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Comment: Re:They're a resource, not a "problem". (Score 1) 305

by Nemyst (#48593955) Attached to: Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices
Because then the kids who actually perform well feel like they're being punished by being straddled with someone who's not performing well (which may include people who'll never get it, people who don't give a shit to learn, and much more besides). Not all kids ardently desire to get matched with poor students to help them, and that's even more prevalent at a younger age where the students may not yet be articulate enough to teach properly. You frustrate the student who's good because they can't formulate good explanations and you frustrate the other student because they don't understand what the other is saying and they think it's because they're stupid.

Comment: Re:Fire all the officers? (Score 3, Insightful) 514

by Nemyst (#48582249) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them
This is the police we're talking about. They should be held at a higher standard, not at a lower one. This is like saying that a physician found guilty of malpractice should only get a slap on the wrist for the first offence, and don't do it again you naughty naughty!

Comment: Re:Hiding evidence (Score 1) 192

by Nemyst (#48562143) Attached to: Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

They've done plenty of scummy things along the way, but pretending they are the sole responsible party just makes you look stupid and unwilling to take responsibility for your own actions. Man up.

The problem with that assessment is that hindsight is 20/20. This is exactly like the radioactive cosmetics of the early 20th century. People gave radium and other such substances quasi-magical properties, but few, even scientists, suspected the damage. There was no way for you as a consumer to know that the product you were using could be dangerous. In the case of radium, there were enough quick deaths that the link was made publicly and usage fell, but for tobacco the side-effects took much longer and were actively masked by the companies. In both cases, someone saw a way to make a quick buck, and the consequences be damned. In the latter, though, they kept going after getting ample proof that they were killing people.

Don't blame the victim.

Comment: Re:disease progression has a genetic component (Score 1) 172

by Nemyst (#48511411) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious
You're right it's about genetics, but you got it the wrong way around. What's much more likely is that your immune systems were already very different and the strain you were infected with was more able to defeat your husband's immune system than yours. The virus was therefore more specialized, as the article says.

Comment: Re:Oh I've seen this before... (Score 1) 172

by Nemyst (#48511397) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious
Obviously the problem with Plague Inc. (and Pandemic before that) is that it's a videogame. Hint: a virus does not spontaneously and simultaneously evolve in all of its hosts, as it does in the game. It also does not specifically target host death, because that is detrimental to its spread and is thus selected against.

Comment: Re:Why no taxi company's app? (Score 5, Interesting) 329

by Nemyst (#48485185) Attached to: Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber
This. The taxi companies are all focused on the fact Uber and Lyft are working without regulations as if that was the reason for their success. Yes, having lower prices most certainly makes them more attractive, but that's not all of it. Getting a taxi is a terrible experience. If you're lucky, you can hail one, but if you need to call one up... Enjoy waiting for any amount of time between 30 seconds and an hour, the taxi never reaching you, you having no idea where they are, the taxi arriving as a tiny Yaris when you specifically asked for a large car because you have luggage, etc.

One of the big deals about Uber for me is that their app and infrastructure makes the taxi companies look like pathetic dinosaurs. Calling a lift is easy, you can track their position in real time, if something goes wrong or if they're not responsive you can deal with that, you can pay through the app... It's just a much better user experience. Taxi companies probably never even heard of the term, and they're looking extremely stupid for it.

Comment: Re:Early adopters (Score 3, Insightful) 154

by Nemyst (#48397143) Attached to: For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up
Yes, and a lot of students don't, be it because of shame from having to ask a question, pride in solving it themselves, or whatever else. If this new method of teaching provides better results, why not use it? Because you didn't have it and made it just fine, ergo everyone should just get on with it?

Comment: Re:Benefits, but still misses the point... (Score 1) 698

by Nemyst (#48369183) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

While this is a nice idea, and it will of course reduce the response time of law enforcement, it misses the point.

People take guns to school because schools are "gun free zones". They even have big signs posted around them saying, "You are in a gun-free zone".

So... the bad guy is assured that he is the only person with a gun...

If this were the correct logic, then Europe would be a warzone with daily shootings, since guns are mostly non-existent in a lot of countries. How weird then that the place with the most shootings happens to be the country that fetishizes gun ownership.

Comment: Re:Great! More hipster hate. (Score 3, Insightful) 176

by Nemyst (#48355895) Attached to: The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

we perform a service for society akin to that peformed by record or film studio executives - we watch shitty movies and listen to shitty music, so you don't have to.

Are you actually serious? How about starving the shitty movies and music out of the market by not giving them a fucking audience? You're part of the problem, not the solution.

When you don't know what you are doing, do it neatly.