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Comment: Re:Article is total bilge water (Score 1) 177

by BarbaraHudson (#49625645) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'
Yes, I am :-) This is not about people's hobbies - they're free to like Tolkien or not. But the group-think here is that anyone who agrees with me that Tolkien's LotR was not all that great better put their asbestos underwear on. Same as saying that Asimov was a level below the true great Sci-Fi authors (quantity doesn't replace quality, same as LoC is a poor software metric).

Comment: Re:The Curve on Academic Courses (Score 1) 395

by BarbaraHudson (#49623271) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

On academic programming courses - of which I've taught on many - the grade distribution is definitely bimodal and there is a clear gap between those who can and those who can't. Of course, there is variance among those who can but the difference is largely that those who can largely get better whilst those who can't never get even get it.

Those who can, do...and those that can't, teach?

Good programmers make themselves available to help (teach) their cube-mates - not get into pissing contests by withholding information.

Comment: Re:News? (Score 4, Informative) 395

by BarbaraHudson (#49619739) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

"there is a myth that programming skill is somehow distributed on a U-shaped curve"

Never heard of this "myth." I always thought it was a slope - a lot of bad ones, a fair amount of decent ones, and some really good ones - and that it was in many ways dependent upon experience - the more experience you have, the better you get - or you go into something else after a few years.

Comment: Re:Waitasecondhere... (Score 1) 399

by BarbaraHudson (#49616365) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

The original design was not faulty - it worked fine for years, until people's habits changed to carrying so much junk on their keychains. It would be the same as if people, instead of just hanging a pair of fuzzy dice from their interior rear-view mirror started hanging their purse or pack-sack from it and complaining that it broke off after a bump.

We have way too many common-sense fails nowadays, such as "This plastic bag is not a toy" and "Objects in mirror are closer than they seem" and "6PCS Precision screwdriver set not to be inserted into penis" and "Do not eat Ipod shuffle" (found on apple's website) and "Do not use for personal hygiene" (on Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush) and many many more.

Comment: Re:Article is total bilge water (Score 1) 177

by BarbaraHudson (#49616239) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

That would presume that every writer actually read Tolkien - a very dubious assumption, since (a) there were plenty of writers who wrote fantasy before Tolkien wrote LotR, and (b) that many modern writers would even bother reading it. I bought the series on sale because of the hype, and after 50 pages put it down because it sucks pretty much on the same level as C. S. Lewis.

Have I seen the movie? I walked into a relative's basement and after a minute I asked "What the heck is this anyway?" "Lord of the Rings." "No wonder it's so f-ed up. Bye!"

Tolkien was a poor second-rate wannabe of HG Wells and Jules Verne, or if you want to go back a few centuries, Johnathan Swift.

Comment: Re:Article is total bilge water (Score 1) 177

by BarbaraHudson (#49616119) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

Honestly though, you don't have to like Tolkien, but you also can't say anything about the modern fantasy genre without in some way referencing him ... wizards, elves, dwarves, hobbits, and dragons ... you either have these things in the idiom of Tolkien, or you consciously have them not in the idiom of Tolkien.

A pity that Tolkien didn't invent any of those - then his estate could sue the modern fantasy genre into non-existence, and nothing of value would be lost except Anne McCaffrey's works. :-)

Comment: Re:Dressed for success? (Score 3, Interesting) 61

Scotty wasn't just a red shirt - he was THE red shirt. The one that everyone who failed to live up to his level got offed / eaten alive / transporter accident / phasered one time too many / crushed by a rock ... and in the unreleased episodes, killed themselves when they thought their phaser was a blow drier, stepped into to turbo lift without checking to see if it was there, didn't realize that not all planets had earth-normal atmosphere, froze to death when they forgot the difference between 20C and 20K, at the food in the cafeteria ... (that will get you every time, no matter where you are in the universe).

Comment: Re:Seriously, Why is this a Story? (Score 1) 128

by BarbaraHudson (#49611159) Attached to: 4.0 Earthquake Near Concord, California
They thought is was a reference to the game Quake 4.0, which was released in 2005. You know, recycling old news. Coming up next - Bennett Haselton pontificating on what this apparent coincidence means for the upcoming release of Quake 5, which will happen when a story about a 5.0 earthquake makes it to the front page.

Comment: Re:Transphobic assholes (Score 1) 159

by BarbaraHudson (#49608155) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin

Yes it is; she was trans long before she was publicly identified as trans, and you can be sure that she did not maintain a male appearance 100% of the time. Once someone transitions, they want to move on to what is their real life.

Once Bruce Jenner is done transitioning, do you think it would not be considered both insulting and exploitative to make a statue of how he used to look?

This is now. Later is later.