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College Students Hijack $80 Million Yacht With GPS Signal Spoofing

maudface Re:Moral: learn basic seamanship (140 comments)

or just do it in your head, you don't need tables.

about a year ago
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College Students Hijack $80 Million Yacht With GPS Signal Spoofing

maudface Re:Moral: learn basic seamanship (140 comments)

Because i'm not a fucking idiot.

You can work out pretty much anything pretty quickly with multiplication and division by two and ten with a little addition/subtraction plus a few other tricks. I'm shitty at remembering vast amounts of data, though extremely good at working things out on the fly. I rarely remembered equations either for my physics undergrad degree, just the relationships and grasp of dimensional analysis to get there myself.

I never learned long division either, until it was required for polynomials.

Point is that the main issue with education is it's a one size fits all pile of bullshit that leaves a lot of people behind, I was damned lucky to get where I am and that's what I feel is the issue, not ipads. Handwriting is becoming all but irrelevant

about a year ago
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College Students Hijack $80 Million Yacht With GPS Signal Spoofing

maudface Re:Moral: learn basic seamanship (140 comments)

Pfft, I can barely handwrite and have never bothered memorising a multiplication table, I also have a Masters degree in CS and a well paying job. It's just a shift to a more relevant platform to teach with, certainly more relevant than pen and paper.

I've little doubt that your school district is indeed profoundly unwise with their policies, but adopting new tech isn't to blame there, the issues are more fundamental than that.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

maudface Cough.. HP Touchpad Cough... (330 comments)

This remind people of anything much?

Entirely unsurprising, good riddance.

about a year ago
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Man Who Pointed Laser At Aircraft Gets 30-Month Sentence

maudface Re:Most horrible non-lethal weapon idea still (761 comments)

The geneva convention only applies to war, tear gas is banned by the geneva convention but police still use it against civilians.

about a year and a half ago
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Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

maudface Re:fuck you iceland. (684 comments)

haha, I can't type today.

about a year and a half ago
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Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

maudface Re:fuck you iceland. (684 comments)

How exactly? Other than my bad grammar.

I like my body, my many of my friends like my body, why shouldn't I do with it as I please?

about a year and a half ago
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Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

maudface fuck you iceland. (684 comments)

This is dumb, as a woman who's various parts are all over the internet I think this is bullshit.

about a year and a half ago
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Iran Unveils Its Own Stealth Fighter Jet, the Qaher F-313

maudface I'M CONTRIBUTING. (260 comments)

Reddit says this is fake, so obviously it must be fake.

about a year and a half ago
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ITER Fusion Project Struggles To Put the Pieces Together

maudface Re:summaery cubed: fusion is a waste of time (138 comments)

Fusion isn't a waste of time, tokamak is a waste of time.

Bussard reactors, look into them. They're way more promising, would cost a lot less, have been proven to scale well such that a prototype costing around ~$200m work hit break even.

about 2 years ago
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Is Non-Prescription ADHD Medication Use Ever Ethical?

maudface Re:I know a simple solution: (487 comments)

That's not always why.

I could pass a drug test easy, nothing I do stays in my system longer than 2-3 days, I don't smoke cannabis and never have. I do however take great issue with any employer wanting access to my urine, it's a step into my personal life I'm unwilling to allow them to take.

I can see the logic for testing where you'll be responsible for other peoples lives, but it's not like they ban you from drinking is it? It's inconsistent.

about 2 years ago
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Hiring Smokers Banned In South Florida City

maudface Re:Make it illegal (1199 comments)

As we can see from the prohibition of illegal drugs, this totally solves the problem!

I really shudder to think what the result of making nicotine illegal would be, given it's one of the most addictive substances in the world. I presume it would make the havoc that the illicit cocaine trade wrecks on south american look miniscule.

about 2 years ago
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United States Loses S&P AAA Credit Rating

maudface Re:probably should have been lowered anyway (1239 comments)

The money supply inflates exponentially, so yes every debt ceiling raise will tend towards being the biggest ever. Let's see them on a dimensionless scale by dividing by something of equal measure, say GDP.

Dimensional analysis should be required learning in high school :/

Dimensional analysis isn't taught in high school!? Seriously!?

Jeeze. That would explain a whole bunch about what's wrong with the world.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Says PSP2 "As Powerful as PS3"

maudface Re:As powerful? (267 comments)

If you'll excuse my off-topic pedantry.....

When the quoted poster says "the same cpu" he doesn't mean the same die, he means the Power Processing Element within the cell is basically the same as the three cores in the xenon in the xbox 360. This is largely true, the only thing he missed out is the cache difference

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_(microprocessor)#Xenon_in_Xbox_360

The "slightly modified" comment corresponds to the fact that the Xenon contains VMX units whereas the cell does not as the SPE units are essentially supercharged VMX units.

more than 3 years ago
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Autism Diagnosed With a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan

maudface Re:woo! (190 comments)

having just asked my girlfriend "what is flirting exactly" she has no clue, tbh I don't either. When we met soonafter I pretty directly propositioned her, I don't think that counts as "flirting" really.

more than 4 years ago
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Autism Diagnosed With a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan

maudface Re:woo! (190 comments)

"Why not?"

Because if I did I'd be one of those self-diagnosed idiots, besides the fact that I don't require any special help, I function just fine on my own, what's the point in calling yourself aspie unless you're asking for help? Help is something I most certainly do not want.

more than 4 years ago
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Autism Diagnosed With a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan

maudface Re:woo! (190 comments)

haha, if I stared at my girlfriend like a dead cow all the time due to how extra-ordinarily un-expressionate I am, she just knows that that's how I am,, just the same as how I don't make a big deal of the fact that she doesn't often look me in the eye, as I know she's always found eye contact uncomfortable. You'd think people would get a decent grasp of each other's personalities before getting wed.

Everyone's born neurologically different, I can't say I believe in laying into anyone for being who they are even if it's not classified as a disorder, either way in your hypothetical bizzaro-world scenario the couple would benefit most from some marriage counselling first and foremost, not an aspie diagnosis and an excuse of "I'm emotionally dead because I'm aspie". never mind the fact that aspergers doesn't prevent you specifically from opening up like that, my girlfriend has a rather extreme form of it and emotionally opens up to me with ease, infact she's incredibly emotionally needy sometimes.

I don't think aspergers should be used as a crux to explain narrow symptoms, according to the diagnostic requirements a wide variety of symptoms need to be observed not just "coldness to one's spouse", This clearly isn't always the case in practice though, I know one boy who got diagnosed by a speech therapist simply due to the way he talks (a little flat).

My original point was just that anything that aids the diagnostic process can only be a good thing, obviously this scan is only useful in conjunction with other evidence but it'll help make things clearer than merely the opinions of a psychiatrist alone. A lot of people use the diagnosis as a excuse and I just don't think that's healthy when they're pretty much normal.

more than 4 years ago
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Autism Diagnosed With a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan

maudface woo! (190 comments)

I can only see this as a good thing, I'm on a compsci course and as you'd expect it seems like a good third of the people there claim to have aspergers, most of those seem fairly typical and reasonably socially functional. I'd be *highly* interested to see what this test reveals about them. This isn't to say I don't believe in the condition, I know plenty who have it and exhibit obvious major behavioural patterns and have actual issues with such things, I for one just suspect it's *way* over diagnosed, hell a number of psychiatrists have called me "aspie" after 5 minutes of talking to me, I certainly don't buy it. I just hope this sort of screening will help people who actually need help get the care they need and de-clog the system of hypochondriac nerds who want to feel special.

more than 4 years ago
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Lenovo Trying Face Recognition For Logins On New Laptops

maudface Re:Who the hell would trust this? (164 comments)

Hahahahaha, There's a lot wrong with that, and I say this as someone who's had a stalker break into their facebook/gmail accounts. If we're to move to this "cloud computing" paradigm we're going to have to take the security considerations extremely seriously.

more than 4 years ago

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