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Comment Re:Practical, not technical solution (Score 0) 114

It baffles me why you would wait until divorce to take an interest in your kids' lives. Are they just a point to score over your ex-wife and useless until then? Do you expect your wife to tell them you're an utter bastard the second you're divorced but sing your praises beforehand?

Comment Re:Time to Stop with Political Correctness (Score 1) 243

Privatized prisons demand the same payment regardless of the number of inmates. It's based on the number of beds instead, or it's per facility. So the incremental cost of incarcerating one more person is negligible. Over the long term, in aggregate, it can get expensive, but the cost of prisoner N+1 tends to be pretty small.

Prison labor programs offer large companies the opportunity to get labor at negligible cost and workers who are not legally able to leave or unionize. Whole Foods uses prisoners to grow tilapia, for instance. So there's a strong incentive to keep prisons full. Of course, whatever pittance they earn is spent in the commissary, so it's not like they can save up any money to make a better life for themselves afterwards.

If we could instate a living wage and extend it to prisoners, that would remove a good chunk of the motivation to keep prisons full while also providing prisoners a way to save up money for later. If we also forbade privatized prisons, we'd have our incentives aligned to keep people out of prisons and to address the problems that motivate crime. But that's a long ways away.

Comment Re:"popular forum" (Score 1, Troll) 370

She posted on a board on which people called out others' bad behavior online. Doxxing was against that board's rules. Calling for online-only raids on other sites was against their rules, as I recall. That was around 2004, so it's hardly representative of her current behavior.

Do at least a modicum of research before repeating lies, please.

Comment Re:She lost her appeal, after all. (Score 0) 173

But nowhere near equally.

Our standards of attractiveness are largely shaped by the media. Or at least, they're popularized by the media, and the media is typically much more constrained than the population they reach. American media is largely shaped by affluent men in Hollywood and New York. And these men have deemed that women are attractive from about twelve to their late twenties, while men are attractive from about twenty to the start of baldness.

Comment Re:Who gives a fuck (Score -1, Troll) 504

In other words, you're a white cis het male, and you don't see a problem with how people like you are represented in media, so everyone else should shut up, right? I mean, there was a minor black character in one Star Wars movie, and maybe five women with speaking roles in the whole series, but who gives a fuck about them? They should be damn grateful to have that much representation!

For fuck's sake, think of someone besides yourself for one second.

Comment Re:How do we know we've only discovered 1% of NEAs (Score 1) 54

If I were doing this, I'd have a probe go through the asteroid belt and catalogue the number of asteroids it identifies. Then I'd compare that to the number I'd catalogued previously. That misses rogue asteroids, of course, and assumes that asteroid distribution is uniform throughout the belt.

Comment ChromeOS + SSH client (Score 1) 99

The Secure Shell extension for Chrome gets you a usable terminal and SSH client. If you need to edit files locally, vim is available too, along with several text editors. There are a couple of git clients floating around if you want to edit stuff with source control.

This isn't such a good option for me. I use LaTeX on my chromebook and want to compile stuff. I want to use sed and awk and wc. I currently use Crouton, though I'm probably going to install Chromixium instead.

Comment Simulated annealing (Score 1) 140

In the T9 section we employed a random walk optimization. For the swipe optimization we use a similar approach but gradually reduce the number of random swaps over time so that the keyboard settles into a local minimum.

A random walk with hops being shortened over time is called "simulated annealing". It's an alternative to genetic algorithms and tends to be easier to use for problems with solutions that can't be chopped up and put together in a coherent format. For instance, keyboard layouts, which require each key to be present exactly once.

In any problem, if you find yourself doing an infinite amount of work, the answer may be obtained by inspection.