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Comment: Love the Monte Carlo method (Score 1) 311

by rwhamann (#46749787) Attached to: Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi
Ever since reading about it in high school programming class, every time I've learned a language I've written a Monte Carlo PI calculator in it - it's my hello world. It does seem odd that they got this close - I usually needed mega-iterations to get to 3.14, but that may be a function more of the weak PRNGs on most of the platforms I used.

Comment: Re:You don't need a college degree .. (Score 1) 287

by rwhamann (#46748003) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job
Ehhh, it's supposed to be. If you've ever done a group project in a 400 level computer science class, you know this isn't always the case. I can remember graduating seniors in group projects whose primary contribution was the warm fuzzy feeling I got when I realized I may have to interview against them in the future.

Comment: Re:The purpose of universities (Score 1) 287

by rwhamann (#46747807) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job
Why can't it be both? I needed the Bachelor's to get my commission in the Air Force, but I chose my classes to maximize utility. Organizational communications met a humanities/SS credit requirement, but also made me a better officer and manager than Early American Hobo Lit would have.

Comment: Re:Poetic Justice (Score 1) 1116

by rwhamann (#40439299) Attached to: Georgia Apple Store Refuses To Sell iPad To Iranian-American Teen
Actually banning the user for his views would be wrong, but holding up his views and proclaiming them and your disagreement should be wholly appropriate. PopeRatzo is simply announcing them in the marketplace of ideas. People are free to agree with Ratzo or his opponent - there is no censorship here.

Comment: Re:Evolution (Score 3, Interesting) 381

by rwhamann (#39914689) Attached to: Did a Genome Copying Mistake Lead To Human Intelligence?
Sadly, I AM a born again Christian, and have almost the same attitude as you about many of my brothers and sisters. People telling me I'm going to "smart" myself out of the Kingdom and BS like that. I just stopped talking to anyone who believes in Young Earth Creationism at all. I do not understand how people can think that God is the most amazing and intelligent and powerful being in the univers, but is simultaneously afraid of unbiased science.

Comment: Re:I hope he realizes he did more harm than good (Score 2) 332

by rwhamann (#39402641) Attached to: Foxconn "Glad That Mike Daisey's Lies Were Exposed"
Overreact much? What GP is implying (I think) is that this is a systemic problem - killing one company, Foxconn, over this only hurts their current employees without really changing the overall status quo. In fact, the recent inspection by a worker's rights group said that Foxconn was pretty progressive in worker treatment - for China. None of this will change unless China passes and/or enforces OSHA-like worker protection laws or consumers demand "worker-fair" products and pay for them.

Comment: Why not use the dummy DNS servers? (Score 3, Interesting) 105

by rwhamann (#39130155) Attached to: Disconnection of Millions of DNSChanger-Infected PCs Delayed
Why not use the dummy DNS servers to redirect users still attached to them to an informational website that tells them how to unfuck themselves? Make it a clearly labelled site with a very simple, obviously .gov URL so people trust it? If my ISP can pop up a frame telling me I'm approaching the bandwidth cap, why can't the FBI?

Comment: Re:Capitalism at its best (Score 2) 104

by rwhamann (#38343592) Attached to: Verizon Tech Charged In $4.5M Equipment Scam
No, what I believe he means is that the "inflate and deflate" that the trader can do is worthless to society. It adds no real property or value to society, it only transfers value from one person to another. That's the leach part, the part that derivative traders maximized to harm the housing market (I won't say crash because that implies that mortgoage brokers and customers were free of fault, which they certainly were not.)

In English, every word can be verbed. Would that it were so in our programming languages.