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Comment: Re:Can we get some all-white/all-black schools too (Score 1) 599

Most men and women enjoy mixing, as it happens.

Not when we're between 6 and 11 or so we don't! That's the age when girls have cooties!

WARNING!!! If you are a boy in this age range, you must stay away from these creatures during this time period or you could get cooties, too!

Damn, I didn't know people were so uneducated in serious medical matters like these. Stay safe, citizens!

Comment: Re:Black and White? (Score 1) 599

Do you have any argument to show that the same thing would happen now?

Simply that human nature doesn't change that quickly and the separate facilities will soon be funded inequitably because of that. Show me any time in the past where that hasn't happened instead. I should think the paucity of examples where schools were funded equitably despite race and the huge number of examples where people still act like asshats because of it would convince you.

Comment: Re:Why store the patient's Age instead of Birth Da (Score 1) 184

You think you're funny? Laugh it up. An age? Simple subtraction, right? Not quite...

Start with kids under an arbitrary cutoff limit (often customizable by HC org, department, and/or provider whose ages need to be given in months. Then you get bitching from neonatologists who want the age of kids under some other arbitrary limits to be displayed in days. This is for a relatively simple concept.

Now, multiply the whole thing by about 25,000 concepts (many more complex than "age"), riddle the whole thing with massive amounts of subjective judgement, toss in prima dona providers, constantly changing governmental regulations, constantly changing clinical standards, constantly changing knowledge and technology, and you can start to see how stupid your comment about age starts to look. It's a difficult domain to program for - try it sometime and see.

Comment: Re:answers: (Score 2) 91

Actually, I don't give a rat's ass about games, just the antisocial tendencies they seem to encourage among some of their devotees - it's not the game, it's the asshattery. And as long as the asshats of gaming band together and are a problem for the rest of the web, I'm sure your fellow non-asshat gamers will eventually isolate you as well. Have a good time playing with each other, you little homoerotic man boys.

Comment: Re:not very often that i agree with carly fioni (Score 1, Informative) 653

No - he's actually wanting Cook to not speak out. Period.

We see here how Republicans love free speech. maybe they should run their party in Saudi Arabia - after all to not do so elsewhere, where things are even worse for Liberty and Freedom would be hypocritical.

Maybe North Korea, too.

Comment: Re:What bit of this pandering do you agree with? (Score 4, Insightful) 653

As human beings, we have limited agency. Tim Cook's words hold great sway here in the US. Much less in a place like Saudi Arabia.

Why do you want him to waste his political capital in fruitless words about the House of Saud and their backwards religion when he can affect change here and now? Why are Republicans all about doing ineffective things? I guess Sean had an expert in that when he brought in Fiorina as a guest!

Comment: Re:Why does it seem (Score 1) 653

The whole idea ... is to keep the country divided.

Well, then why do you stick to whatever side you're sticking to, rather than compromising? Why are you dividing, rather than uniting? Be the bigger man and go over to the other side! Unite us again, O' great sage!

But I don't think that this is appealing to you. Odd that...

Comment: Mo' clowns in the car = mo' fun! (Score 2) 653

Everyone in the tech world knows Fiorina's an idiot. I guess now the California Republican Party can find it out, too. Lucky them!

But I don't know why I'm complaining. She makes Hillary look great! The more clowns the R's pack into their car, the more their makeup rubs onto the ringmasters who are trying to drive. Fun times...

Comment: Re:answers: (Score 4, Insightful) 91

First, your statement "there is no inherent chemical dependency involved any more than with any other activity", although prima facie true, as the neurological basis of psychological habituation is fairly-well understood and the same mechanisms are involved. However, this facile statement hides the fact that people become psychologically habituated to certain activities to varying degrees - saying that the mechanism is the same simplifies OCD into nail biting, even though treatment in each case would be completely different.

Second, this disregard of severity of psychological habituation (I'll call it PH for brevity from here on out) seems to be matched by a notion that a communication medium has no bearing on how well material delivered through that medium can reinforce behavior, leading to astonishing statement "people think that adding a computer into the equation makes it magically different"! This is astonishing mainly because by trying to be sarcastic, you've actually stumbled upon the truth: Different mediums for reinforcement DO lead to different levels of reinforcement. Each medium provides a different experience - aesthetic experience, information content, activity levels, etc., etc., etc. In fact, it would be pretty fucking amazing if a new communications medium did not reinforce particular behaviors very well.

Finally, it's odd that you see the internet as a neutral distribution medium. The atomized and fragmented nature of the internet makes it a lovely market for short, facile responses such as yours. It eschews long form thought and substitutes trope. In many ways, twitch response is a perfect metaphor for the internet - all reaction, no thought. And FPS games take this to a new level - all reaction, no thought, pretty much all the time. It is no surprise that you come to the defence of games as it is a perfect avatar for you. Your inability to achieve even shallow thought, coupled with nothing but sarcasm and a few common rhetorical tricks are the perfect prestidigitation for our commonly awful internet age. I fully expect to see you up-modded here.

P.S. I normally don't swat at flies. But in this case, you gamesters are all swarming around a decaying corpse that you helped devour. Get the fuck out of the way so smart people can perform an autopsy.

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.