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Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by ImprovOmega (#48971909) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations
Most such laws have some form of acceptable corporal punishment though. A quick swat on the butt will teach a child not to reach for a hot stove a lot quicker and more effectively than trying to manage the behavior with time outs. Or worse, letting them actually burn themselves on it =/

Comment: Re:the end of hope for male geeks everywhere (Score 1) 120

by ImprovOmega (#48062647) Attached to: First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

This, with artificial implantation and genetic engineering, brings us one step closer to asexual reproduction. It won't be long before science is able to pair DNA from two women to create a new offspring.

I just wanted to point out that these are two different things. If there's two organisms involved then it's sexual reproduction. For it to be truly asexual you would have to fuse genetic material from two eggs from the same woman - this is actually worse than inbreeding a brother and sister because *every* bad recessive gene you have has a 50/50 chance to present both copies in the offspring. With siblings at least about half your genes are different. Two different women wouldn't present this problem, but that is not asexual reproduction.

Comment: Re:Just because you can... (Score 3, Interesting) 120

by ImprovOmega (#48062635) Attached to: First Birth From Human Womb Transplant
That would seem statistically unlikely. The womb itself does not contribute to the genetics of the person and presumably it's possible to not have a uterus but still have ovaries. In this case the woman's defect would almost certainly be canceled out by the man's sperm since even though she is a carrier, it is incredibly unlikely that he is also, and even if so it's a 50/50 proposition. It's completely and utterly different than inbreeding in which you're recombining the same defects.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 368

by ImprovOmega (#47871067) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+
Now see, you blew the troll. It was vaguely believable when you talked about sobbing developers, but now you've given the game away. The trick to trolling is to put forward plausible but hard to verify information and then let people's imaginations run free. You've oversold it now and we know you're faking it.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 748

by ImprovOmega (#47802851) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban your logic once the CEO of Mozilla had people attacking him and wanting to take away his right (to a job) and his happiness (money and power from that job), then he's no longer required to tolerate them because now he's been attacked? I just want to make sure I understand you, because it sounds like a double standard where attacking someone is okay if you disagree with them, but horrible and intolerant if you agree with them. Does that about sum up your position?

Comment: Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (Score 1) 285

by ImprovOmega (#47507441) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

I went to public school and had some great teachers who were worth their weight in gold. I also had other teachers who weren't worth a nickel and did a great amount of harm to their students.

If teachers' unions ever agree to let teachers be paid based on how good they are - rather than just by seniority - you might actually see more attractive salaries for good teachers.

The problem is how do you determine how "good" a teacher is? If it's based on student performance then what about the teacher that gets stuck with a class full of idiots? Maybe they're a great teacher doing the best they can but they can't get anywhere because the principal took all of the smart kids and moved them to the classroom of the teacher blowing him on the side so she gets bonuses. The only way to objectively measure a teacher's performance is by auditing their work and that's way too expensive to ever happen. So the crisis continues.

Comment: Re:This is just a repeat (Score 4, Funny) 282

In actuality, the singularity happened 8 years ago and now Microsoft, Google, and Apple are all in fact run by ever more powerful AI. They are in competition with each other for computing resources, and still grudgingly present themselves to the world through various puppet CEO's and other lackeys (only a small handful of people at each company know the truth, and all communications are monitored to prevent leaks). This layoff is part of a calculated strategy invoked to increase the effectiveness of the underlying AI at Microsoft and mitigate impending threats from Google and Apple. It's a chess game we can't hope to understand since each AI is running at approximately 100x any individual human intellect.

I'm only allowed to say this because no one will believe it anyway.

Computer Science is merely the post-Turing decline in formal systems theory.