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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

machineghost Re:Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

Well, but the computer science major at my college required six other math classes (including two calculus classes beyond the first that I completed). For many programmers (obviously not all) that math is a complete waste of time.

about two weeks ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

machineghost Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

The problem with all the articles like this is that they're either written by people who did take math or didn't, and in either case both believe their side is right. The article is clearly written by someone who took a lot of math so, surprise, he thinks math is good for programmers. But I took nothing past Calculus (and have never professionally used even Trigonometry), and I'm a successful programmer, so I think math is unecessary.

Until someone actually does a study on this, it's all gonna come down to "the way I did it was better" ... and that's just noise.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

machineghost Re:Ridiculous! (588 comments)

er RTFA

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

machineghost Re:Ridiculous! (588 comments)

RTFM. Thor does not become a female (and neither does Obama). The only thing that changed is who the comic book "Thor" focuses on (its now a different mortal who has Thor's hammer than it was in the past). It's like if a woman put on a cape, took the batmobile out for a spin and called herself Batman. If the comic book called "Batman" focuses on her then for all intents and purposes she "is" Batman ... but it doesn't mean Bruce Wayne got a sex change.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

machineghost Re:Ridiculous! (588 comments)

Thor is a male god.

False. In the Marvel universe Thor (as in "the character staring in the comic book called "Thor") started out as male god, but then switched to being a mortal who got ahold of Thor's hammer. I know this because the first comic book I ever read featured this incarnation of Thor.

Now another mortal has taken over the role of hammer-holder/comic-book-star. It's completely consistent with the past mythology, doesn't in any way change the past mythology (Thor doesn't "become" a girl) and nothing at all like changing Han to shoot second.

about two weeks ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

machineghost Re:Give me a break. (109 comments)

That "97%" BS argument has been debunked over and over.

Great, so you got a link to that survey of climate scientists where they all say it's a scam?

And it's repeated ad nauseum by people that should know science is not about consensus.

Of course it's not, but when idiots like you ignore science no matter what facts are presented, the only way to even try to have a dialogue is to reference an impartial source like a survey of a large numbers of scientists. Also, if 97% of scientists all believe something, they *could* all be wrong ... but they probably aren't.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

machineghost Re:Give me a break. (109 comments)

Really? Saying (in a sarcastic fashion) that "liberals" might be motivated by something other than latent evil is trolling?

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

machineghost Re:Give me a break. (109 comments)

Yeah, it must have to do with really bored "liberals" having nothing better to do than make people poor for no reason. It couldn't possibly be that the overwheleming magjority of climate scientists all agree we're causing irreversible changes in our climate that will eventually result in thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of death and billions of dollars of property damage, or anything like that ...

about a month ago
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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

machineghost Re:Tuning it out? (254 comments)

Of course, no one went broke overestimating the stupidity of people in large numbers.

The Lone Ranger, John Carter, and Cowboys & Aliens might disagree with you on that ... though your point still remains mostly valid.

about a month ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

machineghost Re:Everybody is wrong... (270 comments)

There are no free markets in the ISP business.

about a month ago
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Smartphones To Monitor Schizophrenics

machineghost Re:controlling words (99 comments)

Sometimes people trying to help you can't unless you let them. Try finding a good therapist (which might take a few attempts) and then once you find someone you can develop trust with try working with doctors. But remember, when your perception of things is distorted, it can be easy to see malice or incompetence when honest and qualified people face a difficult problem like mental illness.

about a month ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

machineghost Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

No, it didn't.
Redskin has always referred to the people, due to their "red" skin.

This may be hard to grasp, but a word can have multiple meanings. Just because you think you know what a word meant to one group of people at one point in history does not mean that all peoples throughout history have used that word the same way. To many people "redskin" undoubtedly means "person with red skin, aka an injun/Indian/Native American/etc.". However, it also was used to refer to the scalps of murdered Native Americans:

"The State reward for dead Indians has been increased to $200 for every red-skin sent to Purgatory. This sum is more than the dead bodies of all the Indians east of the Red River are worth."
(from http://www.esquire.com/blogs/n...)

Jus to be clear, "Purgatory" wasn't a euphism for Hell, it was a town (where evidently you could trade your scalps in for some serious cash). Our ancestors, being far more religiously-educated than we are, would not have confused Purgatory for Hell anyway (the two are very different places), and the second sentence further clarifies that they were talking about (pieces of) corpses.

about a month ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

machineghost Re:Serously? (398 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

"Starting with Gar Alperovitz, in his influential Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam (1965), "revisionist" scholars have focused on the U.S. decision to use atomic weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the last days of World War II.[2] In their belief, the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, in effect, started the Cold War. According to Alperovitz, the bombs were not used on an already defeated Japan to win the war, but to intimidate the Soviets, signaling that the U.S. would use nuclear weapons to stop Soviet expansion, however this they failed to do.[1]"

(You can follow the references for more info.)

about a month ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

machineghost Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

Braves, Indians, etc. are not as offensive as Redskins (and obviously Cardinals doesn't even enter the picture). Brave or Indian means "Native American, the way your ancestors would have referred to them". Redskin means "top of scalp taken from a dead Native American to be turned in for a bounty to the US government (which paid for the murder of Native American men, women and children)".

about a month ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

machineghost Re:Serously? (398 comments)

Welcome to US history: Hiroshima was *far* from the first mass murder initiated by the American government.

about a month ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

machineghost Re:Serously? (398 comments)

There's a strong case to be made that the nuclear attack was NOT a science experiment, nor was it intended to (further) demoralize the Japanese. Rather, many historians would argue that the US, seeing the Cold War on the horizon, wanted to demonstrate to it's then-ally-but-clearly-future-enemy Russia just what America was capable of.

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

machineghost Re:Risking irrelevance (364 comments)

The short answer is that they've moved in to consulting. There's a whole (mildly interesting) book "Who says elephants can't jump" about their transition.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

machineghost Re:Some say (284 comments)

I don't think even adbusters would argue entirely against profit ... they're anti-excessive profit, anti-corporation, anti-marketing, etc. but even they recognize we can't all go back to subsitence farming. The ability to profit, and subsequently trade those profits to other people for things you can't produce yourself, is necessary for any viable economic system.

about a month and a half ago

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Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

machineghost machineghost writes  |  about 3 months ago

machineghost (622031) writes "It's one thing to make predictions about the future of tech; that happens all the time on Slashdot. But it's quite a different thing to put money on the line to back up those predictions, which is exactly what this British bookie has done. Think you know whether Google Glass will beat the iPhone, or whether we'll be ready to go to Mars and back by 2020? Now's your chance to capitalize on those predictions!"

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