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Yahoo! Sports Redesign Sparks Controversy, Disdain From Users

immcintosh Myspace Page (172 comments)

They've really taken the circa-2004 Myspace page design aesthetic to heart on this one.

about a year ago
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Jack Kirby Heirs Reclaim Marvel/Disney Rights

immcintosh Re:Wow! (380 comments)

Says the person who's never tried actually reading a sophisticated comic? Hate to break it to you, but not everything is Superman. And if you want a major culture that doesn't bat an eyelash at adults reading comics, and where in fact the majority of comics are probably written FOR adults, you might want to look into a little place called Japan.

more than 4 years ago
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Jack Kirby Heirs Reclaim Marvel/Disney Rights

immcintosh Re:Hmm... (380 comments)

Getting my nerd-pedantry quota in for the day, the number form of that word is spelled: GOOGOL

more than 4 years ago
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IPhone 3.1 Update Disables Tethering

immcintosh Re:I remember... (684 comments)

I used one until mine broke for no reason recently (another story), and I can say that in terms of being an actual [b]tool[/b] (what most people think of when they hear "useful") I would rate it somewhere behind every single other modern smartphone I've used (G3 and Pre). Having recently switched over to a Pre, there's absolutely no way I'd go back to a phone that can't multitask.

So if you want to talk about efficient operation, talk about the fact that you can't work on all those apps at the same time, and swap between them at will. Reading an email and want to check your calendar and then look at a map to see if you can make an invitation, then reply to the email, go back to the map, copy the address, and stick it into your calendar which is still open to the date in question? Good luck doing that pleasantly on an iPhone. I truly had no appreciation how HORRIBLE the iPhone is at that sort of thing until I got a Pre. As an actual tool for getting things done, I'd say the iPhone is anything but efficient for all but the simplest of tasks. The magic of Apple is that they're actually able to make us think otherwise...

more than 4 years ago
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Which Breakthrough Is Most Likely?

immcintosh Re:Human-level AI (903 comments)

We're talking about intelligence, not consciousness. We don't have to make them think the SAME WAY as we do, we just need to make them think to the SAME EFFECT.

more than 4 years ago
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Tolkien Trust Okays Hobbit Movie

immcintosh Re:Stentoriously bellowed? (325 comments)

Random House seems to think stentorious originated about 5 centuries ago, and actually slightly BEFORE the origin they give for stentorian. Whether those exact dates are right, you must be pretty old to consider anything in that region a neologism...

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone App Wins Microsoft App Contest

immcintosh Re:Encourage use of MS tech by making the SDK free (233 comments)

C++ isn't a nice to write in as Objective C

That's an odd claim to try to make, considering they're so closely related. Have you actually used both enough to gain some level of mastery? Because I have, and the difference is, in my opinion, more a matter of preference than between any other two languages I can think of. One thing I will say, though, is I find Objective-C syntax absolutely horrendous to read compared to C++.

more than 4 years ago
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EMC Co-Founder Committs Suicide

immcintosh Re:Suicide Rate in Japan (538 comments)

"Poverty" as it's generally discussed in the United States is a political term that bears more or less no relation whatsoever to the meaning of the term when used in any other context. You may as well be having a totally different discussion.

In other words, this is a problem with language that Wittgenstein shed some light on.

more than 4 years ago
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EMC Co-Founder Committs Suicide

immcintosh Re:Suicide Rate in Japan (538 comments)

The massive homeless population of my city begs to differ... Do they have it quite as bad as those in abject poverty in, say, Africa? Probably not, but I'm not harboring any illusions that it doesn't amount to abject poverty.

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Releases Linux Handset

immcintosh Re:Only compared to an iPhone (484 comments)

Um, no it's not... the only "switch" on the iPhone is the silent/ring mode switch... at least going by any definition of "switch" I'm familiar with.

more than 4 years ago
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Ireland Criminalizes Blasphemy

immcintosh Re:It's so very odd..... (1376 comments)

You have clearly not fully considered what you are saying, so I will enlighten you. Agnosticism is a position. In short, it is the position that there simply isn't enough available information to make a decision. It is, if I may be so bold, the only rational position on the matter. The agnostic position is (or at least should be when fully considered), "I have examined the evidence for both sides and find both sides lacking."

Or are you claiming to have definitive evidence one way or another? No? Well, there's an old saying to which you should take heed: "Whereof one does not know, thereof one should not speak." I hate to break it to you, but before you go around calling people cowards, you'd really be best served knowing what the hell you're talking about.

In picking a side and standing with it just for the sake of doing so, all you're serving is the worst kind of ignorance; I sure hope nobody follows your advice.

about 5 years ago
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Faction Changes Coming To World of Warcraft

immcintosh Re:Lame (209 comments)

I hate to break it to you, but most people would call a month of marathon gaming getting to level 80 "a long, boring solo grind."

about 5 years ago
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NIH Spends $400K To Figure Out Why Men Don't Like Condoms

immcintosh Re:Trojans=Tight (844 comments)

I've honestly always thought Trojan was possibly the most brilliantly named product of all time.

more than 5 years ago
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A Mathematician's Lament — an Indictment of US Math Education

immcintosh Re:I Sympathize With Him But Too Idyllic (677 comments)

To be honest, I thoroughly disagree with you, because I DID HAVE just such a teacher. She wasn't some kind of superwoman either, she was just very competent at math (no advanced degrees, but good enough to teach basic calculus, algebra, and geometry in a way that made pretty much all the students at my school respect her). More importantly, she was passionate about giving students a fundamental understanding of the subject matter. She didn't want to just cross her T's and dot her I's and be done with it, she wanted us to learn what it was all about. She was a hard teacher, but she was almost remarkable in that nearly the entire student body had a great deal of respect for her.

I think the author's whole POINT was that it's claims like yours--that this is some kind of unreasonable expectation--that are entirely the problem with the situation we have. The simple fact is, it is not unreasonable. My personal experience has shown me that there ARE such teachers out there; mine as well as others I've known.

My own personal take is that our society simply doesn't give educators the respect they deserve. There's very little motivation for the kind of intelligent, competent, passionate people to go into to lower tiers of the world of education. We pay them peanuts and there's not nearly the kind of appreciation and respect out there for them to want to do those jobs. I happened to go to a private Catholic school, where neither of those things are true, and let me tell you the difference was obvious.

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Wonder What Fingerprints Are For

immcintosh Wrong Material Stupid! (347 comments)

Because humans evolved needing to hold onto acrylic glass? Can anybody name ONE natural substance even remotely like acrylic glass? Come back with a model of how fingerprints affect friction on substances like plant material or rock, then maybe this will be credible...

more than 5 years ago
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Does the Wii Provide A "Watered-Down" Game Experience?

immcintosh Re:There is a diff between life and a Game (582 comments)

Really not sure what your point is, considering that I explicitly stated that games should be complex only if that makes them fun (which it can, e.g. nethack).

Plus, your examples only serve to reinforce MY point. I actually happen to find both calculus and quantum physics FUN (much moreso than geometry for example, which I personally hate), although you might not. Just like I (and many others) may find complex games to be fun while you may find them to be a chore.

Which is precisely why I think it's pretty stupid to say, "Games are NOT meant to be complex," as if it's some kind of universal principle, which it clearly isn't.

more than 5 years ago
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Does the Wii Provide A "Watered-Down" Game Experience?

immcintosh Re:There is a diff between life and a Game (582 comments)

Gonna have to call nonsense on this one. How are we defining "earliest games?" Have you ever played Nethack? Like it or not, it's probably logged more man-hours being played than any other computer game in history, and if you don't think it's complex, you're crazy. The only things games are "meant" to be is fun. If complexities are fun, then they should be complex. If simplicity is fun, then simple. Simple as that!

more than 5 years ago
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Does the Wii Provide A "Watered-Down" Game Experience?

immcintosh Re:News at 11 (582 comments)

Correction, I meant to say "especially on the PS3."

more than 5 years ago
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Does the Wii Provide A "Watered-Down" Game Experience?

immcintosh Re:News at 11 (582 comments)

Let's take a little trip to Amazon.com shall we?

Wii: $250
360: $200-365 (depending on model, $300 for a pretty good one)

Yes, you can buy an XBox 360 for LESS than a Wii if you don't mind giving up the hard drive. Did you even think to look at the price points before complaining about them? And I honestly have trouble believing $50 is a huge deal breaker if you want a better version. You talk about "those price points" as if you'd be having to spend hundreds of dollars more (yeah, the PS3 is expensive, and that's why it's dead last in the current generation).

And yes, smarter AI is a definite product of having superior processing power. It's not just the graphics processor that's better on those two platforms; especially on the 360 the CPU is MUCH more powerful.

more than 5 years ago

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