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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

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

Even if you show them that what they believe is bullshit, they still choose to believe it.
Just look at religions all over the world.

Look, this is true, and there's a very good reason for that. The way our brains have evolved has made magical thinking inevitable. I'm sure I don't have to reiterate the current science, which most of you have already read/heard. Even those of us who consider ourselves rational, and most definitely not superstitious, are susceptible to magical thinking at times. I'm an atheist - have been since childhood - and yet I find myself, on those occasions when I buy a lottery ticket, asking the gods to please let me win. And isn't simply buying a lottery ticket an example of magical thinking? It's less a choice than an evolutionary trait. Nonetheless, more education, especially for the young, cannot hurt. I'm all for it.

about two weeks ago
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Top E-commerce Sites Fail To Protect Users From Stupid Passwords

sudon't Re:My bank enforces stupid passwords (162 comments)

How about that, so does my bank. I'm only allowed to use letters and numbers. I forget what the length limit is, but yeah, short for that kind of simple password. I have much better passwords for forums.

allsorts asks, "Why?" The only thing I can can come up with is they're too lazy to write the regex.

I've been railing about this for years, but since we're on passwords: Password Manager. They've had a decent one in OS X (Keychain) since at least 2002, which is how far back my saved passwords go. Since I began using it, and began creating unique and complicated passwords for each account, I've never had an account compromised. The only one I worry about is my bank with it's enforced simplicity.

about a month ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

sudon't Re:Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

This just in: All salt is sea salt.

Well yeah, sorta. The salt we mine was deposited by water, but of course that water originally got its salt (and every other mineral) from run-off. Salt's ultimate origin is from land. But, mined salt (rock salt) was deposited long before the oceans were polluted, and pollution is O.P.'s concern. Whether or not that's a valid concern is another matter...

about a month and a half ago
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Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet

sudon't Hundred Meter Tether (180 comments)

So wait, my car will be on a hundred meter tether to my router? [rimshot]

about a month and a half ago
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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

sudon't Re:Why bother? (392 comments)

You couldn't pay me to use Windows 8 (unless it was a lot of money), so why the fuck do you think I would want it for free with crapware installed on it?

It would be nice to have a free copy to install on my Mac, just in case I ever found a need to use it. It seems like I wanted Windows to do something at one point... Of course, if it's a crippled copy, probably better to just pirate it. Which really isn't worth the trouble if I think about it. Eh, nevermind.

about a month and a half ago
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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

sudon't Re:Kinda funny (392 comments)

It's always kinda blown my mind that Windows users never seem to have an install disc. And if anyone needs it, it's Windows users.

about a month and a half ago
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Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Fake Papers

sudon't Studies show... (62 comments)

What a shame they used a computer to create fake papers! My god, one-hundred and twenty! Incidentally, did you know eating bananas prevents cancer? Yes! I read it in a study. Thank god people are producing thousands upon thousands of real studies!

about 2 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

sudon't Prison Block (745 comments)

I don't know, I was watching my roommate play with his prison sim game and now it all makes sense. Clearly, the dude playing our sim is also a sadist.

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

sudon't Re:WHO. THE. FUCK. HERE. CARES. (467 comments)

I, too, was trying to tease out the tech angle of this story. But "news for nerds" covers a lot of nonsense, doesn't it? And what could be nerdier than VHS tape? There, I think I made it relevant.

about 2 months ago
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Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

sudon't Thank God Science (293 comments)

"...people who engage in internet trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others)."

Thank god science is here to explain these things!

about 2 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

sudon't Re:Not just price (424 comments)

I didn't stop getting cable because of the price, it was mainly due to being sick of commercials and the fact that the little programming I enjoy is all online now. Money just wasn't ever a factor for me when doing this is my point.

What he said. The truth is, I never had cable TV for those reasons, and this: Remember, the deal was commercials = free TV. Cable started out with no commercials (yes, it did - except for the network channels), but they slowly began adding them in, until now, where there are more commercials on cable channels than on network television. Of course, TV watchers are a docile group to begin with...

about 2 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

sudon't You Won't Save any Money by Adding Cable (424 comments)

"It's possible that you might still save money now by cutting off your cable. But if you plan to watch a lot of TV over the Internet, don't expect to save money forever.'"

You certainly won't save any money by adding cable.

about 2 months ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

sudon't Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

Rape? He's accused of being kind of a dick in bed, (definitely no pun intended), which is somehow illegal in Sweden.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

sudon't Great! (303 comments)

Great! Now, instead of having one choice for high-speed (haha) internet, I'll only have one choice for high-speed (haha) internet.

about 2 months ago
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Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

sudon't Re:Impotence (401 comments)

Over the long term, it is certain that everyone, unless they meet with an accident or one of the less common diseases, will die of cancer, heart attack, or stroke. You will not die of old age. Choosing not to smoke may delay the inevitable, but will not prevent it.

about 2 months ago
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Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

sudon't Re:Seriously - GTFO (401 comments)

Quit smoking if you care at all about the risks of illness and disability that smoking causes. Or accept that you are a nicotine junkie and that you are lying to yourself about your habit because you can't face withdrawal.

Or, start using electronic cigarettes. You can keep the enjoyment of nicotine, (which is not harmful), without inhaling smoke, (which is harmful). If you really enjoy tobacco, there are other forms of tobacco that are much, much less harmful and better tasting: cigars, pipe smoking, and snus or chew. And they are far less harmful because you're not inhaling huge clouds of smoke into your lungs, all day, everyday. Pipe smokers, for instance, have the same mortality rate as non-smokers. Oh, those warnings that say these other tobacco products aren't safer alternatives to cigarettes? The government lies to us sometimes.

about 2 months ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

sudon't Re:Standard practice... (192 comments)

...as far as literary constructs...

Yet, science students wonder why they're forced to take a couple of English courses. It polishes down some of those rough, nerdy edges, is why.

about 3 months ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

sudon't Re:Standard practice... (192 comments)

What I'm wondering is why I never even heard of peanut allergy when I was in school. It doesn't show up on the N-Gram radar until the mid-1980's. Is it really a new phenomena, a kind of epidemic? Or have people only recently become more aware of it?

about 3 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

sudon't Yet Another Justification (364 comments)

Yet another justification for buying only (mostly) pre-1970 automobiles. Your new car is not only unattractive, but looks like every other car on the road, is useless for love-making, (if you ever wondered how people did it - bench seats, kids), and now, you don't even control it.

about 3 months ago
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How the Web Makes a Real-Life Breaking Bad Possible

sudon't Re:Federal Analog Act? (194 comments)

Look, it's just a fancy, science-y way of (preemptively) saying, "anything that gets you high, anything enjoyable, is illegal." That is the basis of all of our drug law. They came up with all this "safety" jive when racism went out of fashion, and because they can't say what they really mean, which is that, "we don't want to see people enjoying things we don't enjoy." It's the puritan ethic.

about 3 months ago

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