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Comment: Mod parent WAY WAY UP! (Score 1) 135

by Attack DAWWG (#47256773) Attached to: Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

Hey editors, when Fall in a sentence refers to the season, it's capitalized.

Mod parent way way up! It's absolutely false in this context, so, in the proud Slashdot tradition, it deserves to be modded +5, Informative so that all the nerds can proudly trumpet yet more misinformation to the world!

Comment: Just looked at the real world and called it (Score 2) 576

by Attack DAWWG (#41922873) Attached to: All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True

Some of the things people said about him were nuttier than that. This guy called him "a man of very small stature, a thin and effeminate man with a soft-sounding voice that sounds almost exactly like the “Mr. New Castrati” voice used by Rush Limbaugh on his program." So that is supposed to have some sort of effect on his analysis?

All he did was take polls that already existed--lots of them--and do statistical analysis on them. Just ran the numbers, and didn't speculate. Contrast that with sites like this one, which, although quite pompous, was stuck in its own alternate reality and ended up being quite wrong.

Comment: Re:You keep using that word (Score 1) 155

Did you even read the post you are replying to?

I was making the point that it is appropriate to use the word "many" whether it's 100,000 requests, 640,000, or whatever.

I also said, "It may be way way too few, but that's beside the point." You seemed to ignore that entirely in your last sentence. I wasn't arguing what should or should not be the case, but how to use the word "many."

Or maybe you were replying to another post--the sibling post above yours, for example? If that's true, then I apologize.

Comment: Re:You keep using that word (Score 4, Insightful) 155

Most means more than 50%.

You could have 660,000 requests of the 1.3 million not backed by court orders, and that would be just over 50%, so it would be "most."

The rest, 640,000 or so, would still certainly qualify as "many." Even if there were only 100,000 requests backed by court orders, that would still be "many." It may be way way too few, but that's beside the point.

I don't know what the real numbers are in this case, but technically, you are incorrect.

Comment: Re:Proud to have voted for him (Score 1) 941

by Attack DAWWG (#38796249) Attached to: Senator Rand Paul Detained By the TSA
I know it's not politically fashionable to say this around here, but the government should put its boot heel on the throat of any business that has killed eleven employees through negligence and destroyed the livelihoods of many small businesses on the shoreline. And at the time Rand Paul said what he said, many of the facts were already known in any case.

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.