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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Richard Dick Head Re:Easy, India or China (187 comments)

What meme? That was entirely spontaneous, honestly, grammatical errors and all. I'm sure you realize though that once you start treating things as indisputable facts you have left the realm of science.

Gravity, no matter how many times you drop your beer bottle, no matter how many times you have watched the same consistent yet mysterious universal force bring it shattering end, is just a theory. I don't care if every expert and every crawling worm on this planet believes the same exact thing in the same exact way, it could still be wrong. Is the earth still flat?

Climate science is not physics. It is in its infancy and I believe it deserves a healthy dose of skepticism, *especially* when people get creepily religious about it. If predicting the future were as simple as putting 1 mcg of Freon-12 in a a sealed test tube of 500 mL 50% O3 and declaring that 25-50 years from now that is what happens to the entire planet, then I would expect the most powerful cluster of supercomputers on the planet to be able to predict if is going to rain next weekend better than the farmer's almanac.

There is zero demonstrable practical output or progress in terms of human progress or human suffering to show for all the work and money that has gone into this field over the last 30 years, and anyone who puts any stock in it is no better informed than the creationist who believes that the world is 6,000 years old, because all of the world's leading bible scientists sat on their hemorrhoids and confirmed the same values while trying to infer the entire history and trajectory of the universe using a single pre-scientific-method cultural document transcribed from one culture's oral tradition, that described some details of some other culture's cultural events.

4 hours ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Richard Dick Head Re: Nobody else seems to want it (442 comments)

Even so, 20 years ago, I had one computer, one monitor, and one TV, and each of those was expected to last 4 to infinity years. Today? 3 TVs, 4 laptops, two desktops, a tablet, a netbook, and 6 monitors, and I'm periodically replacing it all about every 2-4 years. The expanded market just increases your upgrade load. Everyone I know has a desktop, a laptop, and a tablet (even if the desktop is only used once a year for taxes). I only see more and more variety of these things at the electronics store. I'm pretty certain the bitching you hear about a shrinking desktop market has everything to do with more companies competing and lowering costs, than number of units actually sold. I'm still buying desktop computers at a rate of once every two years, and I have been since at least 2004.

6 hours ago

Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Richard Dick Head Re:Easy, India or China (187 comments)

I can think of some more skeptical reasons.

Or the Ozone layer is perfectly fine now, and repairing itself, albeit slowly, and said scientists currently have their hand out and need to come up with an excuse to fill it.

Or, the "Ozone Hole" was a natural occurrence all along, and had nothing to do with CFCs, because CFCs are so flipping heavy whoever construed all of it isn't on the ocean floor is a dunce...etc

9 hours ago

Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Richard Dick Head Re:Do you think the H1B system is a joke? (425 comments)

This question is a little US-centric. Let me try to iteravely improve on this...

From your perspective, how is the globalization of commerce and specifically programming affecting you and those you know? Are the new high level scripting tools available to programmers since C++ became popular pushing the profession towards a more "commoditized" state, where people are easily replaceable and where the related skills and specialization eventually offer no better benefits and compensation than other less skilled professions?

about a week ago

Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

Richard Dick Head Re:Bitcoins? (158 comments)

They smell like Magic Smoke, of course!

Just like Red Hat Linux 6.1 bitcoin is incompatible with magic smokeless CPUs.

about a week ago

About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

Richard Dick Head Re:And what they did not publish (227 comments)

Proof of the above. Why do you think macs draw the art crowd? Hint: People who aren't genetically predisposed to math and reading comprehension don't compare enough to see the obvious price and technical specification deficiencies. That and the Windows interface is more verbose. :D


about two weeks ago

Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Richard Dick Head Mobile Browsers (336 comments)

I don't see how Chrome is gaining share on mobile...constant freeze, lag, and crash on all phones I use it on. The default Android browser and Firefox are the same. Opera is the only thing that is remotely reasonable, even if it is a bit slow at times it is head and shoulders above anything else.

about three weeks ago

Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

Richard Dick Head Re:Someone has an agenda to push (342 comments)

Does anyone actually buy into that? What a crock.
The removal of the Carbon Tax was entirely politically motivated.

Politically motivated only because poor people were being wrung dry by the utility rate hikes caused by the carbon tax, and they rebelled. But that was the entire reason for politicization of climate change. It's all about money.

You can't get any significant money for your government programs from taxing the rich, so you need to tax the poor. But if you're progressive, you can't exactly overtly raise taxes on the credits. Brilliant!

Only Australian Labour completely screwed the pooch and people were seeing their bills double or triple...that isn't going to sneak by unnoticed. It'll probably be 20 years before they see a majority again.

about a month ago

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Richard Dick Head Re: Not surprising. (725 comments)

Talk to me agitation when you've read the IPCC report. I won't debate with John Regurgibots.

In other words, fuck out you lying ignoramus

On this topic many socialists seem to grow drag knuckles and turn into the hard left version of the Drudge Report comment box...all hemorrhoids and no logic. Friendy reminder, in science there are no facts, just theories paired up with hard data. Everything is open to interpretation. For example, I would conjecture that global warming as it exists in the policical world is a means to a political end (hardly surprising?). Raising taxes is politically inconvenient, and in order to generate significant revenue you need to raise taxes on the overwheling majority of your tax base, the poor. This is especially inconvenient for the left, who tend to run on a platform championing social programs and increased quality of life for the poor. So, in order to do that, you need to present a problem and get Joe Sixpack worried about it, and then solve the problem through an increased revenue sceme (e.g. carbon tax, carbon credits) that act as a regressive tax, keeping wealthy donors happy and keeping the majority of the burden on the poor through increased utility bills.

about a month and a half ago

If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

Richard Dick Head Re:No, they're replacing. (341 comments)

You'll notice that Wikipedia article only discusses the Lump of Labor Fallacy in terms of Europe.

In the United States, things are a little different than the eurozone. You don't just get handed citizenship, you have to wait for years. Around 1/3rd of our immigrants are illegal, unskilled, and uneducated bumpkins with no meaningful English proficiency. Those folks have no chance of obtaining a loan, business license, or necessary permits, ever. And when you're not a citizen, you're paid in dirt and peanuts...and then the vast majority of legal immigrants will have no substantial capital by the time they gain citizenship, and any they do would go to immigration lawyers.

While some immigrants are absolutely job creators (I work for a company started by a naturalized citizen), the ratio of workers to job creators just isn't what you'd expect it to be.

Historically, it used to be the immigrants that created more jobs, but that was before the 1965 Immigration Act which increased abolished country of origin specific quotas. Most influx was restricted to 1st world western and northern european immigrants, who brought abundant capital, skill, and entrepreneurial spirit into the country. After the act, most of the immigration came from capital-poor and family-oriented (as opposed to entrepreneurial-oriented) folks from Asia, Africa, and south of the border.

The effect was quite immediate. Median wages adjusted for inflation started dropping in 1968 and have been trending downward ever since.

If we wan't to go back to a 1968-style economy and income distribution we're going to have to repeal the 1965 Immigration Act, and that's all there is to it.

about 2 months ago

Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Richard Dick Head Re:work life balance is a myth (710 comments)

Must be nice to have a government that allows a tight labor market to keep benefits high and dependency low. Our politicians adore dependency and buyers market here in the US...we've had more immigrants+graduates than jobs created for the last 7 years, making it tougher and tougher to negotiate benefits like that.

You CAN get vacation like that in plenty of companies in the US, but it is based on years of service. 5 weeks isn't terribly uncommon but you'd have to stay at the same company for a decade.

So you have to be pretty much done growing your salary if you want your 5 weeks. Almost nobody gets raises based on the market value of the experience earned at the company. Just inflationary raises if any. Even that is based on government reports of inflation, which are underreported to keep benefit costs down.

about 2 months ago

New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

Richard Dick Head Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Miles per gallon is a 1-dimensional discrete measurement unless you decide to define something bigger...but blithely talking about "sin(x) miles per gallon" without defining what x is (e.g. a continuous function input with a unit of chuckle*seconds per beer*meter, etc) is absurd as drinking SQRT(-1) cups of coffee while running i + 2 meters, since we're talking about something that is not continuous by any conventional or apparent context.

And X/0 for positive X does NOT "technically" equal infinity. Rather it is a convention in some special-needs pre-algebra courses that X/0 "can be read as" Letting X be positive, take the limit of X/Y as Y approches 0." Which yields infinity...for what that is worth, only god knows.


about 2 months ago

Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Richard Dick Head Re:work life balance is a myth (710 comments)

Exactly. BUT, if you're exempt and working more than 45 hours a week you are a chummmmp. So many positions out there just don't require it.

And not only that, if you put up with it, you are making the problem worse for the rest of us.


YOU are the market. If you are putting up with BS, then YOU are making it that way.

If you are underpaid, and overworked, and yet have put up with it for the last 10 years, YOU are the problem. And you're pulling the rest of us in the wrong direction.

I mean, I found what I was looking for in my current position:
* 40 hour work week (more like 38-ish)
* friendly, non-hostile atmosphere
* vary my time slot spontaneously and not worry about being "late"
* generous vacation (>3 weeks right off the bat)
* company sponsored outings for coffee and such
* getting compensated more than any of my other positions, even accounting for inflation and cost of living

It's still work, but work doesn't get better than that. But, to get there, I had to job hop 3 times and move my crap around because of all you fat whiny farkers out there who just sit there and take BS that doesn't have to be tolerated, making the rest of us have to go out of our way to avoid any employer you've slimed with the miserable inertia of your big fat lazy ass :P

Morale of the story...keep jumping positions, cities, hell countries until you find a good work environment. Every two years. Chop chop.

about 2 months ago

1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale

Richard Dick Head Re:Microchip (76 comments)

What's wrong with microchip?

Two guesses...

1. Microchip is a brand name. Calling an IC a Microchip is like calling a moving staircase an Escalator.

2. "Microchip" sounds like a disagreeably small snack. Quite the contrary, they are quite filling.

about 2 months ago

Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Richard Dick Head Re:So basically... (287 comments)

If someone is looking at college as something that will help them get a job or make more money, then they shouldn't fucking be in college to begin with.

No, no, no. Woosh. Look, modern Western society is great. Instead of a title being granted to you by some blue blood prick, you pay some stuffy bureaucrats to sit through their BS and take their tests, and you get your title at the end (Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, etc). I think it is fantastic. If you want a title you can...get this...earn one in a fair environment! Just like the old crappy days, some titles are worth more than others (think MIT EE vs Podunk U Recreational Studies)...BUT you can have whatever the fuck title you please! All of them are open to you if you're willing to work and pay (or mortgage your future) for it.

Your realize there are a lot of butt hurt wannabe rich kids out there who went to "get an education" and they don't even have a pot to piss in? That is the double edged sword of being able to do whatever the hell you damn well please, and they are proof you are dead wrong.

If you want to pay the king...err...the bursar's office...$150,000 for the title of Duke of Wasted Drunk Mountain (for the education!) than that is your pill to swallow down the road. But that is immaterial...the education is certainly NOT the whole point. At the end you. get. a. god. damned. title. If you're a pink skinned ninny born with a silver spoon up your ass, that doesn't mean much to you, but to the rest of us who came from complete shit and are willing to take risks and work hard for some prestige and stability, it means a big fucking deal.

I showed up for the degree, and I have NO regrets, none. Education be damned.

P.S. New York has been in decline since the early 80's. That's why there are so many New Yorkers bleed blue, because Reagan's solution to inflation basically wrecked the northeast economy for good (hey it worked out great for the south, and they've been more or less solid red ever since). The prosperity that is left in the big apple is taxed to hell and back. The only businesses left run a tight ship...such is evolution, no room left for generosity. It'll be awhile before that behemoth dies, but still, there are better places in the world than soon-to-be-Detroit...err...New York...

about 4 months ago

New Drug Mimics the Beneficial Effects of Exercise

Richard Dick Head Re:The alternative (492 comments)

How well has that worked so far?

^ This. When people complain that doctors only treat symptoms, and only treat patients using drugs and pills, there's your reason. No one wants to change their habits. Most people death march themselves into an early grave with the pills providing them some mud to slow them down :D

about a year ago

What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

Richard Dick Head Re:Failure to even Attempt to process the article. (926 comments)

Great points, although it assumes no change in exercise regime. If you start running on a regular basis, the biological imperative to lose weight to run more efficiently (read: hunt more efficiently) is always an overriding factor.

Unfortunately a person with bad knees and hips who has been obese all of their life isn't going to get much out of that fact :D Calorie restriction without exercise *works*, but it requires willpower AND some kind of stimulant (such as caffeine, smoking, etc). The latter will drive other health problems if it goes on too long, of course.

about a year ago

Software-Defined Data Centers Might Cost Companies More Than They Save

Richard Dick Head Re:IT the bottleneck? (173 comments)

That would be nice, but try doing that in the July summer heat in the deep south without showing up to work smelling like a jock strap! And lord help you if you took a dump after the shower. Haha. :D Maybe that works in Canada...

1 year,22 days

Study Questions H-1B Policies

Richard Dick Head Major Cities Anyone? (361 comments)

A discussion on salary isn't complete without also discussing the location of these immigrant workers.

Hint: They're always in major cities. National averages don't mean a damn thing when your local supermarket pays more for a meat department employee than your "average H1-B". Why do people see 50-something salary nowadays and think that is par? This is an engineering profession. Even the least skilled should be doing better than a teacher's or a cop's salary.

50k was good...25-30 years ago.

1 year,26 days

Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells

Richard Dick Head Re:Practicality? (230 comments)

You say the idea of being aborted doesn't bother you. On some level you are speaking truthfully, but let us be more specific. That level is, to be exact, the surface level.

Quite the opposite. My views come from countless hours of meditation. It is truly freeing and humbling and sometimes frightening to look inside that far, but anyone can do it. It just takes some courage. Life isn't perfect, and neither is that. I have a picture of my last grave on my phone :D

If you claim none of this bothers you, well, I call shenanigans. In that case you are just too sophisticated to understand who you really are and too refined in your pursuit of approval from a blurred assortment of individuals (the deceit of which is called "society").

Approval? My thinking in this scenario is to make the tough decisions now, so that tomorrow is a better day. I'm never said making these kinds decisions are easy or straightforward, I'm just saying these things just don't cause the kind of deep pain you seem to think it does. Not to a path that hasn't even started. Maybe to the would-be parents, if they let themselves feel guilty.

This surgeon has reduced your life to the value of sparing someone -not from the pain of having headaches, but from the pain of having to get off the couch to take some aspirin.

Close to what I'm saying, but three clarifications would make this more clear:

I'm saying that we've come a long way as a society, with aspirin and cheap food as an example, and if we decide as a whole that this couldn't possibly have any dark implications for the future (reverse evolution) and don't do anything to avoid that, then we're going to get exactly that.

I'm also saying that "people" != "bodies". You're a spiritual person, so I'm sure you're acquainted with this idea.

Most importantly, it is totally different to lose your earthly anchor when you don't have a rope to it yet, then to, say, have a surgeon come for you in your prime years. If that doesn't seem intuitive yet, than just trust me on that, it is not a big deal.

I know this is a painful and personal issue for some, and maybe you have some regrets there, but this is unnecessary. Life is a gift. It can be taken away by anything, but it can be given at any time as well. If you abort one, and then have another later, it could very well be the same child, though it may look a bit different, have a different set of challenges, but such is a life.

That person, deep down underneath your comments here is the real you, the you I believe in. Whoever else you summon to respond is a murderer, and I will expose them as such.

What I'm talking about is a wholly different kind of compassion. One that assumes that, somehow, there is more to us than just a wad of flesh. Actually, that the wad of flesh doesn't matter that much. Yes, when you're self-aware, how your life goes down definitely matters. And I would agree that 5 months into a pregnancy is pushing it, since there is certainly some awareness there. But prior to that, why would it matter?

When I say the idea of my own abortion doesn't bother me, I'm saying I'd be fine with another, different life. And I'd be living it pretty much the same way, so it really doesn't make a huge difference in the big scheme of things. Unless some horrible deformity or disease got in the way, then I wouldn't necessarily be able to live life how I'd want to.

Its going to happen to you too, eventually. We all die. And when you come back, maybe you'll have to deal with a life sentence of disease or deformity of some kind. I hope for your sake you'd be one of my sons or daughters, because you wouldn't need to deal with that possibility (within the testing ability of modern medical science, of course), and if there was a problem, the abortion would happen at 5-6 weeks (been there, done that). No possibility of suffering whatsoever. Furthermore, I'd hope you'd do the same for me.

about a year ago




Object Orientation

Richard Dick Head Richard Dick Head writes  |  more than 8 years ago Some people have trouble grasping the object orientation, but its quite simple if you put it into terms so one could explain conversationally in a bar. On to some pseudocode:

Lets say we want to implement a dick and a vagina. Ok, lets make a class called Dick.

First we need a constuctor, so when we make a "new Dick();" it will have certain perameters:

Dick() {
integer length = 5.5;
length += 5 * (random(2) - 1);

Basically what we have here, is that as make new Dick() objects, each will have its own length, with a nominal length 5.5 and varying from 0.5 to 10.5.

Now, to properly implement our Dick, we need a fuck function that takes a Vagina object , and acts upon it. We will implement Vagina later.

fuck(Vagina vag)

So, with this function we message the object vag of class Vagina to notify vag it is fucked. Now we need a Vagina class, so we make a constuctor setting its characteristics.

Vagina() {
boolean isFucked = false;
integer maxLength = 5.5;
maxLength += 5 * (random(2) - 1);

We now have our map for each Vagina object, each having its own comfort length. Now we make the setFucked function we needed for interaction with Dick objects.

setFucked(length) {
isFucked = true;
if (length > maxLength) {

Ok, now we're done, but suppose we want to create Human classes, with Man and Woman subclasses. We can of course use the functionality we created by having the Man and Woman classes with their own respective Dick and Vagina objects. First with the Human class:

class Human {
Human() { // constructor
integer IQ = 100 + random(80) - 40;

class Woman implementing Human {
Woman() {
Vagina myCunt = new Vagina();
// We need a way to access the vagina when
// we are dealing with a woman.
Vagina getVagina() {
return myCunt;

class Man implementing Human {
Man() {
if ( random(1) > 0.001 )
Dick myShlong = new Dick();
Dick myShlong = null;
haveSex(Woman myBabe) {
if (myShlong == null)
print("Sorry, this one was circumcised into oblivion")

As you can see functionally, not every Human is a Man, and not every Man has a Dick, but every Man is a Human, and everything that has this dick you can assume to be a Man (for our purposes). You could the latter assumption more formal, by creating a ManWithDick interface.

Also, we can demonstrate class behavior with a subclass of Vagina.

class PickyVagina implementing Vagina {
setFucked(length) {
if (length < maxLength) {
print("hahahahahaha no");
isFucked = true;

So, our PickyVagina is a Vagina in every sense but its setFucked function, which we replaced.

Now we implement a Bitch subclass of Woman with a PickyVagina:

class Bitch implementing Woman {
Bitch() {
PickyVagina myCunt = new PickyVagina();

You might wonder if since a given Man object is expecting a Vagina, and is getting a PickyVagina in this case, that would cause problems with the Man. However, the Man doesn't care, because due to the implementation, a PickyVagina is still a Vagina.

Anyway, thats a good treatment in OO, hope that clears it up for some ;)

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