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Comment: Re:Purple prose... (Score 1) 648

by chuck (#28257875) Attached to: 11-Year-Old Graduates With Degree In Astrophysics

True genius is making the complicated seem trivial. This means writing as clearly as possible rather than trying for the highest scrabble word score.

There's a time and a place for "waxing loquacious": Academic papers of predefined arbitrary lengths.

Not normal conversation.

Then you would probably enjoy The Theory of Relativity In Words of Four Letters or Less:

http://www.muppetlabs.com/~breadbox/txt/al.html

Comment: Re:what the hell are you talking about? (Score 1) 709

by chuck (#28198725) Attached to: Open Government Brainstorm Defies Wisdom of Crowds

Because successes can be copied by other states, and failures contained. Because different states really do have different people, and what works for one group of people may not work for another. It's why we have nations and not one world government. Differences between people are good and healthy, there's no reason to force everyone to become the same.

Comment: Re:Unintended consequences (Score 1) 151

by chuck (#28184821) Attached to: Twitter, Flickr, Hotmail, Others Blocked In China

I think it's disingenuous to compare Tiananmen and Kent State. Perhaps 9/11 would be a closer analogue?

Only if you're completely missing the point, and trying to use the word "disingenuous" to sound smart.

They were both a government killing their own protesting citizens. How could you miss that? 9/11 isn't analogous to Tiananmen at all!

Comment: Re:The babe from Firefly? (Score 1) 834

by chuck (#28041645) Attached to: Sarah Connor Chronicles — Why It Died

P.S. If you haven't watched "Firefly" / "Serenity" yet, you're missing the best show that was ever on Sci-Fi.

Well, I don't know about other people who didn't watch this show, but _I_ stopped watching it halfway through the pilot episode. I was just baffled by the technology available to the characters. They have ships that can move from planet to planet with relative ease (and seemingly great speed) and yet they still used 6-shooters and shotguns as their weapon of choice. WTF Mate?

If you watched more than 30 minutes, you might understand. Why is that not obvious?

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 1088

by chuck (#26828793) Attached to: Iowa Seeks To Remove Electoral College

You've failed to recognize that people today still have no clue about the candidate they're voting for. There are enough links to Howard Stern in other threads. If things worked correctly, we would be still voting for electors on the local level, and electors would be people who can be trusted to make the decision and who will take the time to educate themselves about the candidates. As it is, people make snap decisions without any knowledge, and that's why we get the candidate that has the best ad campaign.

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