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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

RazorSharp Re:let me correct that for you. (613 comments)

I don't think he was trying to ignore the "icky parts." His point was that this whole study/article fails to acknowledge the nuance behind the word "socialism." Calling West Germany capitalist and East Germany socialist is an incorrect simplification that reeks of bias and circular logic (in fact, the study's abstract so obviously demonstrated this I felt no need to read further. . .then did anyway to confirm my assumptions).

There are obvious flaws with the study:

1) The jump associating the results of west Germans/east Germans to capitalists/socialists. They had a couple hundred participants, hardly enough to even be conclusive about just the attitudes of Germans, yet they still make this jump.

2) Considering the small sample size, it's likely that increasing the sample size will regress the results towards the mean. Perhaps that means that east Germans are even more likely to cheat, but that's irrelevant. The point is that the study isn't comprehensive enough to be conclusive.

Using an abstract die-rolling task, we found evidence that East Germans who were exposed to socialism cheat more than West Germans who were exposed to capitalism.

To me this sentence really highlights what shoddy scientists these guys are. Of course, they're sociologists, so I guess that's to be expected. I could probably rip the methodology apart, too, but that'd be a waste of time.

about a week ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

RazorSharp Re:But people forget what MENSA concluded (561 comments)

While I find your comments interesting and I think there's some truth in there, I think it's ridiculous to assert that all intelligent people should be tinkerers, builders, and tech-oriented. I think one of the reasons that we have so many idiots in management and politics is that when a kid is good at math we steer them toward engineering whether it's something they actually enjoy or not. One of the most appealing things about non-engineering fields to a lot of people is that they can side-step intense math courses. For instance, I was appalled to learn that my girlfriend's nursing program required no more than a basic algebra course and bio/chemistry 101. After that pretty much everything was nursing specific like A&P and pharmaceuticals.

Mathematics is a pure logical exercise that has value beyond working with numbers.

if you have an IQ of 150-170 and are not doing your own research or tinkering to come up with something new, you are wasting your brain.

Perhaps this falls under the "something new" category, but Michael Crichton wrote some pretty damn good books and he went to Harvard Medical School. Neil deGrasse Tyson is pretty brilliant and his main occupation is that of a pop figure who teaches and evangelizes science. Nate Silver uses his intelligence to predict the outcomes of sporting events. Okay, maybe that last one wasn't the greatest example.

My point is that it would greatly benefit society if companies were run by people who understood more than ROI, if politicians did more than play a social game with one another, and if educators weren't limited to their speciality. I can understand wagging the finger at those who don't contribute to society, but I interpreted your post as saying that contributing to technology and industry is the only way.

I think IQ is an irrelevant measurement. When it comes to mathematics, I think it's a failure of our education system that we allow students to graduate (both high school and college) without a strong foundation in that subject. The same goes for biology and chemistry. Every day I'm confronted by people who believe the most inane things because they don't have a basic understanding of biology or chemistry. But now I'm just ranting.

about a month ago
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Turing Test Passed

RazorSharp Poor Turing (432 comments)

It's a shame this is what he's most remembered for. He was brilliant but his "test" was incorrect. I doubt he would still support it as a standard of true AI if he were alive today, able to see our modern computers and the massive amounts of data they can hurl around. Perhaps it's possible to create a conscious machine but I don't think that Eugene Goostman is one.

Perhaps a better standard would be an intelligence that makes decisions of its own choosing -- basically, one that can defy the constraints of its programming and have an original will. I guess that's a bit harder to unambiguously define. Something like Neuromancer/Wintermute.

about 2 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

RazorSharp Re:Who gives a shit? (593 comments)

Can they do magic, too?

Where do you connect wealth, power, and presence with the ability to draw more women into the IT pool? How would you respond if someone tried to convince you to become a nurse because "there aren't enough men in nursing"? Furthermore, why is it Google's responsibility to get women involved in IT?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Office Mix: No-Teacher-Left-Behind Course Authoring

RazorSharp Re:The problem isn't PowerPoint itself (27 comments)

Perhaps I've just never seen these amazingly compelling PowerPoint presentations, but I'm going to have to disagree with you there. At least HyperCard had Myst -- I've yet to see a PowerPoint that comes close to that.

Just to make sure I wasn't sticking my foot in my mouth, I even YouTubed "Amazing PowerPoint Presentations" and I didn't find anything interesting. I find the super-animated artsy PowerPoints to be more annoying than the boring, static, bullet-list crap my boss slaps together. Our customers want to be wowed by numbers, statistics, and a few pictures. They couldn't care less about how artsy the PowerPoint is.

I think that's the flaw in the point you're trying to make, and especially with your Word analogy. When writing a story in Word, the story is the product and it must be polished and ready to be published with minimal changes. PowerPoint presentations are a way to communicate ideas; a super-duper-polished PowerPoint, in most cases, represents a poor use of one's time as it's an inefficient way to communicate ideas.

about 2 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

RazorSharp Re:Toyota is another EV hater! (462 comments)

Toyota believes (foolishly) that the future is hydrogen...

It should be. It's unfortunate that attitudes such as yours and the electric car hype may prevent it from being so.

about 2 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

RazorSharp Re:I blame bad design (462 comments)

I live in the midwest and our electricity primarily comes from coal. Unlike gasoline cars, burning coal emits mercury, which then falls into rivers and lakes, and is then absorbed by aquatic plants that are then consumed by fish, which are then consumed by eagles, bears, and people. Because the mercury stays in the organism until its death/decomposition, the animals higher on the food chain end up with higher and higher amounts of mercury than the organisms they consume. The ecological damage of coal goes beyond the greenhouse gasses.

We don't have smog in most places around here. Plus, we have roads that are real fun to drive on.

See why this idea horrifies me?

This is one of the problems with the utilitarian model. People in the big cities have this or that problem and then the country folk have to suffer because population-wise, we're the minority. Our problems are different and we generally require less regulation rather than more.

I get that there are good intentions behind the regulation, but I don't think this is the way to do it. If California wants to get the ball rolling on green energy and reduce smog then they should invest more into hydrogen fill stations, push bivalent hydrogen cars, and build more trains. I see a future of electric cars as just another problem -- it could massively increase energy costs, possibly cause supply problems (leading to more coal burning) and, hell, they're no fun to drive.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

RazorSharp Re:Clearly they've broken him and... (449 comments)

Of course if you push for this, there are a ton of right-wing lunatics that will embarrass themselves by calling you "a bleeding-heart liberal." It's hard to reform society when many terrible people vote.

Well, your suggestion is pretty ridiculous and it does sound like a very bleeding-heart liberal thing to say. Personally, I'd probably fail a "psychological compassion test" but I'm still pragmatic enough to realize that our current prison system is a terrible way to deal with criminals and does nothing to reform them. Your solution is very micro and does nothing to change the overall structure of the prison system. It also doesn't do anything to cull the prevalence of sociopaths among prison guards -- a defining characteristic of sociopaths is that they're pretty good liars (lying is easy when you lack a conscience), which makes subverting a "psychological compassion test" pretty easy for them when they realize what they're being tested for.

A macro solution would be removing private industry from the prison system so prisoners aren't merely livestock for a company that lobbies to incarcerate more and more people. Turn prisons into educational facilities rather than controlled housing facilities that sometimes offer bits of education. Reduce prison populations by legalizing marijuana, improving public education, and get rid of prison sentences for most non-violent crimes.

About the only thing psychology is good for is advertising. It's an embarrassment to science.

about 2 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

RazorSharp Re:Why bother with tricks? (297 comments)

It doesn't matter whether it's legal or not legal anymore, it only matters if you have more firepower (legal, political, or otherwise) than they do.

Anymore? This is the way it's always been. The good old Catch-22.

about 2 months ago
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The Fight To Uncover Spyware Exports To Repressive Regimes

RazorSharp Glass Houses (36 comments)

It is supposed to benefit law enforcement in their investigations, but has allegedly been found in various nations with poor human rights records, including Bahrain and Ethiopia.

So is it only a problem when repressive regimes use surveillance software to oppress their population? When first world nations use such software, they're also violating the rights of their citizens. Just because it "benefits law enforcement" doesn't excuse its existence. Parallel construction also benefits law enforcement.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

RazorSharp Re:Waste of money (198 comments)

If you want to run BSD just get a Macbook, since OSX is basically stolen BSD code anyway.

You can't steal what's free.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

RazorSharp Re:Long way from Compton (198 comments)

Dre's gonna be the first hip-hop billionaire.

if he wants to be smarter than the notirious B.I.G. and 2Pac then here's a tip: once you make your millions, get the fuck out of the ghetto. how hard to understand is that?

Yeah, I'm sure he still lives in the ghetto. Perhaps you should at least check out the guy on Wikipedia before you make some ignorant comment about him. For the past decade+ he's been more of a producer/businessman than rapper and he was the first to leave Death Row Records in the 90s because he didn't want to participate in the stupid gangster shit they were involved in. Dre left the ghetto twenty years ago.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

RazorSharp Re:3.2 B (198 comments)

But you have no place calling yourself an 'engineer' if you don't have the will and ability to stand up to the boss/client and say 'No.'

Perhaps we have a different understanding of the word 'engineer,' but I don't think that's true.

about 3 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

RazorSharp Re:A game and the reality (384 comments)

Boo hoo. If people want to kill themselves for stupid reasons I'm not going to stop them. The world is better off without pussies who can't deal with a little hardship.

about 3 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

RazorSharp Re:Kind of understandable from Nintendo (384 comments)

Is 1:10 people really an anomaly?

1:10 where? San Francisco, the United States, the world? I'd like to see an objective source that validates that statistic. I hear people throw it around a lot but I've never seen it verified.

Any organism that actively engages in a behavior that inhibits its ability to reproduce is an anomaly. That's just a basic understanding of how natural selection works. Humans, with our self-reflecting consciousness, have a great tendency to do anomalous things as our behavior is more than mere impulse, so I don't mean it as a disparaging remark. I personally don't want to reproduce because I don't think the human race needs to increase our numbers at this time, and this type of decision makes me an anomaly among organisms.

I can't stand the California attitude that evolution is a hardened fact yet being a homosexual is like being born to a ultra-special race that must be cherished and insulated from anything that might possibly be misconstrued as a slight against their amazing specialness. Do I believe that homosexuals should be discriminated against? No. Do I think they should be able to marry? I don't believe that marriage should be a legal status among straights or homosexuals. Call your partnership with your significant other whatever you want to call it. Do I think that every TV show and movie and video game should have token gay people? No. At a certain point the pursuit of inclusiveness makes a spectacle of those included. It used to be the token black guy who always had something snappy to say. Now it's the token gay guy. I guess next up will be the token tranny.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

RazorSharp Re:It doesn't matter (453 comments)

I see what you're saying. I'm not sure if I totally agree -- I think that the money's there if we're willing to make sacrifices elsewhere (such as that stupid plane, which I believe is only still being worked on because important parts of it are produced in a certain congressman's district), but the political hurdles to make those sacrifices probably aren't possible.

I guess you could say we agree that, for whatever reasons, putting a man on the moon isn't a feasible option for the U.S. government at this point in time. The Chinese, however. . .

about 3 months ago
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Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

RazorSharp Re:It doesn't matter (453 comments)

I would think the main constraint would be economic. What nation wants to commit so many resources for so little in return. The lunar missions were more important for political reasons (the Cold War) during their time than anything else. Would that thirst for adventure have existed had we not been competing with our red adversaries? It certainly wouldn't have had the urgency if not for the competition.

The main thing the lunar missions gave us was the various technologies that were produced as a result of them. So far the moon hasn't proved to be worth mining and it certainly has no appeal for colonization.

I could spend all my money on a giant diamond encrusted neckless. But my girlfriend would probably be real pissed and kick me out when I can no longer contribute. Similarly, our government could go back to the moon. But the electorate would be pissed because like an oversized diamond encrusted neckless it doesn't do anything but costs a shit ton. I guess it always sounds good to vilify the word bureaucracy and to make fun of nancys who are overly concerned with safety, but I just don't think it's a sound argument in this case.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

RazorSharp Re:Study? (453 comments)

My sentiments exactly. When did conjecture constitute a study? I've read sci-fi that made more plausible predictions than this 'study.' Someone give Ray Bradbury a posthumous Ph.D in Extraterrestrial Studies!

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

RazorSharp Re:Translation (589 comments)

Go fuck yourselves.

Try developing a sense of humor. The original post was an exaggeration and a joke, but a like any joke worth telling, it hinted at a truth: Microsoft is known to go out of their way to have nice things published about them. That includes bribing "tech writers" (I loath to call them journalists) and giving customers discounts to say nice things about them. Read all about it on Wikipedia.

You might have a decent point about how support in the FLOSS community can be lacking in a way that's off-putting to some and costly to some businesses, but your hostility is unwarranted and your whining about the moderation system is pretty pathetic. Personally, if I was using mod points on this article I wouldn't mod you troll. Your post is straight flamebait.

about 3 months ago

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Wozniak Discusses Technology

RazorSharp RazorSharp writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RazorSharp (1418697) writes "Woz speaks of the digital age and where it may be taking us. CNN tries to throw a distopian spin on his words with a rather sensational headline: Steve Wozniak: "We've lost a lot of control." But this is no Why the Future Doesn't Need Us" as the headline implies; it's just Woz, as usual, speaking his mind on various tech subjects."
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