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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

JWW Re: Skeptical of Advocates =/ Skeptic of Science (577 comments)

Yeah straw men "only" on the "deniers" side.

Try proposing nuclear power as a solution to climate change and bask in the light of all the burning strawmen.


Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

JWW Re: Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (577 comments)

My stance in AGW is that you can bitch all you want about climate change, but if you're not willing to build a bunch of nuclear power plants and shut down a bunch of coal plants, then yes you ARE arguing global warming to advance a political agenda and nothing more.

If you don't back real solutions that can yield real results then I am going to call bullshit on your advocacy.


Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

JWW Re: Supremes never said corps are people ... (579 comments)

Shit the government better fits you "aggregation of money" description better than big companies do. Hell it even prints its own money. Your use of the term capital gives away your commie sympathies.

So companies aren't people, but ginormous government is your mommy. Got it.

2 days ago

Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

JWW Re: Google is done (307 comments)

Soon we will be getting told. We've always been at war with men.

5 days ago

NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

JWW Re:2% is nothing (121 comments)

The real fact is that budget deficits in upcoming years will only be solved by cutting military, welfare, medicare, and social security spending.

The fact is that basically all other spending is a rounding error compared to those big four items.

People are exactly right. Even completely zeroing out NASA funding would have, in practical measures, absolutely NO impact on the national debt.

The other ironic thing is that NASA, by far, is one of the few federal agencies that actually can lead to technology and science findings that truly benefit the American people.

But the idea that NASA is getting an increase, even though it is a slight one, is good news in my book.

about a week ago

Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

JWW Re:I have nothing better to do... (545 comments)

Exactly. This idea has infected the entire modern American business world.

I work as a contractor for the government, I am required to post my time which is used for billing.

On the hard face of it all, I am not "allowed" to work more than 40 hours, I certainly won't be paid for them, and my company can't ever invoice for them, without prior agreement from the customer.

However, whenever we interview people to come in and work here, certain folks on the interview committee pretty much require the applicant to genuflect to the common "whatever it takes to get the job done" belief that over 40 hours is no big deal and that they do that "all" the time. Even though that is technically completely against the rules for contracting.

about two weeks ago

Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

JWW Re: MOD PARENT RACIST (1128 comments)

Why is Social Justice bad?

It's bad because it believes that the ends justify the means. Over time the means become more and more violent and evil, until the "Justice" they claim to seek becomes terrible injustice and oppression. It always works that way.

about three weeks ago

Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

JWW Re:Let's do the math (307 comments)

Ummm I think you've confused ridiculously large number with infinity. They are not the same thing.

about three weeks ago

Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

JWW Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (143 comments)

You say that and you are correct, but when the best solution we have right now, nuclear, is mentioned the greenies freak the hell out and star screaming and running around in circles. Until we actually embrace what is possible to do and stop wishing on new technology to catch up, we'll be stuck here for a while.

about a month ago

Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

JWW Re:Hmmmm (186 comments)

You've got that backwards. It started on TV, then they wanted to capitalize on it popularity and made a movie version of it and put it in theaters.

about a month ago

Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

JWW Re:2 seasons 1978 and 1980 (186 comments)

If you actually left the new version too early, you would have missed the part where mose of those unlikable humans turned out to be cylons anyway. ;-)

about a month ago

Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

JWW Re:It's BSG-speak. (186 comments)

Hey, just you wait a centon!!

about a month ago

The Downside to Low Gas Prices

JWW Re: Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

Yeah, but the trains are all to busy hauling oil because Obama won't let the pipeline be built. There's no extra capacity on trains right now.

Oh and for all the greenies worrying about the pipeline causing environmental damage, the pipeline is orders of magnitude safer for the environment than train cars. It's not a matter of if but when there will a catastrophic fire from hauling all that oil by rail.

about a month ago

Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

JWW Re: So, He's Clueless? (134 comments)

He's beyond clueless. I've met Arne Duncan. He is the emptiest suit I have ever met in my entire life.

Ironically I've met his deputy secretary too and his deputy seems quite smart and capable.

about a month ago

Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

JWW Re:type of assignment (320 comments)

The thing that gets me most is.

Don't these students have any idea how diff works??

If you modify variable names, the diff will gladly show me, line by line, how amazingly similar two programs are. The first step to being caught is using the copy command on the computer and then modifying the program. Unless you really, really mash up the structure of the program diff is going to be enough to bust you on small changes (even to every line in the program).

You are better off, if you are going to copy a classmates program, to print it out and then manually type it back in.

This way you can move functions around, modify indents and formatting, change the order of statements where the order isn't terribly important. If you do that, diff won't bust you.

And the real secret is: I have 29 programs to grade for each assignment, I will only ever really catch cheaters if their programs have identical operations when run (or the same bugs, having identical bugs is a big flashing red light) and when I run them through diff it show me you took no effort AT ALL to obfuscate your copying. If you do this you deserve to be caught and punished because you didn't do the assignment, you just edited some text.

Note that, yes, I am saying that if you at least read the code with enough understanding to type it back in, you'll still get credit for the assignment. But if you are an extremely lazy cheat, you get caught.

about a month ago

FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

JWW Re:Delay means no action...EVER (127 comments)

They are just stalling. I hope Obama can see that.

Except that the they that might be stalling could actually also include Obama himself.

about a month ago

The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

JWW Re: Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

Nice sentiment. But when diff shows me that 4 students all have exactly the same program with only a few variable names changed, how the hell do I know if three of them even know how to write code at all? Well, I don't know what they each know if they cheat. I'm not letting them through if they can't freaking code. There are too damn many people out there with degrees who have no idea whatsoever how to do what their degree says they should be able to do.

about a month ago

Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

JWW Hypocrites (224 comments)

I think the biggest thing Mayday PAC did wrong is that they were, in the end, massive hypocrites.

Their "competition" for the best video about the effect of big money was such an enormous debacle and a clear showing that their true goal was not to get money out of politics, but to get Conservative (and even libertarian) money out of politics. Their embracing and providing cover for Tom Steyer, who openly talked about influencing elections with large amounts of his money, makes Mayday PAC a bunch of liars.


If Mayday were true to its stated vision, they would have condemned Steyer's actions. That they did not condemn him like they constantly did the Koch brothers proves that they don't really want what they say they want.

On top of this, their support for a constitutional amendment that would allow congress to restrict speech, makes them a contemptable organization.

I really respect Lessig's views on copyrights and patents. His efforts with his Mayday PAC have made me lose great amounts of respect for him.

about a month ago

US Midterm Elections Discussion

JWW Re:Republican gain a majority? (401 comments)

The real point is that we need term limits for congress.

It has become obvious that if we don't get them the country will face serious, perhaps devastating hardships in the not too distant future.

It has also become obvious that the political class will never ever let us have term limits for congress.

about a month and a half ago

Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

JWW Re:I'm all in favor... (432 comments)

And yeah, farmers who use excessive herbicides are dumb.

What I love is that the anti-GMO crowd is all about how bad herbicides are. Then they go on and freak out about plants that have been modified so that fewer herbicides are necessary.

about 2 months ago


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