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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

whistlingtony Re:No surprises here (119 comments)

You failed... 40,000 test takers. 8,000 of them were new. extra 7% fail rate. Ahem. More people passed than before. The new students more than make up for the increased fail rate.

But you didn't even look did you? You had your conclusion all ready to go, why bother looking to see if it was correct?

4 days ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

whistlingtony Re:Inconceivable! (119 comments)

Yes. Because the Democratic Party is in charge of colleges...

Also, you misspelled "collage" and "waist". You used the wrong tense in "was not". Oh... the phrase "schools who benefits many children" just gives me hives. You used the wrong "there".

You also failed math. There were 8000 new students out of approximately 40,000 students. Even with a 7% decrease in pass rate, there are LOT more students passing....

You also failed at reading comprehension, since this is AP level classes... which are taken in High School, and grant college credits, and hence has nothing to do with affirmative action in colleges. Your whole rant is ... Derptastic.

Did you go to a charter school?

Man I hope that was written to be Ironic and Clever, but I just can't TELL any more...

4 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

whistlingtony Re:But what IS the point they're making? (330 comments)

Logical fallacy: Black or White

I believe there are slightly more options than Do Nothing or Live In Mud Huts. I kind of like option 3: Give a shit and try to fix things.

5 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

whistlingtony Re:But what IS the point they're making? (330 comments)

1. Actually, we ARE destroying the system. What used to be a prairie, with multiple species of grass, grazing fauna, birds, bugs, etc, is now a corn field. What was a thousand different critters is now ... 100? 10? Take that example, and put it all over the world. Yes, there are microbes living in volcanic vents in the ocean, that doesn't mean it's a robust ecosystem.

2. So, they anthropomorphized the ecosystem. The principle matters though. The more diversity, the more the system as a whole can deal with shocks. Less diverse systems don't deal well with problems. It's a basic tenet of ecology..... See number 1.

5 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

whistlingtony Re:But what IS the point they're making? (330 comments)

I hate "survival of the fittest". It's not actually all that accurate for describing evolution, and it's used to excuse being a jerk so often.

It should have been "survival of the breediest". Anyway...

5 days ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

whistlingtony Re:You have outed yourself as an Obamabot (242 comments)

If race doesn't matter, why was it neccesary to bring out his middle name? Hussein? You're assuming I meant racist against black, but frankly, we're not facing a lot of racism against those of middle eastern descent. yeah. Barack HUSSEIN! Obama!

As for the incidents of white christian shootings, have you been paying attention to the news? They don't get labeled terrorists. They get labeled fringe lone incidents... The latest was the recent couple that shot everything up and then shot themselves...

about a week ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

whistlingtony Re:Actually, (242 comments)

1. Why is Timothy McVeigh NOT a terrorist? He was trying to force change, through terror. Hence, a Terrorist. Let's face it, we've had a rash of White Conservative Christian types shooting up malls lately, to force change. They're terrorists. I'm much more likely to get shot at by a a white conservative christian type than I am a muslim extremist, so.... Both are bad, but lets spread the blame around fairly.

2. Oh, shut up about the Barak Hussein McCarthy bull. You sound perfectly reasonable until you pin all the blame on him. This shit started a while ago, and is growing. It won't go away when Obama is out of office. It didn't start with him, and it won't END with him. He's just a pawn.... A complicent pawn, a GUILTY pawn, but keep your blatant stupid racist bullshit to yourself.

3. The press is is bed with the government. Whoever is president next, even assuming it's Rand Paul, do you think the press will do anything the white house tells them not to? Give me a break....

about a week ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

whistlingtony Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (242 comments)

It's marked troll because it's blaming this all on Obama. This shit has been building for a long while. The post is just blatant stupidity... I won't say he isn't guilty. Oh no, this shit is happening under Obama's watch. To blame it all on him though is... Well, Trollish.

about a week ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

whistlingtony Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (242 comments)

This suggests a very fun way to fight back. We could all just start snitching on each other left and right until EVERYONE is on the list.

An alternative is to start fingering our elected representatives. I heard Wyden was having meetings with Terrorists, and I'm pretty sure I saw Merkeley come out of a mosque once... Etc....

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

whistlingtony Re:it's about immigration, stupid (529 comments)

"And I'm admitting all of this as a die-hard Democrat!" Don't forget racist. You're that too.

I'm the son of an Immigrant from Switzerland. I have the benefit of being white.... My grampa had an accent so thick he could barely be understood by non family members when he spoke English. I'm the first person with my family name to be born in America. I'm an American. I look like an American. I think like an American.... The people raised here are American, through and through.

Blaming the (rather imaginary, violent crime is WAY down) problems of your society on "Foreigners" is one of the oldest and saddest things we do as Humans.

Really. Violent crime is down. Look it up. There is no pox. There are no ghettos of civilized Americans. No one is overrunning anything. Calm down and stop being a xenophobic and racist ass.

I would also say that the people that turned Central America (how is Mexico seperate from Central America? Or did you mean South America? Idiot... ) and Africa into hellholes was..... US! America the beautiful, land of the free and home of the brave, has a history of overthrowing governments and propping up dictators. If Honduras is a shithole, it's OUR fault. Etc etc etc..

Also, the drug problem is real... but no market exists without customers. The drugs made in central and south america are snorted up OUR noses. We are to blame for that too. They wouldn't make 'em, if we didn't buy 'em.

So, basically, You're full of it.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

whistlingtony Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

We borrowed money to pay for bailing out the banks that caused the whole financial mess, and we borrowed to go into two incredibly stupid wars.

So... why COULDN'T we just roll out a Marshall Plan for our middle class? That sounds like an eminently better idea than what we DID do...

It pretty much sounds like exactly what we DID do. We (the U.S. government) borrowed money, and used it to put people back to work making bridges, dams, roads, etc. So, No, the idea that government regulation made the post war economic boom is NOT ridiculous.

As a fine example, we had no serious financial meltdowns under the Glas-Steagal act. When we repealed that, magically, we had a giant boom.... and a following bust. Weird...

You need to read your history more before you start calling other people's ideas bullshit.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

whistlingtony Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Uh... There's been plenty of Union busting, plenty of new free trade treaties, and plenty of wall street deregulation. Certainly there's been no love for Unions. Free Trade Treaties? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.... Since we already deregulated the banking industry to stupidity, we TRIED to re-regulate, and now even Dodd and Frank acknowledge that the Dodd-Frank act is toothless.

Where have YOU been?

Also, yeah, you missed a President there chuckles.... How Convenient.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

whistlingtony Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

I'll let you know when he actually starts changing something. So far, it's been pretty "Hopey" and not a lot of "changey".

It annoys me when conservatives get up in arms about Obama, who is basically just keeping Bush policies steady. Yes, even the recent migrant kids thing is a Bush policy. sigh.

At least Liberals hate him for REAL reasons... Basically that he hasn't been very "Changey".

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

whistlingtony Re:The U.N. Finds... (261 comments)

You say that, but I don't think it's necessarily true... There are a lot of governments that seem to do a much better job of respecting the rights of their citizens than the US does.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

whistlingtony Re:The U.N. Finds... (261 comments)

Hey, we're not a BANANA republic.... Come on. Sheesh. :D

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

whistlingtony Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

How about "if the cops aren't working, lets reform them instead of getting rid of them." Yes, our government is out of control. liberal and conservative both agree on this. Conservatives just seem to have this idea that pruning it down will magically solve all the corruption and chicanery going on. It won't. Us liberals want to make government work for US again. What's so wrong with that idea, at it's heart?

You should listen to what liberals actually say instead of what the right tells you they say.

I'd also listen to conservatives more if they actually went out and protested the bank bailouts... they griped, but never seemed to actually manage to try to do anything about it. Oh, but social safety nets? Those have to be cut right away, lets protest!

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

whistlingtony withdrawing from a bank (533 comments)

I don't "bank" with any banks... I bank with a credit union, for that express reason. How about you?

There are people who refuse to pay a portion of their taxes because it goes to war funds, and they think that's murder, and is against their deeply held religious beliefs. These actual real Christians are called Quakers, and no one pays attention to them, which is a shame. I also know a guy that hates what the US government does, so he purposely doesn't make any money so he doesn't have to pay taxes. He's a neat guy..... but these are anecdotes, not the average.

People who don't want to pay taxes, who rail against government, usually take for granted all that they get from living in a civil society. You drove to work on public roads. Your kids go to public school, your electricity works, your sewer works, your water flows when you turn the tap on. You are protected by police and fire departments. The businesses around you couldn't operate without courts and uniform laws. If you want an example of small government and freedom, go see Somolia. See how well that turns out.... They're super free to do whatever the local warlord tells them to do.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

whistlingtony Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

The free market is imaginary. Show me one. Anywhere on earth. Anywhere. Find me a free market, a market unfiddled by a large organization (government or private, doesn't matter).

The free market is like a frictionless wheel. It's useful to explain some concepts, but it's NOT REAL.

No, the government cannot come bulldoze your house on a whim. Calm down. It COULD use emminent domain, possibly... But then, the bank could decide to mess up some paperwork and forclose on your house despite your ability to pay. Frankly, both of these have happened. They're also RARE AS SHIT and cause a shit storm in the news when they DO happen.

Power is always going to exist. I can run a campaign against my government. I can do lots of things to stop my governemnt. I can't do shit against a bank except ask politely.....

And Seriously? The US Armed forces? Stop hyperbolizing... Both the bank and the governemnt will just call the cops. You're not cool enough to call in the military.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

whistlingtony Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

Ahem.

1. What is up with all y'all and "socialism"? No one's asking for socialism. No one's handing out socialism. There's no F'in socialism! !@#$

2. We're a mixed economy. Seriously. Everyone needs to look these terms up in a dictionary. Everyone. Go look up Socialism and Mixed Economy.

about two weeks ago

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How to get a project coded?

whistlingtony whistlingtony writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whistlingtony (691548) writes "Hello world!

Heh. Sorry.

So, I had an idea for a piece of software that I wanted coded. Unfortunately, it's been years since I touched that stuff. I'm beyond rusty. I'd really like for the thing to see the light of day, but...

How can one go about hiring a programmer? A quick google search turned up a couple of websites, but they seemed... sketchy. I find it ironic that a programmer might know of such a website, but a non programmer who would want to use it probably would not.

My Idea:
I hate facebook. I hate it with a passion. Still, I'd like to put up an online journal website for friends and family to check up on me. I'd prefer to run it myself. I don't want to deal with huge config files. I don't want to write HTML. I'm 31 now. I just want my software to work.

I'd like to have a web server written for me in Python. I enjoy python and once the thing is written, then I could tinker and poke at it.

I'd like for me to have some folders. In the "Front Page" folder would text files. The web server would put those up as updates to the main page. Other folders would have text and pictures in them, and those would be links from the main page. I'd like to keep it simple, no flash or moving objects or anything.

Eventually I'd like to move it to HTML5 so videos could be posted in the same manner.

That's it really. A simple web server that creates pages based on the text and picture content of folders and organized by folders. A bare minimum configuration file, preferably none at all. I want it programmed in Python. Preferably, I'd want everything served up in HTML5. I'd also want the rights to open source the thing.

I have money. How do I give it to someone to do this?

-Tony Diethelm
Hater of Facebook"
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I need a language agnostic book on pseudocoding

whistlingtony whistlingtony writes  |  more than 6 years ago

whistlingtony (691548) writes "Hi all,

I am not a programmer, but have a smattering of programming knacks in various languages picked up over the years. One of the best things I learned was that going through and doing pseudocode makes everything so much easer and cleaner. Once that's written down everything else is just language specifics. I'm looking for a good book that is language agnostic and deals strictly with the practice of pseudocoding. I can't find one that seems good. Can anyone recommend one to me?

Thanks!

Whistlingtony"

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