It's not plural at all. It's a collective noun, so it's singular. And 'math.' (note the period) started as an abbreviation, which lost the period by the 1870s. The wacky form 'maths' didn't come about until the 1910s, 40 years later.
It's a stupid spelling. It's awkward to say (the 's' often ends up nearly silent anyway) and grammatically confusing (it's not plural!), where 'math' is just a straight abbreviation. Couple that with the smug yet completely unwarranted sense of superiority ("the trouble with americans") people get for using it, and you've got a winner.
"That's not true at all."
Yes it is.
I'd provide more evidence, but you didn't - and in any case even the tiniest bit of good-faith searching would find it.
Well put, especially because all this is really about is averages.
The GP's post title is interesting - he refers to the ex-president of Harvard who lost his job (in part) due to comments - that were pretty completely misrepresented - about the aptitude of women in mathematics and science. His basic point - which isn't particularly controversial - is that men tend to have a greater standard deviation for many characteristics than women do, although they tend to have approximately the same averages. This wider bell curve would obviously lead to more men at the highest levels - but also at the lowest. Both of these are well supported observations (especially the low half, which is less controversial - go figure) and are also reasonable conclusions from a genetic standpoint - women have two X chromosomes, which moderate each other, while men have only one (this is why e.g., color blindness are almost exclusively male afflictions) - as well as an evolutionary standpoint (a population-exceptional male can have dramatically more successful offspring than an average male, but a population-exceptional female will have approximately the same number, although more fit, as an average female).
Stereotypes are all about averages, and the reason they've so pervasive is that they're how our brains work. We need to have a mental model of everything around us, so we don't spend 10 minutes trying to understand an apple every time we see one. We couldn't function if we weren't able to say "this is an apple, it acts like the other apples I've experienced" and put it in that bucket.
The problem doesn't even arise when we do that with people - to an extent. We have a stereotype of doctors as intelligent and knowledgeable about our health, for instance, that's usually quite helpful if we're a patient. No, the problem comes when we don't remember that stereotypes are just personal averages, and that a specific individual may not fit the model we have, combined with trying too hard to fit people into buckets when the evidence doesn't fit. The other problem is not discarding a bucket when essentially nobody fits it (e.g., common racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, etc - all of which persist only because the bigot in question has spent their life cherry-picking and exaggerating interactions).
(Also, back on topic, women aren't any worse at spatial reasoning, they just - on average - take slightly longer to do it)
Um... SpaceX has made several resupply missions to the ISS, starting more than a year ago: http://science.slashdot.org/story/12/10/10/1229202/iss-robotic-arm-captures-dragon-capsule.
Not sure where you're confused.
Nope. They may have the equipment, but they need a Category IIIb instrument landing system at the airport to actually do so, along with a crew certified to operate it. All of which are shockingly expensive - you need computer equipment that continues to work after a failure, which in practical terms means you need a lot of computers cross-checking each other and extremely rigorously designed software (I think 7 9's). The ground equipment is similarly extremely expensive, rather tempermental, and requires lots of checking and re-certification (the risk of being wrong is that the plane flies into the ground).
Lesser categories of ILS (i.e., the ones at almost all airports, even commercial passenger carrying ones) require transitioning to visual control at or above the decision height to avoid going missed.
More to the point, in a car you need to be looking outside pretty much continuously. More than about a half-second of looking away starts to get dangerous, and 2 seconds is downright negligent. But in a small airplane, you have much, much longer (on the order of about 30 seconds) of eyes-inside time - you need it to do all your planning/charts/radios/checklists/etc! And that's just for visual rules - if you're on an instrument flight, you don't even need to look outside until you're trying to land (that's the point of an instrument rating - looking outside doesn't do you much good if you're in a cloud).
The two scenarios aren't even remotely comparable. Driving is a much more "real-time" operation than flying, so distractions should be minimized to a substantially greater extent.
It doesn't matter.
Look, when I was a kid, I used to play Counterstrike pretty seriously. I was curious about these cheats that I kept seeing on VAC-secure servers, so I went and found some and played around with them - on VAC-insecure servers, of course*. They're really cool bits of code that hook into the game and understand the engine well enough to find the head "bone" and wait for it to come into the player's view. Being a coder, I wanted to know how they worked - not to write my own, but software that hooks into other software is fairly unusual, and thus, interesting to my teenage self.
Anyways, since I was just looking around (and not willing to pay/join the "clubs" that made new undetected hacks), the aimbot I had was definitely no secret and surely would've gotten me banned if I'd played on a VAC-secure server. The deal was - cheat on a secure server, get banned. But the counterpoint is - cheat on an insecure one, no problem. It felt really fair - joining a secure server is an agreement not to cheat, and if you do, you're banned.
If this story is true, it completely changes that agreement. Presumably it's a "once a cheater, always a cheater" attitude, but that's not really fair. The cool thing about VAC was that it was indisputable. It doesn't make mistakes - you knew categorically that someone who was VAC-banned had broken the agreement by having cheat code loaded while connected to a secure server. So there was no arguing, pleas, etc - they were a cheater, they had cheated in a game that was annotated "no cheats". This would completely change that dynamic, and Valve is really careful about that kind of thing, so I'm suspicious that this is as-reported.
*Before somebody chews me out for cheating anywhere - first, it was only on cheat servers (all players were using them), and second, it only makes sense to view the active decision to turn off VAC (it's on by default) as a decision to allow cheaters.
I expected better from a 4 digit UID.
"hardware doesn't support ipv6" - Sure, and it's all being steadily replaced. As everybody replaces their stuff on the normal cycle, the new stuff supports v6. 5 years later, everything supports it - starting at the backbone, moving to the ISP core, then the individual gateways. Case in point - Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, ATT, etc. Not sure what you mean by "expensive hardware that ISPs have in their data centers" because the big ISPs don't seem to have any trouble with it. Perhaps you mean some shitty ISP nobody's heard of (got any names?) that went out of their way to *not* buy all the v6-compatible gear? Or perhaps they're running 8 year old equipment, even though bandwidth requirements have gone through the roof since then. Well, either way, yeah occasionally upgrading your shit is part of being an ISP.
"virtually all wireless network hardware sold today" - You mean like Aruba and Cisco? Fun fact - my university uses Aruba gear for WLAN and they flipped on native v6 quite successfully. In 2010. Or perhaps you mean consumer gear, like my shitty Arris gateway from the cable company that requested a v6 prefix when I plugged it in and has been happily advertising it to all my machines? And "machines" includes my cellphone, Smart TV, and fucking Blu-Ray player!
"cost the ISPs time and money and aggravation to support" - You'll have to do better than that. IPv6 brokenness is a non-issue, and most of the negligible fraction of people who have a problem are having a problem due to ISP misconfiguration - a support non-issue if the ISP is configured properly. In fact, when the support guys realized that widespread v6 support would essentially eliminate all their "how do I forward a port" support calls, I bet they had to change their pants. If by "support" you mean "configure this shit they bought over the last 5 years"... well, that's known as a "job".
Normally I'd expect a bullshit post full of ad-homenims to be some sort of astroturf but all the ISPs are already fucking doing this so they have no reason to troll forums. So I don't know what your deal is. Maybe you get a jolly from shitting on v6. That's fine, go nuts. We'll all be over here using it happily, spinning up v6-only services in a few years, and leaving you in the dust.
Google agrees. They're probably a bit less US-centric.
As bad as the ISPs in the US are, we're actually a world leader in v6 traffic. Comcast, Time Warner (the ones I have personal experience with) and apparently Verizon are all doing v6 natively and properly. That accounts for a huge percentage of customers - as they get around to replacing their gateways, it should "just work".
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Just so everybody's clear what I mean by "just work" - when I moved into my new apartment, I rented a modem/router from the cableco (I of course bought my own a few weeks later like a good nerd). Out of the box, it requested a
v6 is here. It works great, and you get real IPs! Like, you can actually paste an IP to a friend so he can download a file from your box just like the old days, without doing any NAT port mapping bullshit. Want to play a game, or video chat, or VNC or something? Just open a damn socket, no STUN or UPnP or any other crap.
I don't get why so many Slashdotters are bitching/FUDding about v6. There's no money in it - all the ISPs are doing it happily - so it's not astroturfing. And the comments don't fit the typical troll model. What gives?
And don't be surprised if someone implements NAT on IPV6.
That person should be shot. There is literally no benefit to NAT (and a massive amount of drawbacks) unless you have a shortage of IP addresses. And IPv6 has 340282366920938463463374607431768211456 of them.
My parents have Comcast, I have TWC. Performance, reliability, and tech are all about the same - Comcast on demand and cable boxes are much better, but TWC's been working on that. I actually have had better luck with Comcast customer service than Time Warner, but that might just be a fluke.
I don't expect anything to get worse, but it probably won't get any better either - certainly not the price.
That's what I thought, until I remembered that nobody with TWC can switch to Comcast or vice-versa, at least without moving. There should be huge anti-competitive concerns - but there's no competition anyway so I guess it doesn't matter?
TWC does v6 as well. I'm using it right now
As horrendous as Comcast is, they've got nothing on Time Warner.