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Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles

acheron12 Re:Hey Oregon: (686 comments)

Ah, the old rebate-and-switch.

about a year and a half ago
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Reddit: No More Suggestive Content Featuring Minors

acheron12 Re:Lax attitudes toward child pornography (722 comments)

Adults already know and play the mind games

Some adults do. I was bullied in elementary school, my parents' relationship seemed barely functional, and I'm pretty nerdy - I basically distrusted most humans until college (at which point my atrophied social skills had me believing I was autistic for a while) and I only started dating in grad school. I think I've made pretty rapid progress since, but needless to say I've made tons of rookie mistakes in the process.

more than 2 years ago
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South Africa Passes Secrecy Bill, Makes Whistleblowing a Dangerous Act

acheron12 Re:Wow... (118 comments)

The ANC - many of whom were imprisoned for fighting against Apartheid and speaking out in favor of equal rights - they're the ones in power now, and they're the ones responsible for passing this law. So yes, it is surprising. I'm not sure what ideological connection you're drawing here - the only thing the ANC has in common with the old Apartheid government is that they're both subject to human weaknesses like political corruption.

Saying "oh of course South Africa doesn't respect human rights, just look at how the Apartheid government behaved" is like saying "oh of course the USA doesn't respect human rights, just look at how the King behaved when it was part of the British Empire."

about 2 years ago
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Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?

acheron12 Re:Make some kids (418 comments)

Doesn't that first require finding someone of the opposite sex? As a gamer, this step confuses me.

more than 3 years ago
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Organs of UK Nuclear Workers Secretly Harvested; Energy Secretary Apologizes

acheron12 Re:What the hell is the fuss about (309 comments)

They are hazardous. That's why you're not allowed to bury grandpa in your back yard.

more than 3 years ago
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How Much Math Do We Really Need?

acheron12 Re:Eng. Lit is BullShiat, but fun (1153 comments)

Oh and another example of how literary analysis should be done: tvtropes.org. Fascinating website, I could spend days on it. And yet, I absolutely hated literary analysis in highschool.

more than 3 years ago
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How Much Math Do We Really Need?

acheron12 Re:Eng. Lit is BullShiat, but fun (1153 comments)

Real literary analysis shouldn't be about bullshit, it should be about understanding the context in which things are written. For example, the Annotated Pratchett website gives tons of information regarding the obscure references Sir Terry makes, which I'd never have figured out on my own.

And I'd venture to say that (for Pratchett fans at least) it's incredibly interesting stuff. Much more interesting than vague personal interpretations.

more than 3 years ago
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Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

acheron12 Re:Misleading summary (762 comments)

That looks like an arbitrage opportunity. Why don't you set up an import business that buys in the US, drives them over the border and sells them in Canada? Or is the difference in price mostly due to Canadian import taxes?

more than 4 years ago
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The Second Age of Airships

acheron12 Re:Great, instead of peak oil ... (363 comments)

But you have to harvest a ton of those tiny buggers to get any decent amount of helium.

more than 4 years ago
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Your Online Education Experience?

acheron12 Re:well... (428 comments)

Believe me, my first 2-3 years of university were boring because I was self taught from the age of 14. It wasn't until the 400 series classes that things got interesting and new (and fun!)

That's why I ended up doing my B.S. in math and statistics instead of C.S. I'm still not sure that was the right decision in terms of impressing HR people afterward, but at least most of the stuff I learned was new to me, not to mention useful for areas like machine learning which straddle C.S. and stat.

more than 4 years ago
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The End of Forgetting

acheron12 Re:Learning Without a Negative Response? (329 comments)

Alternatively, aim for a society where your future employers have as much dirty laundry on the internet as you do. This gets easier with constant surveillance.

Let those without sin throw the first stone, etc...

more than 4 years ago
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R In a Nutshell

acheron12 Re:R in a nutshell = Rpy (91 comments)

Bingo. Much as I like R, the language leaves a lot to be desired compared to Python - it doesn't even have a built in dictionary type. For a fully integrated package including Python and R, SAGE is worth a look.

more than 4 years ago
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Science Historian Deciphers Plato's Code

acheron12 Re:Aristotle? Really? (402 comments)

I hereby proclaim this to be Sasayaki's law.

Sorry, but Muphry already took it.

Instead, Sasayaki's law could refer to incidences where one names a law after oneself only to find that it already has a name.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook, Friend of Divorce Lawyers

acheron12 Re:Rule 1. (494 comments)

That's even worse! Your children will see it.

more than 4 years ago
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Khan Academy Delivers 100,000 Lectures Daily

acheron12 Re:Youtube? (213 comments)

Aha! Proof that releasing content under an open license encourages piracy! [/ASCAP]

more than 4 years ago
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Tattoos For the Math and Science Geek?

acheron12 Re:Quite simply, (1186 comments)

There's still potential for awkwardness - they might prove it's undecidable.

more than 4 years ago
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FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go

acheron12 Re:Fat Chance (482 comments)

To be fair, they did add tons of their own code on top of it. Just like you can add code to a BSD project and relicense your fork under GPL. (It's hilariously ironic when BSD fanbois complain about the latter though.)

Both licenses have their place.

more than 4 years ago

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