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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Stormy Dragon Visas (280 comments)

If Jackson is actually worried about racial diversity, wouldn't his proposed solution (drastically reducing the number of foreign workers by cutting H-1B visas) actually make the problem worse?

about half an hour ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Stormy Dragon Re:What? (200 comments)

Name one other content distribution model where the content producers pay the distributors rather than the distributors paying the content producers?

That's why it was always stupide for the ISPs to stop messing with net neutrality. Once the idea someone had to pay came into it, it was inevitable that the ISPs would end up paying Netflix, not Netflix paying the ISPs.

4 days ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Stormy Dragon Derive Joy from It? (368 comments)

Project overhead, even for simple projects, is so heavy that it's a wonder anyone can find the time to code, much less derive joy from it

If I was supposed to derive joy from it, I'd be paying my employer to do my job rather than the other way around. I'm being paid because I do it for their benefit, not for mine.

about a week ago
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Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

Stormy Dragon Re:uh huh (89 comments)

The problem is that while widget A and being treated as fully equivalent to widget B, it's hard to compare one line of code to another line of code from a completely different program.

If good programmer just means "spits out more lines of code than anyone else", I can write all sorts of gobbledy gook that add lots more code without really participating in the actual purpose of the program.

about a week ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Stormy Dragon Re:liar! (752 comments)

The article linked to originally had a picture of the tweet I mentioned, but they removed it during an update:

https://twitter.com/strobetalb...

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Stormy Dragon The Russians Did It (752 comments)

A Russian GRU officer had already taken credit for shooting down the plane on Twitter before it was realized the AN-26 he just shot down was a 777:

http://thehill.com/policy/inte...

about two weeks ago
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

Stormy Dragon Re:What will be the tit for tat response from Russ (100 comments)

Actually, I think "I would not travel to Russia or any nation friendly with Putin" is enough without any other qualifications.

about three weeks ago
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

Stormy Dragon Re:Carding (100 comments)

You're suprised it's illegal to steal someone's credit card information and charge things to it without permission?

about three weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Stormy Dragon Re:Not about jealousy, but ... (265 comments)

Actually, one giant building requires a lot less energy to cool than an equal volume of multiple tiny buildings, because the big building has much less surface area / volume and thus transfers heat more slowly.

about three weeks ago
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On 4th of July:

Stormy Dragon Re:4th of July? (340 comments)

Maybe they'll just adapt so that they can survive being run over. In a million years, the common grey squirrel will look like a furry flounder.

about three weeks ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Stormy Dragon Re:Blame Google. (239 comments)

Yes, but they don't offer links to this particular article, so what it doesn't matter what the regulator status of said article is. It's like complaining Nokia isn't hiring enough meat inspectors for their cellphone plants.

about a month ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Stormy Dragon Re:Blame Google. (239 comments)

If you are a company that offers something

Except in this case it's a company that doesn't offer something.

about a month ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Stormy Dragon Re: Not Voluntarily (239 comments)

We can call it the Ministry of Truth

about a month ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Stormy Dragon Re:Blame Google. (239 comments)

So how much money is Google expected to spend reviewing whether seven year old news stories are covered by the ruling? Particularly when they're liable for court costs and damages if the EU court later decides that it is covered by the ruling?

about a month ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Stormy Dragon Blaming Google (239 comments)

I don't know why the journalist is blaming Google for this ("So why has Google killed this example of my journalism?") when it's obvious they're not doing this voluntarily.

about a month ago
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The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

Stormy Dragon So Which is It? (188 comments)

But, if there were enough energy to push the universe over the hill and into the deeper energy valley next door, the universe would simply, and catastrophically, collapse ... For any wannabe universe, this is very bad news — the newborn universe would appear as a Big Bang, the Higgs field would become overloaded with an energetic inflationary period, and the whole lot would vanish in a blink of an eye.

"I read somewhere that the sun's getting hotter every year," said Tom genially. "It seems that pretty soon the earth's going to fall into the sun--or wait a minute--it's just the opposite--the sun's getting colder every year." -- The Great Gatsby

about a month ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

Stormy Dragon Re:"Inciting" (208 comments)

This isn't true.

Etymology of "incentive":

Middle English, from Late Latin incentivum, from neuter of incentivus stimulating, from Latin, setting the tune, from incentus, past participle of incinere to play (a tune), from in- + canere to sing

Etymology of "incite":

Middle French inciter, from Latin incitare, from in- + citare to put in motion

The two words come from completely different Latin roots and arrived in English from completely different sources.

about a month ago
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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

Stormy Dragon Re:What's the Influence of Crappy Polling? (254 comments)

There's all kinds of psychological research showing that people's perceptions of what motivates them is wildly different from what actually motivates them:

Why People Choose Coke Over Pepsi

In a study of exactly that question, four French and four German wines, matched for price and dryness, were placed on the shelves of a supermarket in England. French and German music were played on alternate days from a tape deck on the top shelf of the display. And indeed, on days when the French music played, 77 percent of the wine purchased was French, while on the days of German music, 73 percent of the wine purchased was German. Clearly, the music was a crucial factor in which type of wine shoppers chose to buy, but when asked whether the music influenced their choice, only one shopper in seven said that it had.

In another study, subjects were given three different boxes of detergent and asked to try them all out for a few weeks, then report on which they liked best and why. One box was predominantly yellow, another blue, and the third was blue with splashes of yellow. In their reports the subjects overwhelmingly favored the detergent in the box with mixed colors. Their reports included much about the relative merits of the detergents, but none mentioned the box. Why should they? A pretty box doesn’t make the detergent work better. But in reality it was just the box that differed – the detergents inside were all identical.

about a month ago
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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

Stormy Dragon What's the Influence of Crappy Polling? (254 comments)

62% of the more than 18,000 U.S. consumers it polled said social media had no influence on their buying decisions.

I hate polls that take some factual statement that is either objectively true or isn't, and then ask people whether they think it's true, as if that tells us anything about the factual matter rather than just the biases of the poll sample.

Social media advertising either influences or it doesn't. And it will influence or it won't regardless of whether zero, half, or all of the country thinks it does.

about a month ago

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