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Comment: Re:How much? (Score 1) 144

by Your.Master (#47803127) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

If there are such places, then go there, because you just described why you don't need an adblocker -- you already have ad-free sites for all your content, right?

The argument can be extended to anything. There are plenty of soup kitchens offering food for free, so it's your problem if you can't find a business model that works when you just take food without paying for it. Right?

I get the problem of annoying ads. First of all there's the malware ads and spoofing ads; those are awful. But even worse are those ads that play sound. The only time an ad should play sound is if it's inserted into or at the beginning / end of a video or audio stream. If somebody knows of an adblocker that just gets rid of any ad that plays sound (excluding those provisos) and leaves the rest, I'd take that, even if it just replaced the entire page with "Sorry! This site is awful and is committed to pissing you off. Go elsewhere.".

Comment: Re:I can't believe we're afraid of these assholes (Score 2) 471

by Your.Master (#47798997) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

You might know random other scientific facts, but that does not make one scientifically literate.

Note: I am a man of science and easily accept the validity of the theory of evolution.

They aren't random facts. Please actually read the linked article -- it's clear you aren't doing so, and it makes you look very bad and frankly undermines your points about science.

The article specifies that comprehension of the theory of evolution is uncorrelated to "belief" in the theory of evolution. In other words, just because somebody believes evolution, does not mean they understand what it is they believe in; just because they disbelieve evolution, does not mean they do not understand what it is they disbelieve. Scientific literacy can reasonably be defined as understanding of the principles of science, regardless of whether you accept its conclusions. Even if it seems ridiculous to you and me not to accept its conclusions.

Remember, there are people in the world who literally believe in the talking snake, even though every adult knows that snakes cannot talk.

(point is well taken at using a single, recently-produced study without independent corroboration to support a point, though).

Comment: Re: Her work (Score 3, Informative) 1224

Did Brendan Eich receive credible death threats? I guess he might have, but I didn't hear about it and wouldn't condone it.

Did anybody offer Anita Sarkeesian a job as the head of Firefox? No, not at all.

With Eich, the debate was over a sort of flash-boycott over him becoming CEO, not his continued breathing.

Comment: Re:Prior art (Score 3, Insightful) 77

by Your.Master (#47754613) Attached to: Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

That's not really clear in any sense.

It comes down to the definition of "individual". The zygote is the first case where you are genetically complete at probably 99.99+% of the same genes you have as an adult. But are you your genes?

Can a zygote truly be referred to as an individual? If so, why can't an egg? Is your definition of "individual" a clump of cells that share the same gene sequences? If so, then are twins two individuals? Why or why not?

We have an intuitive notion of what these things mean and it works after a baby is born and it gets weirder the earlier you go.

Comment: Re:not so fast (Score 2) 128

by Your.Master (#47754439) Attached to: Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

In the formal logical sense, imply means prove. That comes from its formal logical definition: http://whatis.techtarget.com/d....

You are using "imply" in a more casual sense, which would be fine if you didn't also call him wrong. Now that you've broken out the weird pedantry, I have to tell you he's not wrong, he's actually perfectly accurate and you're being pedantic.

Comment: Re:What about Confidence (Score 1) 243

by Your.Master (#47739803) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

I'm genuinely curious where you went to school.

Quite frankly, no, a person of average intelligence could not have aced any undergraduate course I took. Not even the easy ones. In part because of the combination of the fact that schools filter for higher intelligence, and then they target a certain average grade out of every course. It doesn't really matter how hard the fundamental concepts are, the system is designed to move the proverbial cheese such that a 4.0 is unachievable to the average student.

Even with rampant grade inflation, if an average person can cap all courses, then the school is not grading on any metric even close to what I've ever experienced.

Comment: Re:They always told me I was so smart... (Score 1) 243

by Your.Master (#47739191) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Sure you do. In real life, I interact with four sets of people:

1. My friends, who I get to choose, subject only to the limitation that they also have to choose me as a friend.
2. My coworkers, which I don't totally get to choose, but I can choose a profession that is inaccessible to people who aren't above average.
3. People I exchange goods and services with, like retail cashiers, repairmen, waitstaff, etc.. They can run the full gamut, but I honestly don't have to spend a lot of time with them. Unlike school, where you had to spend ~30ish hours a week with the same people whether they are jackasses or angels.

And with things like amazon.com and slef-checkout at grocery stores, even this level of interaction is being reduced to mostly skilled tradesmen or airport security.
4. My family, who I didn't choose (except for a hypothetical future spouse, or technically if I adopted a kid I guess).

Basically every other interaction is either an exception (eg. random police stop, construction workers redirecting me because they're busy fucking up the sidewalk I need to walk on for whatever reason) or by my own choice.

Besides which, the social skills to talk to smart people aren't completely independent of the social skills to talk to not-so-smart people, honestly. There are some differences, but smart people just aren't that special.

Comment: Re:I am curious... (Score 1) 243

by Your.Master (#47739071) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

...what DOES make someone better? [...] In what useful and practical sense of the word is everyone "equal?"

He didn't say equal, he said not better.

Consider: is i > 1? Is i 1.

The world is not composed strictly of totally ordered sets. There's absolutely no reason that, just because some people are stronger than others, smarter than others, nicer than others, etc., that anybody is better than anyone else.

The other line moves faster.

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