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Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

The Mighty Buzzard Re:I'm male but... (545 comments)

Or we could, you know, let people who find open source find it interesting and leave those who don't alone. It beats trying to brainwash children into your own personal vision of how society should be.

about 8 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Wacky thinking (430 comments)

My refusal to disbelieve stems from M theorists predicting 12 dimensions and our knowledge of the 4 we can directly observe being just pathetic. We're just not currently qualified to even speculate. Science, yo; if you can't prove something, you don't go around saying it's true.

Also, it's just prudent to not go around giving the finger to things that can lightning bolt your ass unless you're absolutely certain they don't exist.

about 8 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Wacky thinking (430 comments)

If you say so. It's been my experience that most anyone who brings up their atheism is very vocal in their gnosticism; usually to the point of being an intolerant dickhead about it. Which is why, despite not being a theist myself, I flatly reject the label of atheist.

about 8 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Wacky thinking (430 comments)

That's closer to the definition of agnosticism. Atheism generally indicates an active disbelief without making any statement on whether the subject is willing to be convinced otherwise.

about 8 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Pffft (723 comments)

That's some quality irony there.

about 8 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Pffft (723 comments)

Nope, just the regular ones. Oklahoma doesn't get enough snow to make snow tires worth it, just enough that we're not all total noobs when some happens to fall.

about 8 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

The Mighty Buzzard Re: Pffft (723 comments)

One state up from Texas, so not especially blizzardville. We do plow it though because we're not likely to get another foot or two on top of it when we get 2-3 inches.

about 8 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Pffft (723 comments)

Why? 2-3 inches here and the only things we do different are leave earlier and drive slower. No chains. No pre-salting the roads. Just slow the fuck down until the roads get plowed or melt.

about 8 months ago
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Online Streaming As Profitable As TV, Disc Sales By Charging Just a $15 Flat Fee

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Retire from sailing the Bay in search of booty. (160 comments)

Erm, bit of a problem there. First, DRM was never removed. Second, streaming is still only available at shit quality. Third, prices haven't dropped on any service that even looks like it might in the future become useful.

about 8 months ago
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Facebook's Biggest Bounty Yet To Hacker Who Found "Keys To the Kingdom"

The Mighty Buzzard Re:a pittance in ayn rands america. (111 comments)

You're an idiot. No group of devs, no matter how good they were or how many were hired, ever wrote a single piece of software more complicated than Hello World without bugs in it. Paying for bug reports instead of the standard of ignoring them or prosecuting the reporter is the right way to do things.

about 8 months ago
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200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Everyone creates arbitrary lines (628 comments)

An interesting line of thought. By that reasoning you'd expect a venn diagram of vegetarians and abortion proponents to be two separate circles in all but the earliest term abortions. Based strictly on the average political affiliation of the two groups though, I doubt this would be the case.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Bitcoin (533 comments)

If it's not yet, it will be soon. At the moment the SHA-256 algorithm is being run in the neighborhood of 15,000,000,000,000,000 times per second by miners.

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla Is Mapping Cell Towers and WiFi Access Points

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Privacy (113 comments)

Yes, for a fairly broad definition of yes anyway. There's no need to ever actually connect to any network to map them, just slurp up SSID broadcasts, maybe channel and signal strength. There is no reason to ever write any traffic to non-volatile storage.

about 8 months ago
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Why Transitivity Violations Can Be Rational

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Most likely exists to prevent over-grazing.. (169 comments)

You know, I never liked the fried chicken or watermelon stereotypes. Who the hell doesn't like fried chicken or watermelon?

Anyway, stereotypes exist because someone observed that, on average, foo is true of a significant portion of demographic bar. They simplify decision making at the expense of some accuracy.

Like many things, there are times when stereotypes are useful and times when using them is a dick move. Recognizing that a fair majority of women like flowers and chocolate is generally fine to both use and say. Recognizing that a good percentage of pregnant women are often freaking insane is impolite to say but you'd damned well better be prepared to deal with it if you're married to one.

Recognizing that most anyone replying like you did is a self-hating lib who cares about feelings more than truth and logic, that one's just too easy.

about 8 months ago
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Why Transitivity Violations Can Be Rational

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Most likely exists to prevent over-grazing.. (169 comments)

Stereotypes generally have a damned good reason to be stereotypes. Getting called misogynistic or not, if it's true of a significant enough subsample of the population, it can and should be used.

about 8 months ago
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Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Well now you've gone and upset my digestion. (458 comments)

Which is exactly what you'd expect to see when your only view of them is coming filtered through a heavily left-leaning press.

about 9 months ago
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Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Well now you've gone and upset my digestion. (458 comments)

Heh, if you think politics is about issues, you really haven't been paying attention. It's first, last, always, and only about power. If you ever manage to understand that, you'll be flying the tea party flag too. Until it inevitably becomes as corrupt as every other political group anyway.

about 9 months ago
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Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

The Mighty Buzzard Re:Well now you've gone and upset my digestion. (458 comments)

Republicans and the tea party are not remotely the same thing. They simply overlap at the moment as both oppose increase governmental power under Obama. Will they all remain true to their stated goals when a power-hungry Republican is in office? Not a chance but I expect a significant portion of those who actually understood and believed in the impetus behind the tea party will.

about 9 months ago
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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

The Mighty Buzzard Re:here we go again... (489 comments)

I thought it did. Your line of reasoning implies the claim that social inertia in the tech field is vastly higher than in the medical field. My reply was meant to convey that I understood what you were saying as well as my skepticism.

about 9 months ago
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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

The Mighty Buzzard Re:here we go again... (489 comments)

If they did, switching from testosterone to estrogen would change a person's entire personality or set of interests instead of just making it a little easier for them to cry.

Untrue. Neural pathway development that has taken place under one set of conditions is not instantly overwritten by changing the conditions.

As for the rest, TG are possibly a valuable dataset but not an especially easy one to study as they've already shown one significant and poorly understood aberration from the norm. Also, I find it difficult to take you seriously if you find simple gender nomenclature offensive; it does not speak well of your ability to accept what is over what you wish to be.

about 9 months ago

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