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Bill Gates Advocates Tax On Financial Transactions

Antisyzygy Re:A first (694 comments)

Which is sufficiently vague enough research to not mean shit. Populations will most likely either A) stabilize significantly below the UN threshold due to some major resource shortage or B) surpass it significantly. The truth is we can accurately estimate how much oil is left, and we can see that our renewable resources are lagging behind enough to be worrisome. Its only pointless to worry about distant horizons to someone who is more concerned about the "now" than the future.

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Advocates Tax On Financial Transactions

Antisyzygy Re:A first (694 comments)

Sure it does. Ready access to energy is what makes our lives better than an iron age farming village. It enables us to become wealthy, get fat, produce large structures. This energy is fossile fuels. The production of energy is tied to wealth as it enables more resources to be produced. He has some other posts that show why we will eventually have a finite supply of energy on Earth even with fusion, geothermal and solar. At some point, we wont have enough energy to meet the demand. With such a large population dependent on this energy, the results will be catastrophic. I suspect the population will stabilize eventually, but he does a good job tying energy production into the economic system and essentially showing why we either must become self sufficient in small family groups and watch our population, or head to the stars (which he also thinks is highly unlikely).

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Advocates Tax On Financial Transactions

Antisyzygy Re:No love for financial institutions. (694 comments)

I agree with fairtax in principal, however it is known that rich people always are less harmed by sales taxes. Even with the prebate, I still see a potential problem there.

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Advocates Tax On Financial Transactions

Antisyzygy Re:A first (694 comments)

I wouldn't call that fraud at all. Fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual, I'd hardly call someone getting a mortgage to buy a home following all the regulations de-frauding a bank.

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Advocates Tax On Financial Transactions

Antisyzygy Re:A first (694 comments)

You say your wife here then your "girlfriend" below. What are you up to?

more than 2 years ago
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One Tenth of China's Farmland Polluted With Heavy Metals

Antisyzygy Re:The United States of China (412 comments)

Re-puking-can is another one, since they continually spout the same bullshit all the time.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

Antisyzygy Re:"Spare the rod, spoil the child." (948 comments)

You don't discipline a 16 year old by beating them with a belt until they are crying and scared. 16 year olds are basically young adults, and they can be reasoned with. He could have thrown the computer out the window to make his point, or simply taken it away, or he could have reported her to the authorities.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

Antisyzygy Re:well hang on (948 comments)

Sexual molestation? Come on.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

Antisyzygy Re:Not All Spankings Are The Same (948 comments)

Spanking makes sense for younger children since they can't be reasoned with. They understand pain and discomfort as something to fear, so they avoid it. However when you spank them you don't beat the fuck out of them with a belt and verbally abuse them. You just swat them a few times without causing injury to get the point across. Even some unruly 16 year olds that try to hit you or push you need to be restrained or slapped a few times, but this guy actually seemed to be enjoying or at least craving beating her with a belt. He went and got another one when the wife took the belt from him rather than let the few swats he already did stick. The daughter was sitting there crying and scared, and he kept at it. She wasn't trying to resist, nor was she being violent towards them. He could have just picked the computer up and stuck it in his closet or something. Lesson learned.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

Antisyzygy Re:hard to watch (948 comments)

You are an asshole, and I don't give a damn if you have mutilated genitals. It doesn't give you the right to be a worthless pile of shit.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

Antisyzygy Re:hard to watch (948 comments)

The issue is most 23 year olds are incapable of being financially independent even if they are employed or hard workers in this economy. The unemployment rate amongst that age group (18-26 or something) is 24 percent. This is not because they are lazy, its because they are competing for jobs that 35 year old laid off people with working experience are also competing for, and also because some jobs were annihilated never to come back, and many people aren't retiring.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

Antisyzygy Re:Just another corrupt judge (948 comments)

You Texans and your pride. I lived there for a few years and got sick of hearing about it.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

Antisyzygy Re:Child? (948 comments)

Legally considered yes, not a child in reality. 16-22 year olds are somewhere between child and adult. A 16 year old should have the right to self determination, and freedom from being beat on. If I did that to my 18 year old child, who is insignificantly more mature than a 16 year old I would be charged with assault. There is no reason a 16 year old shouldn't be allowed some level of self determination and be treated like a young adult.

more than 2 years ago
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Dutch Psychologist Faked Data In At Least 30 Scientific Papers

Antisyzygy Re:Heavily cited too (254 comments)

Even so, these PhD candidates are screwed for life by being associated with this guy. Most institutions will think twice about letting someone that couldn't spot fraud in their midst.

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Dutch Psychologist Faked Data In At Least 30 Scientific Papers

Antisyzygy Re:Published in Science (254 comments)

Its a bit easier with mathematics, engineering and computer science papers as your equations and methodology must be clearly spelled out, and generally it will get checked out by the reviewers, and they know what to expect usually for data. I.e. general behaviors, expected distributions for certain processes, etc. If you are bullshitting they can usually pick it out. Some of them are real assholes as well about nit-picking through everything. Essentially, psychology is too subjective to be considered a science in my opinion, and should have stricter requirements for having papers accepted. Psychology students should at least take some upper level mathematics and stats courses along with some scientific ethics classes to get their PhD so they know how not to bias their conclusions. A good example of how easy it is to screw with definitions to get any result you want from data is the "Does eating a meal on a big plate mean you will eat more?" problem. People genuinely thought this was true but as it turns out, if you redefine what a "large" plate is, what a "medium" plate is, and what a "small" plate is you can pretty much get any result you want. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2129126/, this example is a pretty good one because it shows that suppose if you had an agenda against big plates, you could prove yourself right without actually fabricating anything through your misunderstanding of statistics and experimentation.

more than 2 years ago
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Dutch Psychologist Faked Data In At Least 30 Scientific Papers

Antisyzygy Re:But, but, but (254 comments)

Not exactly irrelevant, as what is easy and what tastes good usually were the things that helped us survive in the past.

more than 2 years ago
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Federal Contractors Are $600 Screwdrivers

Antisyzygy Re:They're impossible to fire (593 comments)

Nice spin on liberalism there. Liberalism is attempting to "balance" things out because it is well know what happens when you have absolutely no protections for workers and the lower classes, i.e. feudalism. Capitalism will always result in some wealthy class ruling a lower class because money rules politics and eventually it will cause unfair bias in laws benefiting the wealthy and/or corporations. Saying that money doesn't influence politics and that the little guy has more say than a wealthy entrepreneur is a pipe dream. Liberals just want an equal chance at becoming wealthy for everyone meanwhile having an equal voice in politics for everyone but rarely does this happen in our modern society. Also, Liberal people are willing to part with their money in exchange for government programs in the form of taxes. If you think that as soon as a liberal person got rich they would change there mind, you simply are wrong. There are plenty of liberal wealthy and middle class people who are perfectly willing to spend some extra cash in exchange for universal health care and welfare in case they ever are down on their luck.

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Federal Contractors Are $600 Screwdrivers

Antisyzygy Re:Nice straw man you got there (593 comments)

The reason the system is a joke is because of the admins and because of easy access to college loans which the administration is all too happy to take and keep gouging students so that it can grow and leech off the entire system.

Between 1993 and 2007, the number of full-time administrators per 100 students at America’s leading universities grew by 39 percent, while the number of employees engaged in teaching, research or service only grew by 18 percent. Inflation-adjusted spending on administration per student increased by 61 percent during the same period, while instructional spending per student rose 39 percent.http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/blog/the_high_cost_of_college_admin.php

Essentially, you have easy access to loans allowing morons who have no business going to college to go to college, then you have the colleges willfully reducing the requirements to get good grades and graduate on some of their more popular programs, like marketing/business, then you have administration swelling just like any bureaucracy and spending more money on useless or redundant positions. The professors aren't the ones to blame, they are producers compared to the administration which are becoming the consumers. The reason Asians come here to study is because we have damn good professors for engineering and sciences. However, for some reason in American culture everyone chooses to be a business major because its easy and they expect that they will make a lot of money with it compared to the effort put in. As a consequence you have colleges flooded with business students and the administration is dumbing down the program so that its just like going to 4 years of common sense classes and re-learning shit you should have learned in high school. News flash for these people, spending 4 years partying and barely getting by for grades is a fucking waste of your time. Get a job. The bad thing is is that administration has an incentive to dumb down programs to fuel their revenue and to justify having redundant and useless positions. Having worked at 2 different universities in various departments, I can tell you first hand how much waste there is with people just screwing around or taking days off for no good reason, or spending countless hours in useless meetings that literally interrupt your work and don't yield any benefits as you just simply continue doing what you were already doing afterwards. Having a meeting about being more productive that lasts 4 hours and actually interrupts you from being productive is the type of shit they have. Granted, with as lazy as people are there they probably need it but they rarely listen. Instead its just a drain on the time of the people who are already productive thus reducing productivity overall. Other meetings include planning other meetings, planning useless events for students, or discussing the "direction" the dept. wants to go several times a week.

more than 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot : Computer Science Degree

Antisyzygy Antisyzygy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Antisyzygy (1495469) writes "Im a recent graduate student that finished a MS in Applied Mathematics. As such I have had more programming experience than most mathematics majors (including a brief period as a dual major in computer engineering and math), but more on the scientific side programming numerical methods, etc. I recently enrolled in a PhD program in mathematics, however I have noticed I am losing my passion for this subject. Its getting to the point where I dread sitting down to do proofs, mainly because I feel forced to do it. I still find the information interesting, but I am at a point where I think I can learn anything I am interested in on my own since I have taken the core courses required for advanced study (i.e. real analysis, functional analysis, etc). I am still getting decent grades, but my level of happiness doing it has dwindled to dread. Since childhood I have always wanted to program video games, and maybe get a chance at becoming a designer or designing them in my own time. I understand this isn't always possible, so I want to also increase my marketability in the work force by learning more core computer science skills. Programming is one of the things I enjoyed and am still not bored of in my curriculum (as of right now its all analysis, hence not much programming). Furthermore, I have read that applied math + computer science education is extremely lucrative in industry. As such, I am considering just becoming either a graduate CS student or getting a second bachelors with at least a partial focus in game design. My question is, what is a better idea? My main issue with a complete devotion to self study and rejection of college right now is that as of now I don't make enough to pay off my student loans even with full time employment, so it would be helpful to defer them a little longer until I get more marketable skills. Any advice would be appreciated."
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Conventional Propulsion for Interstellar Mission

Antisyzygy Antisyzygy writes  |  about 3 years ago

Antisyzygy (1495469) writes "Andreas Tziolas, secondary propulsion lead for Project Icarus, discusses how the propulsion technology and techniques scientists use today will still be used during the construction of the Icarus vehicle and the science probes Icarus will deploy when exploring the target star system.

Project Icarus is an five-year study into launching an unmanned spacecraft to an interstellar destination. Headed by the Tau Zero Foundation and British Interplanetary Society, a non-profit group of scientists dedicated to interstellar spaceflight, Icarus is working to develop a spacecraft that can travel to a nearby star."

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Why HP's WebOS on multiple platforms is good

Antisyzygy Antisyzygy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Antisyzygy (1495469) writes "Starting next year, HP's WebOS mobile operating system will run on pretty much every smart phone, tablet, laptop and desktop that HP ships. This is a good thing because it allows one to sync all of their devices seamlessly."
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Obama calling for 53B$ for High Speed Rail

Antisyzygy Antisyzygy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Antisyzygy (1495469) writes "President Obama is calling for 53B dollars to be appropriated for the construction of high-speed rail in the United States over the next 6 years. Assuming Congress approves this plan, the funding would be spent on developing and/or improving trains that travel at approximately 250 miles/hour, as well as spent on connecting existing rail lines to new developed high speed lines."
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Biomedical Researcher Produces "Piss-whiskey"

Antisyzygy Antisyzygy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Antisyzygy (1495469) writes "Biomedical researcher James Gilpin has produced "Piss-key" from elderly diabetic patient's urine. Diabetic's urine has large amounts of sugars in it, so after purification this urine from elderly diabetic patients is fermented, distilled, blended with whiskeys and then bottled."
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