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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

DataPath Re:Uh, sure.. (359 comments)

Obviously false.

Emacs comes with a built-in psychoanalyst - a critical feature for any experienced developer. Especially one using Emacs.

Visual Studio lacks such a feature, so the logical conclusion is that developers using Visual Studio are simply inexperienced.

Although, to be fair, Emacs isn't properly an IDE, it's an OS that comes with IDE features.

about 4 months ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

DataPath Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

Oh, really?

What experiments have you conducted validating evolution as a theory with high predictive power? You haven't? You're accepting the word of numerous people worldwide who conducted those experiments first hand? Then you have a belief in science. You are effectively participating in the religion of science. And nobody could expect you to do otherwise because to personally verify the conclusions of every single scientific experiment whose outcome is important to your daily decisions is simply not possible.

Nor does logic play into it, because any logical argument applied to the subject is depending upon two things: the correctness of the premises, and the validity of the structure of the argument. Even assuming the correctness of the structure of every argument, the correctness of the premises can only be established via scientific experiment, leading to an infinite recursion of proving premises and an inevitable skydive into philosophy, psychology, metaphysics, and madness.

about 5 months ago
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MIT Lecturer Defends His Standing As Email Inventor

DataPath Re:Maybe... (249 comments)

Get off my lawn!

more than 2 years ago
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Cambridge Computer IDs World's Most Boring Day

DataPath Day for celebration (186 comments)

We should celebrate the anniversary of the most boring day in history.

April 11th, Annual Most Boring Day Celebration. You celebrate it by... not doing anything special.

more than 3 years ago
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Handmade vs. Commercially Produced Ethernet Cables

DataPath Re:How much is your time worth (837 comments)

Oh no! Not *gasp* crosstalk!

Emissions and crosstalk are a fact of life. It happens. But you know what? Cat5e emissions and crosstalk are decibels away from being problematic at 100bT speeds - at ANY cable length.

The effects of the harmonics you paid so much attention to in your *snicker* physics class represent a microscopic FRACTION of the line loss due to emissions and crosstalk.

As you push up to gigabit speeds, things like Near-End Crosstalk (NEXT) and Equal Level Far End Crosstalk at a frequencies higher than 100MHz become much more of a problem. Which is why CAT6 and CAT7 have much more stringent line loss requirements for the connectors.

That's right. Connectors.

I think you're SEVERELY overestimating the SWR in the mismatched impedances. The changes in resistance due to length are virtually nil in the allowed 100m cable length. Most of the reflections and loss are due to imperfections in the cable, variations in the twist rate, which DO increase with the length. But that's going to be, on average, fairly linear with cable length - it's not going to have an eignvector of stable points, as you suggest.

And to top it all of, you're barking up the wrong tree when it comes to noise. The miseries of the RJ-45 connector, under most circumstances, far outstrip the line loss and reflections in-flight.

more than 5 years ago
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Battlestar Galactica Comes To an End

DataPath Re:it rocked (852 comments)

Apparently you missed the hints suggesting that religion might have nothing to do with it:

Angel Caprica Six: "That too is in God's plan"
Angel Baltar: "You know it doesn't like that name"

The discussions between the "angels" about the Law of Averages rather than prophecy or revelation.

It looks more like advanced beings overseeing the development of new species in the galaxy than "God". Which would be semi-consistent with the original BSG, as well.

And if you follow that explanatio

more than 5 years ago
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Ender in Exile

DataPath Re:Nope, sorry (507 comments)

Hmmmm. Maybe the tone just didn't quite come across right.

I enjoy knocking a fallacy as much as the next guy, but my intention wasn't to persuade, inform, or deceive.

My intention was mostly just to be snarky. Woo! Those crazy mormons are taking over california with all their morals and money and missionaries! They really aren't influential in california.

more than 5 years ago
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Ender in Exile

DataPath Re:Nope, sorry (507 comments)

Actually, my understanding is that it was the black vote in california that tipped the scales. 69% for Prop 8.

And you know why they came out to the polls in such huge numbers? I had nothing to do with mormons calling them up and had everything to do with the presidential race.

Yup. Blame Obama. Heh. I like the guy, I really do. But it's one of those ironic quirks of fate.

more than 5 years ago

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