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Comment: Re:Bring on the lausuits (Score 1) 592

by MillionthMonkey (#49144797) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules
The IRS targeted political groups that brought in the most money. That meant that most of them were PACs with large corporate contributions, which primarily donate to Republican candidates. So naturally the Republicans made it into a fake scandal. Ironically the guy at the IRS who was at the center of the "scandal" was himself a Republican.

Comment: Consider Artifacts, too (Score 1) 691

One of the artifacts that I've held on to, is my granddad's slide rule. He was an engineer, and I've treasured the slide rule.

As a programmer, I can't think of many artifacts I would be able to give to my daughter, or that she would give to her children. I have kept the old Compaq BASICA reference book that I used as a kid, but without moving parts like a sliderule, it doesn't strike me as cool. It seems like everything is virtual and ephemeral in this time of glass touch screens and constantly upgrading software.

None-the-less -- something tangible that doesn't take up too much space, -- that could be really important to her.

Comment: Re:Bring on the lausuits (Score 1) 592

by MillionthMonkey (#49130429) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

ObamaCare has highlighted the "Rule of Unintended Consequences". Who knows what consequences are in this decision. The only time the "people" win is when the Federal Government does not regulate. Regulation is strangulation and, ultimately, death.

How much can I make if I post shit like this? Will they pay me less if my bullshit posts get modded down? And do they make you post "make money on your computer with Google" crap?

Comment: Re:Bill Nye, the Dogma Guy! (Score 1) 672

by MillionthMonkey (#49114321) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge
In the first link he says to get vaccinated; and he's only wrong if you look at it from a libertarian political perspective. In the second he says that TV weathermen should once in a while mention that a heavy storm is "consistent" with climate change (not "caused by"). That's a typical denier tactic is to imply that since we don't know which individual storms were worsened by climate change, then we can safely say that none of them were. That's exactly what Marsha Blackburn said in that video.

Comment: Re:Bill Nye, the Dogma Guy! (Score 1) 672

by MillionthMonkey (#49109815) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

OK, I should have written my comment from Nye's perspective not mine. If these "farmers" and "programmers" aren't qualified to speak then neither are democrat politicians nor green campaigners, regardless what opinion they hold. Only the high priests of science should be allowed to say anything. If Nye is going to apply appeal to authority then he should, at least, apply it consistently.

Actually I don't think this characterizes Nye's position at all (and the article summary sucks BTW). On a show with him, Marsha Blackburn said that "I think that Bill would probably agree with this, neither he nor I am a climate scientist. He is an engineer and actor, and I am a member of Congress, and what we have to do is look at the information we get from climate scientists." He responded that "you don't need a PhD in climate science to understand what's going on". It seems a distortion to say that he thinks "only the high priests of science should be allowed to say anything," only that you need to be scientifically literate.

Comment: Re:Bill Nye, the Dogma Guy! (Score 1) 672

by MillionthMonkey (#49109095) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

You originally said that to be consistent, if I shout down someone who says X is true, I should also shout down someone who says X is false. I didn't need to bring up "authority" at all to point out what a dumb statement that was.

BTW, this was also wrong:

Science does not rely on qualification or authority or consensus and the myth that it does is the biggest threat to scientific literacy today.

Consensus is part of the scientific method. You come up with a theory, test it with an experiment, publish your conclusion, and subject it to peer review where it may or may not gain consensus.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 672

by Zeio (#49108971) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

I have one question for Mister Billy Boy who is so smart. Bill Nye, the Pop Science Guy whose understanding of science is slightly more than Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons - but he is in the same room. TV people sent to entertain and mesmerize the sheeple with simplistic versions of real problems to secure a point of view.

Nye: Please, lay out the plan for how to solve the various problems you say are the biggest problems of our time. Solve it. How much will it cost? How will we do it? How will affect the the standard of living for everyone? Is the way out to build a fusion reactor? OK , please tell how to do that then - please.

I really think people need to stop interacting with pop-scientists. These charlatans are more or less salesman of a point of view.

I ask Nye for his credentials - his under grad, is graduate work, his post-grad, what patents and papers has he written? Did he start a tech company? Does he know how to run a business or just a fantasy? Does he have patents? What has he invented to better the lives of all?

Hot air is cheap. I value it little. People are judged by their WORKS not their words.

Even bytes get lonely for a little bit.

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