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Comcast Confessions

TsuruchiBrian Re:a corporation (226 comments)

I am really not sure what in my post your comment is referring to...

yesterday
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

TsuruchiBrian Re:He just doesent' get it.. (450 comments)

This is a false dichotomy. It's not that there is either only stereotyping, or only real differences in qualifications. It's probably both. In fact the stereotypes and lack of qualified applicants of certain types probably feed off eachother.

I don't expect qualified tech applicants to look like a perfect cross section of society, any more than I would expect the USA to win the world cup. It's not that the world cup was rigged. We are just not as good at soccer (yet).

yesterday
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

TsuruchiBrian Re:Stop the idiocracy (450 comments)

I don't even know how you could show that even if it were true. It's not exactly the most objective of claims.

When I was in college I did witness a tour group of middle school (I'm guessing) aged kids that were almost all black, and when the tour guide (who was trying to get them interested in attending college) asked them what they wanted to do as a profession, all the boys answered either "basketball player" or "rapper". The girls' answers were more varied.

When I see this kind of thing, I am usually the first to point out that this is probably more to do with poverty than skin color, but the fact remains that there is still a high correlation between poverty and skin color. So whether you want to call it "black culture" or the black version of the general culture of poverty, the end result is still that a disproportionately high number of black kids are not being brought up in a culture that respects intellect (At least not the kind that results in interest in science and engineering).

I don't know if lack of education is causing a culture of ignorance, or whether a culture of ignorance is causing a lack of education, but I suspect it's a positive feedback loop, and I don't have a good answer for how to fix it, other than suggesting that ignoring this problem, and pretending that everybody is equally likely to be qualified regardless of race and the only problem is racism, is probably not going to do anybody any good.

I don't want to discount the effect of racism, but I don't think it's the only problem.

So let's *not* talk race. Let's talk education and economic opportunity. If people have a way up, see that way, and believe they can do it, they will rise.

I agree, but I think this trick of picking yourself up by the bootstraps is easier said than done. I know I have had a lot of advantages that others probably didn't (i.e. parents that had a good education, and forced my siblings and I to get a good education), and that's something that's pretty hard to create out of nothing.

Who knows, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe "fake it till you make it" is as good a strategy as any.

yesterday
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

TsuruchiBrian Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step (450 comments)

I always thought the next step for civil rights was getting better proponents than Jesse Jackson.

yesterday
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Comcast Confessions

TsuruchiBrian a corporation (226 comments)

a corporation overrun by the neverending quest for greater profit

This is (and should be) the goal of all corporations. There are many strategies for achieving this goal. A corporation can bribe legislators for laws giving them special benefits and extra restrictions on their competitors, it can try to achieve a monopoly and exploit it, it can lower the cost of operation at the expense of quality, hope no one notices. It is our job as consumers to choose the companies we want to survive. It is in our interest as consumers to vote with our wallets for companies whose strategy for profit is to focus all their attention on creating better products than their competitors. It is our job as members of society to vote in elections for representatives who will not be bribed by lobbyists, and to ensure that corrupt politicians lose their jobs (i.e. regardless of their party).

yesterday
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

TsuruchiBrian Re: Even my DVDs are streamed (152 comments)

Even cases of fair use involve a non-copyright holder making a reproduction.

Playing a DVD or blu ray movie in a any player, causes a reproduction to be made in electronic memory before it is displayed.

Clearly there are some exceptions, and this clause is not meant to be taken 100% literally.

yesterday
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

TsuruchiBrian Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (152 comments)

You don't even need to rationalize immoral things if you are an openly immoral person.

yesterday
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

TsuruchiBrian Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (152 comments)

uncompressed mkv file? An uncompressed video the same resolution and frame rate as a blu ray (which is already compressed) would be like 1TB.

I haven't seen an uncompressed digital video file since 1995, due to how impractical they are.

Also, mkv is just a container format. Whether a file is in mkv format has nothing to do with whether or how it is compressed.

Also, why would someone want a file smaller than 25-50GB? No one will care in 10 years, but for now, that is still quite a lot of space to dedicate to a movie that you may not even like that much.

yesterday
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'Just Let Me Code!'

TsuruchiBrian I would also like to point out (368 comments)

I would also like to point out that back when it was every coder did everything himself from scratch (i.e. the good old days), the actual products sucked. There was a lot of fun work to be done reinventing the wheel millions of times over, but when 99.9% of the wheels had serious flaws, it was pretty hard for the user of these wheels to get any real work done.

So it turns out that most programmers are terrible, and they think it's fun to reinvent the wheel, because wheels are the only thing (they think) they understand. They think learning new tools are "boring" or "stupid" but mainly because it's hard to do things in a way you aren't already used to and "hard" things are "stupid" to people that want to use the rationale that the only reason they might not understand something is if it's stupid. The smart programmers learn to use the tools because it actually makes more efficient use of the time spent programming.

There was a time when programmers complained that compilers were stupid because there was no need to write in a high level language when you could just write in assembly code instead.

The smart programmers weren't the ones that could read and write in assembly and didn't need high level languages. The smart ones were the ones who recognized that high level languages would make programming more efficient and created that tool.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

TsuruchiBrian Here is another hypothesis (710 comments)

There is a high correlation between not believing in climate change and being stupid. There is also a high correlation between being stupid and not having a lot of money to spend consuming energy (e.g. buying a giant house and keeping it climate controlled, etc). Hence the correlation between not believing in climate change and low energy usage.

For all those out there who don't know what a "high correlation" is, please look it up before you reply with a response like "Not all people who ..."

about two weeks ago
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A Brief History of Patenting the Wheel: What Goes Around Comes Around

TsuruchiBrian Re:Design patent (36 comments)

I think design patents are stupid. I highly doubt that the quality of designs would suffer if design patents did not exist.

about three weeks ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

TsuruchiBrian Re:So what about people without that choice? (710 comments)

Error: The sentence "Syntax is same as that of your posts, only much less ridden with errors." is inconsistent with English grammar and lacks necessary mathematical and logical precision. Bleep bloop.

about three weeks ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

TsuruchiBrian Re:You're joking right? (710 comments)

What the fuck is this even supposed to mean?

about three weeks ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

TsuruchiBrian Re:You're joking right? (710 comments)

Just because it is hard for workers, doesn't mean the labor market is lopsided. It is hard for employers too

Of course it does - it means we are seeing many examples of the unscrupulous exploiting the situation where people will accept not only worse treatment but also empty promises, as cases at your local courthouse will show. The large number of "commission only" scams that fail to pay a commission is one of the many symptoms you are ignoring. There's also plenty of people doing unpaid overtime to keep thier current job - hence the article we are commenting on in the first place!

There is unscrupulous business practices happening at all times, regardless of whether the labor market is favoring workers or employers. There has never been a time when this wasn't happening somewhere. Is it far to say that the labor market is lopsided toward workers, if I can find plenty of examples of employees taking advantage of his employer? Of course not.

Meanwhile I still find it amusing that you are still attempting the evasion and petty bullying of the "reading comprehension" line that must have won you some schoolyard arguments in the apparently very recent past against people with low self esteem. Give it up, nobody gives a shit about your spelling bee scores here.

It's not a tactic. It's drawing attention to the fact that you can't follow what the people you are arguing with are actually saying. It's pretty fucking hard to have a reasonable argument when one person doesn't understand English. You can call it bullying if you want, but it's true. I am not doing it to win the argument. I'm am doing it to try to get you to read what I am saying rather than substituting whatever you seem to feel like I am saying.

I didn't just accuse you of reading comprehension problems. I cited examples where you completely misread what I had wrote, and in many cases understood the exact opposite of what I was saying.

about three weeks ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

TsuruchiBrian Re:You're joking right? (710 comments)

How long are you going to keep on whining about how you are not a bad boy and just misunderstood?

For as long as you continue to misunderstand my statements.

Also I am not whining. I am showing you how bad at reading comprehension you are.

You've been caught out with ridiculous bullshit - not a lopsided market? Tell that to girls staying in a job where they are being sexually harrassed because there's no other jobs they can find.

So this is what I am talking about.

I say: I don't think the allies are losing the war.
You hear: Not only are the allies winning hugely, there are no allied casualties.
You say: How dare you make the disgusting suggestion that nobody on the allied side is dying. Tell that to the 400,000 dead soldiers.
I say: I didn't say that nobody on the allied side is dying.
You say: Now you are trying to change your story. Which is it? Do you think the allies have no casualties or do you think the axis have no casualties?

You fail to grasp that there is a middle ground between these 2 extremes. But everything that is not on your extreme looks like the opposite extreme even if it is actually pretty moderate.

Unless you've led a very sheltered life or are utterly clueless you would have seen that and more over the last few years, so don't pretend it isn't there - that's being dishonest.

I try not to let my emotions cloud the truth. Just because it is hard for workers, doesn't mean the labor market is lopsided. It is hard for employers too. It's a fucking global recession.

It's not my fault you have trouble understanding what is actually being said, rather than what you are incorrectly inferring.

about a month ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

TsuruchiBrian Re:simple fix (221 comments)

This is why "normal" people hate nerds & geeks.

Don't worry, those "normal" people don't know how special you really are.

Obviously, 12oz curls are a physical activity, but no one in their right, non-Aspergers minds actually calls it a "physical activity" in the sense used by everyone except pedantic ass-wipes. (No, that is not an ad hominem attack, because I have facts and definitions on my side.

Even if you did have "facts and definitions on your side", this is still an ad hominem attack which is in addition to whatever other arguments you have.

Like if I said "How could you be right, you are clearly a mental retard for choosing the worst definition for the word "physical", it would be an ad hominem attack in addition to whatever other arguments I may have.

Physical activity is any body movement that works your muscles and requires more energy than resting.

I am apparently going to drop a bombshell and let you in on the secret that wrods have multiple definitions. That's what the numbers in the dictionary entries mean. You can thank me later for blowing your mind.

an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature

An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others

These two are particularly irrelevant given the fact that we are actually debating what should be considered "physical".

Right, because there are no numbers showing what you are hoping can be pulled out of your arse.

I am showing that the brain uses energy to operate. And there are numbers that show that, and I presented them. The only numbers I don't have is how much more energy is used by thinking really hard, because it is disputed. The fact that the brain uses energy is not disputed by any legitimate scientists.

about a month ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

TsuruchiBrian Re:simple fix (221 comments)

So, sitting on the couch, doing "12oz curls", is physical activity....

It is indeed, although it's probably not a physical activity that would be considered to improve your physical fitness.

I'll go tell all the psychiatrists & psychologists that /. says they're actually physical therapists,

They are physical therapists in the same sense that our food has chemicals in it. These terms are so broad as to be non-descriptive in many contexts.

So yes psychiatrists are also physical therapists, they are also homo sapiens, humans, primates, mammals, vertebrates, animals, carbon-based lifeforms, cells, molecules, atoms, leptons and hadrons.

You can describe a psychiatrist as a bunch of subatomic particles if you want to be as nondescript as possible.

The fact that psychiatrists are actually affecting physical states rather than metaphysical states, does not mean they are no longer psychiatrists.

and mathematicians are actually performing vigorous physical activity when they're thinking really hard.

It sort of depends on what you consider to be "vigorous" and how you want to compare muscular activity to mental activity. The human brain actually uses a lot of energy to operate. IT only accounts for 2% of the mass of a human body, but it uses 20% of the energy when the the body is at rest. It uses somewhere between 12 and 20 watts of energy.

You can use your energy to run a computer to find the answer to a problem. Or you can think about it really hard, or you can use that energy to ride a bike. It all ends up as heat and expended ATP (or decreased electric potential in the case of the computer).

I don't have the exact numbers, but thinking really hard about a math problem could conceivably use more energy than playing a game of pool or a round of bowling.

about a month ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

TsuruchiBrian Re:simple fix (221 comments)

Mental activity *is* physical activity according to the definition of "physical". Maybe you want to change your definition of sport to be require "significant non-mental physical activity" or better yet "significant muscular activity".

Even digestion is a physical activity.

This is like saying "Don't eat processed food, it's full of chemicals", when in reality every food is made up entirely of chemicals. Equating "harmful chemicals" to "chemicals" is scientifically inaccurate, because it incorrectly implies that other substances are not chemicals. Equating "bodily movement (i.e. human kinetics)" as "physical" is scientifically inaccurate because it incorrectly implies that other phenomena (like mental activity) are not physical. They certainly aren't metaphysical as previously thought.

Also, bowling and pool are pretty sedentary as well.

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

TsuruchiBrian Re:So what about people without that choice? (710 comments)

Error: your statements are not in correct written in the correct mathematical syntax. Your logic coprocessor must be malfunctioning. Bleep bloop.

about a month ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

TsuruchiBrian Re:simple fix (221 comments)

That's the key. GGP's argument is apparently logical, but fails because physical activity means "movement of the body", and even though the "mind" is nothing but the emergent property of all those neuron firing in the brain, there's still no physical activity in playing chess. If you consider "lifting your arm to move the chess piece" to be physical activity, then sitting on the couch and moving your arm to consume beer and Cheetos is also physical activity, but that's sedentary behavior -- very low energy expenditure in a sitting or reclining posture. IOW, my "opinion" is not unsupported, but a fully supported thought, and GGP's "logic" is full of definitional flaws, and thus a fallacy.

Nice try, but no.

about a month ago

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