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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

znrt Re:Smokers (78 comments)

They are one of those few groups who shouldn't get any healthcare at all. Even when their problem is seemingly unrelated to smoking.

same as car and motorcycle drivers, factory workers and owners, smartphone and computer users, meat and processed food consumers, etc., right?

4 hours ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

znrt Re:The only good thing (433 comments)

to finish university on schedule, get a job right out of university, take up guitar and fencing, and buy a house while resisting the bank's push for me to get a bigger loan than I was comfortable with.

dear little evil, you seem very proud of all that. have my sincere compliments and keep it going. however, let it not happen that you ever wake up to see all of that squandered, disappearing, vanishing in one single unexpected turn of life. that day, however, you will understand why they called you stupid. best of lucks.

4 hours ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

znrt Re:The only good thing (433 comments)

Only on Slashdot would some one compare heroin to alcohol and tobacco.
The difference is that you can use alcohol and not be addicted.

funny, because i snorted plenty of heroin and cocaine in my youth but never got addicted to it. i am, however, fully addicted to tobacco now, and not quite sure about alcohol.

the point is, casual heroin (cocaine, whatever) use without addiction is entirely possible, and not at all uncommon. it's always about the person and the circumstances, not about the substance.

5 hours ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

znrt Re:Real life is complicated (433 comments)

I'm all for helping people who are addicted. Just don't expect me to help them AND feel sympathy.

that's just fine, who wants your sympathy?

If they somehow manage to mentally and physically heal and no longer require painkillers but continue to do so, then it's a choice.

see? you are making very bold statements over somethng you have no idea about, you don't even understand what addiction is.

5 hours ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

znrt Re:Real life is complicated (433 comments)

Why did they "have" to start taking drugs in the first place?

suffering from PTSD (not their fault)

if they got it after 1945 then it must be their fault. us troops haven't served on any legitimate conflict ever since, so if they got PTSD we could indeed paraphrase GP: "why did they rush for blood adn excitement in the first place?"

If you are snorting cocaine on your yacht for fun, yeah that's on you and if you die I'm not going to cry a river for you.

so it's eithere war veterans or rich motherfuckers on yachts? ever heard about poverty? analphabetism? marginalization?

5 hours ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

znrt Re:Ban caffeine! (433 comments)

Please actually cite scientific or statistical evidence to back up your purely anecdotal claim.

The concept of a gateway drug has been known for decades.

if you mean "well known" as "never scientifically backed hypoteses" tossed around for decades, then yeah.

Don't make outrageous claims without substantial proof.

again, there isn't substantial proof that "gateway drugs" exist at all. even so most backers of this weak idea seem to accept that such a drug would be most predominantly "alcohol", which is what GP just stated. uh, and that there's much confusion between correlation and causation in all this, which is evident. possibly even deliberate confusion, i might add.

5 hours ago

FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

znrt Re:Transparency (136 comments)

The real problem was, if you didn't vote for Obama, you'd be voting for the sockpuppets the GOP put up against him. That's the reason they lost, and Obama won, and thank goodness. Imagine where we'd be if Palin were president.

it would be the same. how is obama not a sockpuppet? it wouldn't make a difference if you had a bread toaster for president. otherwise you wouldn't be allowed to vote for a president.

2 days ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

znrt naked AND defenseless (535 comments)

loved every single part of the surgery


4 days ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

znrt Re:Who is stopping him? (368 comments)

It's impossible to properly engineer a product when you don't even know what the product is in advance.

actually it is, if your agile allows for enough iterations and your stuff is testable and refactorable, you should have no problem. well, you'll have a lot if you get too much pressure or simply cut short on shedule.

agile is very good provided the goal is not completely clear and there is time. many problems are not in this category but are thrown into it regardless just because it's a lot easier not to spec, and let the scrummies figure it out later, and take responsibility. and because it has become a business mantra.

5 days ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

znrt Re:Who is stopping him? (368 comments)

its more process than it really needs to be, and the quality is STILL NOT THERE

this nails it.

the fuzz about different languages, i don't see that. it's actually refreshing. and the problem with COBO^H^H^H^H java isn't the language, it's the illustrated monkey environment built around it. no wonder it's the industries' preferred platform.

You're the problem with the software industry

software industry broadly just sucks. because it's driven mostly by shortsighted greedy morons and perception is often more important than substance. that's unless you happen to be in very specific environments (and those typically don't last for long). the guy is right. and he being good or bad at coding doesn't change the situation so your rant is uncalled for.

5 days ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

znrt Re:You're right... the Palestinians should (454 comments)

stop trying to occupy Israel, stop trying to steal Jewish land, stop trying to expell the Jews "into the sea" etc.The Arab and Muslim polulations of the world have 99% of the land in the middle east but they cannot have peaceful and successful societies without that little sliver of land that holds the one Holy site of the Jewish faith.

no wait a moment. we're talking about people dying here. let me first make it perfectly clear that i personally shit on your Holy site with capital letters. ok? IF you have anything to discuss rationaly then please keep your personal fantasies, against which i have absolutely nothing, for yourself. i can't possibly take you seriously if you put them in front of your argument. it means you have no valid argument (*) and you are just making a jerk of yourself.

I will develop some smattering of sympathy for the Palestinan civilians when they disassociate themselves from Hamas and Hezbollah and their stated goals to destroy Israel and kill all the Jews. I will develop more sympathy for them when they allow at least as much freedom

i don't think palestinians actually need your fucking sympathy. i guess they would be more than happy if you simply stopped robbing, expelling and killing them. thank you.

about a week ago

Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

znrt Re:Why is it always developers? (89 comments)

i hit 50 last sunday and been a developer since i can remember, and i still love my profession but the "guild" has changed an awful lot, from once being a peculiar bunch to the herd it mostly is today. most of my colleagues are much younger than me and ... what can i say ... they are often so brainwashed with corporate bullshit they break my heart almost daily. holy shit, they even blog about it! it's so depressing, it makes me wanna cry. :'(

sign'o'times, i guess. i can perfectly believe many of those sheep will cheerfully allow you to strap an eyetracker on them to check their nominal productivity.

about a week ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

znrt Re: Here we go... (454 comments)

no apology required because there was no actual insult, as the term "antisemite" has long been rendered meaningless by the sheer abuse by israeli propaganda. calling you "antisemite" is the same as calling you "terrorist". you can't possibly feel insulted by that because media has shown that anyone can be called that without the slightest ground. next time any zionist stooge calls you "antisemite" just politely ask him to explain it with other words, because you don't know what "antisemitism" means, and even less so in the context of the current discussion.

it's a downside of language perversion: vocabulary erodes slowly away.

about a week ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

znrt Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

Extreme would be to drop a nuke on them. See? Isn't it fun using strawmen to argue your point.

may be i'm a bit picky, but i'd say robbing their land, expelling them, denying access to water and healthcare, imprisioning them indefinitely with no warrant, and killing them at will or bombing them with white phosphor is quite extreme.

about a week ago

Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

znrt Re:Nope (147 comments)

shouldn't we really stop the whining between the scientific and religious factions?


look: if there are scientists (as you say) with blind faith in unprovable beliefs, then they're not being scientific but religious. in this case you are asking to stop the whining between religious factions, and that would be for them to decide. i guess they won't, not because they're religious but because they're factions. religion is ok if (and only if) one limits it's application strictly to oneself.

what these guys are speculating may seem weird but is the effort of theorizing possible explanations for concrete contradictions which need one, because there is a necessity to explain those to progress in our understanding of the world. it's work in progress, sometimes you do have to examine weird possibliities so you eventually find the right track.

classic religion, in contrast, assembles theories equally fantastic which are no necessary explanation for anything (last time i checked), and that makes sense because (most) religion actually doesn't seek to explain, but to people to live happily and stop asking.

if you then throw those "who don't want to know" into factions and confront them then yes, real shit starts to happen, and "whining" is the least concern.

about a week ago

Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

znrt Re:i'm glad to work for free (394 comments)

Good. Take your ball and go home. The internet could use a few less for-profit entities twisting their content in order to maximize cashflow.

it's called monetization, you insensitive clod!

about two weeks ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

znrt Re:No public drug use (474 comments)

Yes, I see a problem with pot cafes. Drug use is not OK

drug use IS OK. drug abuse is not.

I see a problem with views like yours which shift the blame on the substance, righteously ignoring the root problems which are social and educational. this view solves nothing, perpetuates the real problems and just supports the status in quo in keeping the prohibition circus going.

about two weeks ago

CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

znrt Re:barf (154 comments)

wolfenstein 3D ( is the only shooter where i have ever experienced that. consistently after playing about 30 mins, and my gf as well. it never happened with rott, quake, doom or any other shooter until now, and i've played quite a lot of them. based on this personal experience and comparing w3d to all others i would say framerate, turn speed and color saturation combined might be a relevant factor. i don't think it had anything to do with a contradiction of virtual and real states. don't really know about hmds, though, so that could be a different issue.

about two weeks ago

Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

znrt Re:The Internet is meant to be anonymous (238 comments)

From my point of view, anonymity was the worst thing that happened to the Internet.

no. it was massification, sadly. it's a bitter irony and it doesn't look like universal access (duh) will make us globally smarter anytime soon as it should have done, and we thought it would do.

i've been on the "net" since even before internet, and never ever used my real name, anywhere, nor did most of the people i met. some did. i also never saw a reason to put my personal email address on usenet for everyone to collect. what for? i just shared it with people i wanted to exchange email with.

about two weeks ago


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