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3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

ook_boo No... (251 comments)

...I checked, and I already have enough cheap-looking plastic smartphone cases.

about 9 months ago

Why It's So Hard To Predict How Caffeine Will Affect Your Body

ook_boo Re:Caffeine is a drug.. (212 comments)

"gives the impression of improved brain performance without really delivering it" Not too sure about that. I went off caffeine for six months once, then took a trip overseas (8 hours time difference) and had to drive 6 hours on arrival. At dusk, I noticed I was literally falling asleep at the wheel and drifting across lanes. So I pulled over to a coffee place, had my first coffee in six months, and it was like magic. No more drifting into opposing traffic.

about 2 years ago

A Few Million Virtual Monkeys Randomly Recreate Shakespeare

ook_boo What about the urine? (312 comments)

Not really realistic, considering that a real monkey would get p-d off after a few minutes and start throwing feces at the page, and eating the pages of other monkeys. From what I saw, his virtual monkeys don't do that.

more than 3 years ago

Accent Monitoring: Innovation Or Rights Violation?

ook_boo Context is important (448 comments)

Call centers in India have good reason to Americanize (not "neutralize") the accents of the workers there. But the Arizona case reminds me of my grandfather, who was born and raised in a certain rural area of Canada, and got a job teaching in the same area. So if ever there was a local accent, it was my grandfather's. But some fool administrator with a Scottish brogue so thick nobody could understand him sat in on one of my grandfather's classes and marked him for his "foreign" accent, which in his ignorance he didn't recognize as a local variant. I sincerely hope nobody is doing something like that in Arizona.

more than 3 years ago

How Today's Tech Alienates the Elderly

ook_boo Re:Unnecessarily complex? (453 comments)

At a certain point, people stop focusing on their dreams and start focusing more on memories. And by the time they turn 50, it's memories of memories. So it isn't a "complexity" issue, it's what happens when people coast in life too much and let the synapses atrophy.

more than 3 years ago

Google Wants Your Voice Data

ook_boo I is have hamburger? (138 comments)

Right. Everyone get on Google Voice with funny unnatural accents, unusual intonation and non-native grammar! Let's skew their data.

more than 3 years ago

Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

ook_boo Not as useful as one would think (2288 comments)

I have had too many students tell me an electron that passes through a weak field will end up with a velocity of something times 10 to the 9th power m/sec....faster than the speed of light. So even with ease of conversion between units, it is very easy to screw up if your brain is not turned on. Meanwhile, outside the classroom or engineering firm, it is very unusual to have to convert from miles to inches for anything practical, or for that matter from km to mm. The point about exports is also incorrect. The US and Canada are each others' largest trading partners, and I see no serious issues due to the fact that one country uses metric and the other doesn't. Finally, if a country converts, there is still the matter of legacy measurements, especially in areas like real estate, so the population needs to learn both metric, US units, plus the conversion factors between the two. So the argument that metric is simpler in this case won't hold.

more than 3 years ago

Corporations Hiring Hooky Hunters

ook_boo Japan 20? (610 comments)

Sorry, Japan labor laws mandate 10 days of paid leave, not 20.

about 4 years ago

Mr. Pike, Tear Down This ASCII Wall!

ook_boo Tried coding in Japanese (728 comments)

About 15 years ago I worked in a Japanese office where the database had its own scripting language. The company that created the database had translated all the keywords into Japanese and made it so that it would display correctly, so IF --> , etc. Further, you could flip back and forth between English and Japanese versions easily and not have problems with the compiler. But not one of the Japanese programmers used the Japanese version. They thought it was just weird, and they'd already learned how to use IF in English anyway. I suspect using non-ASCII symbols is a solution without a problem.

more than 4 years ago

US Couple Arrested For Transmitting Nuclear Secrets In Sting Operation

ook_boo what secrets are these? (372 comments)

There's something strange about this. How to make atomic weapons is not that difficult, and certainly not secret. Any 14-year-old with an interest in physics and chemistry has enough information to do this. The tough part is that you need a medium-sized country with the infrastructure and budget to refine the materials and manufacture to high specifications.

more than 4 years ago

Archbishop Bans Pop Music At Funerals

ook_boo not new (38 comments)

They are just stating the policy of the church as is always has been (that the funeral is a well-defined service not meant to be a wake or memorial of the life of the deceased), and noting that celebrations or memorials of the person's life can be held at a separate celebration or even at a separate mass. It's also known that the church has not been enforcing its own policies in some parishes. Possibly the real news is that the NY Times reporter is so ignorant of the Catholic church that he thinks this is all newsworthy.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft & Intel Get a Pass On Higher H-1B Fees

ook_boo Re:Do these H1-B stay in the US (209 comments)

An employment-based green card is very expensive, so it makes sense that MS would only give it to a few of their H1Bs. My company did sponsor my green card, and it cost them about $50,000. And in one of life's twists, I had to leave the US for family reasons soon after I received the green card, so all that effort was for nothing.

more than 4 years ago

Japanese Guts Are Made For Sushi

ook_boo ...and Americans are made for steak... (309 comments)

Yeah, 20 years ago there was similar pseudo-science published in Japan claiming that Americans were specially built to eat hamburgers.

more than 4 years ago


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