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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

nobodie Re:Militia, then vs now (1583 comments)

Even though I'm pushing 60 and not as tough as I was when I was fighting 3 nights a week, I agree across the board with the young P. Unfortunately, what you are actually advocating is "fort au main" or the strong right arm.

While I would agree with how you would care for others, as would I and most of my students, it doesn't take away the opportunity for some to use their strength inappropriately. This has been the justification for increasing use of force since time immemorial.

So, as much as I disagree with what the gun lobby and the stupid love of the 2nd amendment has done to this American dream, we need to solve deeper problems first, before we take away the equalizers that give some (admittedly foolish) the sense of equal strength in dangerous situations.

9 hours ago
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Japan Orders Military To Strike Any New North Korea Missiles

nobodie Re:Bad Neighbors (107 comments)

Even Communist China --has never been even close to communist--
FTFY
Mao was a dictator, nothing less. The cult of personality was his main power base, not anything remotely communist. The "Maoist doctrine" was anti-intellectual fluff for the uneducated masses who bought into his persona.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

nobodie Re:I don't think people care (470 comments)

Sorry, but you are wrong. I teach an English 101 class in a special program for the local power company. It is to help their employees and the kids of the employees begin to get a Bachelor's while they are working full time.
For the first class I ask the students (many in their 30s and 40s, some older) what they would like to study, with the understanding that I teach using some kind of content to write about that they are interested in. Last semester the students chose "Mars One" as their first topic and "The Global Warming Conspiracy" as the second. I did the research for the first one, just to show them how to create and modify search terms and get expanded results. They were excited and amazed by the information that I could give them. They wrote essays that summarized the information they thought was important and all of them decided that they didn't want to go on a dead end trip, no matter how hard I tried to sell it. (Personally I think it is a cool idea, but not one I really want to do either)
But the really cool one was the "Global Warming Conspiracy." I let them do the research, helped them try to find facts from both sides and then let them work together to try to understand the facts. Almost all of them changed their minds entirely about the conspiracy, they decided that it was actually an "anti-Global Warming information Conspiracy" by the tea party supporters and the big oil/ big energy corporations. Just giving them the tools to find real answers gave them a chance to build real critical thinking skills and apply them.
I would like to add that I used some of the links from posts on slashdot for both sides of the argument, Thanks folks!

about two weeks ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

nobodie Re:In a society that has destroyed all adventure (364 comments)

As I remember from a teenage adventure in the 70s when I screamed through downtown Lynchburg Virginia (the home of Jerry Falwell, the Moral Majority and the Old Time Gospel Hour) try to run through a red light. Going as fast as I could in an MGA from 1959 I failed: all the lights turned green as I came up to them.

about two weeks ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

nobodie Re:Um no (224 comments)

the problem was that he was alone. 40 Years ago I lived together with 15-20 other people on a small utopian farm (based on Walden II by BF Skinner). We were part of a larger group of communities and we all set our clocks one hour "ahead of the rest of the world" and called it utopian standard time. UST was fun, a controlled kind of anarchy if you like. Not difficult to implement at all really.

about three weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

nobodie Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (517 comments)

Back in the saddle, the placebo effect is under attack today. A British anti-naturopathy researcher has shown that the placebo effect is not the 10% we assumed (based on research) but in fact is 65% or higher, which pretty much covers damn near every effin' pharmaceutical on the flippin market. Maybe we need to look more carefully and research placebo more carefully. We do need the idea, it is valid, but we need to have a reliable figure.

about three weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

nobodie Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (517 comments)

OK, so let's back up a bit because there are a lot of non-western treatment options that do work. Others, like willow bark, also work and don't tear up your stomach in a reasonable dosage (as in, would you take a dozen aspirin for a headache?).
So, examples:
Acupuncture (mentioned above as quackery) works quite well for many things. Studies (last I saw was from Harvard where they showed physiological effects from the needles even without correct placement) have shown remarkable clinical effects. The most classic case studies often used to "prove" that acupuncture doesn't work are based on the idea that if it can't solve a problem that western medicine can't solve then it is fake. Like a pinched nerve in the lower back. It only provided short-term relief, not a cure, so it was no better than an NSAID. Except it doesn't cause the GI problems that NSAIDs do, but that is a different issue. Nonetheless, since it is not a cure, it is a failure and a fake.
Chinese herbology is amazing. I had lived with a swollen and painful spleen that appeared during viral bouts with the flu for almost 20 years. I went to see a Chinese herbologist and three days later not only was the swelling gone, it has never reoccured. Note: I didn't ask for a cure for the spleen and didn't mention it. She found it during her checkup, noted it and added a few things to the "tea". Do you know of any western medicine that treats the symptoms of the flu and cures a spleen problem like this (whose name my western family doc didn't even know.) The various teas that are prescribed have been tested and are been used for cancer therapy, thyroid treatment, endocrine imbalance, and many many other problems. My wife's Master's degree was in this topic and she was working with the top Chinese endocrinologist who is in high demand at medical conferences all over the world.

BUT, there are also all kinds of phoney baloney crappola in the world as well. I was at a "health resort" in Thailand and met someone with a piece of 1/4 inch pipe twisrted into a crude spiral. He was trying to find investors for his startup to produce and sell these amazing "water energizers" that "add energy" to water as it leaves your tap!!! And don't get me started on "Dr Ozone"
So, you have to keep your head screwed on straight and not get sold a bill of goods about anything. 50 years ago every jumped on the "low fat/high carb" diet and now we have diabetes and obesity. Wake up folks! I saw a thing the other day about how our ancestors ate no sugar. Bullshit, of course they did, I've seen the recipes. They just ate a lot less sugar.
OK, I retire to my armchair......

about three weeks ago
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It Was the Worst Industrial Disaster In US History, and We Learned Nothing

nobodie Re:Not even close to the worst. (290 comments)

Florida is a dirty commie trick to pollute our precious bodily fluids. :)
FTFY

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

nobodie Re:Ignore Silicon Valley (379 comments)

"Quoth the raven 'Nevermore!'"
Just because it is not in all versions does not make it incorrect, or non-existent. "Ain't" exists in South-eastern American as well as Received British, but you treat it as being non-standard. The more interesting question, with English, is "What is standard?"

There is no global answer, or even a regional answer. We have "media" Englishes that many people accept as a kind of standard, but they are often accented strongly. There are high-status varieties (like Received British or "Queen's") but they are usually contained within small populations (like a 1%). Since we have no language authority (like the Academie Francais) to decide what is ENGLISH, we all get to make it up as we go along. The only question becomes one of mutual comprehension. If you understood the poster then he succeeded, if not then he failed (for you and others like you). Capeche?

about a month ago
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Pine Forest Vapor Particles Can Limit Climate Change

nobodie Re:Ha ha ha! (124 comments)

My family owns 160 acres of forest in the George Washington NAtional Forest: a "working" forest with a high proportion of hardwood. The problem is more complex than anyone wants to touch here. Basically though, trees are cut at "maturity" which is determined to be about 50 to 70 years. I was retiring up at the cabin there when a local woodcutter came by to "warn" me that I would need to cut my pine because of the pine bore beetle infestation that was sweeping the forest. Not only would I lose money, but I would be a disease vector if I didn't let him cut the trees and pay me buckets of cash for them.
So I called in an old family friend, a retired forester from the old school. He called bullshit on the whole thing and I told the woodcutter to f**k off.
10 years later, I was overseas and my little brother was stopped on the road and told the same story by another wood cutter. The value had almost doubled at that point. He took it and let them cut the little bit of pine we had. Stupid, but it did help to care for our mother in her final days, even though we didn't really need the money at that point.
Anyway, everyone around us now has had their land "selectively cut." That means that they take the best and leave the rest. The recovery is ugly. Since I have held firm against any wood sales since then the value of some of our hardwood is doubling each decade. My great-great grandchildren will be able to live off the sale of a tree. And they will be some kind of awesome trees at that point as well. We already have oak and maple that can't be wrapped by a tall man's arms.
The deal is that the woodcutters equipment is setup for the logging of trees of the expected size, we can't really expect that trees of the size that ours will be in a hundred years will be an easy cut and haul, but when you do it will be worth it.

about a month and a half ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

nobodie Re:Rejects (921 comments)

Dude, I live in Florida where a man and his wife were texting their babysitter during the trailers to a movie and a man sitting behind them started to bust their chops about it. I would like to say that hilarity ensued, but instead the texter "attacked" the good citizen (who was just insisting on his god-given right to come armed to the movie theater) with a dangerous bag of popcorn so of course he protected himself by shooting him dead in front of his wife.

Amazingly, the shooter didn't get out on a personal recog bond. Will wonders never cease?

about a month and a half ago
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Speedier Screening May Be Coming To an Airport Near You

nobodie Re:Catwalk (163 comments)

golly, scarey ceramic swords on airplanes! And I know that if you can manage a ceramic sword you're not going to try to get one on a plane because of those fancy x-ray thingys at the airport. They can't get nothin' by those thingys, no they can't. except guns and knives and bombs of course, but shoot, as long as they stop the ceramic swords.

about 2 months ago
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Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

nobodie Re:Odd (335 comments)

Would ya'll just quit fussing! Yesterday news was that there is a new interface for auto touchscreens that reads number of fingers, spread or contraction of the fingers and direction of movement to give control over volume, station change input source etc. for the media and then a similar thing for climate and so on. It did not matter where you touched the screen, but rather the number of finger and etc. Thus your concerns are addressed by the evolution of technology. So sit down now and quit fussin'

about 2 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

nobodie Re:It's a status thing (717 comments)

Your ideas about housing costs are... quaint.
I bought my house, which is three houses down from one important bus stop (Stright to work for me) and two blocks away from three other bus stops that take me north, south and higher speed to the north for $70,000. I'm bicycle distance from cultural/restaurant/tourist areas in one direction and downtown in another (museums, aquarium, restaurants, music festivals, etc.). Its the fools that live in the burbs that are paying 250-500,000 for houses without public transit. My son walks to school in the morning and afternoon, plays outside with neighbor kids after school and generally has a great life. Screw the burbs.

about 2 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

nobodie Re:And in other news... (625 comments)

It is messedup, I agree.
For most of my life I had my own companies and my own policies that I used for all my employees and my family. It was easy, I chose a medium good policy that fit what I needed and ran with it. It was a cost of doing business.
Then I retired, went back to school and got a BA, and left to teach in Asia. I had a credit card with a $5000 limit that was our insurance policy. All our insurance. Never needed it or used it, even paid for the birth of my youngest out of pocket.
Then, two years ago, we came back to the US. Jesus what an effin' mess! It took me a year to get everything the way I wanted it, coverage for the people who needed it, the right coverage for our needs and within my income and, and , and.
Interestingly, the first thing I saw was that the best deal by far was using an HSA (Health savings Account) as the primary component of my family's policy. I pay in a small paycheck deduction (pretax) and the university pays in twice that (also untaxed) which goes into a personal savings account that accrues over time and can be used to pay off the deductible or whatever is needed. For this I get a 67% reduction in the cost of the policy and a higher deductible. After one year now I have almost the entire deductible in savings.

I tell colleagues about this program and they are not interested. They don't even bother to read their paycheck to see how much is coming out for the various deductions or consider how to improve that cost to them. But they will keep a crap car for another year because they can't yet afford to buy a new one. They will move into a cheaper apartment because not only can't they afford to buy a house, they can't pay their rent in their apartment.

Maybe its because I was in business before, but I don't see any reason not to understand my money.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

nobodie Re:what if... (716 comments)

Calling BS (after 25 years as a building contractor/job superintendent and project manager). Straw Man> The mason works under contract to build a wall. The nature of bricks, and mortar, and the process preclude the possibility of "bricks falling out the bottom."

Now, if the dev was hired on contract and found, on testing, that his work had a bug then it should be in the contract what the devs responsibility should be. Exactly and clearly what his responsibility is.
Now, if the dev is hired as an employee, then they are working on the clock and their work on the clock is based on their employment contract. Nothing more and nothing less.

What other world is there? Oh yeah, the world where you fools accept a contract that doesn't have a 40 hour week or over time compensation or all the things that protect a brick mason from being raped by their employer. So you have gladly accepted an employment contract that lets your employer treat you like crap and all you can do is write in to a forum and risk getting raped for that too? Too bad, just too bad.

Why did you let yourself get into this?

about 2 months ago
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Wozniak Gets Personal On Innovation

nobodie Re:I blame textbook monopolies. (161 comments)

i'm gonna' mod you up to11, you have hit it all on the head.
(I'm a parent -- of 6 kids, three natural and three step--, a teacher, the brother of a teacher and brother in law of two other teachers; i do know a lot about both sides of the fence)

about 2 months ago
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Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

nobodie Re:So... (351 comments)

What? I'm missing your creds or your sources, my wife is a doctor nd specializes in inflammation and "heat" stuff (I'm not the doctor obviously) and she just snorted and wandered off when I showed her this. To translate that means you are stupid.

about 3 months ago
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GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

nobodie Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (359 comments)

Apple would only allow a limited set of hardware, finding those was difficult and they were expensive, cheaper to buy a pre-dead computer for parts.

about 3 months ago

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Fascists circling the wagons

nobodie nobodie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nobodie (1555367) writes "In a shocking recent story, the New York Times describes how Microsoft is being used by the Russian government to quell dissent by seizing the computers of NGOs and other dissenting organizations (individuals next???) in order to search for .... pirated MS products. This has the blessings of the Redmond giant because it is inline with their global anti-piracy efforts: "Microsoft lawyers made statements describing the company as a victim and arguing that criminal charges should be pursued. The lawyers rebuffed pleas by accused journalists and advocacy groups, including Baikal Wave, to refrain from working with the authorities." (from the story, by Clifford Levy)"
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