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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

tigersha SImple question to all the anti-medicine greens (578 comments)

I have a simple question to all the anti-tech, anti-medicine, natural-healing, doctors-are-evil, the pharma-companies-are-screwing-us-over, homeopathic, pro-farmers-market, anti-soy, i-hate-genetic-engineering, chemical-additives-are-evil green whackjobs.

If everything the medical industry has been doing has been wrong, why has human life expectancy consistently gone up? We live longer than we used to. If we are being poisoned, radiated, pumped full of toxins, eating cancer-creating genetic frankenfoods and generally being screwed over why the hell ARE WE LIVING LONGER? It is not that hard, really!

Don't get me wrong, I like my veggies fresh just like anyone else and run my own plot of lad and product much of what I eat. But my motive is not techno-phobia. The greens are full of bullshit.

2 days ago

Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

tigersha Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (427 comments)

Ok, I have to weigh in here. First, I am a white South African. I lived there for 25 years and the last 18 lived in Germany, in a mid-sized university town.

My mother-in-law here lives in (and the wife grew up in) a small rural little town and I lived there for about 3 years too, because a) I got the house for free and b) I was stupid.

I can ensure you, the educational level of Germans who grew up in a small agricultural town after WW2 is astoundingly, ridiculously low. It is very frustrating what a total, utter, complete lack of intelligence you get when grandma has her birthday and her old friends (who are now in the 60s) sit around the table and talk. I always tell my wife that dropping a thermonuclear warhead on her hometown would raise Germany's average IQ by 2 points. They are simple not capable of having ANY form of intelligent conversation whatsoever.

To give an example, Germany has the best passenger train system in the world (with the possible exception of Switzerland). My mother-in-law has a small train line running RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE. Until she was 60 years old she was simply not capable of riding the thing because she was too primitive/stupid/illiterate to figure out the time tables (you actually have to change trains once to get into the city, which is a 22 minute trip). This was in the year 2005 AD. The 21st century. And she is by no means an exception, she had some friends with her on her first trip and they could not quite figure out how to get home with the train.

The problem goes further with her children. She never stimulated them. There were no books in the house, no encyclopedia, no anything. My wife did get out, she has advanced medical degree and but she has little knowledge of the world and not much common sense at times. Got it from mom, who got it from her mom, who got it from hers. SImply no interest in the outside world because it was never an issue at home.

The comparison to my house (in South Africa) where my father had a degree, owned a business, did a lot of electronics at home (I first played with computers at 8 in 1978) and my mother had a high-school diploma and training as a bookkeeper is like the difference between night and day. I can actually have an intelligent conversation with my parents.

I know quite a few blacks in SA who can outthink, out-talk and outgun anyone in the rural classes of one of the world's most advanced industrial states.

The problem is not race. Blacks in SA and peasants in Germany (who live 15 km from a thriving city with an old university!) have the same problem. Complete lack of stimulation during childhood and no interest in education because it simply was not something that came to mind. Remember, in Germany free education to tertiary level was available many years ago, so it was not really for a lack of opportunity. The people simply are not educated enough, and do not get enough stimulation from their parents, to even think about the idea that an education is something worth having. It is like some kind of inter-generational momentum. Children often do what their parents do and what their parents did and a few top-achievers escape the place but living in a rural place, sweet and romantic as it may be, simply dooms you to semi-illiteracy.

And there lies the rub with Africa. Most of the people have never lived in a modern culture and it will take years and years for this to percolate through the system. Apartheid was a bunch of people who were educated who were transplanted and realized that is will take a long time to spread basic education, and simply did not have the resources to realistically do so.
I would like to add that the people from the old white industrial class in South Africa were not much better either, high-school or not.

This has little to do with race, and all to do with culture, which in turns is very much influenced by the environment in which the people of that culture lives.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

tigersha Re:NoSQL? (272 comments)

Thank you. Someone who talks sense around here.

about a week ago

Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

tigersha Re:WOW! (132 comments)

Yeah but it also gets the job done. My colleague is a Linux Zealot. I use a Mac. I am at least 2.5-3 times more productive than he is.

Seriously, my car also costs 15 times a much as my bike but it also gets more done. Also, my Macbook Pro is 7 years old and looks like new.

about two weeks ago

Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

tigersha 0.99.14 (132 comments)

I remember installing the 0.99.14 kernel in 1993. SLS Linux. My first distribution. So in more than 20 years we only went up 3 versions??!!

about two weeks ago

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

tigersha Ditto on Chain of Command (512 comments)

That episode really showcases Patrick Stewart's legacy as a Shakespearean Actor. It is on of the best in the series (the scenes with Stewart, at least)

about two weeks ago

Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

tigersha Re:it is all right (275 comments)

It is immoral to let a sucker keep his money

about three weeks ago

I prefer my peppers ...

tigersha Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

Another protip. Don't switch you 2 year-old daughter's nappies an hour after cutting chillis either.

about three weeks ago

How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

tigersha Re:play more because I have a wife and kid (270 comments)

That is true. Ever since having 2 children I play games waaay more than 10 years ago. Just not video games :(

about 1 month ago

How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

tigersha Re:Now and then.. (270 comments)

Hell, do you want to marry me??!!

about 1 month ago

Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

tigersha Re:So? (359 comments)

Uhm, he is accused of rape. By an Swedish Woman. What part of "I am trying to hide behind my so-called activism to deal with the reality that I am a fucking rapist" did you not get? Assange needs to be put on trial in Sweden for rape. Otherwise justice is NOT served. Why would the world be a better place if any other purported rapist gets away with asylum in a frikking embassy?

Everything in the whole rape story corroborated what his friends are now saying about him.

Same story with Oscar Pistorius btw, He also had a reputation for being vicious short tempered gun nut before he shot his SO.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

tigersha Re:Not UV [Re:Sure it makes sense] (478 comments)

> Most professional-level photographers keep UV filters on their cameras just as a matter of course.

True. It is basically a no-brainer front-element protector. My UV filter is pretty much fused with the lens, I can't get it off anymore.

about 2 months ago

Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

tigersha Re:Really? Where's Sex on the list? (197 comments)

Reminds me of this tattooted pierced goth dude who once walked with a t-Shirt that said "It's not about Satan, It's about PUSSY"

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

tigersha Re:Doesn't Scale (876 comments)

Nice job you have!

about 2 months ago

I got fired after 2 weeks of being hired. Please help me understand something

tigersha Fit (3 comments)

Even in semi-socialist Germany both parties in a employment contract usually have what is called a Probezeit, which means Try-out time. After 6 months (or 3, depending on contract) either side can just walk out. This is because sometimes people are just not a good fit for a team.

Don't take it personally. Rather be happy they let you go now than having a relationship that deteriorates and ends in acrimony after a few years.

The German expression is "besser ein Ende mit Schrecken als ein Schrecken ohne Ende". A horrible ending is better than a endless horror.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

tigersha Foreign Affairs and Stratfor (361 comments)

Also, the Economist.

In the if-they-want-me-to-pay-I-will-dept I would put the Guardian. At least I think it is worth supporting their journalists.

about 2 months ago

Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

tigersha Re:Probably (303 comments)

Sounds like my colleauge. "I hate Javascript" "I hate tablets" "I hate Micsosoft". "I hate PDF files" "I hate non-vi editors"

For all X where X is not Gentoo Linux and VI he hates X

Everytime he hates I just know since he hates X he has never worked with X so he in incompetent when it comes to X. And have always been correct in that assumption.

about 2 months ago

Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

tigersha Re:NETCRAFT CONFIRMS IT! (303 comments)

Yeah, we were all watching you on youtube thanks to some anonymous hacker and your laptop's webcam

about 2 months ago

The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

tigersha Re:Replusive (505 comments)

Agree. I always thought Brendan Eich's decision to base his scripting language on Self and make it a functional language instead of the Algol-like mediocre dreariness of PHP and Java and Python was a brilliant idea. Javascript has been held back for many years because of the DOM and browser wars. It also has a somewhat limited (and silly at places) standard library, but the base language is not bad at all.
The fact that compiling technology for Imperative languages was 20 years ahead of anything functional and dynamic did not help either.

Higher-order functions? Quit advanced object system? In 1996? The language was waaaaay ahead of its time. And Brendan Eich is a genius. I wish I will have the opportunity to meet him one day.

about 2 months ago



tigersha tigersha writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tigersha (151319) writes "I am the boss of a young lad who worked for me for a few years as an intern. He is about to graduate with a degree in computer science and I would like to give him a book as present. Does not have to be CS. Any suggestions?"


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