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People With University Degree Fear Death Less

smithwis Re:Grad studies (473 comments)

Is that you Jesus?

about 4 years ago

Inertial Mass Separate From Gravitational Mass?

smithwis Re:Next stop: Arisia (405 comments)

Does this mean we're part of a spatial club because we gate it? -- I am an idiot.

more than 4 years ago

What the iPod Tells Us About the World Economy

smithwis Re:wealth (380 comments)

Economics are outside my field but your questions are interesting so I'll have a go.

A few Points:

  1. You hinted at this with your response to AlXtreme. I suppose AlXtreme's answer better describes potential wealth. Vast oil reserves represents potential wealth equal to what others will give for it.
  2. We have a workable definition if we adopt a variant definition of wealth: Wealth is what I have that I want. With this definition OPEC's oil reserves still represents wealth to it(They burn fossil fuels and thus want oil). Of course they have many other wants that need filling before they will feel wealthy.
  3. Up to a point, Oil is worth more to a big consumer(such as the US) than it is to an OPEC nation. There will be things that are worth more to an OPEC nation than oil(perhaps food and knowledge).
  4. This unequal valuation of goods among countries encourages trade.

I fear any explanation of economic processes reduces the problem to near idiocy but it is interesting none-the-less. Thanks for your intersting questions.

about 5 years ago

Dumbing Down Programming?

smithwis Re:A Natural Progression Yet So Many Caveats (578 comments)

I'm glad you mentioned prototyping because I think that is a real benefit of an easy programming language. If a user feels confident enough to try and program their own solution it forces them to really think about what they need and want. As a developer of business applications, I can tell you that a user who knows their required features and how those features might necessarily work is extremely valuable. Which is great so long as they're not tied to the original product they developed. That being said, we've been trying to bring software developing to the average user for a long time now.

As an aside, I think there are quite a few developers who have elitist issues going on with anything they perceive as more accessible(vi/emacs instead of Eclipse/Visual Studio; C/Assembly instead of Java/Javascript; etc).

about 5 years ago

Obama Launches Change.gov

smithwis Re:Dear Sir (1486 comments)

The government is paying a good chunk of your tuition in exchange for 100 hours of community service. Sounds like a fair exchange for me.

Exactly which part of the constitution are we deliberately misinterpreting to give the federal government the authority to do this?

I'm sorry, but which part of the consitution do you think this breaks? Or am I just misunderstanding you?

more than 6 years ago


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Some of my favorite quotes

smithwis smithwis writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it.

--Jack Handey

Probably the earliest fly swatters were nothing more than some sort of striking surface attached to the end of a long stick.

--Jack Handey

One of my favorites:

Maybe in order to understand mankind we have to look at that word itself. MANKIND. Basically, it's made up of two separate words "mank"and "ind." What do these words mean? It's a mystery and that's why so is mankind.

--Jack Handey

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they are okay, then it's you.

--Rita Mae Brown

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

--Albert Einstein

Trying is the first step towards failure

--Homer Simpson

Ooh, I love your magazine. Especially the 'Enrich Your Wordpower' section. I think it's really...really... really...good.

--Homer Simpson

To alcohol! The cause of - and solution to - all of life's problems.

--Homer Simpson

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.

--Wernher von Braun

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

--Pablo Picasso

I love deadlines. I especially love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

--Douglas Adams Author, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Some say the glass is half empty, some say the glass is half full, I say, are you going to drink that?

--Lisa Claymen

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger

--Franklin P. Jones

Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly.

--Simeon Strunsky

I often quote myself, it adds spice to my conversation.

--George Bernard Shaw

I often quote myself, I just use someone else's name to make it sound more important.


I believe in making the world safe for our children, but not our children's children, because I don't think children should be having sex

--Jack Handey

Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, you'll be a mile from them, and you'll have their shoes.

--Jack Handey Deep Thoughts

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