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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

butchersong Re:Would be more interesting with better analysis (445 comments)

Religion is just a belief system. Really all humans are religious we just adhere to different beliefs some more clearly defined than others. Once you start congregating at atheist sunday gatherings ritual is developed as well. Of course, you'll also need 'elders' to manage the whole thing... Guess what? You've started an organized religion.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

butchersong Re:Why is the paper so important? (445 comments)

Dude you're approaching this the wrong way. a) Wedding presents b) make her dad pay for all of it. Speaking of which, you should bring up the subject of a dowry with her father.

about a week ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

butchersong Good attitude but rarely much aptitude (299 comments)

I work with several IT guys that are former military. They're good guys and work hard but not one of them is an actual geek... If it isn't something they're trained in they just don't do very well. Small sample size in (my office) but I don't see it.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

butchersong How about the whole system? (389 comments)

I am not especially gifted and I learned pretty much everything I know outside of school. I can't even really credit school with teaching me the basics since it was my parents that taught me how to read. Now, I'll be the first to admit that my grammatical skills aren't always the best but even after essentially skipping class throughout high school eventually failing all my classes until I dropped out, I still tested in the top 1-10% in reading comprehension and english and better in science for college entrance... High school and middle school are largely just day care and even college while awesome if you have real academic interests you want to explore is going to become less relevant as the internet continues to permeate our lives. The best thing college does is provide a place to interact with peers who have the same interestsand it charges a pretty steep price for this service. Seems like we need more of an apprenticeship structure that begins in middle and high school and far fewer people going to college -unless the real point of college is to keep them out of the work force and unemployment numbers.

about two weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

butchersong Re:"Conservative group opposes net neutrality" (283 comments)

Hardly. Whether they are right or wrong it is not suprising that a conservative group is going to oppose government regulation of an industry.

about three weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

butchersong Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

Conservative ideology in the states is that outcomes are never going to be fair and we shouldn't try to force them to be but that the process itself should strive treat all equally. Equal opportunity vs equal outcome is oft quoted as a key difference between republican and democrat philosophy. Both are of course ideals neither ever going to be completely reached.

about three weeks ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

butchersong Re:Natural immunity (122 comments)

I'm afraid you are mistaken. Antibiotics have long been linked to weight gain. This is something that has been common knowledge in the livestock industry since the mid 20th century. As farmers it's something my people are quite familar with. If you want something more recent my first google search pulled up: http://www.nature.com/nature/j... I'm sure there are other studies.

about a month ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

butchersong Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (363 comments)

If they were socialists, they wouldn't be paying themselves exorbitant salaries, they'd be spreading the money around.

Socialists do not spread their own money around...

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

butchersong Re:Amazon prime blows! (85 comments)

It's going to be about original serialized content I think. You can't watch all the latest movies on cable for free either and Amazon does have pay per view options. I mean, they're bringing back The Tick http://www.salon.com/2014/09/0...

As a prime subscriber for the free shipping already I'll be very happy with just a few new 'TV' shows in genres that I enjoy.

about a month and a half ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

butchersong Re:False premise (546 comments)

Nah. You just have to get your foot in the door with an entry level position of some sort then prove yourself. Build a resume for a year or two. At least.. that is all I did.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

butchersong Amazon Instant on google play (85 comments)

They should probably make an effort to get their instant video app into the google play store if that is the plan. I use a chromecast and an android phone to watch my content. Can't do that without jumping through a bunch of hoops with amazon instant video.

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

butchersong Re:ITT... (312 comments)

Is carpooling illegal in Germany? If not and I make an app that lets people meet others going the same place and also provides an escrow service to share gas costs is this illegal? I'm honestly curious where people think the line is here.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

butchersong Re:Obvious Reason (579 comments)

Equal opportunity for the sexes rarely leads to equal outcome. This is like complaining that yoga which has a similar 'bias' but in favor of women needs to be reformed. I'm a man and I don't contribute to wikipedia because I'm not going to invest the time to write something that somone else can tear down with the click of a mouse. I'm guessing for one reason or another most women feel the same. Combativeness can be a good thing to have in a field and the Wikipedia project has definately been a sucess.

I'm not sure offhand how you'd achieve what Wikipedia has on its scale with a different format for contributors.

about 2 months ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

butchersong Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (248 comments)

I agree with this generally. I know some folks that work in the military doing wetworks type stuff and they're always being deployed and doing things I never hear about in the news (they never tell what or where but there is a LOT of crap going down day to day we don't hear about) -not when it comes to the no-fly list though. The judges request is reasonable. If we can't trust our judges at least as much as we trust the unelected folks administering the lists then we're in trouble.

about 2 months ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

butchersong Re:It'd be nice... (248 comments)

It might be tough to measure. Obama certainly tweets more than past presidents but the answer to why is obvioius with the internet and maturity of social media. He also has had more sit down interviews apparently but both of these are mediums he controls completely with the questions known beforehand. I prefer the potentially adversarial relationship with the white house press corps to these but I could see from his perspective why he'd prefer to simply 'broadcast' his message without interference.

about 2 months ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

butchersong Re:It'd be nice... (248 comments)

Well one metric might be number of press conferences. This is just in all presidents first term. I believe the impression is that he's having even fewer second term but I don't see anything breaking that down. I'm sure there are a lot of other inputs that could be included as well to test this. Subjectively.. he does seem less open and conversational in these as well compared to past presidents.

President Obama - 79

President George W. Bush - 89

President Bill Clinton - 133

President George H. W. Bush - 143

President Reagan - 27

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu...

about 2 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

butchersong Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

I'm sure the UN response will be well intentioned but I highly doubt Putin will be losing much sleep over any action the UN might take and the US doesn't exactly have much credibility when it comes to threats of force at the moment at least until the next election. I'd exect any dem or republican elected to be a stronger presence that the current president so I'm sure that will change eventually but add to all that the EUs dependence on natural gas from Russia... The message we're sending Russia is "act now".

about 2 months ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

butchersong Re:Did you even bother to read the GP's comment? (341 comments)

People are just getting into the office in Europe so all the moderation and comments may be skewed at the moment toward them. Europeans to a much greater degree seem to interpret regulations and protections as a blanket keeping them warm and safe. In the states we get the same 'blanket' but our interpretation is different. Maybe we were cold maybe we weren't but we never asked for a blanket, can't move very well and what kind of weirdo just walks up and tries someone up in a blanket? Any moment the blanket will probably be secured with duct tape, crammed into their trunk and we'll end up driven to a remote location for a little "it puts the lotion on its skin" action.

It will be interesting to watch and see if the slashdot moderations and opinions swing back as the more libertarian leaning US users wake up and begin to login.

about 2 months ago

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