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Comment: Re:Logical fallacy here... (Score 1) 298

I've not see a mess like that in ages. Not only is your Latin impressively wrong, your application of logic is impossibly bad.

It all goes to hell at the very beginning with "Ad prop". I don't even know what you were trying to say. It's complete gibberish. (If I had to guess, you were trying to use the phrase "post hoc ergo propter hoc" which directly translates to "after this, therefore, because of this". Though that has nothing to do with the rest of your post.)

Moving on, the logic is as incomprehensible as your latin. "If this then that" (to which you thought that nonsense you wrote translates) is perfectly acceptable. Consider, for example, the modus ponens form: a -> b; a; :. b (by material implication, if you'd rather: a' v b; a; :. b)

I should also note, for the sake of my own sanity, that an invalid argument asserts nothing about the truth of the conclusion. Shouting "logical fallacy!" is silly under the best of circumstances. It's absurd when you clearly don't understand basic logic.

Comment: Re:So let me get this straight (Score 2) 677

by narcc (#49538763) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Well, no. Not voting is generally interpreted a few ways, none of which are "You're protesting against the political system". It's usually "You're too lazy to get out and vote", "You couldn't be bothered to remember the date of the election", or "You were so uninformed that you didn't know there was an election".

You may want to consider the message your non-voting habit actually sends, and adjust your actions accordingly .

Comment: Re:Why the hate for VB (Score 1) 175

by narcc (#49523245) Attached to: Swift Tops List of Most-Loved Languages and Tech

The advantage is usually in readability. Programming languages are, for the most part, terse enough. Most could benefit from a little verbosity. Brevity is not always beneficial.

Java is interesting as it's not the syntax and keywords that lead to it's absurd verbosity. That's a function of the language itself and the JCL.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 208

by narcc (#49496051) Attached to: Social Science Journal 'Bans' Use of p-values

Whereas scientists principally use deduction

To all autodidacts: Imagine if YOU were to make a statement this absurd, without even a hint of self doubt. Worse, what if this is the kind of thing you actually believe as a result of your online "learning" adventures?

This is why a formal education is important. On your own, you could very well end up the the AC above -- so deeply misinformed that there's little hope for recovery.

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action is not the same as sexism (Score 1) 517

During periods of social change where there is a clear divide between groups over an issue, the side that ultimately loses is said to have been on the "wrong side of history". People who supported segregation, for example, would have been on the "wrong side of history" as segregation is no longer socially acceptable and few can image that there would have ever been a debate! A more modern example would be gay rights. While it's not over yet, it's pretty clear which side will ultimately "win" and which side will fall on the "wrong side of history".

On women's equality, I expect the outcome to ultimately fall in favor of the feminists. My predictions may be a bit premature, but that's what I expect none-the-less.

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action is not the same as sexism (Score 0) 517

Well, in a way he's right. It's not possible to persuade the ideologically driven. Facts don't matter to them.

Not that that has anything to do with your name, but I suspect that was just a joke to soften the sentiment.

Either way, welcome to the wrong side of history.

An egghead is one who stands firmly on both feet, in mid-air, on both sides of an issue. -- Homer Ferguson