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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

PseudoCoder Politimath is different than real math (722 comments)

If you play with the definition of things then you can make the numbers be whatever you want. Read a report last week that more than 1/3 of those were people that were dropped at the beginning of the year (which means there's very little real gain in number of people insured), and 1/4 hadn't actually paid. So the number is just a topical headline that they feed the media so they can pat their backs, but breaks down under serious scrutiny. Like "we've deported more illegal immigrants than the previous administration". Truth is they changed the definition of "deported" to count people who were stopped at the border and turned around, which had never been counted as a deportation before. Meanwhile the Border Patrolman's union is complaining that the administration and DHS/ICE are making their job nearly impossible, but the media won't cover them, and they actually kicked the leader of the union out of congressional hearings.

But they're the most transparent EVER!

about two weeks ago

Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

PseudoCoder Girls are less capable and you're not doing enough (673 comments)

That's what this kind of initiative says. The implication is that it's the teacher's faults boys are doing better than girls at programming and they need to deliberately do more to even the odds. Is the female graduation rate lower because they're dumber and need more help from teachers? Are the teachers actively discriminating against girls? Or is the disparity because there are less girls interested in this field for entirely different and varying reasons? A doctor that asks the patient detailed questions and tries to find the root cause and then prescribe a drug is usually more successful than the one who just asks what you're feeling and writes a prescription to see what happens. Can't help but wonder if they investigated the source and magnitude of the disparity before putting together a misguided initiative like this.

about two weeks ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

PseudoCoder Are we slaves to the future? (364 comments)

"This is the future, and your vehicle will talk to other vehicles whether you like it or not."

*This is the future, and your car will have a backup camera whether you like it or not.

*This is the future, and we've "proven" eating beef is evil and you will have to eat plants, whether you like it or not.

*This is the future, and your privacy is a luxury which you will be forced to give up for the "greater good", whether you like it or not.

*This is the future, and "evil" money doesn't exist so you will live by an advanced, centrally controlled credit system which is "fair and equitable" whether you like it or not.

*This is the future, and the government will have its hands in all aspects of your life whether you like it or not.

Nazi eugenics were the future too, until people realized that its practical implementation boiled down to genocide. Now they're an ugly part of the past that should remind us we can't fix human. But doesn't stop "the enlightened ones" from trying because it makes us feel good. Now I'm not against the future. I have more LED bulbs in my house than most people, and I'm going to get a Tesla as soon as I can afford one. I hate red lights as much as anyone, but how much of our humanity will we give up for the sake of "the future". Let's just be careful with this line of thought where we must sacrifice everything for a Utopian future that will never exist.

about three weeks ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

PseudoCoder Re:What about buying out the Chinese polluters? (712 comments)

Yet somehow we don't have entire cities of people walking around with masks on their faces. Maybe we should. What ever happened to LA's smog day advisories?

about a month ago

Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

PseudoCoder What goes up, must come down... (497 comments)

That one is provable definitively every time even after some genius tries to make headlines and get a grant by trying to redefine "down". On the other hand, when you consider that the end of the last Ice Age predated the invention of the SUV by a few thousand years then you kinda have to stay open to different possibilities and keep an eye not just on the data, but also the assumptions that lead to the data. Particularly when there are so many variables and inputs.

I know how tempting it is to "tweak" a model to get the answer you want; I did it in college. And maybe that's part of it; these scientists should get out and actually be employed for a while instead of making a career out of being in an academic environment where the perception of what's at stake is more abstract.

Either way, calling science "settled" should be treated with great care. There was a time when disagreeing with "settled" science meant your ass.

about a month and a half ago

Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

PseudoCoder Re:Yes, let's put the gov't deeper into our pocket (597 comments)

You mean the United Kingdom? It's still there and seems pretty strong to me. The citizens, for the most part, seem to love their nationalized secondary education system. They tried moving back to a private system for a few years but hated it and switched back again.

"Seems" being a very appropriate term. Every "progressive" system is easy to get used to while ignoring the fiscal realities behind it. The U.S.'s $90 Trillion in unfunded liabilities come to mind. That's the conservative estimate; $120T according to more aggressive figures.

about 2 months ago

Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

PseudoCoder Yes, let's put the gov't deeper into our pockets! (597 comments)

Eventually they'll find something soft and squeeze and then they'll own me. That's terrific! Let's also further minimize risk, so I have no idea what is wise and what isn't. This way I get to make others pay for my prospect-less liberal arts degree. That's so nice of them! Now everybody will get into college, even the less scholarly types who would be better off in trade schools, and graduation rates will plummet, and this new super efficient government program will be paying for those who flunk out and will exempt them from paying anything since they didn't graduate because the over achievers oppressed them somehow and they are the ones who should pay for drop-outs anyways. That's so sustainable!

We should make everything "communal"! Just like they did in that union that isn't there anymore. Or that other country that's still there imprisoning its dissenters and running them over with tanks. I love my Brave New World!

about 2 months ago

Amherst Researchers Create Magnetic Monopoles

PseudoCoder Glad they're back in stock... (156 comments)

My previous supplier has left me high and dry and I can't finish my perpetual motion machine without one of these. Can I get a discount on more than one? Or do I have to buy them one by one to avoid them neutralizing each other?

about 3 months ago

The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

PseudoCoder So good old-fashioned hard work & self-motivat (397 comments)

That's the key to success? Sounds like conservative values to me. Especially when the author says "Ironically, each element of the Triple Package violates a core tenet of contemporary American thinking."

Among other detriments, contemporary American thinking assigns virtue to victimhood; a fallacy, for sure. It gives disadvantaged people a false moral high ground and one-sided sense of entitlement; an excuse factory. "Blame the system". Mean while the system has grown to be more of what it has been before, and people are still thriving and overcoming their hurdles.

Karl Marx is still dead wrong (see Communist Manifesto). Instead of going with it, he lamented progress as an enabler of the rich to get richer. For a guy who admired Darwin's work, his philosophy advocated protesting and complaining instead of adapting to survive and thrive, while he himself took advantage of the system. He had his sugar daddy Engels, and his wife's multiple inheritances to keep him going, while telling other people that the rich were screwing everyone.

The reason many immigrant groups thrive and surpass their previous is because they come here seeing not a system that is going to screw them, but a system they can take advantage of when they can, and a system they can go around when they can. Must be better than where they came from, otherwise they wouldn't see an incentive to being here.

You don't need the most expensive surfboard to ride the waves; to certain degrees of success and form you can even ride them with just a plank of wood. Anything is better than standing in the shore pouting while throwing stones at other surfers. Go out there and wipe out once or twice. I already wiped out once for a lack of Puritan impulse control, and I'm getting ready to go back out again and see what happens this time.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

PseudoCoder VM devel environment with a few tips (158 comments)

I wanted to setup my devel environment exactly once and use it on my home desktop, my travel laptop and be able to hand it off to my development partner and have him use the exact same environment.

Assuming both workstations are adequate resource-wise (RAM, CPU) to host a VM that runs all your devel tools then an external HDD with a VM disk works pretty well in my experience. I setup my repo on the HDD and I can clone the whole HDD and put a copy in my fire safe with my other drives.

I'd get a USB 3.0 or another fast link that both stations support. And get a big enough disk to host a big enough virtual disk file to make it static. The dynamic virtual disk file seems to slow the VM down too much. And remember that you have to keep enough padding for temp files for things like program setups, etc.

I like Virtual Box's networking and host/guest sharing options. I setup a host only link to connect to my remote repo to keep another backup of the repo.

My 2 cents...

about 3 months ago

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

PseudoCoder Vaccuum them up into little bits... (1160 comments)

Or clip their spines with snips like Kermit Gosnell did; we don't even have to cut off their feet and keep them pickled in a jar. If it's good enough for millions of babies a year, it's good enough for a criminal.

May it cause everyone to rethink ending a baby's life out of some misguided sense of "social responsibility" and convenience.

about 6 months ago

UK Police Seize 3D-Printed 'Gun Parts,' Which Are Actually Spare Printer Parts

PseudoCoder Re:It ALMOST looks like a hammer (279 comments)

(The, um, unimpressive... build quality and design standards of 3d printed weapons may also be a factor: if you are hunting parts for firearms that are made out of shitty plastic, to a level of quality that would shame your average zipgun and make a 'saturday night special' look like some sort of futuristic H&K design concept, you may be inclined to consider the absence of 'normal' features to be mere shodiness, rather than a sign that it's a different part entirely.)

Yes, a maker-whatever 3D printer in your garage cannot be expected to make a decent firearm, even by the most liberal definition of a firearm, but it is enough to make a drop-in auto sear conversion to modify an existing semi-auto to full auto that would at least be good for one spray in a drive-by. Then print as many as you like. That's what a more practical criminal mind would be inclined to do.

about 6 months ago

UK Police Seize 3D-Printed 'Gun Parts,' Which Are Actually Spare Printer Parts

PseudoCoder It ALMOST looks like a hammer (279 comments)

Except it's missing the hook that catches the trigger. I understand that UK cops don't really carry firearms, so they may not really be trained in the inner workings of different guns. I don't know much about what their training standards are, but I'd say it's an easy mistake to make for those who don't disassemble firearms very often. See below:


about 6 months ago

DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Healthcare.gov Issues

PseudoCoder Re:Bad Medicine (429 comments)

When the state is your god, you consider it sovereign over all and turn over your will, freedom, respect, devotion and everything you can offer to have it protect you, feed you and care for you. The statist masterminds have yet to achieve this version of heaven they have dreamt up, and they have no interest in mitigating anything. It is the new "moral" imperative to hurt the many to help a few and nationalizing healthcare is key to doing so. See below:


And they don't think it's dead in the water, they're just going to take their time in doing it.



about 5 months ago

Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...

PseudoCoder How else shall I indulge my vanity? (258 comments)

and show my friends, enemies and vague acquaintances how interesting, joyful, and insightful my life is? Especially compared to others. You can't do all those things with just a mirror, or around the watercooler!

I wonder what's going on at Google+...

about 5 months ago

Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...

PseudoCoder Re:and eBay trouble (258 comments)

No, you're just seeing the desert that eBay has become these days. I remember one of my saved searches used to generate about 8 pages of results. I checked it the other day and didn't even fill a full page. They raped their golden goose with the new fee structures a while back and hasn't been the same since.

about 5 months ago

Why Bitcoin Boomed During the Government Shutdown

PseudoCoder Re:implications of default (282 comments)

The better way of putting that would be that instead of sitting on cash, the SS Trust Fund bought US government bonds which will be paid back to them just like all of the other bonds as long as we don't let the Republicans have their way. The surplus was accrued by design because the trustees were well aware of the fact that Baby Boomers will get old. As long as we don't do something stupid like default on our debt, Social Security is just like any other pension plan that holds US bonds.

Yes. I too prefer to live beyond my means on credit cards and panic when something unexpected happens instead of having a cash reserve. That's a blissful way to live indeed. That's how I achieved my dreams of staring at code for 10 hours a day instead of being a millionaire, which I could have been by now.

I get it that having cash sitting around is not necessarily great considering the policy is to intentionally devalue the currency, but it does not promote strength and growth and it's awfully short-sighted. Our children and their children will judge us harshly for going along with this.

about 6 months ago


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