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New Study Concludes Math Gender Gap Is Cultural, Not Biological

MontyApollo Brain Scans ( and Objects) (472 comments)

I also believe brain scan studies (MRI I think) showed male and female brains working differently when confronted with different kinds of problems, like math. Researches were looking at diagnosing something else completely but found by accident that they could differentiate between male and female based upon their brain scans.

It has also seemed in some ways like math might be easier for guys (not necessarily better at it) because males tend think more in terms of objects than females do – they like toys and gadgets, they watch porn and objectify women, etc

more than 2 years ago

McCain Decries "Hobbits," Accused of Ringbearing

MontyApollo Re:Read a book (722 comments)

Well, if you RTFA, you would have saw the context of the WSJ article was the hobbits that were heroes and won the war...Really kid, READ TFA. Just once, it won't was not some great anthropological study of was a sarcastic remark about the Tea Party appearing to be stuck in a fantasy world...

more than 3 years ago

McCain Decries "Hobbits," Accused of Ringbearing

MontyApollo Re:Obviously McCain doesn't understand the story (722 comments)

According to the WSJ, their view in this instance seems to be that if they shut-down government and cause the US to go into default, that somehow everyone in the country will place all of the blame upon Obama while seeing the Tea Party as heroes, and that this miracle of somehow the general public placing all the blame on Obama will be outweigh the damages in the long run caused by the default and lowering of the US's ratings because the Tea Party would then have free reign to enact all the financial policies of their wet dreams and the Democrats would have no power to stop them (even if they do control the White House and the Senate...because the Tea Party would be heroes to most of the population...).

more than 3 years ago

McCain Decries "Hobbits," Accused of Ringbearing

MontyApollo Re:Typical politician (722 comments)

It was sarcasm...

more than 3 years ago

McCain Decries "Hobbits," Accused of Ringbearing

MontyApollo Re:Obviously McCain doesn't understand the story (722 comments)

I think claim is that while the Tea Party see themselves as hobbits, the reality of modern politics and finance does not lend itself to fairy tale endings no matter how much the "hobbits" believe their righteous cause and unwillingness to compromise will prove themselves reluctant heroes. The Wall Street Journal was in fact claiming that they were clueless to reality and will greatly harm the Tea Party and Republican cause.

more than 3 years ago

McCain Decries "Hobbits," Accused of Ringbearing

MontyApollo Re:Obviously McCain doesn't understand the story (722 comments)

It was a sarcastic remark - he was quoting the Wall Street Journal who was saying that the Tea Party rather simplistically see themselves as being heroic good little hobbits out to vanquish the obviously evil Mordor without regard to reality. Basically, the Wall Street Journal was saying the Tea Party worldview was rather fucked up, and McCain was emphasizing this.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Bans Open Source From the Windows Market

MontyApollo Re:Misleading Article (566 comments)

So has the "ire of the open source community" been raised (prior to this submission), or was that a lie too?

more than 3 years ago

College Students Lack Scientific Literacy

MontyApollo Re:Early Development (382 comments)

Bachelor level science degrees often don't lead to high paying jobs. One reason more don't become teachers is that standing in front of a room of bored kids just doesn't sound that appealing. I have worked with science majors for over twenty years, and the reason they don't become teachers has nothing to do with pay.

(When people talk about "high paying" math and science, they usually mean engineering.)

more than 3 years ago

Smart Grid Brings Powerline Broadband Back?

MontyApollo Re:Electricity usage monitoring (120 comments)

I wondered what ever happened to the idea floating around about wiring all the meters. I guess this zigbee thing took over.

(Years and years ago there was the idea that the power company could save money in the long run on human meter-readers by running a wire to every meter for smart metering, and there was talk that that they could run a broadband wire for about the same cost as any other wire. The argument was that not only would they save money in the long run, they would also be able to generate extra income by selling broadband service to any home they wired.)

more than 3 years ago

Groklaw — Don't Go Home, Go Big

MontyApollo Re:Censorship (230 comments)

What does PJ's rights and personal freedom have anything to do with the judgment that the "site has limited value"? Maybe some people value sites more that don't censor comments.

more than 3 years ago

BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled

MontyApollo Re:Screw "SyFi" or whatever they call themselves. (602 comments)

Well to be fair, Universal did try to run a couple of episodes of BSG on NBC and see if it could gain traction off of cable. Even if they have no clue how to do it, they did try to give it a shot. It definitely could have been promoted better before the attempt though.

SyFy seems to just keep going down hill though. There used to be several series I would watch. I had alot of doubts about Caprica, but it turned out to be decent. I'm still hanging on to the new Stargate series mainly because there is so little sci-fi left to watch.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Reveals Hundred Year Starship Program

MontyApollo Re:yikes (351 comments)

It would be a great accomplishment to go to Mars, but that is all it would be - just a feather in our cap. The talk of colonizing is just spin to gloss over the fact that the when we to the Moon just for the accomplishment of it, that the space program kind of went into the toilet afterward.

A serious space program, if it were truly interested in colonization, would focus on the moon. The moon comes first if space colonization is really a goal. The moon comes first for mining and commerce.

There is no reason to skip to Mars except that it would be a bigger accomplishment, but everybody gets bored once you achieve a great accomplishment and the funding disappears.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Should Focus On Going To..

MontyApollo Re:What not where (508 comments)

I mostly agree. Going to Mars to plant a flag would be the end of the space program for another generation. It would be like Apollo all over again - a few visits then everybody gets bored and most of the funding disappears. All the infrastructure for sustained operations needs to be in place and ready to go first.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Should Focus On Going To..

MontyApollo Re:NASA is not efficient (508 comments)

They shouldn't really focus on Mars yet but on a reliable transport system so that going just about ANYWHERE in the solar system will be a "trucking company's job".

more than 4 years ago

Why Intel Wants To Network Your Clothes Dryer

MontyApollo Re:Double-edged sword (330 comments)

This idea of appliances calling in for their own repairs has been somebody's wet dream for a long time, and they even made a TV commercial showing supposedly how it would be a good thing for a repairman showing up at the door unannounced. That's not what I want, and I don't see why this idea has such legs.

It would be maybe interesting if the appliance could send just me a report, then I could shop it around for estimates, but having it automatically contact somebody without going through me first is unappealing.

more than 4 years ago

Employee Monitoring

MontyApollo Re:Total BS (274 comments)

I agree with most of your post (and maybe it is just because I don't care for solitaire), but I do have a pet peeve with solitaire. I find it annoying when I run across employees who have almost full internet access (gambling filtered and probably porn) sitting there playing solitaire.

It just seems like you could be doing something more interesting or productive for your personal life (e.g. reading a blog that you would otherwise spend your free time at home reading, reading the news, paying bills, etc...)

Maybe I just feel that I have a shortage of time to do stuff that I like to do, so if I am going to steal some extra time from work I want it to be worthwhile or enjoyable. I play games at home, but not solitaire.

more than 4 years ago

The South Carolina Primary and Voting Machine Fraud

MontyApollo Re:He Won! (467 comments)

It was a silly scheme, but from what I have read this is business as usual in SC politics. Republican operatives sometimes pay entry fees for black candidates just to "stir the pot" of racial division among the Democrats during the primaries so that blacks will be less likely to vote in the general election.

I have also read that this is often not much more than a practical joke, especially in this case when the candidate did nothing but pay the entry fee and did not even have campaign signs up in his own yard. I think the Republicans really don't want these candidates to win because it would bring national attention to the way SC politics work, and they were probably just as shocked that Greene won as everybody else was.

more than 4 years ago

The Real Science Gap

MontyApollo Re:Straight Science vs. Engineering (618 comments)

It was good advice. Most people with just a bachelors degree in physics go into IT, engineering support, or finance. An engineer could do any of these fields just as good as a physics major, and of course they would get paid way more for engineering.

Even if you seriously planned on going to grad school, it would still be a good idea to take some engineering classes as back-up. One of my physics "professors" was teaching the class for free so he could boost his resume and hopefully one day get a real physics job. He said every physics position he applied for had at least 100 other PhD applicants. His day-job was as a software engineer for a courier company. That was as close to physics he could get.

more than 4 years ago

Google Slams Apple Over iPhone Ad Ban

MontyApollo Re:Who clicks on ads?! (562 comments)

I don't think Google would have billions of dollars if there weren't a few people who click the ads.

more than 4 years ago

Why Are Indian Kids So Good At Spelling?

MontyApollo Re:Spelling is for the bees (534 comments)

After hearing some of the expert commentary during the competition, it does seem a lot more interesting than what I originally thought it would be. From what little I have seen, it looks like it is just as heavy linguistics as it is immaculate spelling. They use the meaning and origin of the word to figure out the likely way that individual parts of the word should be translated and spelled. It just seems like you would learn a lot about language in general and the different languages of the world.

more than 4 years ago



POLL: Hottest Sci-Fi Character from TV

MontyApollo MontyApollo writes  |  about 7 years ago

MontyApollo (849862) writes "POLL: Hottest Sci-Fi Character from TV

Carter (SG1)
Scully (X-Files)
7 of 9 (Voyager)
Xena (Xena)
T'Pol (Enterprise)
Number Six (BSG)
Lilly Marquette (Earth: Final Conflict)
Ivanova (B5)
Col. Wilma Deering (Buck Rogers)
CowboyNeal in drag"

POLL: Which miracle pill would you chose

MontyApollo MontyApollo writes  |  about 7 years ago

MontyApollo (849862) writes "POLL: Which miracle pill would you choose:

Boost IQ by 25-30 points
Increase lifespan 25-30 years
Photographic memory
Athletic physique
All-in one cure baldness/perfect vision/perfect tan
Increase penis to 9 inches
CowboyNeal's little blue pills"

Poll: What would your billionaire hobby be?

MontyApollo MontyApollo writes  |  about 7 years ago

MontyApollo (849862) writes "Poll: What would your billionaire hobby be?

Space Company
Sports Team Owner
Venture Capitalist
Political Foundation
Social/Charitable Foundation
Science/Tech Foundation
Just Party/Travel/Personal Hobbies and nothing else
Cloning Research Company for spare parts
Cloning an army of CowboyNeals to rule the world"

POLL: Most Interesting SF Villain from TV

MontyApollo MontyApollo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MontyApollo (849862) writes "POLL: Most Interesting SF Villain from TV

Baltar (BSG)
Ben (Lost)
Cigarette Smoking Man (X-Files)
Gul Dukat (DS9)
Molari (B5)
Scorpius (Farscape)
CowboyNeal in a dark cloak"

MontyApollo MontyApollo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MontyApollo (849862) writes "I have wondered what an optimized technology development plan would look like to rebuild civilization in case of major catastrophe like an asteroid impact. I was thinking something like the technology ladder in the game Starcraft. In Starcraft often you try to find an optimal sequence from starting from scratch to maxing out your technology with respect to resources, dependencies, and outside factors (enemies). We would have the advantage of stockpiling various key items to help the process along, but it would be nice if there was already a master plan in place to get it us to a certain technological level the quickest. From this master plan we see where the bottlenecks are going to be, and we could make better choices on what items we should have stockpiled and which items could be manufactured later. Certain technologies and development could be skipped altogether if they did not fit into the master plan.

It also might be interesting to have an AI that could help figure out this kind of stuff "on the fly" so to speak. It could help to figure out what to do next if there are too many deviations or variations from the master plan.

The AI could come in handy in a sci-fi type scenario of landing a huge, unmanned ship on another planet and have it start constructing a self-sufficient outpost for later human occupation. It would have to figure out how to make best use of the resources available. This could be in some ways a macro version of "Engines of Creation." Manned version of these ships could be the life-boats of human civilization if the Earth ever got "hit" very hard.

So, what would an optimized technology ladder look like? What would be the key items to have already on hand?"


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