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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

warrax_666 I think *you* misunderstand (584 comments)

"Herd immunity" isn't an argument for you getting the vaccine for your children (those arguments are already plain) -- it's an argument against you being able to opt out of the vaccine for your children (barring medical reasons such as allergy to the vaccine).

4 days ago

Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

warrax_666 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

End result: the US with it's huge positive discrimination drive has the situation where men and women appear to compete opn an equal footing.

You really need to find a citation for that because if it's true it would be hugely interesting!

(Btw: I think the gender divide is basically universal. There have even been studies showing that women discriminate against women based on gender -- even when interviewing for positions which the women-doing-the-discriminating were occupying. It sounds absurd, but frankly I think social conditioning goes even further than this!)

about a week ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

warrax_666 Harsh! (2219 comments)

That's pretty harsh...

Why not screw Beta gently instead?

about 2 months ago

Physicist Peter Higgs: No University Would Employ Me Today

warrax_666 Idiocy (308 comments)

And regardless, how idiotic is it to grade someone based on the number of pages of their notes anyway?

It's unbelievably idiotic and absurd... until you consider human nature.

The people above you are incompetent (cf. "Peter Principle") and will latch onto anything that they can use to judge you to avoid appearing as the incompetents that they are. Even when it makes no sense from an analytical point of view. We humans seem to be hardwired to avoid (being perceived to be, or actually) being wrong. (The book's also pretty good!)

Anyway, hope it wasn't too traumatic :).

about 4 months ago

Astronomers Discover Largest Structure In the Universe

warrax_666 Are you saying... (143 comments)

Are you saying that gravitational lensing is just an anomaly?

Gravitational lensing seems to be one of the major evidences in favor of dark matter/mass, but it'd be interesting to see you (or anyone for that matter) argue that it's just an anomaly given that it can be observed in multiple distinct locations.

(Now, I think we both agree that dark energy is still just a hypothesis, but I think you'd have to come up with something better than claiming that it's "just an anomaly" to explain the existing evidence.)

about 5 months ago

Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

warrax_666 Cool! (159 comments)

One of the few languages in recent times with an interesting type system which isn't just a trivial rehash of existing (in practice) ones.

about 5 months ago

Most Sensitive Detector Yet Fails To Find Any Signs of Dark Matter

warrax_666 No! Why didn't you mention this earlier? (293 comments)

Of course they hadn't considered it earlier! What fools they've been shown to be!

(Hint: If you're a random commenter on Slashdot, then, yeah, the experts in the field have probably considered your idea before you suggested it.)

about 6 months ago

Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

warrax_666 Re:Hah! (362 comments)


"switched to FF<N>"

about 6 months ago

Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

warrax_666 Hah! (362 comments)

PDF.js is unbelievably bad at font rendering and rendering in general. (Compared to Okular and whatever backend it uses.)

Hopefully Mozilla have some metrics for the number of users who switched to FF (where PDF.js was added as default) and immediately switched to the system PDF viewer. What a collosal waste of JS code.

about 6 months ago

What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?

warrax_666 Well put (598 comments)

We don't always agree, but well put, sir. (This and your original post.)

The thing non-experts always neglect when thinking about high performance is the importance of cache locality and memory locality... and the fact that these can often dominate even algorithmic improvements (for realistic N).

about 6 months ago

Synchronized Virtual Reality Heartbeat Triggers Out-of-Body Experiences

warrax_666 I think he means... (183 comments)

that the experience is real. Doesn't mean that you are actually out of your body. (There's a similar effect with lucid dreaming -- the experience itself is very real, but it's a product of your brain.)

about 8 months ago

The Decline of '20% Time' at Google

warrax_666 It's very simple (198 comments)

Google became big. This happens to all big companies.

It's just the way of the world.

(/me goes back to reading Antifragile...)

about 8 months ago

KDE Software Compilation 4.11 Released

warrax_666 Well put. (99 comments)

Hats off to you, Xir!

(*) Xir = gender-neutral Sir... I think?!?!

about 8 months ago

KDE Software Compilation 4.11 Released

warrax_666 Or... (99 comments)

.. better yet, buy an additional 2 or 4 GB of RAM. Given the prices, complaining about RAM usage(*) is absurd these days.

Btw, I'm impressed with how quckly the OP was able to try out 4.11 given that it hasn't reached most distributions yet...

(*) Unless you are are on a truly embedded/minimal platform.

about 8 months ago

Which Star Trek vs Star Wars fight would you pay most to see?

warrax_666 I'd pay most to... (2 comments)

not see any of them.

Find something more productive to fantasise about.

1 year,1 day

Does Scientific Literacy Make People More Ethical?

warrax_666 I'm torn. (315 comments)


On the other hand there's Betteridge's law of headlines, so... Yes.

1 year,19 days

New Pope Selected

warrax_666 You know what they say about popularity... (915 comments)

Billions of McDonald's burgers have been sold. What does that tell you?

Come back with something substantive and maybe we'll talk like adults.

about a year ago

New Pope Selected

warrax_666 Not stupid (915 comments)

He's likely to be quite intelligent.

Just not very moral.

about a year ago

New Pope Selected

warrax_666 Funtastic! (915 comments)

Now will he renounce the current Catholic stance on condoms, so that perhaps we can save, oh, hundres of thousands or even millions of lives?

Will he: Disawow the insane and puerile dogma of original sin?


about a year ago


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