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Comment: Re:That escalated quickly (Score 1) 102

by flopsquad (#49595997) Attached to: Climatologist Speaks On the Effects of Geoengineering
Agreed, I don't think nuclear war is even in the top 5 outcomes from geoengineering. Conventional war probably makes the short list, as does "Great, it worked," "Fuck, it didn't work" and "Oops we turned the wrong knob, nice knowin ya!"

I suppose a few of those could eventually precipitate nuclear war and thus nuclear winter. But a) so could lots of things unrelated to climate change, and b) we have a pretty good solution for that too: fire up the coal plants and start feeding cows sauerkraut.

Comment: What an MBA is supposed to be (Score 4, Interesting) 209

by flopsquad (#49589077) Attached to: Yes, You Can Blame Your Pointy-Haired Boss On the Peter Principle
Wasn't the original idea behind business school finding and training good managerial candidates (which are apparently quite hard to come by)? Not teaching piranhas how best to outsource the labor force and High Frequency Hump the stock market?

All I'm saying is, I agree that good managers are hard to come by, and maybe we should have a school for that.

Comment: The Ongoing Scandal (Score 1) 392

by flopsquad (#49587363) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors
We are in the midst of a decades-long scandal. It seems lazy people who evidently hate the English language have been appendin "-gate" at the end of pretty much anything that annoys or inconveniences them.

I'm sure when you tell the Apple Store people their watch doesn't work on your tattooed wrist, they will take it back and issue a refund. You may have to spend 15 minutes doing that instead of picking out artisanal teapots or locally-sourced beard wax. Oh the horrors!

#noteverythingisafuckinggate-gate

Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 1) 615

by flopsquad (#49533453) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

If they're paying for schools (through taxes) then they get a say in how the schools operate. No taxation without representation.

+1 well-played snark. Anti-vaxxers are exactly the type of people who would take that "no taxation" line they read in a grade school textbook and misapply it to their own imagined plight.

Of course they have representation at all levels of government, and their property taxes no more give them the right to put other kids at risk than to dictate the Bible as the official history textbook.

Comment: Re:600k games is a very limited dataset (Score 1) 109

by flopsquad (#49451001) Attached to: A Data-Driven Exploration of the Evolution of Chess

The Eli system isn't that old, and in the past players with drastically different levels of skill were more likely to play each other.

Actually, the Eli System is pretty much all they had in the past. As in, "Hey Eli, match up the all these chess players, will ya?"

Now Elo, on the other hand... :)

Comment: Queue the Fart Jokes (Score 2) 111

I mean, yes haha, fart fart fart toot toot toot.

But once we're all done laughing, I think we should take a sober look at the real scientific explanation: the Four Corners is host to a phenomenon known as Intermittent Fulminating Atmospheric Rancidity Tempest - Extended Duration.

Comment: Question Frequency (Score 1) 315

by flopsquad (#49442995) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce a 7-Year-Old To Programming?
I think it's an admirable goal to get your kid interested in computers and coding. But it seems like /. gets this question every week, sometimes multiple times a week. You can't swing a dead cat around here without hitting some variant of "How can I teach my [son/daughter/nephew/[2-/3-/4-/5-/6-/7-/10-]year-old/3rd grade class/nation's kindergarteners] how to code?" Can we just sticky this to the sidebar somewhere?

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