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Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

Livius Re:What are the implications for the textbook mark (116 comments)

Well, first-year calculus hadn't changed in 250 years, and second-year calculus hadn't changed in 100 years, so I'm guessing the updating isn't going to stop.

9 hours ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Livius Just like (576 comments)

Holocaust deniers would rather be called skeptics, but everyone knows it's not really about skepticism.

13 hours ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Livius Re:Misleading title (576 comments)

You are confusing (perhaps on purpose) the two meanings of skeptic - those with good-faith skepticism, and those who claim to be skeptics but are liars.

13 hours ago
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NASA Tests Feasibility of 3D Printing on the Moon and Other Planets

Livius Re:WTF (58 comments)

In fairness, the "in-situ" materials are the components inside the 3D printer, not materials in the immediate vicinity.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Livius Re:Tired of this shit (446 comments)

Why are you presuming 'unconscious'? That's a separate issue from whether or not someone is racist.

3 days ago
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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Livius Re:Depends... (166 comments)

Nobody is being "backdoored" here except as required by law.

An unconstitutional law is actually not a law at all.

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Livius Re:Tired of this shit (446 comments)

Correct. Exactly like the post it was in response to.

3 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Livius Re:Greenland Liberation (184 comments)

It worked in Panama...

3 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Livius Re:Operation Danish Freedom, HELL YEAH! (184 comments)

Denmark is a member of NATO, so if the US attacked Denmark militarily, the US (along with the rest of NATO) would be obligated to come to Denmark's aid and repel the aggressors.

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Livius The Bright Side (446 comments)

Maybe we could all pause for a moment, take a deep breath, and:

Acknowledge that while racism does still exist, society is doing pretty good when you need clever experiments and (in this case) advanced technology to be able to measure it objectively.

The glass is half full.

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Livius Re:Tired of this shit (446 comments)

You may have other advantages that you are so completely taking for granted that you do not recognize them.

3 days ago
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

Livius Re:In IT, remember to wash your hands (153 comments)

But the fads change faster still, and this has been obvious to informed people in IT for decades.

Everything web-based since the original HTML has been more about hype than technological substance.

3 days ago
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Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

Livius Two evils (74 comments)

I'm not sure who I would expect to abuse this more, the telecoms or the government.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Livius Re:It's just some dipshit with weapons and no hope (873 comments)

They certainly aren't terrorists if they don't terrorize anyone beyond their immediate victims. They may well die utterly failing at their objective.

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Livius Re:Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

And in Canada we had two terrorist attacks

Those were hate crimes. Terrorism has a political message.

5 days ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

Livius Randomness means (185 comments)

sometimes below average and sometimes above average.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Livius Re:"Could", (390 comments)

And no, in 200 years you will not be able to just turn on magic reverse global warming.

This is a weaker argument than many people think. Technological knowledge is increasing at an exponential rate, and a technological solution is plausible. That's not what's wrong with the argument. What's wrong is that it's also plausible the technology won't be developed or won't be developed in time - this is bad when the existence of human civilization is at stake.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Livius Re:Your argument is devoid of facts (390 comments)

The Nazi Party was organized crime masquerading as a cult, not a political party in the modern sense, and it was neither (consistently) left-wing or right-wing in its politics. Much like the Communist Party.

5 days ago

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