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Comment Re:Collusion? (Score 1) 399

This should actually make it easier to distinguish genuine reports from collusion, because many people reporting at the same time will be even more suspicious and difficult to explain.

And it would take nearly thirty seconds for anyone wanting to game the system to realize they should spread out their reports rather than reporting all at once.

Comment Re:Defensive action (Score 1) 549

There is more to defensive driving than taking evasive action to avoid an imminent accident. True defensive driving is an ingrained habit of thinking and an experienced driver does it constantly with little conscious notice. It is staying out of other drivers' blind spots; it is letting up on the gas a little when it appears that a driver pulling out of a side street might not see you; it is taking a quick glance both ways when the light turns green just in case someone else is trying to beat the red light. It is not just tricky maneuvers to get out of a tight spot -- it is thinking ahead to reduce the risk of getting in a tight spot in the first place.

Comment Re:Perfect summary of Perl from Larry himself (Score 2) 133

I couldn't have said it better myself. I have been programming in Perl for 20 years and my mantra has always been "It's better to be clear than to be clever." There are two types of coder that are a curse to the Perl language: beginners who write stupid code because Perl lets them do it, and "elite" coders who delight in obscure difficult-to-read idioms (which often cover up poor basic logic). Saying that someone's Perl code looks like C is meant in a derogatory way by some Perl coders, but I think Perl would have a better reputation if more people coded in such a clear, straight-forward manner instead of trying to show everyone how clever they are.

Comment Inaccurate, inflammatory summary (Score 1) 445

I read The Fine Article twice just in case I missed it, but it does not in fact claim that "creationists [are] manipulating search results" and it presents zero evidence that this is happening. Mr. Laden's panties are chafing him because the inscrutable wizardry behind search rankings has put a web site that he doesn't like near the top of the search results. He then invites his readers to manipulate the search results with their feedback.

Comment Re:One web site. (Score 1) 445

I read The Fine Article twice just in case I missed it, but it does not in fact claim that "creationists [are] manipulating search results". Mr. Laden's panties are chafing him because the inscrutable wizardry behind search rankings has put a web site that he doesn't like near the top of the search results. He then invites his readers to manipulate the search results with their feedback.

Comment Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 2) 1094

Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage: 38 comments threshold 4 or higher.
Google Offers Cheap Cloud Computing: 3 comments threshold 4 or higher.
AMD Details High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) DRAM: 2 comments threshold 4 or higher.
Robotic Space Plane Launches In Mystery Mission This Week: 7 comments threshold 4 or higher.

You thought wrong.

Comment Re:It's the devil (Score 2) 108

I can't defend the appalling behavior of your street-corner preacher, for "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" and "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."

But C. S. Lewis had a good answer to your question about the square circle (or the more often heard question of "could God make a rock so large that he could not move it.")

"His Omnipotence means power to do all that is intrinsically possible, not to do the intrinsically impossible. You may attribute miracles to Him, but not nonsense. There is no limit to His power.

... meaningless combinations of words do not suddenly acquire meaning simply because we prefix to them the two other words, 'God can.'

It remains true that all things are possible with God: the intrinsic impossibilities are not things but nonentities. It is no more possible for God than for the weakest of His creatures to carry out both of two mutually exclusive alternatives; not because His power meets an obstacle, but because nonsense remains nonsense even when we talk it about God."

Comment Re:It's the devil (Score 1) 108

The poll questions, as well as your comments, reveal more about the misconceptions and prejudices of the speaker than about the actual beliefs of the respondents. A thoughtful YEC (Young Earth Creationist) could not answer "yes" to "do you believe humans and other species are unchanged from the beginning of time?" First of all, in the Genesis account of creation living creatures were created on the fifth and sixth days, not at "the beginning of time" (the first day). Second, no one in the YEC community believes that "species are unchanged". YECs allow for natural variation within created "kinds", which roughly correspond to the "family" in scientific classification. For example, a YEC would believe that most Felidae species descended from an original "proto-cat" (my term) through a designed process of limited adaptation. What a YEC does not believe is that inanimate matter plus chance plus time led to the great diversity and complexity of life that we see today.

Submission + - Antarctic Climate Research Expedition Trapped in Sea Ice

Stinky Cheese Man writes: An antarctic climate research expedition, led by climate researcher Chris Turney of the University of New South Wales, has become trapped in heavy ice near the coast of Antarctica. The captain has issued a distress call and three nearby icebreaker ships are on their way to the rescue. According to Turney's web site (, the purpose of the expedition is "to discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south". Read the fine article at

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 329

I wish I had points to mod you up. This is the "Let them eat cake" philosophy of energy development. You can't afford coal? Here, use these expensive, unreliable, and inefficient technologies that only survive in our country due to massive government subsidies instead! (Hydro is an exception, but is not an option in most countries that don't already have it.)

Comment Re:Union (Score 1) 135

Cutting costs not to go broke? Where have you been the last 40 years? Companies don't "cut costs" to avoid closing. They "cut costs" to appease wall street and the financial sector.

Exactly. What is all this angst about? Did IBM lose money last quarter? No -- they made $3.00 per share (which was in fact an improvement over the previous year) instead of their projected $3.05 a share. And for this they are laying off thousands worldwide. Employees, and even customers, are not a priority anymore. The only thing that matters is the stock price.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer