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Comment: Re:Changes based on the Season (Score 1) 282

by Tyler Durden (#49130119) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

That hasn't been my experience. After doing some real cycling after a winter of spin classes my average speed on the road bike was much better than it had other times when starting out in the livable seasons.

If I'm going to man the hell up, then I plan to do it by moving to a place with a reasonable climate and experiencing enjoyable cycling all year round.

Comment: Re:Very informative article (Score 3, Insightful) 71

2) Observe that technological progress seems to be accelerating. So, the reach of any predictive models we have today will be even shorter when used tomorrow.

I think LeCun covers this quite well when he quotes, "the first part of a sigmoid looks a lot like an exponential." There's nothing that says the acceleration of technological progress has to continue as it has.

Comment: Re:Moderation (Score 5, Funny) 200

by Tyler Durden (#48980699) Attached to: Too Much Exercise May Not Be Better Than a Sedentary Lifestyle

"Is it true that you smoke eight to ten cigars a day?"
"That's true."
"Is it true that you drink five martinis a day?"
"That's true."
"Is it true that you still surround yourself with beautiful young women?"
"That's true."
"What does your doctor say about all of this?"
"My doctor is dead."

- An interview with George Burns

Comment: Re:40 is an artificial boundary (Score 1) 286

by Tyler Durden (#48677481) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...

Ack! No. The 5.500000 has seven significant digits. The zeroes following the decimal point count since by convention it means that the measurement has been taken to be that precise.

10K probably has infinite significant figures as that's an expression of an exact running distance, not an estimate. The 3.4 miles is probably an estimate (I haven't heard any of any 3.4 mile standard runs - but then I'm not a runner), so it would have two significant figures. But even if 10K and 3.4 had infinite significant digits the number of decimal places you use for the answer would hinge on how precise of a number you use for the conversion between the two units.

Comment: Re:So close, so far (Score 1) 561

by Tyler Durden (#48429101) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

You want equality? When may men have the right to bodily integrity? Or are you suggesting women should enjoy living with mutilated genitals as well for equality?

For the record, just about any feminist I've heard give an opinion on the subject has been against male circumcision as well.

Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 553

by Tyler Durden (#48236313) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

It's impossible to tell whether or not an answer is "fallacy ridden garbage" if you don't bother to listen to it in the first place. Sure the answer could be crap, but if you don't bother evaluating it objectively just because you're assuming the established thinking is always crap then you aren't thinking critically.

"You know, we've won awards for this crap." -- David Letterman

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