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Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Your.Master Re:Rifle-shooting is a sport in the olympics... (228 comments)

Snooker can deal with strategic thinking, and both are both driving you up to the upper edges of hand-eye coordination.

Really, any competition that is not totally random (like a coin-tossing competition) is about driving you to the upper edges of something. Poker would fit. It seems we lack a consistent definition of what the Olympics are about.

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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

Your.Master Re:of course it wasn't NK (236 comments)

You are claiming that 9/11 wasn't done to the US?

4 days ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

Your.Master Re: of course it wasn't NK (236 comments)

Everyone and their mother would have bought this movie via vod on Christmas day If they put it up for sale.

I think you're forgetting that the ads to this movie didn't look very good in the first place.

If Korea hadn't made a fuss I doubt most people would remember the movie existed in six months.

I'd watch this movie on an airplane, or if I'm sick and bedridden. I wouldn't buy this movie on Christmas day (with my family?), regardless of the geopolitical posturing.

4 days ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Your.Master Re:Wrong way of thinking. (621 comments)

No, we don't.

It seemed like you were suggesting we try free markets, but now you're agreeing with people who are pointing out that they "cannot exist".

5 days ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Your.Master Re:Wrong way of thinking. (621 comments)

Perfect knowledge by all participants is impossible, which makes the claim that free markets haven't been tried vacuous.

5 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Your.Master Re:What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (465 comments)

To make it a fair comparison, you must move the time window such that the oldest boomers alive are the same age as the oldest millenials are now. That makes it the late 70s at earliest.

In the late 70s, the World Wide Web did not exist yet, and would continue to not exist for a decade.

The Internet was invented by the generation before them, and it was not yet all that important.

If you want to do intergenerational comparisons, you need to do one of three things:

1. Wait ~50 years.
2. Restrict yourself to the world as it existed when the oldest Boomer was in their early 30s (even if they already a great thing, it must be recognized as a great thing).
3. State your values clearly so we can know what defines "improvement of America".

I don't find Barack Obama particularly damning as a Presidential choice (it's not like he was a big drop-off from the last guy). You obviously don't value social media, which is kind of interesting actually, given that:

- In my experience things like facebook are more widely appreciated by the older generations than by the Millenials.
- Web forums, including slashdot, are social media. Forums were invented at the tail end of the pre-millenial generation, so you get a bye on using social media to complain about social media's worthlessness, but what makes you like forums but dislike others? What is the essential difference that makes the latter worthless?

why again do we have to let men who "feel like" women into the lady's room?!)

This is not a new issue; this is not a Millenial invention.

They've destroyed traditional cultural norms.

First: so what?

Second: literally every generation ever has done that. The US had a cultural norm that slavery was okay, and it was later replaced by a norm that slavery was abhorrent.

Note: I'm not an American so I have no horse in the "who improved America most" race.

about two weeks ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Your.Master Re:The battle of extremes. (176 comments)

I don't know what point you think you're making. She's a religious person who is *herself* damaged by religious fanaticism regarding abortion.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

Your.Master Re:Externality--tax it! (176 comments)

Everything ends up hitting poor people though. That's the problem with poverty.

If you just outright banned dirty gas, prices would rise and that disproportionately impacts the poor.

If you just outright allow whatever to happen, then health costs will rise and will disproportionately impact the poor.

Poverty means everything impacts you disproportionately, including inaction. Money provides cushioning.

Is there a way we can attempt to solve this problem in a way that is not overly onerous on the poor? Instead of just deciding not to do anything?

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Your.Master Re:One good turn... (235 comments)

You're thinking of net income. Median net worth is closer to $81k (as of 2014), and the mean considerably higher than the GP's estimate.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/...

Regardless though, there's a huge problem here where there is an assumption that the total charitable contributions of this guy in his lifetime is encompassed by one charity auction purchase.

about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Your.Master Re:programming (417 comments)

Let's flip that around:

Right, it will go on a spree to exterminate all humans. Like every other program.

about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Your.Master Re:programming (417 comments)

How can you be so sure?

about two weeks ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

Your.Master Re:How about a straight answer? (329 comments)

Seriously? You seriously believe that?

If there is no opposition, then let's do it already. Sounds like everybody is for it.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

Your.Master Re:Welcome to the Actual Universe (334 comments)

But regardless of how fast you travel, you still can't go back in time.

Just pull the same trick again, now that you're far away, and the distant observer is *past you*. Now you're talking to yourself in the past. Then actually go to past you. Keep doing the trick as you approach to make your past self observe you in a causality violating way.

Even if you got there instantaneously, you would still be there right now, and never before now.

This is a vacuous statement. The word "now" doesn't have a global meaning in this context. Simultaneity does not exist in an absolute sense -- going there "instantly" can't possibly mean you're there "right now" because "right now" is a property of your current position, and you just said that you changed position.

The light that we see is not the event itself, it's simply how we perceive it.

It's not about the light itself. Information propagates at the same speed as light does. In other words, central to the theory of relativity is the idea that *the actual event* propagates at the speed of light, not just our perception of such. This is why the word "now" is ill-defined in relativistic terms, and simultaneity does not exist.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

about three weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

Your.Master Re:Paradoxes Be Damned (334 comments)

No, you missed the other part about the lightspeed barrier being overcome. If you can overcome it, then either humans are the first to ever overcome the lightspeed barrier, or we never do, or there is a gigantic coincidence where two species evolve exactly in sync to the scale of mere hundreds of years, despite having billions of years to develop.

Of course there is a last option: aliens exist, have overcome lightspeed, but are for whatever reason uninterested in galactic colonization.

about three weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

Your.Master Re:Paradoxes Be Damned (334 comments)

it's reasonable to assume that the speed of light barrier will be overcome

No, it's not at all reasonable to assume that. And the massive scientific progress in the last 300 years has made it *substantially less* likely than it was before (300 years ago we didn't have any notion that there *was* a theoretical barrier to speed). It's reasonable to assume that it can never be overcome. It is *conceivable* that there might be a workaround that doesn't require infinite energy and give you infinite mass and infinitely compress you into a black hole, but it is unreasonable to believe it's nearly as likely as that there is no such workaround at all. Part of learning is discovering what is not possible. I know this isn't what people want to hear, and that's why it's rejected.

I don't mean this as an insult, it's an honest suggestion -- you need to read up on this way more than a forum comment can adequately describe to see why that's the case. There's a famous result that is tricky to understand that shows that faster than light travel is tantamount to time travel into the past, which means now you have to resolve the grandfather paradox, and figure out not only why we haven't been contacted by aliens, but also by our future selves (start at Light Cones: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...).

about three weeks ago

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IE8 to default to IE8 standards mode, not IE7

Your.Master Your.Master writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Your.Master (1088569) writes "After weeks of frustrated developers calling for blood, Microsoft has reversed their earlier decision about backwards compatibility. The reasons for doing so are detailed on the latest IE blog entry. Web developers can still explicitly opt-in to IE7 compatibility mode."
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IE8 to use full standards DOCTYPE switch after all

Your.Master Your.Master writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Your.Master (1088569) writes "There's been a lot of fuss about the new IE8 meta tag. After scraping through the comments, it seems apropos to mention some facts about IE8 that were overlooked in previous articles: first, there is a registry setting to force IE8 to always use IE8 standards mode, and far more importantly, future, current unestablished well-formed DOCTYPES, such as the upcoming HTML5, will cause DOCTYPE-switching to IE8 standards mode in IE8. The meta tag is apparently intended to allow opt-in for currently-used DOCTYPEs, and to let future versions of IE know to limit themselves to IE8's capabilities (or to tell IE8+ to use IE7's "standards mode", or quirks mode)."

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