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Comment: Re:Lax attitudes toward child pornography (Score 1) 722

by acheron12 (#39026573) Attached to: Reddit: No More Suggestive Content Featuring Minors

Adults already know and play the mind games

Some adults do. I was bullied in elementary school, my parents' relationship seemed barely functional, and I'm pretty nerdy - I basically distrusted most humans until college (at which point my atrophied social skills had me believing I was autistic for a while) and I only started dating in grad school. I think I've made pretty rapid progress since, but needless to say I've made tons of rookie mistakes in the process.

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 118

by acheron12 (#38146956) Attached to: South Africa Passes Secrecy Bill, Makes Whistleblowing a Dangerous Act

The ANC - many of whom were imprisoned for fighting against Apartheid and speaking out in favor of equal rights - they're the ones in power now, and they're the ones responsible for passing this law. So yes, it is surprising. I'm not sure what ideological connection you're drawing here - the only thing the ANC has in common with the old Apartheid government is that they're both subject to human weaknesses like political corruption.

Saying "oh of course South Africa doesn't respect human rights, just look at how the Apartheid government behaved" is like saying "oh of course the USA doesn't respect human rights, just look at how the King behaved when it was part of the British Empire."

Comment: Re:Eng. Lit is BullShiat, but fun (Score 1) 1153

by acheron12 (#34086554) Attached to: How Much Math Do We Really Need?
Real literary analysis shouldn't be about bullshit, it should be about understanding the context in which things are written. For example, the Annotated Pratchett website gives tons of information regarding the obscure references Sir Terry makes, which I'd never have figured out on my own.

And I'd venture to say that (for Pratchett fans at least) it's incredibly interesting stuff. Much more interesting than vague personal interpretations.

Comment: Re:well... (Score 1) 428

by acheron12 (#33047576) Attached to: Your Online Education Experience?

Believe me, my first 2-3 years of university were boring because I was self taught from the age of 14. It wasn't until the 400 series classes that things got interesting and new (and fun!)

That's why I ended up doing my B.S. in math and statistics instead of C.S. I'm still not sure that was the right decision in terms of impressing HR people afterward, but at least most of the stuff I learned was new to me, not to mention useful for areas like machine learning which straddle C.S. and stat.

Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done. -- James J. Ling