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Comment: Re:Finnish (Score 2) 81

by grouchomarxist (#47943427) Attached to: Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings

You don't need to learn languages to do linguistics. You need to learn about languages. It helps to know the languages involved, but if that was required comparative linguistics would get nowhere. Comparative linguistics works by building on the data gathered about the target languages, often by researchers who went to study them.

Comment: I took a COBOL class... (Score 1) 268

by grouchomarxist (#47924395) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

...many years ago. An extra $10,000 a year isn't enough to get me to program in that language again.

I wouldn't advise anyone to study COBOL unless they really needed the job. If you go that route you are going to be doing uninteresting (to me anyway) programming in a ghetto while other programmers of your generation are doing more interesting things. COBOL is a dead-end.

Comment: Biggest archaeological event? (Score 5, Insightful) 80

by grouchomarxist (#47869545) Attached to: Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

I'm no archaeologist, but I doubt most archaeologists would claim this discovery ranks that highly. The person making the claim is an expert on the Franklin expedition, so he's bound to be a bit biased. It certainly sounds interesting, but we know a lot about Britain in the 1840s. I think the bigger archaeological discoveries involve civilizations we don't know much about.

Comment: Re:Picasso and Braque influenced Klimt (Score 1) 74

I think it is unlikely that Klimt was influenced by Picasso. Picasso was 19 years younger than Klimt and by the time he became famous Klimt's had already established his style. The situation appears to be similar with Braque. I think the article's claim that "indeed experts are well acquainted with the idea that Klimt was influenced by both these artists" could be a mistake.

Comment: Re:Was he a HOMOSEXUAL paedophile, by any chance? (Score 1) 232

by grouchomarxist (#47668711) Attached to: Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

Some numbers:

According to wiki about 3.8% of the U.S. population is gay, but the % of men that is gay is not mentioned.

In any case, the original poster seems to be ignoring the possibility of female pedophiles.

Comment: Extraordinary misspelling? (Score 4, Insightful) 35

by grouchomarxist (#47668651) Attached to: Historians Rediscover Einstein's Forgotten Model of the Universe

For some reason I don't find Einstein making a spelling mistake particularly extraordinary. Sounds like a particularly ordinary thing for an un-edited manuscript and a unusual name like "Hubble".

If making a spelling mistake is extraordinary, then /.ers are making extraordinary posts all the time.

Comment: Re:hint for the non apple people (Score 1) 191

by grouchomarxist (#47659929) Attached to: Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

One of the problems is that in some cases you need to mark both devices. For example, for some Android phones the top of the micro cable corresponds to the screen, while with other phones the top corresponds to the rear of the device. It is an issue mainly for developers who deal with multiple devices in an single day, but still.

"Though a program be but three lines long, someday it will have to be maintained." -- The Tao of Programming