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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

the_skywise Re:biased claims (458 comments)

That looks more like a missed autocorrect via a smartphone post.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

the_skywise Re:WELL DUH! (282 comments)

Are you sure about that?

Have you drank the latest silver bullet methodology to improve your engineering productivity today? ;)

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

the_skywise WELL DUH! (282 comments)

This is one of the earliest recognized phenomena in historical literature. It's evidenced here every frackin' day!

Ego trumps reality in arguments every time because it's more important to WIN then to be RIGHT. That's why bluffing is so important in poker.

There's a larger issue here in the examples given though - There's NO SCIENTIFIC RESOLUTION FOR THEM - They're moral and ethical arguments with subjective values. One side will argue that closing down coal plants will cost jobs and increase the cost of energy which will destroy the economy vs the other side arguing that carbon pollution from coal will destroy the environment. Both are hyperbolic but where you fall on the spectrum of "what matters" will determine how you argue, regardless of the "facts". Same with gun control - One argues that restriction of gun rights causes more crime while the other argues that more guns equal more gun crime. Both are objectively scientific facts but which fact trumps the other?

And the report says it's because people ignore science? I think that says more about the quality of the report and the reporters than the people being reported on.

about two weeks ago
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French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

the_skywise Re:So should we make them wear an eye patch? (99 comments)

> If the study had some claim about BAD 3d, that would be a different thing.

I saw Spacehunter Adventures in the Forbidden Zone in 3D as a kid and suffered horrible brain damage.

I don't think it was the 3D tech though...

about two weeks ago
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French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

the_skywise OMG! I LOOKED AT VIEWMASTERS AS A KID (99 comments)

I'm blind now!

Oh wait... No I'm not...

I had a pile of viewmaster reels and a viewer that I'd spend hours looking at when I was between 4-6 and I made my own 3D pictures and posters using red/blue markers as a pre-teen.

I'll agree that back to back marathon viewings of 3D content probably isn't good but I think that's just basic common sense and just as bad as watching back to back marathon viewings of 2D content... which I also did as a child on Saturday Mornings... :/

about two weeks ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

the_skywise Re:Summary doesn't support headline (306 comments)

Think about it. Even for those of us who are smart enough to qualify our answers, we'll STILL say we're right even without a majority of the information needed to make a valid decision because we "know" better because usually, with experience, we're right. (But we're not really, we're just lucky) Sure, there's exceptions like heart surgery and rocket launches where you want to make a "go" decision with close to 100% accuracy as possible (but generally we still don't even get that close) but the great majority of decisions you'll make in life can't be made with that much accuracy. Should I marry this person, should I start this company, should I invest in this company, where should I concentrate my efforts to have a fulfilling life? By natural instinct you HAVE to develop an inner monologue and gut reaction to events and you have to do it without sufficient information to make that decision because you will never have the time or ability to GET that information before the decision must be made.

Don't believe me? How about Colin Powell?
"Use the formula P=40 to 70, in which P stands for the probability of success and the numbers indicate the percentage of information acquired. Once the information is in the 40 to 70 range, go with your gut.”

about three weeks ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

the_skywise Actually it makes a certain amount of sense (306 comments)

Incompetence generally isn't fatal in today's society.

So long as you can back it up with deflection ("Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM") which is a basic two year old skill ("I didna take da cookie!") you're not going to lose your position until you reach the level of GROSS incompetence and maybe not even then.

The real problem is when you have skilled people who make mistakes, KNOW they make mistakes and qualify their answers because they know they may not be right. They're overridden by these same people that never accept failure but still give the wrong answers.

about three weeks ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

the_skywise Link to Paypal? (631 comments)

The ONLY way I would even think of using this is if I could link it to a Paypal account (backed by a CC, of course)

Otherwise I have no intention of using it. (And I'm talking my intention is only like 1% over nothing at that point because I don't want another app to bring up just to BUY something for the merchant's convenience.)

ApplePay is novel and I've used it several times for "fun" and I'm sure it's more secure but it's still easier for me to whip out my CC (which has chip and pin) and use it over my iPhone. (unless I'm texing in line... or surfing the net in line...)

But NOTHING ties directly into my bank account... I saw Star Trek the Motion Picture! I know what happens when you channel the phasers directly into the main engines! It's not pretty!

about three weeks ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

the_skywise The article is miogynistic on its own (239 comments)

"Jim Dapkus wrote one of these: he loved the game but expressed concern that it offered little by way of roles for female characters. He complained that a “witch or female counterpart to the magic user is not listed,” aside from the lone illustration in Men & Magic of a “Beautiful Witch.”"

So women don't want to be a magic user, barbarian, thief, ranger or paladin (all arguably sexless) but... a "witch"?

O'RLY...

about a month ago
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Facebook Ready To Get Into Healthcare

the_skywise McDonalds ready to get into healthcare (99 comments)

Realizing that when people are sick,they like to eat at McDonalds and that fast food potentially contributes to obesity McDonalds today announced their initiative to get into healthcare. Now, when placing an order, the crew will be trained to ask questions about the order takers health and healthier alternatives will be suggested instead. Customers who refuse to give over their health information as stored on their facebook account or ACA insurance card will not be served. McDonald's corporate CEO said "This is not unlike a bartender refusing to serve alcoholics. We see this as a good thing for us to give back to the community and help further civilization's goals and a healthier, happier people. Let's move it!"

about a month and a half ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

the_skywise I wish McCain would retire (242 comments)

This is obviously a payback to Comcast...

The point of having the blackouts to begin with is AGREED upon by the very cities that McCain is claiming to "protect". It brings foot traffic into the cities and increases sales to nearby restaurants and bars and let's not even go into ensuring that the stadium (which shares profits with the towns) is as near capacity as possible.

Now, if we want to completely privatize the stadiums I'm all for letting the free market do its thang. But, as McCain oddly points out, these are NOT private entities but basically defacto public partnerships.

about a month and a half ago
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End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

the_skywise Errr.. no... (156 comments)

Excel was "Microsoft Lotus 1-2-3" before it was "Excel".

And let's not forget Quattro Pro somewhere in there...

about a month and a half ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

the_skywise Re:In lost the will to live ... (795 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 month 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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