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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

the_skywise Re:In lost the will to live ... (794 comments)

I don't see where you get that -
Christianity as an historical phenomenon is an observable fact regardless of whether or not you believe the precepts. Kirk doesn't come out all saying that he's born again or believes in the trinity.

All the denouement of the Star Trek episode pointed out (and Kirk says it himself) is that they had the parallel Roman Empire AND the Christ-like figure that was trying to lead the social revolution which, at the time the episode was written, was one of the common theories for the fall of the Roman Empire.

about a week ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

the_skywise Re:The end for me (937 comments)

Hey!

Who turned out the lights?!

about two weeks ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

the_skywise Re:Not just one mobo (102 comments)

It's like Penthouse Forum for nerds.

Not quite - It didn't start with "I never believed that this would happen to me..."

about three weeks ago
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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

the_skywise Re:Transcript... (120 comments)

I wasted my mod points.... :(

about a month ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

the_skywise Re:Old news (144 comments)

ptphpt... Zero Cool did it while the real Napster was still in diapers.

about a month ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

the_skywise Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

Muad'dib, even GOD hasn't seen the number of speakers I have!

about a month and a half ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

the_skywise Re:Crapfinity (224 comments)

Ptphpht.. I switched to Geico for DSL and save $300 for half the time...

about 2 months ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

the_skywise Re:Wow ... (419 comments)

It's not a unique security code - it's a TRACKING NUMBER. This whole part of the process is designed specifically to work around an issue where the computer records might be incorrect or the computer system is in error and an actual human has to issue an authorization code.

The actual fault in the system is that the Apple Employees let Sharron make the call and GIVE them the number. Instead THEY should've called Chase directly and gotten the code.

about 2 months ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

the_skywise Re:Peer pressure? (158 comments)

I have to question the analysis after this:

"These STEM majors, as with economics, begin with few women enrolling and end with even fewer graduating. This “leaky pipeline” has been somewhat puzzling, Arcidiacono said, because women enter college just as prepared as men in math and science. On average, women more eagerly spend time studying than men do, a trait that should theoretically attract women to STEM fields, which generally assign more homework."

More homework? Women should be attracted to STEM fields because they "generally assign more homework"?!

Well... THERE'S YOUR PROBLEM.

F- that... That's not at all why I wanted to go into "STEM" fields. I wanted to build s**t.

about 2 months ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

the_skywise Re:hmmm... (158 comments)

Hear hear...

In my experience it's not that they can't be programmers it's that they don't WANT to be programmers. The smartest women in my family is a bio-engineer. The second smartest got an MBA (well.. y'know...we love her anyway. ;) ) I've known women physicists, astro-physicists, doctors (the MD kind), veterinarians, and psychiatrists. (None in a professional capacity) All of them geeks in one way or the other but all of them HATE computers and only use them as a necessary evil. I work in IT and have worked with a FEW women programmers compared to the hundreds of men I've encountered and worked with.

It's anecdotal to be sure, but I don't see women being scared out of STEM fields so much as women don't seem to "like" technical engineering/machines as career choices even though they're perfectly capable of doing the work. Is that something to do with existing patriarchal social power structures or something more intrinsic to how the sexes look at problem-solving? (This is aside from the sexism that IS inherent in all the fields but I don't think that's the core problem.)

about 2 months ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

the_skywise Where's BroTech? (158 comments)

"In the United States, many boys are brought up to believe that 'doing math makes you a nerd' and that science and other 'geeky' topics are for wusses," the_skywise said. "We break down that idea."

about 2 months ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

the_skywise Another feel good slashdot post (145 comments)

About a computer that beats ageism!

about 3 months ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

the_skywise Re:Foxconn beings?! (530 comments)

Right... my mistake - It's not Invasion of the Body Snatchers!

It's The World's End!!!

Who's up for a pint!?

about 3 months ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

the_skywise Foxconn beings?! (530 comments)

The aliens have arrived!

It's invasion of the body snatchers!!!

AAUUUGGGHHH!!!

(And I for one, welcome our new alien overlords...)

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

the_skywise Re:They Multiply... (365 comments)

Oooh... If I hadn't posted already you'd have had a mod point!

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

the_skywise Psst.. Hey buddy! (365 comments)

I'll give you $5 for your $20 bill!

I think I'm going to like this new MS CEO...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

the_skywise I go old school (208 comments)

All of my financial info is with Quicken on my PC. Everything else related to teh intertube world is recorded on a textfile on my PC with the passwords being represented as a cypher. The cypher is a one or two word comment relating to the password phrase I use (which I, in turn, munge to be first letter of each word or some other pattern, yadda) I've got the username/password cypherlist stored on my smartphone as well (Because I can't keep up anymore) and the cypher key is kept only as a hardcopy along with a hard copy of the textfile stored in a fireproof lockbox in my home. (The textfile points out the key is in the lockbox too).

I should probably just put the cypher key list in a separate lockbox (without any other username/account info) and geocache it to make it more fun for my heirs...

about 3 months ago
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The Light Might Make You Heavy

the_skywise I'm boned... (138 comments)

(big boned that is... ha! I kill me!)

How much is too much light?!

I've got a green LED clock and a TV with a red LED that's on when it's off. Once my eyes adjust I can see most of my bedroom FINE... especially when the moon is out and shining through my blinds...

So... the moon makes me fat?!

Or is this along the same kind of logic that because it weighs as much as a duck it's a witch...

about 4 months ago

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