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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

narcc Re:Feminists have gone overboard... (751 comments)

Women wants to be treated like a woman - and still be equal to men

How dare they demand equality!

yesterday
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

narcc Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (264 comments)

It's a matter of perspective. For some people, money is the last factor considered.

2 days ago
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The debate over climate change is..

narcc Re:n/t (278 comments)

It is the nature of science that it is never settled. It wouldn't work otherwise.

Consequently, the silly little catch-phrase "the science is settled" is a very anti-scientific statement.

The science cheerleaders would do well to learn a little basic science before going around lamenting the scientific illiteracy of others.

3 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

narcc Re:There is no magic bullet (472 comments)

Have seen the movie Key Largo?

I bet you 2, 3 years, we get prohibition back. This time we make it stick. Bet you 2, 3 years prohibition comes back. Absolutely, yeah The trouble was, see, before, too many guys wanted to be top dog. One mob gets to massacring another, the papers play it up big, see, so what happens? Naturally, the papers play it up big, and the public get the idea prohibition’s no good, and if they can get rid of it, prohibition, I mean ... so the public votes out prohibition, that’s the end of the mobs. Next time it’ll be different, though. We learned our lesson, alright. Next time the mobs’ll get together.

4 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

narcc Re:Hubert Dreyfus (68 comments)

At one point it was "proven" that it is impossible to produce the equivalent of a NOR gate with neurons.

You've got it wrong. Single-layer ANN's are not Turing complete. This is well established.

You might be thinking of the XOR problem, but that was solved ages ago thanks to backpropagation. Though there was no proof that it was "impossible".

Either way, you've got your history wrong.

5 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

narcc Re:Okay... (68 comments)

Maybe. We'll know that we're successful if they run away from you, screaming.

5 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

narcc Re:Why is the term "Intelligence" used ... (68 comments)

There is also no reason to believe it is true. "Intelligence" is a mostly meaningless word. There is no consensus definition, and no testable or falsifiable phenomenon associated with it.

5 days ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

narcc Re:Isn't this a good thing? (170 comments)

Actually my CS honours degree is both IEEE and RCS accredited.

Ugh, the P&P exam for licensing. Pay attention.

You're obviously one of those people that cluelessly usess the word "coding" to describ the entire job of what Software Engineers actually do.

No, I'm obviously one of those people who think software engineering is complete bullshit. I think that the use of the term does a serious disservice to actual engineers. I think that "software engineering" is completely unrelated to actual engineering -- which should be perfectly obvious.

But go ahead and call yourself a "software engineer" if it makes you feel more important. Not only is that not legal in some states, it also let's me and other competent people know that you're very likely otherwise unskilled.

about a week ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

narcc Re:Isn't this a good thing? (170 comments)

Does that make me a software engineer?

No, that does not make you an engineer.

Of course, the term "software engineer" is so meaningless, that anyone not living in a place that has specific rules about the title engineer can call themselves a software engineer.

You call yourself a software engineer, after all. But why stop there? If you want to feed your ego (which is exactly why you use the title) why not go for something better? Pope of software! Software wizard!

Get over yourself. It's pathetic.

Your car engine is controlled by a PCM driven by software, weighing in with probably multiple megabytes of code and lookup tables, designed to increase your fuel efficiency beyond what you could get with a mechanical system alone, where flaws will very likely cause serious mechanical and safety problems.

Yes, some software can be dangerous. That still doesn't make you an engineer.

Did the IEEE ever manage that exam? Not that it matters, that's as close as you'll come to legitimately using that term. Even then, it's laughable to compare software development to actual engineering. You do a disservice to those professionals.

about a week ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

narcc Re:Isn't this a good thing? (170 comments)

You got that from the article, eh?

What I got from your comment is that you have absolutely no other skills and desperately want software development to be considered on-par with engineering.

Actual engineers, I'm sure, cringe when they read nonsense like that.

Let's face reality here: Writing software is easy. It's easier today than it was 30 years ago -- and back then it was so easy that millions of children taught themselves! (I'll bet a good number of Slashdot users are among them. How many users here taught themselves how to program before the age of 10? If not a majority, I'll bet it's a very large percentage.)

I'm sorry, but being a competent developer does not make you special. It does not make you an engineer. It does, however, show that you're at least as competent as the average middle-class kid in the 80's. So, congratulations on that.

about a week ago
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Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

narcc Re:Hard to get excited. (129 comments)

Perhaps it's because no one (importnat) has seen it? Put together a paper for the relevant ACM SIG conferences.

about a week ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

narcc Re:Many worlds (202 comments)

It's not a question of evidence. This isn't a question to which empirical methods are suitable!

about a week ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

narcc Re:Many worlds (202 comments)

If you don't like the first example, try the second. Again, it's trivial to describe an infinity of universes where not every potentiality is actualized. Give it a shot yourself, you might even find an example that you like.

You're deeply confused about this, as are, apparently, some others. I blame the T.V. show "Sliders".

about a week ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

narcc Re:Many worlds (202 comments)

Nope

about two weeks ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

narcc Re:Many worlds (202 comments)

The point was that in infinity does not necessitate every possibility. There is no compelling reason to believe otherwise.

I submit that in the absence of such criteria not only may we speculate on all possibilities, we must.

Again, we have absolutely no reason to suspect that every potentiality is actualized. We do, however, have reason to suspect that it's not.

The AC said:

Seems you misunderstand infinity. It does not mean that everything (or anything) which is possible is somewhere actual or true.

Which should be obvious to you by now. It's trivial, after all, to describe an infinity of universes without assuming every potentiality is actualized. (On an interesting note, it is also possible to describe a plurality of universes in which every potentiality is actualized that is not infinite.)

This is very simple.

about two weeks ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

narcc Re:Many worlds (202 comments)

but my possibility is just as valid as yours.

You've still missed the point.

about two weeks ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

narcc Re:Many worlds (202 comments)

No, it's not.

about two weeks ago

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US Federal Agencies No Longer Allowed to Buy Apple Products

narcc narcc writes  |  about 2 years ago

narcc (412956) writes "US federal government agencies are no longer able to purchase Apple products after the company withdrew from a mandatory certification scheme.

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) certification is required under a law passed in 2009 if a federal government agency is to buy goods or services from a company. It ensures that the products meet minimum environmental protection standards.

It is not clear why Apple withdrew from the ratings service, especially as it cuts off sales to a fairly substantial customer — the US Government. One report by the iFixit blog suggested that the problem relates to the difficulty of repairing Apple products and stripping them down for recycling.

Apple has struggled with its eco-friendly credentials, with repeated reports from agencies such as Greenpeace criticizing the company, not just for what they know the company is doing, but also for their apparent secrecy about the environmental impact of their various manufacturing processes."

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Apple loses iPad trademark in China

narcc narcc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

narcc (412956) writes "Apple and its Chinese resellers are facing legal action following a court ruling that found that Apple does not own the trademark to the iPad name in China. Proview International registered the IPAD trademark during an ill-fated attempt to break into the tablet market back in 2000.

In 2006, Proview Electronics (Taiwan) agreed to sell Apple the “global trademark” for the IPAD name for £35,000, according to Proview, but the two companies have subsequently disagreed about whether that deal included China. Proview has applied for an immediate halt to sales of the iPad by Apple resellers in the southern Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Huizhou, with the first hearings due in the next eight weeks."

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narcc narcc writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The other day (not too long ago) I got mod points for the first time. After they were gone, of course, I found several posts that were truely deserving of 'Insightful' and 'Interesting' -- I guess that goes to show you how careful you should be with the rare gift of mod points...

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