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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

bitt3n I have an idea (167 comments)

Cut out the middleman! Pay me $1499 and I'll punch you in the face direct from the source.

about a week ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

bitt3n Re:Ability to design and write software... (578 comments)

I don't think anybody is saying "there is no coal miner on the planet you can teach to code".

What they're saying is "do not count on training all coal miners to write code and expect that to work".

The problem is that by running with the most plausible interpretation, you give up the opportunity to shake your head sadly whilst piously intoning moral platitudes.

about two weeks ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

bitt3n Re:Let it die (509 comments)

It's only dying because people are lazy.

I was about to write a long-winded diatribe lambasting you for this brazen slight of lazy culture but... whatever

about two weeks ago

Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

bitt3n Finally (630 comments)

At last the US Navy, for so long the joke of the high seas, will become a force to be reckoned with.

about two weeks ago

Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

bitt3n Re:Go out and smell the flowers once in a while (257 comments)

People who spend dark to dark in their offices often lose sight of life, while scrambling to the top. Give your endorphins a chance to work out, too. We're all headed to the grave, make sure your journey there isn't all work and no play.

Listen to you trying to get me to go home early so you can weasel your way past me to the corner office. I'm onto you, you scheming bastard. You and your bloody endorphins are headed to the grave sooner than you might imagine.

about two weeks ago

Creating "Homo Minutus" — a Benchtop Human To Test Drugs

bitt3n Re:Meh. (49 comments)

I always just use orphans. Nobody seems to care about those.

The best part is, unlike breeding normal laboratory animals, all you need to make more orphans is a PTA meeting and an assault rifle.

about three weeks ago

Darth Vader Runs For President of Ukraine

bitt3n this has possibilities... (114 comments)

Darth Vader's campaign poster could be no more than a picture of Putin with the slogan 'DO NOT WANT'

about three weeks ago

Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

bitt3n opinion (551 comments)

As Latvian, I not give two potato about situation in Crimea.

I give one potato, but only because is very important issue.

about a month ago

Earth Barely Dodged Solar Blast In 2012

bitt3n Re:ZOMG a bad thing didn't happen! (202 comments)

1. Knowing something is possible is better than not knowing

spoken like a man who's never managed to get his balls sucked into a dustbuster

about 1 month ago

Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

bitt3n Re:Huh? (334 comments)

Why not stop killing each other first?

That's a terrible idea. If immortality turns out to be possible, we'll likely need a few perpetual wars to help thin out the population until we have the technology to blast the excess into space.

about a month ago

It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

bitt3n false (268 comments)

those people don't prefer silence. they just like to listen to the same song over and over, without, one might note, ever giving a dime to the original artist.

about a month and a half ago

E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

bitt3n Re:how do they know this? (320 comments)

He said half the remainder felt comfortable identifying themselves as female, and half did not. It is obtuse to suppose he believes the half that did not was comprised in part of males who failed to provide a response on the ground specified, namely that they were uncomfortable identifying themselves as females, given that if this were indeed their objection, they would simply have identified themselves as males. This option was not available to the females, unless we suppose that a significant number of the study's participants was lying, which would invalidate the results in the first place. If you are deliberately straddling the boundary between sophistry and beetle-browed obstinance, I can only congratulate you on your success.

about 2 months ago

E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

bitt3n Re:how do they know this? (320 comments)

They didn't profess to know it, you inferred it. What they said was, "only half (of x number) felt comfortable being identified as female." Some people don't feel comfortable being identified as female because they are, in fact, male. You should realize that.

One cannot speak to what percentage of those who did not report their sex are male and what percentage are female, nor to their motivations for withholding this information. To infer that the sex this group felt "uncomfortable" reporting was female, rather than male, is unjustified. To infer that members of this group were "uncomfortable" reporting their sex is also unjustified, given that one might refuse to disclose information for other reasons than comfort. For example, one might refuse to provide information he expects might be employed by nitwits inclined to jump to unjustified conclusions.

about 2 months ago

E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

bitt3n Re:how do they know this? (320 comments)

I think the survey was 1. Male 2. Female 3. Do not want to disclose. 90-94% said they were male, and of the remaining 6-10%, half said they were female. The other half preferred not to say. But that does mean between 3-5% actually did identify as female.

If that is so, then it is incorrect to infer the sex of those who preferred not to disclose it.

about 2 months ago

E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

bitt3n how do they know this? (320 comments)

WellPlayed, said, '[A] whopping 90-94% of the viewers were male, and interestingly enough, only about half of the remaining survey takers felt comfortable being identified as female.'

If half the remaining survey takers didn't reveal their sex (assuming this is in fact what is meant by the above), how can one profess to know they are female?

about 2 months ago

Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

bitt3n Re:Common sense? In MY judiciary? (457 comments)

For example the "Shouting fire in a crowded theater" scenario. The police would have to prove that the flashing of your lights posed a significant hazard to the public to get the ticket to stick.

I successfully used this argument in court, arguing that it was free speech to flash my lights in a crowded theater. Unfortunately I was not able to get out of the numerous traffic violations required to put me in a position to exercise that right.

about 2 months ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

bitt3n Re:So they eliminated their debt with a fire? (463 comments)

Cui bono?

Where was Bono? Probably "doing some charity gig in Africa," or so he always claims...

about 2 months ago

Canadian Music Industry Calls For Internet Regulation, Website Blocking

bitt3n Re:They need to keep teens apart too (198 comments)

If they are really worried about piracy, they need to keep teens apart

This idea has promise. After all, keeping teens apart has long been used to stifle a more primal kind of information transfer. Indeed, hasn't some part of the human genome been patented yet? Why haven't the fundies tried to crack down on fornication using copyright law? A limited-license agreement could be written into marriage contracts.

about 3 months ago


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