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Comment: Re:negativity (Score 1) 162

by gstoddart (#49789657) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

guys, can we cut down the negativity?

No. This is the internet.

I can legitimately track changes in my life-happiness

Not my problem that you're whiny and sensitive.

not to mention, in general in relationships [e.g., you and timothy...] it's better to speak wishfully of the future than negatively of past

Well, isn't that special. No, wait, still don't care.

gets the point across without dragging my day down.

I am not responsible for your happiness.

Timothy posts stories which embed videos, or pictures, or polls .. all things which at various points I have said "no" to in my preferences, which I don't want to see, and which no other editor seems to do.

And yet he continues to post stuff which he feels we need to see and which annoy the heck out of us. Why is it that only one editor does this?

So I acknowledge your complaining about your fragile feelings, I sincerely wish Timothy would stop thinking himself special and bypassing my settings, I look forward to the day when he stops making posts which contain forms of media I do not wish to see, and I hope you'll get over your damned self.

Comment: Boo hoo for your business model ... (Score 5, Funny) 237

by gstoddart (#49785299) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Why the hell do corporations think their business model is a guaranteed right, or that it confers any obligations on anybody else?

My business model involves being given millions of dollars to engage in acts of debauchery with college girls.

So far I've been having a hard time coming up with the millions of dollars. Or the college girls. Or the acts of debauchery. Most of them seem awfully complicated and there's stuff on TV.

Who do I sue about that? (No, really, I need to know this. ;-)

I should be given my millions of dollars to commit debauchery with college girls ... because ... business model!!

Comment: Re:Which string theory? (Score 2) 135

Oh, sure. There's a lot of background knowledge required to follow any of it.

But, honestly, even among people with a reasonable foundation in science ... string theory falls into two camps: a) those who make crazy strange metaphors as if they understand it, and b) those who roll their eyes at the people who use crazy strange metaphors as if they understand it.

So, I conclude that string theory causes an extreme polarization of dork-ions, a lot of hyperbole, and way too little actual understanding or predictive value to be of much use. ;-)

Comment: Re:Which string theory? (Score 4, Interesting) 135

Sure, but ... if Richard Feynmann

criticized string theory in an interview: "I don't like that they're not calculating anything," he said. "I don't like that they don't check their ideas. I don't like that for anything that disagrees with an experiment, they cook up an explanation--a fix-up to say, 'Well, it still might be true.': These words have since been much-quoted by opponents of the string-theoretic direction for particle physics.

I'll flat out admit I can't come close to understanding the voodoo which is string theory.

But that Feynman didn't either, and I've heard more recent quotes from physicists who basically say they don't know what it is either ... I feel I'm in good company.

I accept that my tiny little money brain isn't up to the task. But I'm not the only one saying "WTF?" about string theory.

Comment: Re:String Theory\0 (Score 1) 135

I'm wondering why all the heavy particles that were found with the colliders, were not observed during all the nuclear tests that were done during the 30 or years or so from 1945 till 1975.

Better instrumentation and better understanding would be my guesses.

It's awfully hard to measure things you don't know are there, don't expect to be there, and don't have things which can detect them.

I'm pretty sure Higgs was mocked for his idea of the Higgs boson. Flash forward, and our understanding is much better ... and now he was right all along.

Likewise, I'm betting the LHC doesn't have detectors for unicornions ... because we have no theoretical model for unicornions.

Comment: Which string theory? (Score 2) 135

Aren't there like 40 things called string theory, ranging from merely odd or unlikely all the way up to batshit crazy?

I've gotten the sense over the years there's so many things called string theory you can't coherently say what any of it is, or how you'd test it.

Hell, I'm not even convinced many physicists take it seriously. Which means for the layperson, it mostly sounds like gibberish.

It just has all the hallmarks of being so unexplainable as to be meaningless. Which I'm sure is grounded in my lack of understanding due to the fact that it's so magical as to be unexplainable.

Comment: Re:It's OK (Score 1) 363

Yeah, a lot of pedestrians are too stupid to understand either traffic laws, or when they should walk, or the physics of a car hurtling towards them.

One of the scariest thing I've seen is what happens when you try to teach children how to cross the street.

I once saw a small child, who apparently had been told if you want to cross the street you stick out your arm. The problem is nobody apparently stressed the "and wait for traffic to stop" part.

So the stupid little brat makes a 90 degree turn from the sidewalk, sticks out his arm, and starts walking. Didn't even look. It was actually a miracle he didn't end up dead.

Pedestrians really need to have this point reinforced, or beaten into them if necessary ... big heavy things do not stop with zero warning, and you can't simply decide that being a pedestrian is somehow magical and protects you.

Especially, if as in your example, the pedestrian is too stupid to know they can't cross against the signal.

However, in fairness to pedestrians ... I've seen a lot of cars doing a rolling stop and a right hand turn who drive right through a crosswalk with people who do have the signal.

So this isn't limited to just drivers or just pedestrians.

Comment: Re:Because radio isn't just about music (Score 1) 154

by gstoddart (#49784489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?

Its about the DJ banter, weather & traffic news etc.

Really? Because I think DJ banter is one of the most annoying things you could possibly hear on the radio.

Other than hearing the same song 5 times in a day every time I find myself in a car (this actually happened on my last vacation).

It was like "why the hell is it that every time I start this car that song is playing on the radio?" I had to find a new radio station.

and to be surprised by a track I'd probably never have streamed or downloaded myself

LOL, I used to know someone who kept his radio on at his desk while he worked ... and then he started being able to tell what part of the hour they were in based on which songs were in rotation. Because it seemed like the same song would play at the same time every day, until it was replaced with a new song, to play at the same time every day.

Many many radio stations really only seem to play the same 10-15 songs, and randomly throw in something novel for "variety".

Maybe I'm unusual in that sense(*), but I despise radio DJs.

(*) The other ways I'm unusual are mostly irrelevant to radio DJs.

Comment: Re:Don't plan to read it... (Score 1) 42

by gstoddart (#49784043) Attached to: Red Hat CEO Publishes Open Source Management Memoir

I was amazed at how he could fill the entire 20 minutes with *nothing* but management buzzwords, and say pretty much nothing else at all.

Honestly, I'm surprised you're surprised. Because with a 4-digit id I'm sure you've heard way too many CEOs speak.

I remember dreading the quarterly bullshit call with the CEO where he'd do exactly what you described.

It wasn't uncommon to pass out buzzword bingo sheets to the developers before the call ... because it usually took realize the extent to which the rest of the company thinks they're clowns.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 1) 187

by gstoddart (#49783903) Attached to: Clinton Foundation: Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy

You are clinging to your misconception about what CS is

Oh, go fuck yourself you idiot.

I have a degree in CS. I've been in the industry for almost 20 years, I've spent time as a coder and a consultant. I've designed and built stuff. I've maintained stuff. I've done many things.

I have never personally known any of these people you refer to. I have never worked in a place which has these "computer scienticians" who don't actually do anything.

So, enlighten me. Please, feel free to suggest examples of these jobs which may not coincide with my actual experience. I know I haven't seen every possible job, but I also know I haven't ever seen what you're talking about.

Don't be an douchebag who claims I don't know about about CS, because you can cram that up your ass until you choke on it.

But I have known a couple of people who graduated with a masters degree who could barely code, and who otherwise found that nobody wanted someone whose skillset was limited to purely theoretical applications. Because nobody was doing purely theoretical applications.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 142

by gstoddart (#49783757) Attached to: Heat Wave Kills More Than 1,100 In India

Which, if you think about it, is probably smaller as a percentage of population than pool drownings in the US is.

I don't meant to downplay "several hundred deaths", but in a country with a billion people ... you can probably attribute several hundred deaths to a long list of things, some of them probably quite odd.

Hell, how many people die due to tornadoes and hurricanes every year in North America?

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