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Comment: Re:That means new privacy laws right? (Score 2) 227

False: Feinstein is only against spying when she is forced by circumstances to be publically against it. If this had all happened in private I *highly* doubt she'd do anything about it (except pat the NSA on the back and help their head find new consulting gigs).

Comment: Your Results Will Vary (Score 4, Insightful) 241

by machineghost (#47486403) Attached to: Math, Programming, and Language Learning

The problem with all the articles like this is that they're either written by people who did take math or didn't, and in either case both believe their side is right. The article is clearly written by someone who took a lot of math so, surprise, he thinks math is good for programmers. But I took nothing past Calculus (and have never professionally used even Trigonometry), and I'm a successful programmer, so I think math is unecessary.

Until someone actually does a study on this, it's all gonna come down to "the way I did it was better" ... and that's just noise.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous! (Score 3, Interesting) 590

by machineghost (#47461119) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

RTFM. Thor does not become a female (and neither does Obama). The only thing that changed is who the comic book "Thor" focuses on (its now a different mortal who has Thor's hammer than it was in the past). It's like if a woman put on a cape, took the batmobile out for a spin and called herself Batman. If the comic book called "Batman" focuses on her then for all intents and purposes she "is" Batman ... but it doesn't mean Bruce Wayne got a sex change.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous! (Score 0) 590

by machineghost (#47461039) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Thor is a male god.

False. In the Marvel universe Thor (as in "the character staring in the comic book called "Thor") started out as male god, but then switched to being a mortal who got ahold of Thor's hammer. I know this because the first comic book I ever read featured this incarnation of Thor.

Now another mortal has taken over the role of hammer-holder/comic-book-star. It's completely consistent with the past mythology, doesn't in any way change the past mythology (Thor doesn't "become" a girl) and nothing at all like changing Han to shoot second.

Comment: Re:Give me a break. (Score 3, Insightful) 109

by machineghost (#47302219) Attached to: Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

That "97%" BS argument has been debunked over and over.

Great, so you got a link to that survey of climate scientists where they all say it's a scam?

And it's repeated ad nauseum by people that should know science is not about consensus.

Of course it's not, but when idiots like you ignore science no matter what facts are presented, the only way to even try to have a dialogue is to reference an impartial source like a survey of a large numbers of scientists. Also, if 97% of scientists all believe something, they *could* all be wrong ... but they probably aren't.

Comment: Re:Give me a break. (Score 0, Troll) 109

by machineghost (#47300793) Attached to: Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

(For our very narrow definition of qualified "climate scientists") (and broad assumptions in reviewing the literature)

Yes, "narrowly defined" as in "people who study this stuff and therefore are qualified to talk about":

I won't even respond to the rest of your "crackpot"-ishnes; it refutes itself :-)

Comment: Re:Give me a break. (Score 1, Troll) 109

by machineghost (#47300625) Attached to: Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

Yeah, it must have to do with really bored "liberals" having nothing better to do than make people poor for no reason. It couldn't possibly be that the overwheleming magjority of climate scientists all agree we're causing irreversible changes in our climate that will eventually result in thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of death and billions of dollars of property damage, or anything like that ...

Comment: Re:controlling words (Score 1) 99

by machineghost (#47282275) Attached to: Smartphones To Monitor Schizophrenics

Sometimes people trying to help you can't unless you let them. Try finding a good therapist (which might take a few attempts) and then once you find someone you can develop trust with try working with doctors. But remember, when your perception of things is distorted, it can be easy to see malice or incompetence when honest and qualified people face a difficult problem like mental illness.

Comment: Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (Score 1) 646

by machineghost (#47276107) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

No, it didn't.
Redskin has always referred to the people, due to their "red" skin.

This may be hard to grasp, but a word can have multiple meanings. Just because you think you know what a word meant to one group of people at one point in history does not mean that all peoples throughout history have used that word the same way. To many people "redskin" undoubtedly means "person with red skin, aka an injun/Indian/Native American/etc.". However, it also was used to refer to the scalps of murdered Native Americans:

"The State reward for dead Indians has been increased to $200 for every red-skin sent to Purgatory. This sum is more than the dead bodies of all the Indians east of the Red River are worth."

Jus to be clear, "Purgatory" wasn't a euphism for Hell, it was a town (where evidently you could trade your scalps in for some serious cash). Our ancestors, being far more religiously-educated than we are, would not have confused Purgatory for Hell anyway (the two are very different places), and the second sentence further clarifies that they were talking about (pieces of) corpses.

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