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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Your.Master Re: Haleluja ... (642 comments)

He didn't say every Catholic gets to interpret matters on their own. He said that not everything a pope says is considered infallible.

yesterday
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

Your.Master Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (255 comments)

He's not being punished. He's being rewarded with more money. You just want to reward him with even more money than everybody else wants to reward him with. Everybody else is saying "that's kind of unnecessary".

yesterday
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

Your.Master Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (255 comments)

The GPA is intentionally distributed, by professors/teachers/etc., in order to fit a preconceived model. Sometimes it's a forced curve applied after the fact, and sometimes it's just in setting the tests in the first place such that the curve is expected to fall out naturally. By contrast, under pure capitalism, compensation is an emergent behaviour.

A school environment is a communist environment in this sense, or at least a socialist one ("To each according to their contribution"). To make an equivalent for capitalism, you would have to be able to exchange your GPA for goods and services that directly impacted your ability to increase your GPA. Eg. spend a 0.3 GPA points on a tutor.

If the school model for GPAs is a good model to follow for compensation, then you should have a central authority or central authorities distributing your income according to their perception of your contribution. I don't think that's the point you were trying to make.

yesterday
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We Are All Confident Idiots

Your.Master Re:Who? (297 comments)

The Dunning-Kruger effect is exactly what the summary is describing, and I do think it's rather interesting.

I had no idea that Dunning's first name was David, and I wouldn't say I was familiar with him. I also know nothing about Kruger and don't really care to look him up personally.

2 days ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Your.Master Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (173 comments)

By that definition unlimited is literally impossible, since you are limited by bandwidth multiplied by time.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Your.Master Re:Opinion are wortheless (976 comments)

Copernicus predates the scientific method and Galileo is contemporary with its formulation. In Copernicus' time, no "great scientific mind" had declared the world to be flat for a couple thousand years. But yes, geocentric orbital mechanics (with "epicycles") were a thing in those days.

3 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Your.Master Re: Why at a place of learning? (976 comments)

No, science is not required to cater to everybody else.

When a Jehovah's witness comes to my door and I politely send them away rather than inviting them in, it's not because I'm afraid that I might like the Watchtower. It's because I don't have time for that shit.

3 days ago
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Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere

Your.Master Re:Obvious to Engineers (184 comments)

What the fuck.

4 days ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Your.Master Re:An insult from a dork is a compliment (275 comments)

At infinity, you should make no *additional* profit compared to a comparably-safe investment of the same amount of money to create that last unit. It's a matter of relative profit rather than absolute profit.

For instance, even in your infinitieth year of operation at steady state, if a stable government offers a bond with 1% returns, your business should also profit 1%.

5 days ago
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Google Search Finally Adds Information About Video Games

Your.Master Re:I don't like (47 comments)

How does Wikipedia suffer? If Google knows the answer, nobody will hit Wikipedia's servers and thus Wikipedia won't have to beg for as much cash in December. If Google doesn't, Wikipedia will be the stop result as always.

5 days ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Your.Master Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (350 comments)

What if they buy the computer, then replace the processor. Does the vendor have to accept that return?

(my reading of the ruling is "no" because they feel that it's pertinent that there was a separate contract at first boot from purchase time).

5 days ago
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High Speed Evolution

Your.Master Re:Is that unreasonable? (282 comments)

You seem to be using "selection" in two different ways. You're talking about one-off individuals, and yes, we all know that inbreeding is not good for the kid. Shavano is talking about populations over time, and implying that the ones with various homozygous negative attributes would be selected against, thus reducing the prominence of those attributes in the long run.

5 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Your.Master Re:This is silly (714 comments)

According to this cite: http://www.epi.org/publication...

The average minimum wage earner *is* the primary wage earner. This also implies that for this half they are, at most, just barely hitting lower middle class incomes, and probably most of them are poor.

about a week ago
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PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

Your.Master Re:"Now the userbase needs to expand" (77 comments)

While I do agree with you that livestreaming is overstated, just about everything you said in support of that seems irrelevant. People actually do watch home run derbys and golf. Although there are multiple people involved, these are in fact single player games, and you compete only in the sense of playing the same game at around the same time to compare scores. To a lesser extent, things like bowling and curling and pool also get airplay. And every Olympics, there are solo sports like gymnastics and diving and archery and (of all things) "solo synchronized swimming", as well as minimal-interaction competitions like a million variations on races (footraces, skating races, swimming races, skiing races, skiing and then sometimes shooting things races, luge...).

These things aren't as popular as football in the US, you say? Well no shit, neither is any given livestreaming game. Not the point. These things are all popular enough that they got devoted time on TV even back when TV broadcast much more limited content at any given time.

about a week ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Your.Master Re:Why (525 comments)

He was a soldier but he was not a combatant. Typically, terrorism is about targeting noncombatants, not non-soldiers (though non-soldiers are almost always noncombatants). Ottawa is not a warzone.

about a week ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Your.Master Re:What? (781 comments)

The best way to deal with a shitty situation is to try to change it so it isn't shitty anymore.

Male fashion designers are free to make similar pushes for the legitimacy of fashion design as a male career option.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Your.Master Re: I don't follow (370 comments)

What happens when you plug in a projector?

This is not a workable heuristic because resolution is not an invariant.

about two weeks ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Your.Master Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (328 comments)

That's about the 70th percentile for household income (thus, a higher percentile for individual income). A median average US household makes around $50k, and a mean average US household makes around $60k, the 20% difference reflecting considerable skew from very high income households. That is household income, not individual salary, and most married Americans are dual-income (I couldn't find stats specifically on unmarried but living together, but I would guess that's even more likely to be dual-income than married), so a typical US salary is considerably under 70k.

There might be a language barrier issue here. The term "X figure" talks about the number of digits of dollars (excluding everything past the decimal) over the course of a year. A mathematically inclined person might rephrase that as saying it's "on the order of 10^X dollars". So a 6k figure job is a job that pays massively more than a googol of dollars.

You have assumed (reasonably, IMO) that he meant 6000 dollars per month. It's just not what he actually said.

about two weeks ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Your.Master Re:none of this does real work (133 comments)

Very short feedback loop and adaptation cycle

A common characteristic of agile development are daily status meetings or "stand-ups", e.g. Daily Scrum (Meeting). In a brief session, team members report to each other what they did the previous day, what they intend to do today, and what their roadblocks are.[14]

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Can you tell us the one true agile that doesn't have lots and lots of meetings? In my experience, Waterfall frontloads a few megameetings, whereas Agile backloads them in nickels and dimes.

about two 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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