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Comment: At some point us intelligence changed (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by i kan reed (#47936541) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

If I have a problem with US intelligence organizations(and I do), it's that their mission transformed from being pragmatic and getting useful, accurate assessments to military and law enforcement branches in the US to being paranoid about the theoretical possible threats that might exist to US interests in some way shape or form.

That paranoia fuels some of the worst excesses, like universal monitoring, or toppling democracies that might potentially ally with other nations.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 2) 46

by mcgrew (#47935755) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

You can get your old account back if you can remember what your email address was. Send a note to help@slashdot.org.

I'd lost my account and they were very helpful about it.

As to your surgery, LISTEN TO THE DOCTOR!!! Helping that one person could prevent you from helping others in the future. Oh, and I empathize; I had a vitrectomy in 2008. Not the least bit fun.

Comment: Re:Worse than it seems. (Score 1) 214

by i kan reed (#47930625) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

will likely kill hundreds of thousands of people before its over.

What thought process did you use to gauge your order of magnitude there? I'm generally distrustful of largish numbers thrown out in an armchair analysis.

Because you can just as easily say "millions" or "thousands" as you can "hundreds of thousands". What makes that number more right?

Comment: Not kidding - Functional Programming (Score 1) 486

by toby (#47928511) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry
Was practically invented in Scotland - The universities of Edinburgh (and Cambridge too) being home to FP research (and researchers like the late Professor Robin Milner and the very much alive Dr Philip Wadler, https://twitter.com/philipwadl... ) that is at least as significant to our industry as Lisp (maybe, eventually, even moreso) - the branch of languages and theory that begat the ML family and begat Haskell.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 927

by i kan reed (#47928403) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Regarding anti-vaccination: The Role of Conspiracist Ideation and Worldviews in Predicting Rejection of Science

Nonetheless, it must be reiterated that we found limited evidence for the rejection of vaccinations based on liberal or “left-wing” political leanings: When free-market worldviews are parceled out (and only then), people on the political left were less likely to endorse childhood vaccinations than people on the political right.

You gotta take the free market types out of the right wing to make it into a "left" phenomenon. This is a misconception that(as the study notes) derives from the fact that the most prominent public proponents come from the fringe left. But when it comes to the general population, rather than the promulgators, it's the conspiratorially minded, regardless of affiliation causing that particular problem.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 927

by i kan reed (#47928243) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

I can't really endorse this either, because it basically falls into the general category of "tone argument". If the post has credibility, it should stand regardless of tone and ancillary statements about what other posters/mods might do.

This one fails on it's own merits. And that's all that should matter.

Comment: Re: Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 927

by i kan reed (#47928125) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

You're right that libertarians are more common than conservatives, and that they're loud enough to always be visible, and blindly ideological enough to mod people +1 agree or -1 disagree.

But even they, even combined with the paleoconservatives, don't seem to add up to a majority of users. The GP's post was pretty much just paranoid delusion and gross simplification.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 3, Insightful) 927

by i kan reed (#47927685) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

1. As a liberal-as-fuck liberalite, libby lib, there is no malevolent conservative slashdot majority. This exists in your head and in your head alone. I post my totally correct liberal positions all the time, and only get modded down when I overly challenge people on specific subjects like misogyny.
2. While anti-intellectualism is a hallmark of the modern republican party, don't they don't even remotely compare in severity to paramilitary mostly uneducated third world anti-intellectuals.
3. Whether you're modded down or not, your statement is untrue on its own merits.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 4, Insightful) 927

by i kan reed (#47927607) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

I don't know. Violent anti-intellectualism has a tendency to create shitty, miserable societies, but has more than enough historical precedent at lasting at least a few generations at some points in some societies' histories. Ancient China had bouts of it, so did Rome, and neither crashed as a direct result.

(It's obvious and you don't need to point out that ancient societies aren't modern societies, and the requirements for both are different). I'm just contesting the universality of the specific claim "A society that doesn't allow math won't last long."

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