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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Wootery Re:Free Willy! (355 comments)

What a very enlightening comment you just failed to write.

Why is it that nearly everything from ACs is crap? I really do wonder.

5 hours ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Wootery Re:Free Willy! (355 comments)

Hence the doesn't...

5 hours ago
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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

Wootery Re: Finally! (143 comments)

And the guy's name is Adolph - quickly, let Godwin's will be done!

5 hours ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Wootery Re:No surprise (201 comments)

I take your point, but: the real point here then is giving the appearance of being a high-quality mate. 'Pride' is just a high-level construct of the species, not a fundamental force affecting the success of the genes.

One cannot meaningfully use 'pride' as an explanation, when we're discussing behaviour from an evolutionary perspective, any more than one can use love, generosity, angry, or envy: they're all just 'implementation details'.

From an evolutionary perspective, we run from danger to maximise our effectiveness in effecting the propagation of our genes into future generations. To say we do it because we're scared would be a non-explanation.

6 hours ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Wootery Re:No surprise (201 comments)

From an evolutionary perspective, this is meaningless.

9 hours ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Wootery Re:Obama is but a puppet (220 comments)

We do that now at fast food joints

Nope. McDonalds is for-profit. If their employees didn't earn their keep, they wouldn't be kept around.

if you raised the minimum wage to a living wage and quit letting the corps hand out "how to get government handout" videos to new employees? You'd find within a year all the fast food workers replaced with an automated system that not only wouldn't get paid but would probably have a better track record than the underpaid overworked employees do know when it comes to getting orders correct.

Nope. Firstly, McDonalds exists in all sorts of countries, including those with the highest minimum-wage rates in the world (Norway, the Netherlands, etc).

Secondly, if such automation is practical and within reach, why aren't they pursuing it already?

10 hours ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Wootery Re:No surprise (201 comments)

The only reason they don't kill each other is it's tougher for them to be lethal about it.

False. Thinking in naive evolutionary terms, it seems that the obvious course of action, having bested a rival, is to kill and eat him. But we rarely see this in nature.

This is discussed in The Selfish Gene, but my recollection of the specifics is a little fuzzy.

11 hours ago
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

Wootery Re:News for nerds (153 comments)

Nonsense. It's entirely reasonable to comment regarding what you do/do not want Slashdot to cover/discuss/become.

yesterday
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Wootery Re:Does HFCS count? (278 comments)

You missed the part where you justify your distaste...

There's nothing inherently wrong with additives or profits.

yesterday
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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Wootery Re: I disagree (180 comments)

Do you suffer from a condition that prevents you from reading to the end of a Slashdot comment?

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Wootery Re:You can't earn a lot while working for others (265 comments)

Non sequitur. Your life experiences do not dictate universal truth.

Your success as an entrepreneur does not mean that others will find the same success; your 'moral' isn't well supported. The risks of entrepreneurship are well known (and are obviously one of the main reasons we aren't all entrepreneurs). You are demonstrating survivorship bias.

Your point that successful entrepreneurs earn more than company employees, depends on which company employees we look at. I'm willing to bet the top people at Bank of America pull down more than your average entrepreneur, but of course very few employees will ever have the opportunity to get such a position.

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Wootery Re:correlation vs causality (265 comments)

Doesn't matter. There's still a selection bias.

Suppose that students with an interest in programming languages (as an end, not just as a means) on average go on to be more successful software engineers. These students are more likely to take the COBOL course (assuming the alternative courses are on topics other than programming languages).

Even if the course teaches them literally nothing, we still expect the students who opted to take the course, to do better than average.

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Wootery Re:correlation vs causality (265 comments)

This is correct. From what I'm seeing in the summary at least, there's a very clear selection bias.

This depends somewhat on what is meant by 'elective'. If it means extra-curricular, there's an obvious selection bias on proactiveness. If it instead means you get to choose from this set of courses, then there's still be a selection-bias (perhaps students with an interest in programming languages as an end rather than just a means, are on average more successful as software engineers).

2 days ago
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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Wootery Re: I disagree (180 comments)

I presume what you're really getting as is that by not Open Sourcing Swift, Apple doesn't have to worry about someone forking Swift, making it better than the Swift mainline, and dividing the Swift universe.

The only Firefox 'forks' I can think of are minor tweaks (even just compiling with different flags) or pure trademark-avoidance; if Apple do a good job, I doubt they'd have much to worry about. (Not to mention that, on Apple platforms, you'd have to use Apple's language; forks have no bearing on that.)

Mono exists, but Microsoft are the unquestioned authority when it comes to the C# language.

3 days ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

Wootery Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

I suspect you're best off with a third-party who embodies the changes the people want to see, so that the encumbents can be forced to lean that way, rather than just get generally desperate.

4 days ago
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Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

Wootery Re: Wow (131 comments)

Neat. Does it sync back with Google's 'cloud' when it's back online, though?

4 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Wootery Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

Freedom of expression is not freedom from criticism, idiot.

Christ, will this moronic excuse for a counterpoint never die?

When I transition from "should not" to "I will have the government prevent you from saying that", then you get to mention freedom of expression.

4 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Wootery Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

If you're going to have crime then it's better to have it organized and out in the open.

Nice job defending the indefensible.

Reminder: corruption is bad, and should not be normalised.

about a week ago

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