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Comment: Re:The Selfish Gene (Score 2) 249

by VirginMary (#49073601) Attached to: Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question

It's not pedantry! Also, if someone has no offspring but somehow contributes to the survival of others, that individual promotes the survival of the vast majority of his or her genes. The effect is even greater if the support is for offspring of close relatives. Finally, I think most people like to delude themselves with fantasies of how unique they are!

Comment: Re:But thats OK! (Score 1) 276

by VirginMary (#43872489) Attached to: Pitcher-Turned-Law Student On Cheating In Baseball

Your friends don't seem to be a representative group :)

I sure hope not! The majority of mankind seems to be deeply superstitious, too and almost all of my many friends are atheists or agnostics. I also like to think that most or all of my friends have no strong national attachments a.k.a. "patriotism". So, yes, I like to believe that they are highly unrepresentative of humanity in ways that are important to me. OTOH, they are more representative in that I have American, European, Asian and African friends.

Oh, just to clarify: I see nothing wrong with watching sports for entertainment. It's just not my cup of tea and I haven't been able to relate to doing that since I was around 14.

Comment: Re:But thats OK! (Score 1) 276

by VirginMary (#43866983) Attached to: Pitcher-Turned-Law Student On Cheating In Baseball

People like sports...

Yes, people are weird! Still don't see why that means that students and universities need to subsidize some people's hobbies! Amongst my friends about half like to watch sports for entertainment and the other half feel the way I do and would rather stare at a blank wall than watch sports. Personally I prefer reading a good book, watching animé or studying Japanese. And yes, I am a happy nerd!

Comment: Re:But thats OK! (Score 1, Interesting) 276

by VirginMary (#43862873) Attached to: Pitcher-Turned-Law Student On Cheating In Baseball

Also, why do sports and higher education have anything to do with each other?

They don't, at least not in my country. I got my Master's and Ph.D. in the US and was and still am baffled by this. What really bugged me though is that I had to support people's sports hobby with a financial contribution. I thought it would have been better for other students to pay for my scifi-book-reading hobby instead. The bogus argument was that the sports teams were making my university money. If that would have actually been true, why did I have to financially support it then? Also, I never attended a single game in my 5 years at my university. I would have preferred watching paint dry. My degrees are in physics, btw. and I am from Germany. I also think it is disgusting that people get scholarships based on their athletic abilities. Are we still ape men?

Comment: Re:My Killer App... (Score 2) 155

by VirginMary (#43141229) Attached to: Developers Begin Hunt For a Killer App For Google Glass

What you can "see" is wrong! :-) I have indeed translated little snippets of Japanese with Google Translate. Yes, it is often terrible, but it also is frequently useful, for example I tried it on a sign in Kyoto and it translated it as "not cross". Knowing quite a bit about the structure of the Japanese language and how much it leaves out relative to English, it was easy to guess that what it would be in English is "Do not cross!". I also found various other useful snippets. As Google Translate is based on data mining and statistical methods it would seem that one can hope that it will improve greatly over time. Until then I will study more Japanese! ;-)

Comment: Re:People want cheaper tablets (Score 1) 657

by VirginMary (#40897805) Attached to: Why the Tablet Market is Really the iPad Market

You obviously are totally clueless! I have owned an iPad2 and now own the new iPad and the difference is stunning! Previously, on the iPad2, I could barely read a page in a PDF version of a Scientific American issue w/o zooming in because the small text was very pixellated, now, w/ my new iPad, it is crystal clear and I do not need to zoom. Also, the colours are much better on the new iPad as any side-to-side comparison shows immediately. Only Apple-hating morons cannot admit that the screen resolution of the new iPad is a huge boon for various applications, including those involving text, diagrams, photos etc. But., whatever, haters will hate and make up bullshit as long as it conforms to their bias!

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