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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

parkinglot777 Re: Wow ... (409 comments)

The bank supplies Apple's POS software

Are you sure about that??? I highly doubt. The software can be from anyone (or merchant). I don't think banks supply POS software. I believe the only thing that bank supply is the validation between the bank and retailers/corporations.

2 days ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

parkinglot777 Re:What about... (154 comments)

I really love the people who claim that second hand smoke is worse for you than first hand smoke.

I am not really sure how you would interpret the GP to "second hand smoke is worse for you than first hand smoke." I do not really see it from the post. What I am seeing is that how second hand smoke would affect the baby of a mother who is in her pregnancy and not a smoker. The question is related to the GP's parent post talking about a mother who is a smoker but stops smoking in her pregnancy.

Also to me, there is no level of danger between first and second hand smoker, but there is only harmful or not harmful. To me, both types are harmful. The different between first and second hand smoker is the first hand smoker does it at will but the second hand smoker is being forced to take it. In other words, first hand smokers do smoke because they want to (usually wherever they want if no restriction); whereas, second hand smokers are there for a reason that is not for breathing in the smoke. If one wants to argue about these people, who do not smoke, should not be there, that is a different topic and should be discussed else where.

*I was a non-smoker who roomed for a couple of years at college with a pack a day smoker. When I moved out I found I'd become addicted and started smoking (stupid, I know).

I was growing up with a father who smokes a pack a day, and none of us (7 children) is a smoker (ever). Yes, we all are second hand smokers for many years (longer than a couple years you claimed), so being a second hand smoker has nothing to do with becoming a smoker.

2 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

parkinglot777 Re:let me correct that for you. (616 comments)

You are stating as a cause, what is really a consequence.

You can't think of the consequence? It is rather obvious to be honest...

about two weeks ago
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Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

parkinglot777 Re:Wasn't that a movie? (122 comments)

what I find more surprising is that someone was able to discover such a small crater. 80m isn't big relative to how big Siberia is.

True that it is not that big. But would you consider monitoring area + taking images from satellite(s) as the reason? Why would they monitor the whole area? I don't know. But images from satellite nowadays are much much higher resolution (compared to 15~20 years ago when I was using them on my study) and could easily be analysed using a computer software. So any changes in the area would alert those who are monitoring.

about two weeks ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

parkinglot777 Re:I hate to imagine it (126 comments)

The baby continued on antiretroviral treatment until 18 months of age, when the child was lost to follow up and no longer received treatment. Yet, when the child was again seen by medical staff five months later, blood samples revealed undetectable HIV levels (less than 20 copies of HIV per milliliter of blood (copies/mL)) and no HIV-specific antibodies. The child continued to do well in the absence of antiretroviral medicines and was free of detectable HIV for more than two years.

However, during a routine clinical care visit earlier this month, the child, now nearly 4 years of age, was found to have detectable HIV levels in the blood (16,750 copies/mL).

Hmm... I would assume that the #5 is correct (see bold portion in the quote from TFA). The only wrong info I am seeing is the "almost 4 years" instead of "4.5 years" time range...

about three weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

parkinglot777 Re:Why is this news? (443 comments)

(in other words, all bad news about Teslas are exaggerated beyond belief, kind of how like cyclists are a menace on city streets due to all of the traffic laws they break, even though cars kill tens of thousands of people a year).

Wait... What 'cars kill tens of thousands of people' has to do with 'cyclist are menace on city'? They are 2 completely different stories. In other words, even though the statement about cars kill a lot of people is true, the statement does NOT make the cyclist are menace to be false.

about three weeks ago
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

parkinglot777 Re:And they think we'll trust them to drive us aro (132 comments)

look on Wells Fargo's website for their location addresses and then put the closest one's street address into google's map for navigation.

Google's location-address information is not always accurate. I have put many addresses in only to find the actual business and/or home a few blocks away.

If you carefully read, you would see that the GP is suggesting to use Google Map to navigate, not to find where the location of the business should be.

about three weeks ago
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FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

parkinglot777 Re:Failing to learn from history? (47 comments)

The companies (and I do hate Amazon and pretty much all the other monopolies in this country) should also use common sense knowing you have idiots that lack any sense to better protect your company.

If you think it differently, you would see that common sense is not equal to profit. Big corporations (or any of those who are out to make more money) do try any business practice and hope they can get away with. In this case, they have a certain level of expectation on parents' to be able to foresee what their kids are going to do. They try to push the responsibility on parents and exploit the loop hole in order to get away with their business practice. So why do they care for common sense that many parents are idiot or short sighted?

Also, let me ask you this. How many big business out there that really care and apply common sense of their customers to their practice? They may start off with caring for their customers. Once their customers are locked in, at one point they all make their own rules and expect customers to follow. Now it becomes "take it or leave it." How many customers actually leave even though they make a complaint? This happens not only in the U.S. but everywhere else in the world. It is the business common sense to exploit other humans...

about three weeks ago
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The Billionaire Mathematician

parkinglot777 Re:education (96 comments)

We need fewer students in university, not more.

Perhaps, if you one day you find yourself teaching a bunch of uninterested twits as a non union, non tenured contractor, you might wanna throw that into the equation.

Perhaps, unless you are the mentioned person of the parent post, who is a teacher, a non-union, and a non-tenured, you should not want fewer students. Why? Think about it. If there are not many students, why do they need to hire more adjunct/instructors for when they already have enough tenured? Even though the money from tuition does not make as much profit as research grants, it does provide steady revenue to the school. Also, the larger the student body, the more tuition they earn. If the number of students is small enough for faculty people to handle, then there would be no need of adjunct professors or instructors. Then the mentioned person in the parent post will come out and make a different complaint...

Schools in the U.S. is operating in the way to maximize the profit (even with public schools). Getting a couple extra students into a class is extra money for them. So there is no reason for them to try to stay at the minimum number of students per class, but rather try to pack as close to the maximum as they can. Student loan is the student personal problem, not the school, because the student makes his/her own decision to go for. One can argue the issue with student loan from a for-profit private school (that it is the school that lure/entice students into more debt), but that would be a different story.

about three weeks ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

parkinglot777 Re:Hate to break it to you ... (176 comments)

Reading comprehension problems?

I think the guy just replied to GGP on the part saying " They have a convenient clause in their constitution which lets them refuse to extradite anybody, no matter what" which is exactly what Article 61 is.

about three weeks ago
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Intelligent Thimble Could Replace the Mouse In 3D Virtual Reality Worlds

parkinglot777 Re:Your arm will get tired... (65 comments)

You gotta be pretty freaking lazy and weak to get tired moving a Wiimote around.

It all depends on what game you play, who you are playing with, how often do you play, how intense you play, etc. You may never experience fatigue or muscle pain on the next day because you keep playing certain game that does not require much of the movement. Or you spend all your time playing Wii everyday so your muscle gets used to the movement. Who knows?

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

parkinglot777 Re:That's Less Than $1 per Device (530 comments)

They are probably replacing a $2 a device worker with a $1 a device machine.

I am not so sure that that is the case. If a Chinese can assemble an iPhone in an hour, then this old news -- http://www.mercurynews.com/bus... -- would give some idea that the replacement is not that much different (think about maintenance cost). I believe it is more on the labor law issues (less headache). The law suit from "human" could be very expensive. So it would be much easier to have robots do the work instead of humans, so that they can no longer need to worry about how many hours a day each robot can work. They could simply swap a robot out if it breaks (no hospital cost, just maintenance).

about three weeks ago
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15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

parkinglot777 Re:Another child making unsupported claims (203 comments)

I'm skeptical since there doesn't seem to be an actual patent application

If he filed a provisional application, then it would not be searchable or published yet. You will have to wait until either he wants to convert it to a patent or the time to file non-provisional is expired. If the time is expired, the information in the application will disappeare -- http://www.uspto.gov/patents/r... for more info.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

parkinglot777 Re:One's "god's will" the other isn't (1330 comments)

Actually, any diety religious has an answer for what you are saying... If something good happens, it is the God plan. If something bad happens, it is either the God punishment or the Satan works... The God mercy is also interpreted differently from those who believe. It is very tricky when religious is involved...

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

parkinglot777 Re:A win for freedom (1330 comments)

an IUD induces abortion by preventing the implantation of an embryo

An embryo means the egg has been fertilized. There are 2 kinds of IUDs. One, as knightghost said, the device prevents pregnancy by killing the sperms (or preventing them to get to the egg) before they FERTILIZE the egg. The other, is targeting more on embryo implantation (but still has some effects on prevention on ferilization). If they ban all IUDs because of the latter type (and they do because of oversimplification), they are in the wrong.

If you do not know more about IUD, google it...

about a month ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

parkinglot777 Re:Facts vs Stereotypes (435 comments)

When I went to college here (10 years ago), there were about 30% or less women in most CS classes. No black woman. A few black men. A few hispanic. Almost half and half Asians and Whites. When I went back to college again for graduate (about 7 years ago), there were one or two women in classes. Most of those women who were in class were Indian. I saw similar number of Asians and Whites. Still no black woman. Still one or two black men. No hispanic...

about a month and a half ago
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Why the Moon's New Birthday Means the Earth Is Older Than We Thought

parkinglot777 Re:Age of the earth (98 comments)

With what did the collision happen if the earth wasn't already there? I fail to see how the moon being carved out the earth 60 Myr earlier affects the age of the earth.

This. I thought exactly the same thing. It's like, I have a 20 year old toaster, I made toast in it 4 years ago. So, that means it has to be a 24 year old toaster?

From what I understand, the article should say that the earth could be up to 60 million years older than we thought. Because we do not know the exact time difference of the formation between the earth and the moon, we may still say it is 0 up to 60 millions years. If the earth and the moon have formed at the same time, then the earth is 60 million years older than we thought. If the earth had been there 60 million years or longer before the moon formed, then there is no change in the earth age.

about a month and a half ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

parkinglot777 Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

In the worst case, if your company somehow has 100% of their costs being labor, a 5% increase in wages would be a 5% increase in costs. It is mathematically impossible for what you say to happen.

I got your point and I agreed. However, I would not take the 100% cost being labor as the worst case because external cost that you have no control of could easily be even worse. In other words, you would be relying on your supplier mercy on the cost increment. Therefore, increment in wage can't (and shouldn't) directly translate into increment in cost...

But the GP point about reducing regulation is simple minded. Doing so, he/she assumes that 1)big companies won't exploit the deregulation, 2)new business will be successful with less regulation, and 3)new business won't exploit the deregulation.

The cutting program is also tricky as well because a program may be important to certain group of people but is not attractive to others. How would one know which program should be cut and which should not be? It would become a political game instead of attempt to improve the economy.

about 2 months ago
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Ph.Ds From MIT, Berkeley, and a Few Others Dominate Top School's CS Faculties

parkinglot777 Re:dream on (155 comments)

What? You said something. I responded, and then asked your point. So... what was your point?

Straw man ;)

Yeah, almost.

As for firing them, that's just petty. However, I only try to convince others through argumentation; nothing more. That is not control, and it seems you have trouble understanding what it means to control others.

No, all of any human interaction can be seen as control, not most. Using your "convince" word, I can still say I am trying to "convince" others, not control. It is just your perspective seeing that it is "control" if anything comes from others and it is "convince" if it is come from you. Period.

You didn't actually debunk anything I said.

Why should I debunk when those who have a brain will see it clearly, so there is no debunk. Besides, if I say something, you will come back with pointless questions again. No need to go further than that.

Once again, you didn't provide an actual counterargument. Insulting me and saying "history" is not a counterargument for what I said.

See what I said in the previous quote. No need further reply.

In a workplace, employers are sort of important. If they let you stick around, then your workplace is rather different. As for where you mentioned bosses, well, since this is a discussion about workplaces and firing people, it's not surprising that I would bring it up.

I have no ability to make you understand still. Workplace != Clients && Boss is NOT ALWAYS EQUAL to employer && Boss != Clients. Are you living in the U.S.A. where we are talking about? Don't try to narrow the topic to only WORK PLACE where you could get fired. The topic is about using "curse word" which is NOT LIMITED to only work place. You kept saying or defining words/situation to favor your own convenience. The short-sighted is not an insult but it is a message to open your eye, but it doesn't work. Also, cursing to your boss may not get you fired (most likely is depended on a situation and if the boss is the owner of the company) but cursing your clients and then the company loses the client could easily get you fired. I am not going to explain why but anyone who has a brain will know why.

Your sentence != reasoning, either. These words can be used to convey a meaning, *just like any other words that you would use in their place to convey the same meaning*. There is absolutely no reason that you can't reason while using these words; that's just a non sequitur.

Haha, you are defining the meaning of "conveying a meaning" to your own convenience. To CONVEY a meaning MAY IMPLY reason, but it is NOT ALWAYS EQUAL to reasoning. One can convey one's meaning to others to demonstrate the one's understanding. This is NOT REASONING. To REASON, the meaning MUST BE CONVEYED; otherwise, others may not know the meaning of the reasoning. If it is not clear to you, you may graphically think using Venn Diagram to help you understand (and of course, I hope you know how to apply this to Venn Diagram).

Your English is rather awkward. Are you a native English speaker?

I am going to use your own word, "what was your point?" I do not need to speak/write perfect English because others already understood what I said (but maybe only you who can't). But even native English speakers may not speak/write perfect English. Anyway the answer is no. English is my second language. While my English is awkward, your English demonstrates your inability to value and/or understand others' opinion but yourself.

You don't even know what a straw man is, it seems.

Hmm.. I don't know the meaning but others kept saying the same thing. I think you are the one who does not know the meaning and that's the reason why you keep argue with nonsensical reasoning.

I now can see why others stop replying to your posts. The reason is simple -- you. You will ALWAYS answer regardless your reasoning. As long as you answer and others stop, you feel that you have won the discussion. I guess I will let you feel it that way too because I gain nothing from having a discussion with you. You are old enough to think by yourself. Don't let your ego bite you back in the future, and don't blame others if it ever happens.

about 2 months ago

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