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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

bidule Re:Blame the Players, not the Game (127 comments)

Most people I know who shit on D&D either never played it, or had a lame experience in a lame campaign.

Your friend the Computer disagrees and reminds you that D&D is a gateway drug into secret societies revering Cthulhu, mutants calling themselves "superheroes" or knowledge of the Outside such as "mouse" and "vineyard".

about two weeks ago

EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

bidule Re:There is no "safe" amount of ionizing radiation (230 comments)

I'm sick and tired of the notion that it's OK to pollute, as long as you don't pollute "too much."

If it isn't "too much", it isn't pollution.

In a sense, breathing and pissing are polluting but as long as the ecosystem can handle it you are in a sustainable pattern.

about two weeks ago

Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

bidule Re:PeridexisErrant's DF Starter Pack - Get it! (138 comments)

If you can master vi, you are possibly ready to cope with DF's interface.

God, I wish that wasn't true. Not that it will stop me from having fun again ><

about three weeks ago

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

bidule Re:Atheism (1330 comments)

I hope you're beginning to grasp the idea. Lacking belief in a god or gods is not "believing there is no god or gods",

Agnostic then?

If you cannot prove there is no god, then it is just a belief.

about a month ago

I suffer from jet lag ...

bidule Re:How can I tell? (163 comments)

You are not alone. My mind is always a few TZ away from my body.

about 1 month ago

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

bidule Re:Gee Catholic judges (1330 comments)

While I am not religious, I do respect the rights of religious people. It is unconscionable for them to be forced to provide benefits that are in opposition to their morals. However, I am in favor of ubiquitously available contraception (for everyone, not just women, I'm egalitarian that way...).

I don't know. They are forced to pay for many things through taxes, which includes blood transfusion and the like.

If we define a minimum set of benefits for all citizens, noone should have the right to forbid them. It's not the corporation's right to decide how its employees will behave, it's the employee's right to decide not to use those benefits because it goes against the employee's religion.

Should an atheist be penalized because he works for a religious corporation?

about 1 month ago

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

bidule Re:Atheism (1330 comments)


Theism: Belief that there is at least one god.

Atheism: Belief that there is no god.

Both are beliefs.

about 1 month ago

New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

bidule Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Buckaroo Banzai, is that you?

about a month ago

Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

bidule Re:You make it... (519 comments)

The simplest way to do this is to remove assessment from the teacher's responsibilities. Let teachers teach, let section, unit, quarter, and semester tests be a function of the school district or the state, and use curriculum services to ensure that what the teachers are asked to teach actually matches what the district or state expects them to do.

Homework and exams are used to discover which part of the curriculum is well understood and which require a detailed explaination. You cannot blindly talk to the kids, you need to assess where are the weaknesses.

Of course, when you start the year you expect those kids to be at a certain point, and when it ends you should hand them out to the next teacher far enough that he can carry them further. You also have to drag the lower tier back up and keep the higher tier interested.

But the first job of teachers is assessing their kids. That's the foundation on which they are building.

about 2 months ago

A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

bidule Re:If your team is distributed like a bell curve.. (255 comments)

If your interview and hiring process ends up with a random sample, you're doing it wrong.

Higher mean, lower deviation. It could still be a bell curve if it wasn't for the low sampling.

about 2 months ago

Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

bidule Re:Books aren't special (211 comments)

Books aren't some Unique And Sacred Category Unto Themselves; but the characteristics listed above are pretty significantly unlike those of, say, consumer appliances.

Yep, if only because literature is the sole mean to save the masses from analphabetism. It is a source of self-education that allows to understand the difference between principle and principal, capitol and capital, affect and effect, and all those weird ways to expand your vocabulary beyond the 1000 mark or the 10,000 mark.

Not that Hachette helps in any way there.

about 2 months ago

Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

bidule Re:Antitrust investigation? (211 comments)

Shouldn't this fuel an antitrust investigation?

Isn't antitrust when you use your strength in a market to sell at loss in another?

about 2 months ago

Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

bidule Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (397 comments)

RTFA, used momensin antibiotic on the foam to deflate it. Moreover, foam does not occur from distillers grain only, there's an unknown trigger agent at work.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

bidule Re:MIT (197 comments)

Well of course Real Time programming is a special beast, but I don't think it is representative of whatever programming the OP is trying to learn. Basing your whole critique on optimization needs is off-base.

OOP is a good tool to encapsulate UI, it has brought Angular, DOM and javascript prototype-based system.

For heavy work, functional programming simplifies parallel processes. Scheme can handle this and offers a very different syntax to learn. If you can wrap your head around both the ((parenthesis)) and the {imperative;} syntax, you can understand any new language.

I say that with 10y in C++ and 10y in Scheme with a dabble of other languages. Which is why I can say Scheme is a much better learning tool than OOP imperative languages, although its blessings carry the Lisp curse. {Using Scheme for is almost cheating, its numerical tower makes them a breeze.}

about 5 months ago

3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

bidule Re:Effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (148 comments)

Who is right?

Those who use the almost 30 years of studies on Chernobyl instead of counter-pulling sensationalized numbers. Anyone coming up with numbers larger than those studies have their arm so deep in bullshit that their shoulder smells.

Despite the accident being much worse and the fallout being over land, the numbers affected are counted in thousands, dixit: "for a total of 9000 Chernobyl-associated fatal cancers". You could reasonably claim that Fukushima should affect one tenth that number and use 1000 as the death cap.

Back of the envelope calculations, but at least it doesn't smell.

about 5 months ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

bidule Re:Troll (794 comments)

Everybody with an IQ above room temperature knows that homeopathy is complete and utter bullshit.

Well, if some NewAge customer wants you to sell them homepopathic remedies it's good business to serve them. Much better than letting them find a competitor. Should libraries stop selling religious books because it's all crock?

about 5 months ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

bidule Re:Because... (794 comments)


We can shun M$, McD or any other other company we dislike. If we allow Monsanto to hide from consumers, we won't be able to treat them the same way. Would you pay more for Canadian bacon, or do you prefer God-blessed American one?

about 5 months ago

YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

bidule Re:Non-story (268 comments)

That makes it clear, thank you.

about 5 months ago


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