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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

GrumpySteen Re:Are you kidding (782 comments)

Only when the people are ignorant of their past can you pull such ridiculous capitalist dictatorships without opposition.

Capitalist oligarchy.

I know not reading the article before commenting is normal but you apparently didn't even read the title of the summary, much less the summary.

2 days ago

Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

GrumpySteen Re:So wait, shotguns are more accurate than the bi (307 comments)

Nope. You're just presenting a more subtle version of numerological bullshit.

Having only one significant digit means that the actually value for 10 is somewhere between 6 and 14 and the value for 30 is somewhere between 26 and 34. Measurements were not that inaccurate (you don't really think they only have a 15 foot rope to measure with and absolutely nothing else, do you?).

10 and 30 have 2 significant digits even if you assume that they rounded to whole numbers and didn't want to use fractions or decimals. Rounding to whole numbers, a circle with a measure of 10 cubits across will measure 31 cubits around.

That passage of the bible is incorrect. Period.

4 days ago

NASA Setting Up $250,000 Mars Lander Competition

GrumpySteen Re:Seriously, $250,000? (44 comments)

You say read it and yet you said that a launch that only needs to reach 800 meters "requires a reasonably well controlled vehicle with a delta-V of about 4,5 km/s or so"? That speed would mean you'd hit the required altitude in a little under 0.2 seconds. There is no possible interpretation of the requirements that would result in that statement.

the only reason you said that is that you DIDN'T READ THE REQUIREMENTS and you're fucking pathetic at lying to cover it up after the fact.

about a week ago

Fruit Flies, Fighter Jets Use Similar Evasive Tactics When Attacked

GrumpySteen Don't reverse that (65 comments)

It's an analogy between two things, not a patent application.

It's normal for the thing you're talking about to be mentioned first and said to be like the more commonly known thing. Reversing it would have people thinking that you're talking about jet fighters for the rest of the paragraph.

about a week ago

NASA Setting Up $250,000 Mars Lander Competition

GrumpySteen Re:Seriously, $250,000? (44 comments)

You clearly didn't read the actual challenge.

The Challenge would award prizes for successful demonstration of an end-to-end autonomous operation to sequentially accomplish the following tasks: picking up the sample, inserting the sample into a single stage rocket in a horizontal position, erecting the rocket, launching the rocket to an altitude not less than 800m, deploying a sample container with the cache internally sealed and landing the container at less than 6m/s terminal velocity.

$50,000 will be awarded to the team with the lowest total system mass that completes all tasks.

The goal is not to get someone to build a Mars lander for $250k. The goal is to get get amateurs to think about innovative ideas for how to solve some of the problems in the hope that some of those ideas will be useful when NASA designs a real lander.

about a week ago

LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

GrumpySteen Re:The simple solution is make them document it (322 comments)

It is possible people are vandalizing the cars

Sure, but... "new rules were put in place requiring officers to document that both antennas were in place at the beginning and end of each shift. To guard against officers removing the antennas during their shifts, Tingirides said he requires patrol supervisors to make unannounced checks on cars."

"Since the new protocols went into place, only one antenna has been found missing,"

As soon as it became likely that the vandalism be caught, the vandalism suddenly dropped to almost zero despite the fact that only the officers knew of the change.

So no... it's not possible that the public is vandalizing the cars.

about two weeks ago

A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

GrumpySteen Re:bout time (135 comments)

The next version will have 47% more than 26% neck-ache annually. That's down from last year - hold your applause.

about two weeks ago

Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

GrumpySteen Re:i dont understand this (226 comments)

...why do people have the ridiculous assumptions that..

        1. coding is "fun" and it's something kids/adults would just love spending time doing "if we just exposed them to it"

Nobody is making that assumption other than you. The point is to expose kids to programming so that the ones who will enjoy it can discover that fact and pursue it. It's that whole "broadening your horizons" thing that school is supposed to do.

about two weeks ago

FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

GrumpySteen Re:A simple solution (97 comments)

We would end up watching complete and total crap, because we were paying for it and felt obligated to watch it.

That says more about you than it does about television.

Do you have an unlimited plan for your cell phone? Do you feel obligated to use it constantly and feel guilty about not using it? Probably not.

Do you have unlimited internet? Do you download large files constantly in order to maximize your usage? Probably not.

Do you go to all-you-can-eat buffets and eat as much as you possibly can and make yourself sick? Probably not.

If you get out of the "gotta get my money's worth!" mindset and you'll find that a lot of things are more enjoyable, but you'll never escape that mindset until you stop blaming everything else and accept that the problem is your mindset.

about two weeks ago

Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

GrumpySteen Re:With blackjack and hookers! (162 comments)

You need something to pass the time during your refractory period.

about three weeks ago

Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

GrumpySteen Re:how calculus? (107 comments)

Calculus is not a series of guesses. If you think it is, you should probably go back to school.

about a month ago

Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

GrumpySteen Re:how calculus? (107 comments)

Some of us can tell exactly where it's going to land.

No, you can't. Calculus can tell you exactly how far the ball will travel down to the last millimeter if you account for all of the variables.

You can make an educated guess, but you'll completely fail to catch the ball if you then close your eyes and assume that it will be exactly where you predicted it to be. If you can tell exactly where is going to land, why would you need to see it and make corrections?

Only an idiot would believe that they can tell exactly where a ball is going to land from the instant they see it being thrown. And here you are claiming just that.

about a month ago

Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

GrumpySteen Re:how calculus? (107 comments)

Fom the thrower's release, your brain has likely already determined 1) approximately how much time before the ball reaches you

Calculus will tell you exactly how long it will take for a ball to get to you, not an approximate guess.

You've confused "being familiar with thrown balls so that you can make a good guess" with "actually doing math."

about a month ago

Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

GrumpySteen Re:how calculus? (107 comments)

If they could do that, they wouldn't have to keep watching the ball as they ran and caught it. There's a reason they keep their eyes on the ball. Constant corrections.

about a month ago

Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

GrumpySteen Re:how calculus? (107 comments)

you catching a ball is way, way more calculus.

It really isn't. Catching a thrown ball requires practice, during which you learn more or less how a ball moves after being thrown without any actual understanding of the math behind it.

If you were doing calculus, you'd know exactly where the ball was going as soon as you saw it moving and you could simply put your hand in the right place and wait for the ball to arrive.

In reality, you get yourself into what looks like it might be the path the ball is going to take, then you constantly correct your position as the ball gets closer. It's more like a series of guesses where you're constantly told whether you're getting closer or further away from the correct answer and that is not calculus.

about a month ago

Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

GrumpySteen Re:CEOs (516 comments)

It sounds that way, but it's intentionally deceptive. The trick is that the income inequality that Greenspan is referring to is the inequality between skilled and unskilled workers, not the disparity between CEOs and everyone else.

He's arguing that programmers should be paid more like McDonald's burger flippers, not that CEOs shouldn't make hundreds or thousands of times more than their lowest paid employees.

Expanding the H1-B program would increase competition and drive down wages, but only in the middle class. In fact, the added profits from paying workers less would probably increase the bonuses that CEOs get and create even more income inequality.

about a month ago

Happy Pi Day

GrumpySteen Re:WHAT A RETARDED WASTE OF BREATH (218 comments)

After that rant, I'm guessing that speak like a pirate day actually causes you to have a grand mal seizure each year.

about a month ago


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