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Comment Re: Programming (Score 5, Insightful) 345

Math is necessary for more advanced programming.

Linear algebra (matrices) and trig are essential for doing 3D graphics. Calculus and differential equations are need for doing simulations of physical processes. Otherwise, programming is not very mathematical. Web coding just requires enough arithmetic to do the layout, and most business programming doesn't even need that.

Comment Re:Why? WHY??? (Score 2) 305

Honestly: they don't pay me enough for what I do, nor do they pay me enough to put up with my boss.

It is obvious that they do, or you wouldn't still be working there.

Pro-tip: Bad attitudes are highly correlated with low pay. If you can't find a better position in today's job market, the problem is with you.

Comment Re:Erdogen is an Islamofascist (Score 1) 139

Most Turks you meet are super nice in person but for some unfathomable reason this crpto-fascist jerk keeps winning elections.

The Turks you have met, and the Turks voting for Erdogan, are likely disjoint sets. You have most likely met people from Istanbul, or the Western Coast. The people voting for Erdogan are mostly from rural Anatolia.

Comment Re:Here's a question for you to think about (Score 1) 174

Whatever you can get in the air, you can get more in a cable or fibre.

Sure, but OTA doesn't have to be as good as fiber. It just has to be "good enough".

I just need enough bandwidth for my wife and daughter to simultaneously watch two different movies, with enough left over for me to get work done. That's all. Anything more is superfluous.

Comment Re:I'm sure they are right.... (Score 1) 239

Those subsidies will pay off in the coming decades when those things become cheap enough for everyone.

It is not clear if this is true. Some economists believe the subsidies are counter-productive, because they have encouraged the mass production of inferior technologies, and drained resources away from research into technologies that actually make sense. Subsidies for R&D are probably a good idea. Subsidies for mass production, not so much.

Comment Re:I'm sure they are right.... (Score 4, Informative) 239

In the short term, however, I am fairly confident that successfully slowing global warming will cost a pretty tidy penny itself

This has not been true so far. The biggest reductions in CO2 have come from:
1. Gas produced from hydraulic fracturing, replacing coal
2. Efficiency improvements, such as LED lighting, variable speed DC motors, etc.
These have SAVED money.

Of course, massive government subsidies for solar power and electric vehicles have cost a lot, but those haven't actually contributed much to CO2 reductions.

Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 0) 600

Why would you assume the proportions were different back then?

There are many things that can affect the C14/C12 ratio, and there are more than enough unknowns to cover the margin of error in dating the Koran.

C14/C12 can be affected by:
1. Volcanos, which spew out lots of C12 and no C14.
2. Supernovas and GRBs, which create C14 in the atmosphere.
3. Ocean upwelling
4. Wind patterns (oceanic winds have less C14).
There were some extreme weather events around that time, widely believed to be caused by volcanic eruptions, that could have drastically affected C14/C12, and in unpredictable ways. These weather patterns caused more rainfall in Arabia, while causing crop failures and plague in the Byzantine Empire, aborting Justinian's attempt to re-establish the Roman Empire in the West, and paving the way for the rise of the Arab Empire under the leadership of Muhammad.

Comment Re:regular old intelligence (Score 1) 50

I'm still confused as to why they call it "artificial intelligence" instead of heuristics.

Because it is not the same thing at all. Heuristics means following a set of known rules. With a neural net you can just feed it the raw data, and it will learn to find the patterns on its own. That is pretty much the opposite of heuristics.

Comment Re:A free search engine (Score 1) 152

I have State Farm auto insurance. I recently got a letter in the mail advertising their life insurance policies. That action is the analogue of what you are complaining about.

No it isn't. State Farm Insurance is not dominant, and no where close to a monopolist. Geico is the leader, followed, by Allstate. State Farm is further down the list. There is nothing illegal about cross marketing if you are not abusing a dominant position. You can't abuse a dominant position if you don't have one.

Comment Re:pptthh (Score 1) 290

And just a few days ago news came out that there weren't any hurricanes and perhaps that was due to climate change.

Climate change is believed to cause more severe El Ninos, which causes more hurricanes in the Eastern Pacific, but fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic, and fewer typhoons in the Western Pacific.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"