie Re:Performance (283 comments)

If your other race car is a 64 mustang or a corvette, range wasn't a concern in the first place.

I don't have a race car. I want a vehicle designed for real world conditions. My current car gets about 500 miles to the tank and fills up in 15-20 minutes when the tank's empty.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

laie_techie Re:Performance (283 comments)

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The sorts of people that hate electric because it's a "hippie thing" will embrace it because the fact of the matter is that, in the end, it just performs better. Can't have hippies beating your Cudda with a Prius.

I'm still waiting on range and charging time to make it worth my investment. With a range of 200 miles per full charge, this car would meet my daily needs 85% of the time. I'd still need something for road trips.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

laie_techie Re:Awesome (283 comments)

How you do figure that? 100k is upper middle class, or there about.

Where do you live that 100k per year is considered middle class? I've been a professional software engineer for 14 years and don't make that kind of dough. Of course you have to take into account the cost of living for my state, and the fact that workers here earn about 75-80% of the national average.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

laie_techie Re:Awesome (283 comments)

Only if you are willing to spend more than half your yearly income on a car.

16k a year for the top end model. That's only around 1/3rd of your income if you make the median income of the US (~51k). And having the median income puts you far, far away from the top 1%.

When talking fractions of yearly income do you count gross or net pay? I would never spend 1/3 of my net income on a car, unless I could pay cash.

about two weeks ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

laie_techie Re:Suspension of Disbelief (193 comments)

Totally true. They confabulate genius with autistic savant, they misrepresent what genius (or autistic savants) can do, and generally have no idea how "normal" people react.

The basic problem is that the writers are not smart, let alone geniuses, so they simply do not know enough to write a show about geniuses.

I say the same thing about The Big Bang Theory. Not everyone with a high IQ is socially awkward or OCD. For better or worse, the show is written to appeal to its intended audience. Hackers, The Matrix, and Jurassic Park took liberties to try and show "normals" how the world appears to hackers.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

laie_techie Re:Chimps have rights, babies don't (385 comments)

I'll start being pro-life when the pro-life folk stop being anti-contraception.

I'm all for preventing conception (the pill, condoms, surgeries, etc), but firmly believe that once fertilization takes place the zygote should be protected in most cases (one obvious exception is a pregnancy resulting from rape). Only subgroups in the pro-life camp (such as the Catholic Church) speak out against contraception. Even though I use contraceptives myself, I believe that students be taught that abstinence is the only contraceptive method which is 100% effective all the time. Teach the risks of each method (for example, a small number of condoms tear) so students can make an informed decision. Don't use scare tactics or guilt trips.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

laie_techie Re:Land of the Free (191 comments)

Have they been using the identity of real people to catch pervs? While I want the pervs off the streets, I'm not ok with them using someone's identity without that person's explicit permission.

I thought people around here generally thought the concept of prosecuting for thoughtcrimes was disgusting? And yet here you are, saying that "all those pervo scumbags should be locked up forever!" How about we lock up the ones who actually do something (child molesters), and leave the ones who can't help that they have disfunctional sexual attractions but never act on them (pedophiles) alone, or at worst make them attend mandatory counciling (PedophilesAnonymous perhaps?)? Pedophilia does not mean child molester.

You are putting words into my mouth. I have often said that being tempted isn't a sin, but acting upon the temptation is. Police set up fake profiles in places where they meet scumbags. Those scumbags who solicit sex and go to the house (eg. those who act on their temptations) are the ones who are caught and taken off the streets. We only know that a person has these attractions because they've done or said something to tip it.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

laie_techie Re:Land of the Free (191 comments)

They've been doing this for years to catch child molester pervs. This is nothing new and is completely legal.

Have they been using the identity of real people to catch pervs? While I want the pervs off the streets, I'm not ok with them using someone's identity without that person's explicit permission.

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

laie_techie Re:Wait, in favor of a minority? (292 comments)

If it's discrimination in favor of a minority, doesn't that make it affirmative action rather than discrimination?

Affirmative Action is sanctioned discrimination.

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

laie_techie Re:On the recieving end of racism. (292 comments)

May be now some of those candidates would know what it means to be on the receiving end of racism and look with some sympathy and understanding when black, brown, yellow Americans complain about it.

I am mostly White (I am part Blackfoot, but you wouldn't know it looking at me). I grew up in Hawaii. Only 30% of my high school was White. All the best jobs were reserved for native Hawaiians (Whites earned 75 cents for every dollar earned by Hawaiians). Anyone who was at least 5% native Hawaiian had access to free private education (non-natives were ineligible to even apply). I had White friends who had to be taken off island in the middle of the night because of race-based death threats. Every school had a Kill Hauoli Day in which any White student would get the crap kicked out of them (it's been at least 30 years since a hauoli actually died). Remember that different places have different racial minorities.

about two weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

laie_techie Google Public DNS? (191 comments)

There workaround is to use Google's public DNS (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4)???

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

laie_techie Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

Many states are "right to work" states, which actually means the opposite of what it sounds like. In those states, you can be fired for any reason or no reason, so long as if there is a reason, it is not an illegal one. That is, you cannot be fired based on your ethnicity, for example. (At least in theory.)

Utah is a "right to work" state (unions are outlawed by state constitution). However, it is our status as a "work at will" state which means that either party can sever the contract for any reason (or no reason!).

about two weeks ago
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

laie_techie Re:I've been impressed with IE lately (122 comments)

And "resources hog" is a relative term when desktops tend to now have 16GB+ memory and quad core 3ghz CPUs that are idle 24/7.

Where do you find reasonably priced desktops with 16+GB of RAM? From what I've seen, 8GB seems to be the norm for desktops.

about two weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

laie_techie Re:Women in the drivers seat`? (482 comments)

I know a few couples that ended up going long term that met through text-based MUDS, MOOS, Sensi-Summinks, EWTOOs and EWTHREEs. They basically met with all text based profiles and messaging, and only afterwards did they have pics.

I was a member of eharmony.com for a year without any good results - they think having religion in common was enough to sustain a long lasting relationship. I went on two dates set up by that site. My wife was a member of ldssingles.com for a year without success. A mutual friend introduced us and we chatted for over a month before we exchanged photos. Over the course of 9 months we became romantically attracted to each other. Ten months later we had a fiancee visa, and got married 30 days after she got in country. Our relationship is going strong despite the challenges a newborn can present. From our experience, we got to know each other a lot more intimately than people dating off line because we couldn't spend our time making out or watching movies together.

about three weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

laie_techie Re:Yawn... (534 comments)

"There's a joke among my sect. We are called Latter Day Saints (LDS)"

so you are a mormon?

Yes, I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is the largest sect within the Mormon denomination. I rarely call myself Mormon because most people can't distinguish between the various sects, and often confuse us with the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) led by Warren Jeffs.

about three weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

laie_techie Re:Yawn... (534 comments)

from the reading i'm doing on authoritarians (both followers and leaders), ONLY about 20% of xtians have ACTUALLY read the bible completely... only 20% who think that the received wisdom of THEIR GOD is worth actually READING, much less studying or seriously debating about it... isn't that odd ? ? ?

I'm among the Christians (you know that Christ in Greek begins with chi - often represented by x) who have read the entire canonized Bible. I have not read all the Apocrypha (not easily found in these parts). I question the value of the Song of Solomon, and skim over most of the genealogies. I tend to study by topic instead of cover to cover, but I complete the Bible every four years or so. I've read the Bible in both English (King James Version) and Portuguese (various translations based on the work of Joao Ferreira de Almeida). I do not speak Aramaic, Greek, or Latin, so I haven't approached translations in those languages. Studying in multiple languages gives excellent insight.

THEY proclaim it is the most important book in the his story of the universe, blah blah blah, but only about a fifth of them bother to read it...

There's a joke among my sect. We are called Latter Day Saints (LDS), so on multiple occasions our leaders have told us to be Latter Day Saints instead of Latter Day Aint's. Belonging to a particular sect means nothing if you don't study what that means and live the Gospel.

for some reason, whenever i see xtians and other religionists, the only thing i think their religion has done for them, is make them bigger liars and hypocrites than non-religious people; which i *thought* was the complete opposite of what was supposed to be the case...

Not everyone who follows a religion is a liar or hypocrite.

maybe of they read THE book a little closer... hee hee hee

about three weeks ago

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