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Comment: Reverse engineering (Score 1) 320

by stud9920 (#48368665) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday
Sometimes, the assignment is only semi clear to begin with. Also, one can try and try and not find a solution. At that stage it's very tempting to just look up how other people did it. Without looking at the code, this allows to see what the expected results are for a number of inputs. This is not even copying yet, at least from a coding point of view. Even with looking at the code, if that's what's needed to find what's wrong with your code, what's the deal? Where is the line? Copy paste ? Copy paste with variable renaming ? Ask a buddy to analyze, then design based on his analysis? Assume both roles on your own? Kill self after seeing someone's code ?

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 1) 1037

by stud9920 (#46675791) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
point 4. "of" is not a verb. Additionally, science never claimed consanguineous children are necessarily unhealthy, it only tells they will be if a defect is not counterbalanced with a healthy gene. This is why hemophiliacs are mostly always males, as females rarely have BOTH X chromosomes fucked up, while the Y chromosome doesn't carry that gene to begin with.

Comment: RIP argument of authority (Score 1) 1037

by stud9920 (#46675607) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
The Internet simply destroyed the argument of authority. Whoever has access to the Internet has to possibility to check facts, and will be exposed to debunk of the BS, affirmation of the BS, BS ate my balls, BS's tweets. "Authority says so, it must be true" is doomed with the ease of checking, although this is somewhat balanced by the ease to forward BS you hear on your Facebook account, itself balanced by obsessive compulsive nerds like myself who take a pride in debunking it in less than 12 seconds.
Then seven years ago smartphones came along, and even at the bar BS is easily debunked. Some story some dude tells at the bar can't leave a mark in people's subconscious anymore.

Comment: Re:WTF do I care? (Score 1) 770

by stud9920 (#45986931) Attached to: Creationism In Texas Public Schools

If parents want to turn their kids into idiots, that less competition for me when the world needs real engineers to do real shit (stuff that requires real math, not prayer).

I used to think the kids getting more stupid was a good thing for those who don't as it meant less competition. But then I thought that eventually, we'd have to support these dumb fucks, either by some kind of welfare system, either by other solutions all worse. Ultimately, with your level of education remaining the same, you'd be better off with them out-competing then supporting you.

The solution of problems is the most characteristic and peculiar sort of voluntary thinking. -- William James

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