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Comment: Re:You cancel service? (Score 1) 242 242

I once foolishly paid dyndns for some sort of very long term (lifetime? I cannot remember) dyndns account. That service went away, and I got left with just their free tier of service. Then they started with the "you must log in every x amount of time" thing. At this point, I got DNS subdomains on shtuff running in DigitalOcean, and it makes not a lot of sense to run things at home.

tl;dr At this point in my life I don't even need dyndns. But thanks for all the fish, at the same time, dyndns.

Comment: Re:Should Everybody Learn Calculus? (Score 1) 387 387

So hold on. You would like to see trig replaced by statistics. But recognize calculus as important.

Allow me to ask how you will do Calculus without reliance on trig. And I do apologize for asking this very dumb question. I am but a mere math major and thus don't know things.

Comment: Re:California (Score 1) 374 374

My first job was at an Executrain branch. We did technical classes of the sort you mention. Microsoft Official Curriculum, and Oracle crap were big money makers. But the difference between SAP courses or other cert classes and what is pointed out in this article, is that the SAP class you went to did not promise you a job.

Or did it?

Comment: Re:California (Score 1) 374 374

Haha. I see this kind of discussion everywhere.

Honestly, I believe there are a lot of people who are not honest enough to accept that they don't entirely comprehend what in reality is a really complex system, and so absurd simplifications of some things seem to them like a sure fix to all the problems that ail us.

Yes, we have problems. Yes, not everything we do is optimal, and there is a lot of room for improvement. But reducing things to a simplistic "GOVERNMENT SHOULD JUST DO X AND THAT WOULD FIX ALL THE PROBLEMS" makes people look silly, and really shows the level of political maturity and knowledge in the country that is supposed to be one of the older democracies in the hemisphere (that likes to "bring freedom" to other countries).

People who don't understand complex systems, or people who don't think that government/the-state/society is a really complex system and are prepared to digest its functioning do not really contribute a lot to the political discourse of the nation when making uninformed statements whose simple and dumb loopholes are easily explored in less than a minute by comments such as the one I am responding to. Still it's a free country.

But we should make a comedy show where we listen to all sorts of silly absolutist political pronouncements from the uninformed (and the dishonest, too, for kicks). Think of it as "An Idiot Abroad" but for politics.

+ - Amazon Gets Blow-back from Kindle Sales at Small Shops Plan->

Rambo Tribble writes: No sooner had Amazon revealed their plan to offer independent book shops the Kindle for re-sale, along with a kick-back on e-book purchases, than the fur began to fly. It appears the shops view the plan as Amazon-assisted suicide. Given the apparent terms of the deal, it looks like they may have a point. Amazon may well have done themselves more harm than good with this ploy.
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Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (5) All right, who's the wiseguy who stuck this trigraph stuff in here?