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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

madprof Re: Obviously. (695 comments)

Yawn. Your political axe to grind is obvious. This place has way too many anti-science trolls these days.

about a month and a half ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

madprof is it really the biggest? (275 comments)

Surely the Jahre Viking (one of many names) remains the largest ship ever built? Longer and wider.

about 2 months ago
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Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

madprof Covered in dead tree format before (77 comments)

Funny. Slashdot now follows the lead of Private Eye as well...

about 3 months ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

madprof Re: Great news (269 comments)

That simply isn't true. Racists do not have to promote their own race above all others. Racism is the unfair treatment of people by race, essentially. You can wiggle about on that definition but it is close enough.

about 3 months ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

madprof Re:Great news (269 comments)

You have, somewhat amusingly, made my point for me. Congratulations.

about 3 months ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

madprof Re:Great news (269 comments)

Yeah, I've read it. It's a pile of racist crap. Trolls love it because it gives them a nice little platform to be provocative.

about 3 months ago
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Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

madprof Re:mother of all demos (94 comments)

How on Earth did you manage to come to the conclusion that Englebart's 1968 demo was somehow related to the Internet? The Internet has a number of key players to thank for its development, both technical and legislative, but Doug Englebart is not one of them. His influence was elsewhere.

about 4 months ago
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Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

madprof Re:cool (94 comments)

You are right, but the comment you are replying to was not talking about Chrome or web standards.

about 4 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

madprof Re: "Undead" doesn't mean vibrant, though. (283 comments)

Nice idea. However I am working with code that can't escape the office network. And anyway we also have Crucible if we want to do proper code review.

about 6 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

madprof Re: IF.. (561 comments)

Yes, but vanity seems to overcome this. The whole simplistic notion of a single score to describe a mental ability that is as broad as "intelligence" is lacking in scientific rigour. But apparently clever people are too clever to need rigour.

about 6 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

madprof Re: "Undead" doesn't mean vibrant, though. (283 comments)

Emailing python is unusual. I tend to er, commit to Git and let people pull my changes.
Emailing Perl can be hard too because so few people know how to write decent Perl that you end up reading rubbish.

about 6 months ago
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Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

madprof Re: I wonder where Watterson would go today (119 comments)

Obviously he wouldn't enjoy it so he doesn't do it. The reason the strip was great was because the quality threshold was so high. Reading through the books gives constant laughs. If it carried on without much love then it would be a very differeny matter.
I am glad he stopped.

about 6 months ago
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Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

madprof Re: If only Bill Waterson inspired other cartoonis (119 comments)

Wow, I never knew there was an anti-Calvin and Hobbes troll possible but you have found it!

Genuinely, I am impressed. You should use this one in other places.

about 6 months ago
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Duo Sneak an Oculus Rift Onto Roller Coaster For a Wild Ride

madprof Staged (81 comments)

Ah yes. I forgot how easy it was to sneak a laptop and a VR headset onto a rollercoaster. This is almost certainly planned by a PR agency. It probably happened but quite deliberately to get us to pay attention to their VR tech.

about 7 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

madprof Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

They are not in a perpetual state of religious fervour though. So there must be some element of conscious decision involved.

about 8 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

madprof Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Sorry, you have drastically over-simplified this, and you're wrong. There is still choice.

It is much more helpful for you to say that they have made a decision to choose this religion and not to go looking for others. Of course you can also point out that some people feel coerced into it, but I wasn't referring to people for whom that was the case. I was only referring to people I know who I am pretty damn certain can go exploring whatever religions they feel like.

It's a different discussion to talk about the general choices of religion throughout the world.

about 8 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

madprof Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

I know too many smart highly-educated Christians to think that religion is merely some lack of applied thought.
It's a choice they made, knowingly and subjectively, to have religious faith.
I don't happen to agree with them, but that is their decision.

about 8 months ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

madprof Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

My team wanted to use bookmarks instead of HG branches. Sadly our version of Rhodecode did not support them. So we've moved the team to Git and it's actually turning out OK. Yes, different and I miss the simplicity of HG and the lovely logical nature of it. Git feels more inconsistent. But it's doing the job.

about 9 months ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

madprof Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

Maybe you want HG instead of Git?

about 9 months ago

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