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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Calavar Re:Cut the Russians Off (848 comments)

Again with all these conspiracy theories about Western involvement in Ukraine. The thing about conspiracy theories is that they never hold up when you apply common sense.

There is only one major nation for which the situation in Ukraine is of critical importance: Russia. If EU membership led to a flood of Gean, French, and British investment in Ukrainian oil production, Russia would no longer have a monopoly on oil exports to the rest of Europe. This would be a disaster for the Russian oil oligarchs that keep Putin in power. From the perspective of EU businessmen, however, it matters little whether they invest in Ukraine or Russia. Meanwhile, the average American probably wouldn't even be able to point Ukraine out on a map.

So who has the vested interest in interfering in Ukrainian politics? Moreover, who has a history of interfering in Ukrainian politics? That's right, Russia. Are you forgetting that the KGB tried to assassinate Yushchenko in 2014? Of course Russia and their lackey Yanukovych claimed that Yushchenko poisoined and nearly killed himself to win sympathy from voters, because that is something that a sane person would do. (Note the heavy sarcasm.)

So no, the protests in Kiev were not engineered by the CIA; they were grassroots. Just because you read it on RIA Novosti, doesn't make it true.

about a month ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Calavar Re:Baltics are next if the West fails to respond (848 comments)

Unarmed protesters getting shot and killed by government police is a "violent overthrow of the government"? Your utterly warped "memory" of events is disgusting. As far as this conspiracy theory about US involvement, find me one person in Kiev who acknowledges the presence of CIA. I doubt you will find a single one, but there are dozens of rebel leaders in Donetsk who are proud to say that they have KGB handlers.

about 1 month ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Calavar Re: Correction: (338 comments)

If you're one of the select few that are so wealthy that you own enough stock to be able to vote out an unpopular CEO (or block a grassroots shareholder movement to do the same), you're either the CEO or his yachting buddy.

about a month ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Calavar Re: Sigh (748 comments)

Yes, and liberals such as myself contend that marriage is a human right. If tolerance means allowing gay individuals to have human rights, then they must have the right to marriage.

about a month ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

Calavar Re: Not credible enough for merchant's to hold ... (267 comments)

You're missing the point. If Macy's sells a shirt for 50 USD and decides to keep those 50 USD in the bank, are they "speculating on the value of the dollar." Technically yes, but that certainly isn't how Macy's is thinking about it. The USD is is stable enough that holding onto USD is not considered speculation or investment. It is considered saving. That's what it means to be a currency. Until Bitcoin can also act as a medium of savings rather than a medium of speculation and investment, it will not truly be a currency.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Calavar Re:What's the problem... (92 comments)

If this was really about latency, Apple could have kept the servers in Japan or South Korea.

about a month and a half ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

Calavar Re:Not Surprising (160 comments)

Geez, this is the most idiotic comment I've seen on Slashdot all day, and that's saying something. You couldn't be bothered to do a 30 second web search before implying that Apollo had no benefits?

http://web.archive.org/web/201...
http://m.computerworld.com/s/a...
http://www.the-scientist.com/?...
http://www.consumerreports.org...

Examples from those links: improved dialysis machines, credit card swipes, army field rations, improved building insulation, low recoil/shock rubber, cordless household appliances, cheaper Teflon and Velcro, asbestos-free fire proof textiles, better industrial lubricant, exercise equipment improvents used by pro sports teams, a great deal of insight into how the moons and planets formed, many rocket technology advances used in today's ICBMs and missile defense systems, etc., etc., etc.

Please, next time do five minutes of research before you post something so bonehead with so much conviction.

about a month and a half ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Calavar Re: Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

You seriously think the DoD never spent recruiting money on comic books and movies? I'm guessing you never heard of GI Joe then? OrTop Gun? Should we send every kid who likes GI Joe and Top Gun off to Gaza? I liked playing with toy GI Joe fighter jets when I was young. Should my parents have taken me to Kosovo? No, videogames are not any different from movies comics an television. This is just another example of the age old phenomenon of an older generation being afraid of the culture of the younger generation because they don't understand it.

about a month and a half ago
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Maryam Mirzakhani Is the First Woman Fields Medalist

Calavar Re:Is there a need for all these PC things ? (75 comments)

I'm not sure what you're getting at. There have been Chinese and Vietnamese Fields Medalists in the past, but until now there has never been a female Fields Medalist. There has also never been an African Fields Medalist. Both of these are indicators of serious issues. First, sub-Saharan Africa has a total lack of access to higher education (with the exception of South Africa), and second, cultural pressures often dissuade women from pursuing STEM fields in Western nations and prevent them from entering higher education entirely in certain non-Western nations.

You could dismiss these concerns as activism, but that's terribly tunnel-visioned. Every African and every women who for some reason or another has missed out on the opportunity to study STEM is another mind that could potentially have been another Euler or Gauss but was denied the chance. Unless women are intrinsically less adept at math (which I personally do not believe is the case), we've been missing out on half the world's great mathematicians. Could you imagine how different the earth would be today if we had two Fermats, two Euclids, two Poincares? How much knowledge have we lost for the lack of women in math and science? This isn't about "leaving math and science alone" from activism. This is about untapping all the math and science talent that has been hidden away for hundreds of years.

about a month and a half ago
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Patents That Kill

Calavar Re:Absolutely (240 comments)

I found it for you: It was Lord Camden speaking about Donaldson v. Beckett. The full case proceedings can be found at http://www.copyrighthistory.co.... Lord Camden's commentary is quite long, so I won't copy/paste it here, but you can find it on the linked page if you search for "Lord Camden spoke as follows"

about a month and a half ago
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Patents That Kill

Calavar Re:1860 (240 comments)

I know you're trying to point out a supposed grammatical mistake, but yes, the Economist did exist in 1860. A quick Google search suggests that it was in print since 1843.

about a month and a half ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Calavar Re:Six identifiable bullet points (180 comments)

Look, I don't understand how many times I have to explain this. In Python 1 / 2 is not equal to 1.0 / 2.0, and you are pretending that this has something to do with transitivity. It. Does. Not.

If a=b and c=d then it follows that a/c=a/d

No, it doesn't. Just because it is true when dealing with real numbers in traditional mathematics, doesn't mean it is true in other scenarios. The phenomenon where a=b and c=d implies a/c = a/d, is called substitution, not transitivity, as any damn middle school level text can explain to you: http://hotmath.com/hotmath_hel.... The Python division operation is different from the standard mathematical division operation in that it is not satisfy the substitution property of equality. This has nothing to do with transitivity. Admit it. At this point you are either too boneheaded to understand the difference between division and equality or too stubborn to admit that your are wrong. Whatever the case may be, I'm not going to needlessly expend the energy to argue with you anymore.

about 2 months ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Calavar Re:Six identifiable bullet points (180 comments)

No, you didn't take great pains to point anything out. If you did, you would have said, "and this next example has nothing to do with transitivity, but..." The first half of your post has nothing to do with transitivity either, which I just explained in my response to your other post.

about 2 months ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Calavar Re:Six identifiable bullet points (180 comments)

Look, you are trying to build an argument with a wall of cards, but it simply isn't going to work.

You just told me a/c == a/d and a/d == b/d implies a/c == b/d. That would be an example of transitivity, I grant you that. The problem is that in the example you have, a/c != a/d:

>>> A = 1
>>> C = 2
>>> B = 1.0
>>> D = 2.0
>>> A / C
0
>>> A / D
0.5
>>> A / C == A / D
False

So if a/c != a/d, why in the world would a/d == b/d implies a/c == b/d? Again, don't say "but a/c == a/d in mathematics" because that has nothing to do with transitivity. I never said that a problem with PHP is that division operations don't give you the same result that they would in pure mathematics. I said one problem is that PHP isn't transitive.

about 2 months ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Calavar Re:Six identifiable bullet points (180 comments)

And the second half of your post has nothing to do with transitivity either. In fact, Python is quite transitive in this case: >> 1/3 == 1/2
True
>> 1/3 == 1/4
True
>> 1/4 == 1/2
True
>> 4/3 == 1/2
False
>> 4/3 == 1/4
False
>> 1/4 == 4/3
False

about 2 months ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Calavar Re:Six identifiable bullet points (180 comments)

It seems that you don't understand what transitivity is. Transitivity means that A == B and B == C implies A == C. What you've shown is A == D and B == E does not imply A / D == B / E. Where the hell is the A == B statement? There is none. Instead you are essentially saying A / A is not always equal B / B, which has nothing to do with transitivity. (BTW, this is true even in pure mathematics if A == 0 or B == 0.) Nice try, though.

about 2 months ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Calavar Re:Six identifiable bullet points (180 comments)

Okay, give one example in Python, Ruby, or Lua where the == operator is intransitive.

about 2 months ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Calavar Re:Six identifiable bullet points (180 comments)

As Patman64 already said, it seems that you are the one that is laughably ignorant. PHP and JavaScript are the exception to the rule. Try this in Python:

>>> "0" == "0000"
False

Try this in Ruby

irb(main):001:0> "12" + 2
TypeError: no implicit conversion of Fixnum into String
from (irb):1:in `+'
from (irb):1
from /bin/irb:12:in `'

Try this in Lua

> print(null == 0)
false

It's not as if PHP's hidden casting saves you any effort either. If I actually wanted to compare a string to an int in any of those other languages, it's absurdly simple:

Python:

print(int("150") == 150)

Ruby:

puts "150".to_i == 150

Lua:

print(tonumber("150") == 150)

about 2 months ago

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