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Scientists Breeding Super Bees

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:They tried this already. (248 comments)

Aside from a joke being modded (Score: 5, Insightful)?

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Breeding Super Bees

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:They tried this already. (248 comments)

Thinking that nature thinks, and that if it does it cares at all about our survival, is pretty much the stupidest thing I can imagine.

IMO, reification is generally pretty stupid, and has no legitimate place outside of literature and poetry, where it's called "personification". It doesn't make sense to treat nature, society, government, or any abstraction as if it has a concrete existence and can think, plan, know, desire, or do anything on its own.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Breeding Super Bees

Lilith's Heart-shape They tried this already. (248 comments)

Isn't this how we got "killer bees" in the first place?

more than 2 years ago
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Slate: Amazon's Tax Stance Unfair and Unethical

Lilith's Heart-shape Why should Amazon do the states' job for them? (949 comments)

Sales taxes are supposed to be paid by consumers to the states. If consumers aren't paying the taxes they're supposed to be paying, then it's the state governments' job to enforce their own laws and collect the taxes. The states have no business demanding that Amazon act as their tax collectors.

more than 2 years ago
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Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space, Swamps Users With Notifications

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Google+ (321 comments)

Now I feel like it's going to die a slow death with no interest from casual people.

Didn't your father ever teach you that your feelings don't matter to anybody else? You're not a Jedi. Don't feel; think.

more than 2 years ago
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Creating a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Bootable Flash Drive

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:So how do you install a new hard drive? (206 comments)

You should have one already, if you're a serious geek. Why wait until you need to replace a component?

more than 2 years ago
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Nintendo Trying To Win Back Core Gamers With Wii U

Lilith's Heart-shape As an RPG fan, I say it's too little, too late. (223 comments)

I had a SNES as a teenager, and I loved it. It had Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Axelay, Cybernator, Megaman X, Shin Megami Tensei, Wizardy V: Heart of the Maelstrom, Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Super Mario RPG, Super Metroid, Castlevania IV, A Link to the Past, etc.

I skipped the N64 because the only RPG available was Quest 64, and I didn't give a shit about Ocarina of Time.

I bought a GameCube, but the only games worth playing were Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2, Eternal Darkness, Tales of Symphonia, and Viewtiful Joe.

I bought a Wii, and it collects dust unless I feel like replaying Trauma Team, No More Heroes, or Muramasa: the Demon Blade.

I'm not buying a Wii U. Since Nintendo of America has no intention of releasing games like Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower in the US, I have no further use for Nintendo.

more than 2 years ago
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Specific Media To Buy MySpace

Lilith's Heart-shape Fuck Rupert Murdoch. (52 comments)

I'm glad his purchase of MySpace turned out so badly for him.

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Google Takeout Lets You Easily Export From Circles

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Already there (102 comments)

Your grandmother will die in 1-30 years. We don't give a fuck about her.

more than 2 years ago
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Skype Execs Purged On Eve of MS Takeover

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:The invisible hand of captialism (300 comments)

If we actually had capitalism, I doubt Microsoft would even exist. Corporations are an artifact from mercantilism.

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Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Useful for audiophile pirates, though (391 comments)

There's unfortunately no word that means "normal person who wants his music to sound good without buying into the woo" [skepdic.com].

We call ourselves "metalheads".

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Obama: 'We Don't Have Enough Engineers'

Lilith's Heart-shape Who does that idiot think he is? (651 comments)

The US is a country where people with an interest in STEM disciplines are mocked as nerds, geeks, and losers.

The US is a country where American engineers and programmers not only have to compete with offshoring, but with H-1B visa holders.

The US is a country where engineers and programmers get a crappy salary unless they work in finance.

With these facts in mind, I find it surprising that Barack Obama has the temerity to go on record as saying "we don't have enough engineers", while saying that "private sector companies will promote science, technology, engineering and math education, offer students incentives to finish degrees, and help universities fund their programs. The participating companies intend to double their internship hiring." It's going to take more than that to get more engineers, and we have to start in grammar school.

more than 2 years ago
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Codemasters' Website Hacked

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:#ifndef MASTERS (76 comments)

I wish they had a cheat code that would make Clive Barker's Jericho not suck Pinhead's balls.

more than 2 years ago
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Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:False Premmise (949 comments)

There are people who will pay hundreds of dollars for a pair of Nikes when they can get a perfectly good pair of sneakers for a fraction of the price. They're paying for the brand.

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Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?

Lilith's Heart-shape Screw computers. (730 comments)

I want to optimize the US Tax Code with a chainsaw.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Time For SyFy To Go Premium?

Lilith's Heart-shape Syfy must die. (607 comments)

Syfy is irredeemably blackened by its association with WWE and made-for-TV movies that were so shitty that they made Roger Corman spin in his grave. I gave up cable TV when I moved out of my parents' attic. Syfy as a paid channel, even if cable moved to a la carte pricing, isn't reason enough to get cable again. For the good of science fiction and fantasy as art forms, Syfy must die.

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Sony Delays PlayStation Network Reactivation

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Fuck the PSN. (317 comments)

You know, you could just start ignoring them right now.

I already have a PS3 and a 360. I want to get my money's worth out of 'em, and I don't feel like explaining to my wife why I'm going to get rid of three "perfectly good" consoles.

more than 2 years ago

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Mathematics: The Most Misunderstood Subject

Lilith's Heart-shape Lilith's Heart-shape writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) writes "Dr. Robert H. Lewis, professor of mathematics at Fordham University of New York, offers in this essay a defense of mathematics as a liberal arts discipline, and not merely part of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) curriculum. In the process, he discusses what's wrong with the manner in which mathematics is currently taught in K-12 schooling."
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