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Comment: beyond funny (Score 4, Insightful) 117

by nomadic (#46446943) Attached to: Interviews: ESR Answers Your Questions
I thought the funniest thing about this story was how they didn't ask any of the modded-up questions about his racism, climate denial, paranoid conspiracy theories, etc. Then I got to this:

"ESR: "Better battle rifle" depends on who you're equipping, and for what. I lean towards the AR-15 because I'm from a culture that readily produces people with good marksmanship, fire discipline, and steadiness onder combat pressure. The AR-15 is the better weapon to match those traits - it rewards skill in the shooter and you can actually use it at distance."

This is just beyond hilarious; ESR is the ultimate internet tough guy. What exactly in your middle-class suburban "culture" made you steady under "combat pressure"? Do you think this posturing impresses anybody, or makes any of us believe that you wouldn't immediately fold if you faced any danger whatsoever? You know how you can tell if you have "fire discipline" or "steadininess [u]nder pressure"? Actually be in a situation that requires it. Until then you just look ridiculous.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 0) 111

by nomadic (#46442243) Attached to: Up To 1000 NIH Investigators Dropped Out Last Year
"Physicians are human and are subject to the same bias and irrational thinking as the rest of us. Nothing can replace a well designed study where the results can be reproduced."

Yep. Most physicians also suffer from the serious flaw that they are terrified of appearing not to know something. When was the last time you heard a physician say "these symptoms are unusual in this combination; let me do a little research and get back to you"?

Comment: Re:Not a subsidy? (Score 2) 126

by nomadic (#46433359) Attached to: NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company
Eh, I was ready to be outraged but after glancing through the OIG report it doesn't look that bad. Apparently the Google dudes paid a market rate for the hangar space, and let NASA use one of their planes for free (that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars per flight hour). I would suspect that even taking into account the discounted fuel NASA came out ahead.

Comment: Re: As Frontalot says (Score 1) 631

by nomadic (#46369865) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?
"While nothing is 100% certain, I know I would feel a hell of a lot more secure with $100,000 in cash in a fireproof safe, or even at a bank, than I would with the same amount in BitCoins sitting in an exchange or even in "cold storage" that's based on untested (and obviously flawed) protocols and trust in a completely unregulated private company in another country (or even our own)."

The vast majority of bitcoin conspiracy theorists feel the same, they just won't admit it.

Comment: Re:Education does not qualified make... (Score 2) 491

by nomadic (#46348225) Attached to: Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?
"Trying to get more people educated in a field by saying "we need more people with STEM degrees!" is like saying I need more people who know how to run. I don't want someone who knows how to run, I want someone who loves running." And I want a billion dollars, a private island, and a private masseuse. I'm not going to complain when I don't get it, though. What you should reasonably expect when you hire is someone who will do the job you pay them reasonably well and be a net asset to your company; most people don't "want" to work, they work to live. Expecting them to find spiritual fulfillment in helping your company do whatever it is it does is unreasonable.

Put your Nose to the Grindstone! -- Amalgamated Plastic Surgeons and Toolmakers, Ltd.