* Posts by Sherrie Ludwig

129 posts • joined 10 Nov 2013

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Let's see...

Heads-up navigating while driving, where's the nearest (loo, gas station, Chinese restaurant, etc.), fun for architecture buffs or museum-goers, plus useful for, say, skills like changing a tire or learning a language. Oh,and I WOULD use it while shopping, for my list and where to find it in the store, plus calculating total I'm spending. Yup, expensive,but I'm not an early adopter, so will look at it when the price drops.

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Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Shall. We. Play. A. Game?

OOH, ya beat me to it.

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: It always comes down to people

Actually,it all comes down to entropy. Every system tends to chaos and disorder (read: disrepair). Humans age, satellite orbits decay and require fuel to boost them back, until the fuel runs out and they fall. Metal rusts, plastics degrade (especially in the rough environment of space). Circuits get glitchy. There's always somebody needed to put the pennies on the balance arm of Big Ben. Unless the AI can train some other creature/device, and make more of these helpers to keep itself going, we can breathe easy.

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'Failure is not an option... Never give up.' Not in Silicon Valley, mate

Sherrie Ludwig

Chance favors the prepared mind. Do the homework first, acquire what knowledge can be acquired, then when luck comes calling, it is easier to recognize and run with it.

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Behold! World's smallest 3D-printer pen Lix artists into shape – literally

Sherrie Ludwig

Use suggestions

I'm a jeweler, and if it can be modified to use jeweler's wax, it would seem to be quite fun for making casting models - or I could plate the doodles with metal for durability and looks. I can also see architects having a go to either work out some design considerations or to give a client a rough sketch that even the most 3D challenged could make out. And that's just off the top of my head. How about chemists modelling proteins? Or crafters making something like ornaments? think of it sort of like the drape-and-pin method some clothing designers (still?) use to work out new designs.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

Sherrie Ludwig

Confounding variables not addressed

1. The people in the study do not seem to be a random sample: they self-selected whether they ate no, some, or mostly organic. This glosses over WHY they chose the way they eat. My husband was diagnosed with cancer, and that is why we are eating much more organically now.

2. Controlled for age distribution? I did not see that. Older people have an increased risk of cancer.

3. No control for WHERE people live. In the USA, the city dwellers are loads more likely to jump on the organic bandwagon, while out in my rural area many people really don't see the point. Urban vs. rural have greatly differing cancer rates due to environmental factors.

Just a few of the quibbles I see with this study. BTW, we don't eat ALL organic, just try to stay organic on the stuff that usually uses more pesticides, like celery and apples.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

Sherrie Ludwig

You've got 'em across the pond, too, eh?

Maybe I am assuming that the article writer is UK because that is where most of the articles hail from, but this "oh, shut up and eat your gruel" is classic Tea Party drivel. I have no problem with him asking organisations to stick to their original mission, but being proud of being a right wingnut is frankly proof of his stupidity. "I'm right(wing), and therefore, by definition, you are wrong" is what is murdering whatever "exceptionalism" the USA could have claimed to have. Yes, some people are poorer than churchmice. The question is, what if anything, to do about that? Throwing crusts to a permanently underfed, undereducated underclass and neglecting public works (from roads and sewers to libraries), or reasonable attempts to help people get out of that condition? "I've got mine - shove off" or "I got this partly through my own efforts and partly because those before me invested in the public good - so I need to pay it forward also" The US is foundering not because of the income inequality, but because people conflate wealth with superiority, with knowing what's best for all others, with OWNING others (we made that mistake once).

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett: Go To Jail. Go Directly To Jail…

Those who trade freedom for security will have neither freedom nor security. I live in the USA and want the NSA stripped down and disbanded. They did not protect the Boston Marathon, they do f-all to shield us against the shooters in schools and theatres, or against the completely crazy "tea party" people who are trying to take over the government. Their rationale is "Look at all the tigers we have saved you from!" "There are no tigers roaming here" "Yes, and we have saved you from them all!"

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Sherrie Ludwig

Re: There's an arrogance to the US too...

I'm a US citizen, born here, and horrified by what my country has become. Yes, on the whole, Americans are smug, having been fed that "greatest free democracy in the world" line for at least since WWII. Yes, most are totally ignorant of world views, courtesy of our miserable "news"outlets. And the average cit has NO INTEREST in changing that, and in fact is proud of it. I have served as an election judge for a few years, and the level of interest and knowledge of even our own civics is nearly nil. If you ever want to get an idea of how far from informed the populace is, tune in to any Fox News, motto "fair and balanced", broadcast, and listen to the modern Goebbels and Himmler big lie. Please let me know, Reg community, how things go in your home countries, I'm shopping for where to go retire, somewhere that the gov isn't in my bedroom, the healthcare isn't for the rich only, and people can discuss issues and disagree politely without drawing weapons.

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Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Isn't this just

"Normal for Florida?"

Can you Floridians do something about the politicians you've been electing? They make this guy look like a pillar of the community. Just embarrassing. I moved out of Ohio because it was looking like Florida without the palm trees. Something in the water? Secret CIA trials of mind-altering substances?

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Sherrie Ludwig

Re: by those eyes..

Good grief, no! Any pitbulls I have befriended have MUCH better taste that that. (I imagine even after biting him, they'd have to go wash their mouths out - BLECH!) Poor animal.

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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: The government has changed its talking points

>Nationalism is irrational, it is, literally and completely, nothing but powerful people's mindgame to get

>less powerful people to act against their own best interest.

So the best interest of the poor downtrodden prole is not to support his own country is it?

That's an interesting point of view - care to elaborate?

Not the OP, but I see it as in the interest of the "prole" to seek to advance the rights of the individual over the state, to insist upon having the right to not just disagree with the state but to change it if it conflicts with the rights of individuals. For this to happen, it requires that the proles be informed of the actions of the state, and to have both the will and the ability to effect changes. When people realize that the only "state" that matters is this wet pebble we have to coexist upon, as I hope the people will sometime realize, then the states are the entities that will need to be disbanded.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: I can see the point

I am actually surprised that people still wear fragrance. Most offices in this area (U.S. Midwest) ban wearing fragrance to avoid issues with worker chemical sensitivities and the general level of complaints (one person's hint of fragrance is the next person's bathed in the stuff).

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Rand Paul launches class-action lawsuit to end NSA phone spying

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Irony, we've heard of it....

Yep, look up him and his goofy dad, Ron Paul, for laughs aplenty, especially if you aren't in the USA.

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Sherrie Ludwig

Even a stopped clock...

... is right twice a day. For anyone not familiar with US politics, Rand Paul and his father Ron Paul are foil-hat loonies of the first water. If there is a goofy, far-out, been thought of and sensibly discarded populist idea for mis-managing the country, these guys have thumped a tub for it. They sound reasonable when one is half-listening, but then they go way off the rails into right wingnut territory. Their support of what sounds like a sensible idea reminds me of when Richard Nixon, after his resignation in disgrace, offered his services to the Republicans to endorse their candidates, and he was delicately told, um, thanks, we'll call you.......

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Cisco coughs up to patent troll, smacks down IP laws

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: $13,000,000.00

I am happy to note I am ignorant in US civil law, but in general, no, the loser is not ordered to pay court costs. That is why so many loony lawsuits clog up the US courts. A risk-management exec buddy of mine regaled us with stories of being told to pay off a woman who claimed that her microwave was making her pregnant - she was up to four or five kids now- (too costly to fight), and the reason for idiot stickers on oven doors "this door is not to be used as a step stool", and on kids' Halloween costumes "this Superman cape and costume does not permit the wearer to fly, and makes no claim or attribution to that effect". Trying to make things idiot-proof in the US just proves that the idiots are numerous and inventive.

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

Sherrie Ludwig

Somebody needs to explain to the unmarked WHY a person would need to write anything permanently on his or her body. One guy I worked with had his kids' names on his forearm.....seriously? Did he think he would forget? And programming languages that are amazing cutting edge one day are obsolete the next (COBOL, anyone?) C. M. Kornbluth's "The Marching Morons" is here....

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Run for the tills! Malware infected Target registers, slurped 40m bank cards

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: PoS says it all really.

It is. It does. USA still uses magnetic stripe cards.

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Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Useless

OK, simple answer. Stop using credit cards. Keep a debit card attached to an account that you deposit ONLY the amount you intend to spend in a week or so, and REFUSE automatic overdraft protection. Limits your exposure, you can transfer in money as needed, if you are paranoid enough, keep it in a separate bank from your main accounts and do physical transfer of funds. Or, just pay cash.

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Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Hit the Target

I suspect the mom and pop shops are MORE careful with customer data because they really need every sale, and because the owners themselves will lose money for any problem transactions. Target, the shareholders will get a little jolt, then back to usual.

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Don't panic! Japan to send nuke fuel rod into MELTDOWN in Fukushima probe

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: What is Renewable about Renewables?

Yeah, yeah,yeah, the same old blather justifying nuclear power. The worst downside to solar and wind power is sunburn and chapped lips.....Now, about that third eye in your forehead from a little nuclear "mishap".....

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NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Collect

Obama runs the NSA? REALLY? You must live in fantasyland - bureaucrats and past appointees run the NSA, and any other government offices. In Britain and in the US, and probably every other country of any size in the world, who is sitting in the big chair has only the appearance of power, it's the lifelong paper-pushers who administer and follow (or ignore) the twaddle coming down the pipe that actually influence the lives of the population. The power to listen in is intoxicating and probably irresistible. J Edgar Hoover of the FBI was the real power in Washington, BECAUSE he knew everyone's dirt, or could manufacture plausible dirt on anyone. The lesson from his story isn't to avoid collecting dirt, it is to avoid being the visible point man doing it.

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

Sherrie Ludwig

Shoe sizes

Mens' and womens' shoe sizes are not the same in the US. My husband and I are about the same size in shoes (we can borrow each others' muck boots to go into the garden) but our number shoe size is about two numbers off - I'm a 10, he's an 8 1/2. But the only way either of us would look at a pair of Jimmy Choos would be to blink at the price, or roll eyes at the idiocy of anyone who would torture themselves with them.

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Sherrie Ludwig

Allergies?

A bout of hay fever could bankrupt the Glassy-eyed! I like the information-source ideas for Glass (my middle-aged memory is like a dropped Rolodex) so I can remember people's names, but some of the other apps border on the creepy. At least the Glass makes those obnoxious "selfies" impossible!

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Assange flick The Fifth Estate branded 'WORST FILM OF THE YEAR'

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Haven't seen it, so could someone tell me....

Well, I saw it because of the controversy, and because I liked Cumberbatch in Sherlock. Americans can't tell most Aussie accents from generic Brit, so if it was off I (USA) couldn't tell, but I thought the movie was a solid B movie, a bit slow, a bit repetitive, but it laid out the main conflicts without coming down on either side.

It also had NO promotion, I only heard of it because I searched to see what else the actor was in. In America, no promo, no movie.

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Antidote for poisonous Aussie Red-Back Spider venom DOESN'T WORK

Sherrie Ludwig

Yikes! I mean,Crikey!

American born and raised. Used to think I would like to visit and possibly live in Austrailia, then I saw Harry Butler's TV show, where he said, "there are (I don't remember the number) species of snakes in Austrailia. A few of them are non-poisonous." Add in Sydney funnel webs and all their cousins, and I think I'll stay up here, where black widows and brown recluses are, well,reclusive.

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: I feel your pain...

I seem to be married to your stateside doppelganger. May I make a few suggestions that may prevent said intellimouse being imbedded in your skull?

1. Don't preface your remarks with a lugubrious sigh that implies the asker is a dunce.

2. When told that she has already performed some actions to attempt to remedy the problem on her own, DO NOT walk in and immediately PERFORM THE SAME ACTIONS, as though your God-like touch will somehow cause the machine to behave.

3. Do not seize the mouse or keyboard, do something that causes the desired result and then WALK AWAY WITHOUT EXPLAINING what you did and why you did it.

You will live long and prosper more if the above suggestions are kept in mind.

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FLIGHTMARE! Inflight cell calling debuts, dealing heavy blow to quality of life

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Meh?

I don't hate mobile phones any more than I hate the internal combustion engine. I hate having a car drive through my yard, or the store when I'm shopping, or anywhere else that it may be possible to physically fit an automobile, but inappropriate. It is incumbent upon those who use a given technology, whether automotive or cellular, to learn both the actual rules of the road and some common courtesy points to allow the world to function smoothly. Pulling out the phone to quietly text "reschedule the meeting, the plane is delayed" is certainly reasonable. Bloviating about the great business deal you're going to pull off when you land is only going to activate the corporate spy in me. Or, I will offer all kinds of "help" to the guy on the phone on my end. Or tell the sob sister bitching about her rotten boyfriend that she needs to go to a better class of dive if she's picking up her guys in bars. You share your convo with me, I'll share right back (grin).

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Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Kneel

Mr. Jefe: May I come work for you? I don't know the industry or even the country, but you are one of the few people who seems to have a proper perspective on workday emergencies. Too many businesspeople have a God complex "the place would fall down without me". If I step into a situation where there is an irreplaceable person, I am very likely to fire that person. If I am that person, by bad luck or company layoffs, I document and/or train to ensure that I won't occaison the demise of an entire industry sector by taking a vacation day.

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