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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

JWW Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (4 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.

3 minutes ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

JWW Re:Hmmmm (185 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.

4 days ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

JWW Re:2 seasons 1978 and 1980 (185 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. ;-)

4 days ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

JWW Re:It's BSG-speak. (185 comments)

Hey, just you wait a centon!!

4 days ago
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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.

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

JWW Re:type of assignment (319 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 week ago
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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 two weeks ago
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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 two weeks ago
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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.

http://freebeacon.com/politics...

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 two weeks ago
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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 three weeks ago
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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 three weeks ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

JWW Re:Nonsense. Again. (432 comments)

Hey. I like this approach.

For everyone that believes GMO's are EVIIIIIILLLL, if they ever want a dog or cat for a pet they should only be allowed the choice to take a wolf or a tiger home....

about three weeks ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

JWW Re:Wait, what? (305 comments)

You can get everything that is in server and run it yourself on regular OS X and likely in a more flexible and customizable fashion.

about a month ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

JWW Re:Hey, wait a minute... (367 comments)

Actually Google using a camel to get street views in the desert is kinda nerdy.

On the other hand PETA having a cow about google using a beast of burden to ya know do something considered burdensome is bullshit that should be ignored.

about a month ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

JWW Re: Say "No more!" to Climate Posts (423 comments)

Crop yields down? Seriously.

https://www.google.com/search?...

This search returns pages of charts shooing increased crop yields (for states, the whole US, other countries) over time. In fact the big worry in farming in the US this year is the price of corn dropping precipitously because of a bumper crop.

about a month and a half ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

JWW Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

Yep. This issue is pretty complex.

It may not be in then net's best interest to have FCC regulate the internet IF their regulations are as hamfisted and full of loopholes like their previous attempts have been. So the Republicans might the right there.

However, if the FCC actually had the balls to make the internet common carrier that would be the kind of regulation that is really needed to protect the net. If the FCC did that then the Republican position is all kinds of wrong.

As for the Democrats, if they want the first example of regulations listed, then they's be wrong as well. But if they want the second kind, then they'd be in the right.

Caveat, this it all of course IMHO.

about a month and a half ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

JWW Re: The problem with double standards. (292 comments)

Are you fucking kidding me?!?! The fucking story is about the behavior of walruses!!! The Zoooligist is the science expert you are looking for to put context to this story, not the climatologist!!!

Shit with these kind of stories, even the experts aren't allowed to be experts!

about a month and a half ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

JWW Re:The pot calling the kettle black (261 comments)

Yep, like I said, the solution is not perfect so it needs to be rejected.

I bet you hate nuclear power even more than natural gas...

about 2 months ago

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