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Comment: Re:Autocomplete (Score 0) 140

Really? Here's how it works for me: type "J" - long pause while system pulls up every name that starts with J. This is a lot so it takes a while. Whew, OK! Ready for the next letter. "O" and another long pause while the list is refined and the javascript finishes running. By this time I could have just typed "Johnathan" and been done with it. Or the system could have waited until I typed 3 or 4 letters before auto complete starts getting in the way but NOOO THAT'S NOT HOW IT WORKS.

Comment: Re:Would We Even Want That? (Score 0) 324

by DNS-and-BIND (#49377177) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

"Freedom of speech is too precious a freedom to be meddled with..... And since I am sure of this in general, and since I'd expect most of you to be so too, I shall probably shock you when I say it is the purpose of my lecture tonight to argue in one particular area just the opposite. To argue, in short, in favour of censorship against freedom of expression, and to do so in an area of life that has traditionally been regarded as sacrosanct. I am talking about moral and religious education. And especially the education a child receives at home....parents (have) no god-given licence to enculturate their children in whatever ways they personally choose....in short, children have the right not to have their minds addled by (religion). And we as a society have a duty to protect them from it. So we should no more allow parents to teach their children to believe, for example, the literal truth of the Bible, or that the planets rule their lives, than we should allow parents to knock their children's teeth out or lock them in a dungeon. That's the negative side of what I want to say. But there will be a positive side as well. If children have a right to be protected from false ideas, they have too a right to be succored by the truth. And we as a society have a duty to provide it."
-- Nicholas Humphrey, addressing Amnesty International

The comparisons from here on in get worse and worse as he continues to argue that freedom of speech should *never ever* be compromised....except to suppress ideas he disagrees with. The full speech is one long Author Tract about how we should implement utterly draconian Soviet-style anti-religious policies banning parents from bringing up their children in their own beliefs in favour of forcing them to bring them up in *his*.

Comment: Re:The Chinese advantage (Score 0) 226

by DNS-and-BIND (#49372881) Attached to: Chinese Scientists Plan Solar Power Station In Space
How do you think China turned into the polluted wasteland it is today? These same engineers made decisions they deemed sound, with no input from the citizenry or anyone else. This longing for fascism I keep seeing when China comes up is distressing and upsetting. The day that rapid economic growth stops is the day that the Communist Party will count as the beginning of the end.

Comment: Re:slashdot - daily news about whiny bitches and S (Score 0) 365

The fact that you're so unself-consciously self-righteous and equate yourself with Ghandi and MLK (you brought them up, remember) is a major cause of the rest of us failing to take SJWs seriously. How can a person un-ironicially do something like that casually in conversation?

Comment: Re:God I wish we'd stop hearing this myth. (Score 1) 407

by DNS-and-BIND (#49352375) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
Postive reinforcement isn't effective because it's positive reinforcement, it's effective because the person has done the right thing. Giving positive reinforcement when it is not deserved ("everyone gets a trophy") reinforces negative behavior that did not achieve the desired outcome. This works in childhood where adults can create closed environments but falls apart when faced with cold, hard reality.

Comment: Wait, what? (Score 0) 40

by DNS-and-BIND (#49335857) Attached to: Michael Stonebraker Wins Turing Award
The "Nobel prize of computing"? Jeez, has the author been in a space capsule traveling back from Mars for the past decade? The Nobel prize isn't what it used to be - if it ever was in the first place. It's a damaged, discredited brand, like Paula Deen, Best Buy, or "hands up don't shoot". I'd avoid using the phrase in the future.

Comment: Re:eliminate extra sugar (Score 0) 496

by DNS-and-BIND (#49332501) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds
See, this is why nobody listens to health nuts. Eliminate beer? It certainly is beyond the pale, for ordinary mortals. It is a great joy in life, and worth whatever temporary price must be paid. Only a highly motivated fanatic would voluntarily eliminate such a pleasure. What differences are there between you and ISIS? Not flaming, for real.

Comment: Re:greedy liar (Score 0) 451

by DNS-and-BIND (#49290331) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

(your iPhone App will show you the nearest ones

I love the lack of self-awareness in this. Most people don't have an iPhone...but I'm sure where you're at, everyone does and thus it simply doesn't occur to you to say otherwise. It's a kind of blindness that is a common affliction of secluded, cocooned urbanites who never leave their comfort zone. You live in the center of the city, don't you? How do your kids like the schools there? Just curious.

Comment: Re:People (Score 0) 216

by DNS-and-BIND (#49286455) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism
That wasn't an "outside military", it was the legitimate government engaged in putting down an insurrection by right-wing extremists. Liberty? No taxation without representation? Self-government? Ridiculous concepts, they should have let the smart people make the correct choices for them to ensure positive outcomes.

"Hey Ivan, check your six." -- Sidewinder missile jacket patch, showing a Sidewinder driving up the tail of a Russian Su-27