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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Cue the Bozos (952 comments)

I know! The only thing more annoying than those bozos are the other bozos who preemptively call them out, as if their whiny comment will be of use to anyone.

Fortunately, I haven't seen any of the absolute worst scum, who feel the need to point out the faults of the other two bozos. Complains about complainers are the lowest form of comment.

about a week ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Too Bad (106 comments)

That's a great point. At this point in the show, they could introduce a "normal" scientist and he'd be a complete outsider.

about a week ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:illogical captain (922 comments)

Why can't "god" be the default?

Because every phenomenon has the same effect when it doesn't exist, and only differentiates itself from other things when it does exist. So to explain lightning, you start from a default position that encompasses all possible explanations - "One or more phenomena exist and are causing this, and all others do not exist, or do not create lightning", and then try to narrow down which of the infinite imaginable phenomena are the ones causing lightning.

If "no X" weren't the default position (not just gods), then to be fair we'd have to assume that everything imaginable exists. And...well...Louis CK puts it far better than I could.

about two weeks ago
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The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Conservatives killed six million... (68 comments)

Wow.

Can someone help me out? What's the name for when someone acts like a crazy supporter of their opponents to make their opponents look crazy? (you can tell that's what's up because the only person named in the post is the right-wing boogeyman-of-the-day, Elizabeth Warren)

about two weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:In Theory (387 comments)

Anyone who is proficient in programming shouldn't have a problem picking up a book (or website) and learning a new langauge, API, etc. in a weekend or two.

This is true as long as you're hacking something together. If you're expected to work with other developers and create something maintainable, you've got to learn a million little standards, conventions, quirks, tricks, and optional 3rd-party libraries.

Picking up the basics is easy, but in my experience it takes a couple of years before one can truly be comfortable with a new language.

about two weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:What lessons are the video games teaching? (1262 comments)

Absolutely not. There are, unfortunately, very good reasons to be skeptical. A lot of well-meaning dumbasses have ruined it for legitimate victims.

The original post wasn't just skeptical though, it was accusatory. Even worse, it used the "just asking questions" style of accusation, which (personal judgment here) is a very trollish style of debate.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:What lessons are the video games teaching? (1262 comments)

Me? I'm neurotic. I'd play on my phone and idly click the "Screenshot" button every few seconds until I was sure there wouldn't be more, then post the first one with all the posts. Maybe that's why I don't treat it as a smoking gun.

I'm a bit sad to say I'm sitting at about 50/50 on this. That said, I definitely wouldn't state anything one way or the other until all the facts are in....and probably not afterwards either - I'm just not that invested :)

about a month ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:What lessons are the video games teaching? (1262 comments)

That doesn't in fact answer the questions raised in the image

  • * The account was created just to make the offensive tweets - granted.
  • * Screencap taken 12 seconds after the last tweet - The image gives no indication how many tweets were made in total. If this were in the middle of a stream of tweets, then any screenshot would have been taken soon after the "last tweet".
  • * No Search, no login - the url could be typed, instant messaged, or searched from Google. As another poster said, somone could see the tweet on their phone, want a screencap, and type the URL into a computer
  • * Who screencapped this??? - I don't know???
  • * Perfect spelling/capitalization - I didn't address this because I didn't think it needed to be addressed. If I were to go rogue, it would definitely be at this quality and pace. Just because someone's a troll doesn't mean they lack typing/thinking skills.

Did I miss anything?

about a month ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:What lessons are the video games teaching? (1262 comments)

Or almost as if someone was tweeting constantly (if the screenshot were taken 30 seconds earlier, it *also* would have been 12 seconds after the last tweet).

Almost as if someone were sent a link while they weren't logged in to twitter, and took a screenshot.

Now, nothing's impossible, but you'll need a hell of a lot more evidence to show this was staged. And speaking with such certainty based on such flimsy evidence just makes you look like another troll.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:How is this sentence anything but unsupported? (826 comments)

I think you're reading the wrong message. With a bit more context:

If nothing else, that very fact should give one pause. Fundamental changes in the structure of most Linux distributions should not be met with such fervent opposition.

I read that as an argument against systemd. Something like "Fundamental changes will happen in any complex system, but when those changes are positive, they will not be met with such fervent opposition".

about a month ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Hye, how about this... (113 comments)

I know, how could anyone make a statement as ridiculously inconsistent as "I don't like this one system administered by this group over here, and would like a very different system to be put in place by that group over there"?

Morons.

about a month ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (465 comments)

What would you say if you got that much prison for drinking out of a puddle after a rain instead of the tap you pay for

I don't think I'd be particularly concerned, assuming:

  • He was also charging people for that same puddle of water
  • The puddle of water was created by the water industry at great expense
  • The industry had a legal right to the puddle of water, with precedents going back centuries.
  • Drinking the water was purely for entertainment, and not a requirement for continued living

I'm not saying 33 months isn't an excessive sentence, but you just sound dumb when you make these comparisons.

about a month ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Conversion of physical matter to light ... (185 comments)

If that's true, show your work.

If the exact same energy is converted from mass->light->mass again, in the exact same form (same electron spins, etc), then at what point was it destroyed? E=mc^2, which tells us that light and matter are just two different forms of the same phenomenon (or, at least, *might*, which is good enough for a hypothetical argument).

What about the simple replacement of atoms in your body from year to year. If 50% of the atoms in your body have been replaced, have "you" been destroyed and recreated?

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

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:another political story (338 comments)

If you remember the good old days of a non-political slashdot, why not log in and show us your single-digit ID?

about a month ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re: So what they need, then... (185 comments)

That's your problem with teleportation?

What if the original isn't destroyed, but converted to light (or some FTL substance, as long as we're talking sci-fi) and reconstituted at the endpoint?

about a month ago
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How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Prior art (97 comments)

Dear Sir,

I apologize for the oversight in my previous correspondence. The description of the patent should have concluded with the phrase "...on the internet".

Sincerely,
Mr Troll, Esq.

about a month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

In order for a Northern European to evolve fair skin and hair, there has to be something that will kill a human of dark skin and hair. Since people with dark skin can survive in Northern Europe, it is not through evolution.

Doesn't it hurt your brain to write that?

  • X can survive under condition Y
  • ...therefore there is no evolutionary pressure on X under condition Y

about a month and a half ago
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More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Limits of Measurement (144 comments)

I think my biggest problem was the phrase "ISTM your question is meaningless". It reinforced my general impression that a lot of physicists treat the math as the be-all-and-end-all of physics, without trying to develop an overarching (for lack of a better word) "narrative".

You end up with statements like "going faster than c makes you travel backwards in time" or "an electron doesn't have a position until it's measured". Both fit the math, but are probably simplifying things greatly. I suspect the physics of the future will provide intuitive explanations, with new underlying rules that will seem inscrutable. Dismissing the importance of the ACTUAL reality shuts down avenues of investigation and harms discourse.

That said, your last paragraph makes me think I was just overreacting. You've made it clear that intuition is an important aspect of theoretical physics, and people aren't blindly following the math.

about 2 months ago
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More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Limits of Measurement (144 comments)

I like to think of an electrons a droplet of water (well, droplet of EM-field) with some very exotic properties.


  • It tends to stick together, but can be pulled apart.

  • When an electron is pulled apart (forced through a double-slit, for instance), it's strongly self-attracted, and tries to spring back into an electron-sized droplet very quickly

I think there's a very good reason electrons bound to an atom act like an "electron cloud". It's not that the electron appears and jumps randomly, it's actually everywhere.

about 2 months ago

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