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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

SJHillman Re:Marriage is binary, not linear (445 comments)

I disagree. I think a 54 year marriage is a success even if it ends in divorce. People change over time. After 54 years, both people have changed considerably and it's entirely possible to mutually agree that you're no longer married to the person you want to be.

However, people don't normally change all that much after only two years. So if you get divorced that quickly, then you probably lose.

4 days ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

SJHillman At Odds (445 comments)

"Couples who elope are 12.5x more likely to end up divorced than couples who get married at a wedding with 200+ people.");"

"Whether you had a honeymoon (Couples who had a honeymoon are 41% less likely to divorce than those who had no honeymoon).""

Those two seem to be at odds with this one:

"How much you spent on the wedding (The more you spend on your wedding, the more likely you'll end up divorced.);"

Unless they mean that you should invite 200 people to a park wedding with no food, and then honeymoon in the alley behind Dunkin' Donuts to take advantage of their dumpster?

about a week ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

SJHillman Re:Perl and VBA will live for a long while yet (546 comments)

"It's way too handy and there's no alternative."

My understanding is that, with very few (and increasingly fewer with each new version) exceptions, anything you can do in VB.NET, you can do in C#. Does Office only understand VB.NET?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

SJHillman Re:Skipping a version number (644 comments)

I had to look up some of it, but knowing the internal version number can be seriously helpful if you're writing a script that needs to do different things depending on what version of Windows it's running on (such as looking for "C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop\" vs "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\", as a simple example). Getting that version number from the command line is as easy as "ver"

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

SJHillman Re:Skipping a version number (644 comments)

What part is speculation? The internal version number isn't exactly a secret. Open up a commandline and type "ver". There's a lot of other things about Windows that are well known whether or not you have the source.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

SJHillman Re:Skipping a version number (644 comments)

Here's the thing... those are are marketing numbers, not version numbers. If you go by their internal version numbers, they make a lot more sense, and better reflect incremental changes vs total rewrites.

Windows 2000 - 5.0
Windows XP - 5.1
Windows XP 64-Bit/Server 2003 (incl R2) - 5.2
Windows Vista/Server 2008 - 6.0
Windows Server 2008 R2 - 6.1
Windows 7 - 6.1
Windows 8 - 6.2
Windows Server 2012 R2 - 6.3
Windows 8.1 - 6.3

Before Windows 2000/XP, there were two completely separate OSes (NT and DOS), rather than simply different editions of the same OS. Because 2000 and later are the successors to NT, that's why it starts with 5.0.

So why did NT start at 3.x? Because it started life as the successor to OS/2 1.3 and 2.0, known as OS/2 3.0. When it shifted to become Windows rather than OS/2, it kept the version number.

The DOS based Windows go: 1.01, 1.03, 1.04, 2.0, 2.10, 2.11, 3.00, 3.10, 3.11, 3.2, 4.0 (Win95), 4.10 (Win98), 4.90 (WinMe)

Windows versioning numbers makes a lot more sense once you separate the marketing name from the actual version number. MS Office works the same way (e.g. Office 10 is Office XP).

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

SJHillman Re:OMFG, stupid (644 comments)

If your Tesla has a gas tank, you might be doing it wrong...

about three weeks ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

SJHillman Re: MAD (342 comments)

The great thing about nuclear weapons is that they're most effective against cities and other surface targets when detonated in an airburst. The fallout from an airburst causes significantly less fallout of the kill-everything-on-Earth kind, and less uninhabitable-for-a-few-dozen-millennia radiation on the ground than a comparable surface-detonated weapon. This is one of the reasons why Hiroshima and Nagasaki are inhabitable today (both were airbursts), while Chernobyl is going to take... a few more years.

about a month ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

SJHillman Re:It is all pork barrel politics (342 comments)

I'm not seeing what part of your link refutes the ability to navigate a craft up the Chesapeake without it being searched. Nor do I see anything refuting the ability to do this without making landfall (what was clearly meant by "American soil"... not American sovereign territory)

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

SJHillman Re:More evidence for the existance of the Tech Bub (330 comments)

Why aren't they worth that much? What do you value them at? The value of Minecraft is way, way beyond those 50 million copies sold. Minecraft has a metric fuckton of merchandising out there - people love the merchandise more than they love the game. It would also give them control of the IP to use it in marketing elsewhere as well. Picture, instead of Clippy, we could have Microsoft Creeper.

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

SJHillman Re:Throwing chairs was less costly (330 comments)

"a willfully incomplete game"

I don't know which cave you've been in for the last decade or so, but a great deal of games are now sold before completion. Developers, especially indies, realized that people absolutely love putting down $20 for a alpha/beta game that's getting new features added every few weeks/months. I have to say, having Minecraft add new features every few months gave me significantly more interest and play time than if I just started with all of those features already there. It doesn't appeal to everybody, of course, but neither does any finished game.

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

SJHillman Re:Microsoft can now kill Java (330 comments)

Last I knew, Microsoft was still the second largest developer of software for Mac (after Apple, of course). There's always hope in that direction *if* there's a market for it.

about a month ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

SJHillman Re:I dont know why this is a bad thing (194 comments)

No, they want to go way past 2014 to a magical time in which no smartphone every experiences glitches, bugs, and has infinite battery life thanks to magic fairy dust.

about a month ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SJHillman Re:And if I am ridding in the car? (364 comments)

I don't think "treason" means what you think it means. Or "arresting". Or "suggestion". Actually, I'm not sure if you speak English or just pissed on a dictionary and strung together whatever didn't get wet.

about a month ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SJHillman Re:It should be (364 comments)

You'd have more of a point if the US wasn't so often concerned with the domestic policies of other nations.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

SJHillman Re:Well... (171 comments)

I'm not really sure that Opera counts as a "mega" corp. Also, I believe that Chromium is still open source.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

SJHillman Re:Google needs to clean up search (126 comments)

I'm on Windows 7 right now and that's almost exactly how my Chrome looks. The only difference is that my title bar has very slight transparency.

about 2 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

SJHillman Re:End Program. (247 comments)

What if we're a simulation being run on a really advanced iPhone?

Siri, end program.

about 2 months ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

SJHillman Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

In a lot of ways, modern breweries are like priest guilds, with the administrators/owners the Pharaohs and the Master Brewer the head priest.

about 2 months ago

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