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Texas School Board Searching For Alternatives To Evolutionary Theory

ColonelPanic Don't worship the spackle (763 comments)

Religious superstition fills in the gaps of our knowledge, like plaster filling holes in a wall. But when knowledge expands, the spackle isn't needed any more.

about a year and a half ago
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What Knowledge Gaps Do Self-Taught Programmers Generally Have?

ColonelPanic Algorithms, data structures, systems (396 comments)

If you know your algorithms and data structures, and have a firm grasp of the architecture of modern computer systems, you'll be way ahead of a depressingly large proportion of people with degrees in CS that come past me in interviews.

The most informative and entertaining book I can recommend on algorithms is Bentley's "Programming Pearls".

more than 4 years ago
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Mediterranean Might Have Filled In Months

ColonelPanic Re:5 million? (224 comments)

A wonderful deleted scene in "The Life of Brian" has shepherds in the fields around Bethlehem wondering "is it AD yet?"

more than 4 years ago
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Vatican Debates Possibility of Alien Life

ColonelPanic Re:Tell me again why... (721 comments)

I love being lectured in logic by a person who ritually cannibalizes a god's zombified offspring because a talking snake tricked a mud-man's rib-wife with magic fruit.

more than 4 years ago
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Vatican Debates Possibility of Alien Life

ColonelPanic Tell me again why... (721 comments)

... we're supposed to treat these clowns with respect and allow their weird Sunday-morning social clubs to have tax-exempt status in the US?

And the Catholics are supposed to be the *smart* ones, too!

more than 4 years ago
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Up To 90 Percent of US Money Has Traces of Cocaine

ColonelPanic Re:Stop trolling with numbers (441 comments)

Did you really just spell "ceased" like that?

about 5 years ago
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Visualizing False Positives In Broad Screening

ColonelPanic Re:Think you understand these things? Try this... (365 comments)

I explicitly said that they have at least one child named Mary. They could have two; it still works out.

Yes, I assume that not every girl is named Mary.

more than 5 years ago
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Visualizing False Positives In Broad Screening

ColonelPanic Re:Think you understand these things? Try this... (365 comments)

Okay, if you don't get the problem (and yes it is correctly stated), there are three things you can do to improve your understanding.

1) Write a simple computer program in your language of choice to generate a billion random two-children families and count the ones that meet the conditions.
2) Draw a Venn diagram.
3) Read up on Bayes' theorem.

more than 5 years ago
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Visualizing False Positives In Broad Screening

ColonelPanic Think you understand these things? Try this... (365 comments)

A family with two children is chosen at random from a large population.

If I tell you only that they have at least one daughter, what is the probability that both children are girls?

Most people can get that one (it's 1/3), but fail miserably on this question:

If I tell you only that they have at least one child named Mary, what is the probability that both children are girls?

Assume the obvious: the boy/girl ratio is 50-50 and only girls are named Mary.

Most people insist that this is the same question with the same answer, but no, it's not, and the answer is actually 50%.

If you don't get this puzzle, you don't understand conditional probability.

more than 5 years ago
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What Free IDE Do You Use?

ColonelPanic Re:Emacs (1055 comments)

What else would I need? A decent text editor that interacts well with the Unix environment around it. I use aoeui.

more than 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

ColonelPanic Creationists have responded (311 comments)

Christians know that "it was a small, tailed, probably tree-climbing, and now extinct primateâ"from a kind created on Day 6 of Creation Week."

You know, I'd hate evolution too, if it had done to me what it has done to the godtards.

more than 5 years ago
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Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny" Released

ColonelPanic Re:Thiemo (386 comments)

The word "tragic" has an actual meaning, you know. If the accident were the ineluctable consequence of a character flaw -- and I do not suggest that this be the case -- then the usage would be correct and informative.

more than 5 years ago
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Texas Board of Education Supports Evolution

ColonelPanic Should give the retards equal time and expose them (344 comments)

Students, now that we have covered the neo-Darwinian synthesis of natural selection and modern genetics, we should give some time to a competing explanation put forward by many prominent opponents to science.

In this alternative theory, the earth and all its life forms were created at 9:00 am on October 23rd, exactly 6,012 years ago, just shortly before a talking snake tricked a mud-man's rib-wife with a magic fruit. This crime required the Creator to impregnate a teenager several thousand years later, and now if you don't ritually cannibalize his zombie son, you'll roast in a giant lava pit forever after you die. All of the fossils you may see were caused by a giant flood or were deliberately planted by an evil spirit to deceive you.

You will understand America much better when you accept the fact that many more of your fellow citizens prefer this second explanation to the first one.

more than 5 years ago
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Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel, and IBM

ColonelPanic Re:Steve Ballmer's memo to employees (623 comments)

The most telling item in that memo: no merit increases in pay this year, either. How boneheaded is that?

more than 5 years ago
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Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel, and IBM

ColonelPanic Consider it ammo (623 comments)

There's 5,000 new empty chairs to fling around in Redmond!

more than 5 years ago
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HP's Fury At Vista Capable Downgrade

ColonelPanic Re:"credibility [sic]" ?? (499 comments)

It's not a misspelling, it's incorrect grammar.

We don't know whether Allchin intended to use the word "destroyed" as an verb in that clause ("Microsoft destroyed [its] credibility") or as a verbal adjective ("Now we have ..., Microsoft[-]destroyed credibility, ...").

"[Sic]", Latin for "thus", is generally used as a convenient notation for "yes, the dumbass did write it this way, and we know it's not English."

more than 5 years ago
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Mind Control Delusions and the Web

ColonelPanic Something's crazy here (631 comments)

So believing you're being stalked by red and white cars is delusional, while cannibalizing a cosmic Jewish zombie to escape the consequences of a talking snake tricking a mud-man's rib-wife with magic fruit isn't?

more than 5 years ago
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(Stupid) Useful Emacs Tricks?

ColonelPanic Re:I replaced it (412 comments)

You equate popularity with quality.

I do not care how many people use aoeui/asdfg. I do care that I have a portable, intuitive editor that interfaces transparently with other tools. This makes me more productive.

So damn right it's better. If that makes me arrogant, then fuck you *and* your favorite bloated text editor, whose built-in artificial intelligence psychologist is doubtlessly precious to you.

more than 5 years ago
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(Stupid) Useful Emacs Tricks?

ColonelPanic I replaced it (412 comments)

After 25 years of vi and Emacs, I got fed up and wrote something better. And at 6k lines of C, it's not much bigger than my .emacs file was. :-)

Seriously, people: you don't have to live with the available options. Writing an editor is a easy job.

And yes, I GPL'd it. Have fun.

http://code.google.com/p/aoeui/

more than 5 years ago

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