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Comment Two men are stranded.. (Score 1) 328

Two men are stranded on a deserted island. They do not speak the same language.

Should the less intelligent man learn the more intelligent person's language?
Or should the smarter person learn the other person's language?

Stop being such xenophobe and get out there. It is your planet after all, maybe you should learn all about it.

Presently I speak about 100 different COMPUTER languages. This has never helped me buy a watch in Quebec,a poncho in Mexico, or pick up a chick in Brazil. So far, I am only fluent in English.

I have been trying to learn Spanish for about a year now. It is slow going. I practice my sentences, I do quizzes on vocabulary, I watch and read Univision. I watch movie DVDs I know by heart in Spanish with Spanish subtitles. I am far better than I was before, and I will get there in time.

I just finished reading Trevor Noah's book "Born a Crime" and it has several relevant quotes on this subject:

“Nelson Mandela once said, 'If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.' He was so right. When you make the effort to speak someone else's language, even if it's just basic phrases here and there, you are saying to them, 'I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being” Trevor Noah, Born a Crime

“Language brings with it an identity and a culture, or at least the perception of it. A shared language says "We're the same." A language barrier says "We're different.” Trevor Noah, Born a Crime

“Language, even more than color, defines who you are to people.” Trevor Noah, Born a Crime

Bottom line, you are only here (on your planet) a short time, and language, even your own, enriches the experience, why not grab all you can?

I especially like the high oxygen concentration and low gravity you have here.

Comment Any job. (Score 1) 261

If you are geographically limited, like I have been many times, do not bother with head-hunters or job sites.

I have found the best way to find a job in a particular city is to go to Wikipedia and find the page of something like "Top 500 employers in Des Moines".

Then read through all of the employers, go to each of their web sites, find the "careers", "jobs" or "employment" links on those web sites.

Apply DIRECTLY to the employer for the job that is the best fit for you. This method has always been better than head hunters for me.

Also remember, most job descriptions were written by HR and are probably not accurate. Many are a company's "wish list". Do not worry if you do not meet all the criteria. I remember a company's job posting back in 2000 that was seeking a person with 4 years experience in Windows 2000. At that time, the only people that could meet the criteria were Microsoft employees.

Comment Leaf on the Wind (Score 1) 261

I got married to someone pursuing her PhD. I have lived in 6 different cities, following her from job-to-job. Each time we moved, I was unemployed for a short period of time. I have worked 10 different jobs in that time. I have worked in power generation, telecommunications, national defense, state gov, been a college instructor, banking, investments, digital libraries, voice automation, search engines, city gov and for the school district. Each job has had its pluses and minuses, I have learned to "take it as it comes".

The biggest take away I have from this is, nothing it what it seems up-front. You have to work in a job or a particular industry before you can find if it is for you, or even tolerable.

Comment Turn it off (Score 4, Insightful) 189

It is really hard to stop watching TV. I have cut down to 3 shows a week.

I also stopped playing video games, especially on my phone.

These things are a big time-suck, a vacuous hole of waste.

Instead of video games, I have apps that are game-like, but educational. DuoLingo, MemRise, PianoSightReading, etc.

Instead of TV, I practice guitar, bass guitar, piano, and recently, violin. Also I workout and run everyday.

Basically, I am taking my previously wasted time and trying to better myself.

Try looking back. Did it really matter if Gilligan ever got off of that stupid island?
Did Hawkeye Pierce save more people because you tuned in?
Do you care if Al and Peg Bundy's kids ever moved out?

Twenty years from now, will you care if Sheldon every marries Amy?
Will you care if Mike Ross goes to jail or really becomes a lawyer?

Or, in twenty years, will you say, I should have been healthier, I should have read more, I should have learned a language.

Submission + - South Carolina wants to block porn on new computers, charge a $20 'unblock fee' ( 1

mrspoonsi writes: Republican lawmakers in South Carolina have drafted an amendment aimed at curbing the 'problem' of pornography whilst also raising funds for its human trafficking task force. The amendment echoes the wider views of the Republican party which vowed to crack down on pornography at its national platform, saying: Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the lives of millions. According to the amendment, computer manufacturers would be required to install the blocking software on all new computers sold in South Carolina, though buyers over the age of 18 would be able to opt out and unblock access for a fee of $20. Additionally, computer manufacturers would have the option to opt out of the scheme at the point of manufacture, by paying the $20 themselves and not installing the software at all.

Comment Re:Breaking News! (Score 1) 209

The position of a single Nitrogen atom in a jar is RANDOM.

However, the properties of a mole of Nitrogen atoms in a jar has extremely PREDICTABLE properties.

So it is not inconceivable that a LARGE number of organisms undergoing RANDOM changes may have PREDICTABLE traits at the end of a long period. Mutations that cause DEATH will be quickly weeded out of the population, for one thing. Mutations that do not support survival would go away after a short time as well.

Diversity would occur from DIFFERENT mutations that INCREASE survival chances, maybe there would be a lot of these, maybe there are only a few. This is where the real question lies.

Comment Replace Congress with H-1Bs (Score 4, Insightful) 325

Lets issue another 535 H-1B visas, take the first 535 people off of the streets in New Delhi and replace congress with them.

I bet they would come to every session, special investigation, ad-hoc committee and all have perfect attendance. They would probably do a MUCH BETTER job, since there would be little in-fighting, and they would not be indebted to some controlling political group.

Just a thought...

Comment KCDoodle (Score 1) 107

Math is my favorite subject.

The nerve cells immediately after the rods and cones in your eyes (and most other animal kingdom eyes) also perform calculus. Edge detection is done BEFORE visual stimuli makes it to your brain. The image and the edges reach your CPU at the same time. This lets you know where things start and where they end. It is a great asset when hunting chasing and running away.

However, it can get confused. This is the reason zebras have stripes and run in herds. With a large number of edges, the predator can become confused of where one zebra ends and the next zebra begins.

I did not learn this stuff in Biology class, I learned it in Robot Vision class.

Comment What about whales? (Score 1) 366

This limitation of definitely getting cancer due to not being able to beat the odds is a bad assumption at best.

At worst, it is just a way to grab headlines and get my eyes looking at advertisements on the reporter's page.

See, this same "unable to beat the odds" applies to large animals as well. The bigger an animal, the more cells, the more cells, the more chance that one of them dividing causes an irreversible cancer. Extrapolating to bigger and bigger animals, large whales should all die of cancer before they get large.

But they don't die before they get large. Some other mechanism cleans up cells that become cancerous and the same would/could apply to long lifespans.

Don't worry, if you are going to live forever, you will probably die in a car wreck sometime in your sixth century.

Comment Yum Yum. Magnetic Hallucinations... (Score 1) 269

I was fifteen when lightning stuck about 15 feet away from me.

I saw the air get bright blue, and then I was getting up off of the ground. I never heard the thunder, I felt it. The shock wave literally knocked me on my ass.

Afterward, I had three separate "epileptic episodes" where I was convinced I "SAW GOD". However, now I know that all the synapses in body brain were firing all at the same time, making me feel and think EVERYTHING at once. (((If this is death, then bring it on!)))

But alas, I know that it was just an electro-chemical response to the shock to my system. Reality can be quite a let-down when you analyze things from a scientific standpoint.

Comment Re:Many asians can't digest milk (Score 1) 309

Most mammals have a weaning process where the children normally lose the ability to digest milk. It is part of the transition away from being dependent on parents.

However, humans have affected their own evolution by habit and by necessity.

When the vast expanse of North America was being settled by Europeans (sorry Native Americans), many brought cattle and dairy animals to help settle this continent. During hard times, being able to digest milk as an adult was a significant advantage.

It has been estimated that 60% of "Old World" populations cannot properly digest milk,cheese,cream,etc.. Meanwhile, about 80% of "New World" population can effectively digest lactose products.

Remember, 94.3% of all statistics are "made up" on the spot.

Comment My Schedule (Score 1) 287

In at 8 AM, lunch usually at my desk.

Gone at 3 PM, like clockwork, maybe stay later once or twice a month.

Occasionally work an hour or two from home, usually once or twice a week.

NOTE: Hours working != Actual work accomplished.

My company knows the above inequality and leaves me alone, since I am the most productive worker here. More productive than those who put in 50 hours a week, and we are all salaried employees.

Comment Re:Excellent (Score 1) 128

This might work for nerve deafness.

However, if it is tinnitus (ringing of the ears) you are concerned with, you should check out the work of Dr. Raphael Yoesh at the University of Michigan.

Also read some of the papers written by Geoffery A Manley on the subject.

It seems that birds can regrow the hairs (cilia) in the inner ear, but mammals cannot.

Now if only I could get the hair growing out of my ears to grow in my inner ear, I would be okay. (What?) (What?)

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