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New Dating Sites Match People Through DNA Tests

robertjw Re:Finally!!! (278 comments)

Maybe, but we don't know that for sure. There could be genetic markers that can work to match up personality and compatibility. Nothing else seems to work.

more than 4 years ago
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New Dating Sites Match People Through DNA Tests

robertjw Re:Finally!!! (278 comments)

We do so many things scientifically, or at least with a process in our society, but when it comes to mating rituals there is simply chaos. Not only have we not introduced much practical technology to dating, all of the processes that have evolved over millenia have been summarily rejected by an enlightened society that believes procreation should be governed by romantic feelings instead of any kind of parental input or societal pressure. Personally I would welcome a system that would sample my DNA and provide me with a suitable partner. It couldn't really work any worse than our current system.

more than 4 years ago
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Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

robertjw Re:Slaves wear collars (836 comments)

Not really. The person in the next cube coding naked would most likely be distracting in one form or another regardless of appearance. I already have adequate distractions.

more than 4 years ago
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TSA Changes Its Rules, ACLU Lawsuit Dropped

robertjw Re:Also: (285 comments)

You are right, Obama can't micromanage every department, but when things become public like this he could address those. The TSA essentially works for him, it would take him 30 seconds to shoot a message from his blackberry to the head of the TSA asking him to release this information. I'm not asking Obama to fix everything, but take a little time off from the talk show circuit and take care of these obvious failings in his 'transparent' government. In your example the real problems was the production of the goods, not the actual lying that was the problem, plus it was the 1950s, they barely had phones. The lines of communication are so much better, I don't think your example really applies.

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Carefully Timed Jerks Could Power Space Elevator

robertjw Re:"jerks" (270 comments)

Or better yet, when the safety mechanism kicks in and they get stuck at the 100 km level and starve to death/aphyxiate?

more than 5 years ago
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Distributed "Nuclear Batteries" the New Infrastructure Answer?

robertjw Re:Critical (611 comments)

So how many megawatts does it take to build a panel? Would a factory that produces 1 solar panel per hour consume 5 megawatts? If so, does the life span have to average 10 years? What are the odds of the solar panel actually having a lifetime of 20 years? Panels are going to get damaged or replaced due to new technology, taking 20 years (or even 10) to recoup the costs seems really ambitious.

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Karl Rove's IT Guru Dies In Small Plane Crash

robertjw Re:This is how the gov't gets away with this crap (377 comments)

I think if I ever want to get rid of someone I'll do it in a diabolical Batman (the TV Show) villain method. Nobody will believe it.

more than 5 years ago
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New Contest Will Seek the Best "I'm Linux" Video

robertjw Re:Stupid idea (460 comments)

No, just make sure everyone knows that Linux has been too busy saving the world Buckaroo Bonzai style to bother showing up at the little meetings of PC and Mac.

more than 5 years ago
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New Contest Will Seek the Best "I'm Linux" Video

robertjw Re:I vote for Rodney McKay (460 comments)

Ok, Rodney McKay and his girlfriend Kaylee.

more than 5 years ago
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Trick or Treatment

robertjw My favorite "Alternative Medicine" story (713 comments)

About 15 years ago magnets were all the rage. I had a friend who's uncle was part of a pyramid scheme to sell magnetic insoles and other items. He came out to give us a demo of his products. He had a massager with magnets in it, and a little gizmo that lighted up when you introduced EMF to it. He spun the massager to show us how the magnets created an electric field and caused his tester to light up.

I was an electronics student at the time and understood magnetics and electricity. I grabbed my electric mixer, plugged it in, and ran it next to it's tester. The tester, of course, glowed much brighter with my mixer. I then asked him why I should buy his massager when I could accomplish the same thing by using anything that had an electric motor.

I don't think he liked me much after that.

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Trick or Treatment

robertjw Re:Chiropractic treatment worked for me (713 comments)

Don't know about his case, but the people I've known who have had back surgery that didn't solve their problems in the long term. That may be anecdotal, but the reality is surgeries aren't always 100% effective.

Weigh that in with the risks of any surgery, and the fact that costs of surgery would offset years of chiropractic visits, it's probably still a good choice if it works.

more than 5 years ago
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Japanese Scientists Claim To Reconstruct Images From Brain Data

robertjw Re:Kinda neat, not that exciting though (276 comments)

You are probably right, but I'm guessing MRI prices would fall drastically if you could book them around the clock - and if they weren't being used for medical diagnostic purposes requiring specialized personnel.

more than 5 years ago
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Battlestar Galactica Gets Spinoff Prequel Series

robertjw Re:Only 50 years (297 comments)

I was thinking about that, but I do think it is fairly reasonable for a sentient cybernetic race to evolve and an extremely fast rate. Look how far we've come in the last 50 years.

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Mad Scientist Brings Back Dead With "Deanimation"

robertjw Re:Whoa boy... (501 comments)

They will have to invent square roombas.

more than 5 years ago
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Mad Scientist Brings Back Dead With "Deanimation"

robertjw Re:Space travel etc. (501 comments)

You will just have to prove you weren't integrated into society to start with.

more than 5 years ago
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American Nerd

robertjw Re:"Geek" subcultures are becoming too mainstream. (240 comments)

This is always the case. When cars were first introduced it was a big thing to be a 'motorist'. Now 90% of drivers have no idea how their car works. They just run the key and put gas in it.

Likewise, I remember in the 80s when we were listening to "alternative music". Now, all the bands we listened to back then are considered mainstream, when you tune in to an "80s music station" half the songs they play were only on college stations at the time. Punk, synthpop, electronica, etc... are all mainstream genres now.

Popularity makes cool stuff mainstream, it's always been the way.

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American Nerd

robertjw Re:Nerds. (240 comments)

Also, my hands move faster than I can think sometimes. When words like "there/their/they're" come along, my brain just says "there". Especially in a hurry or under stress, my brain doesn't say "WHOA there buddy. That sound can be spelled more than one way depending on the context".

I have the same issue, except I would say that my brain moves faster than my hands, and I have not time or inclination to go back and fix spelling/grammar errors. It's just slashdot after all, once I submit I'm on to the next comment.

more than 5 years ago
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McColo Briefly Returns, Hands Off Botnet Control

robertjw Re:Epic Fail. (242 comments)

Obviously some people do want spam, or at least buy things from spammers. If they didn't, no one would send out spam. His comparison does make sense, spam is big business. As long as it's profitable, it will exist. When it ceases to be so, it will go away.

more than 5 years ago
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Online Carpooling Service Fined In Canada

robertjw Re:No sense... (541 comments)

My comment was intended to address the more specific topic of regulation, which is at a federal level, and not a city level, but I would like to make a few comments.

First, I think local government (city, county, state) is great. It's much more manageable, easier to have your voice heard, and more decisions should be made their.

That being said, and this is a comment more about my locality than me making any assumptions about your, we live in an internet age. There is no reason why anyone should have to go to the library to look at the numbers. My city government has done some great things, but has also done a horrible job of distributing information electronically. The primary source of local news, the hometown newspaper, routinely just reports on whatever is controversial and sensational. Like you say, only the screwups make headlines.

Back to my original comment, there are a couple reasons why it's hard to have examples of success in government. Often times our government, local, state and federal, is not as transparent as it could be, so it's difficult to see the successes. Also, as you say, the news outlets only pickup on the problems. Finally, in regards to federal regulations on business, it's too broad based and too easily manipulated. As in this article, a private company, in this case the bus company, was able to work the regulation system for it's own means. Corruption and bureaucracy create more problems than they solve.

more than 5 years ago
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Online Carpooling Service Fined In Canada

robertjw Re:No sense... (541 comments)

There are plenty of cases where government gets it right, plenty of cases where businesses get it wrong.

Amazingly enough, no one seems to be able to come up with examples of when the 'government gets it right', just plenty of cases where they get it wrong.

more than 5 years ago

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