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Comment Re: Stop it with the SJW crap!!! (Score 1) 571

When did it become anti-science to base your opinion on actual data? The warmists have been editing and deleting temperature data for decades, and this is well documented. If you've rejected that evidence, fine, please don't insult me by claiming the evidence is either invalid or nonexistent. And I am not your Google. It is out there to examine. Pretending there is no evidence of warmist manipulation of their data is just a choice. Wrong, but a choice.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 571

If, however, you believe in something greater than yourself, you soon come to care for, be concerned for, and offer grace to those who so obviously struggle in their daily lives, every single day, every hour, every moment. Those who are always behind the eight-ball, who never seem to get any break other than enough to survive, who trail disappointment and difficulty like a cloud.

If you only believe in yourself, you can easily dismiss those who seem so mean, stupid, and lost. But they deserve better. At the least, they deserve hope.

Life is not 'intended' to be easy. And it is not, for the overwhelming majority of human beings. If you expect to eat today, have a warm and dry place to sleep tonight, and don't have to worry if you will have clean water to drink, you are doing better than much of the rest of the world. If you are confident that you will have all this in 3 months, you are doing WAY better. If you're not thankful for that, you're probably at risk for not only not caring, but for giving others more pain than just life does already.

Take a moment and give thanks however you know you should, whether it is because you were, by an accident of fate, born in a nation that makes this surprisingly easy, because you believe you are chosen to be so, or because you've had the opportunities and the will to take advantage of them, or someone else did so.

And maybe not ignore the opportunity to make someone else's life at least a little better, even if only for a moment. If you find dealing with people is so tedious, sad, shocking, painful, you should indeed find a way to avoid them.

Comment Re:Data rate or transmission delay? (Score 1) 107

First bandwidth. It's probably decreased with distance, signal strength, etc. Even Barker code fails at some point.
Then distance, my friend. Unavoidable latency. Not going to be able to respond before the darned thing has gone awry.

And there was probably a failsafe startup, but *it* failed...

I feel sorry for them, but it's a teaching moment also.

Comment Fun with Excel (Score 1) 337

Try entering your credit card number into an Excel sheet. Yup, it's unexpected. You Excel mavens know this already, so move on. This is Excel goofiness for dummies.

First, you'll see it in scientific notation. Go ahead, set it Number format, and remove the decimals.

Now, see what ya got, the whole number, right?

No. Your credit card doesn't end in a zero, does it?

Oh, re-enter it, since the zero is there forever. I double-dog-dare you to get that last digit back without re-entering it.

Try a custom format: Make Type 0000000000000000 (that's 16 zeros for those of you in Rio Linda).

Yeah, that fixed it, right? No?

Ok, last time, re-enter the card again, but put an apostrophe in first...


Microsoft can't yet imagine why anyone would need 16 significant digits. Or more likely the binary needed to do that is more than 8 bits, and so there we are, do we go all 16-bit and drive storage? Or something.

Oh, and that apostrophe? Save the sheet as CSV. Open it in a text editor, replace '4 or '5 with just 4 or 5. Hope you didn't have a string '4 or '5 for some other purpose. Enjoy.

Researchers probably don't proof their spreadsheets for publication.

Comment A good start... (Score 4, Insightful) 79

Next up:

- Demoting sites that prompt you to install 'their mobile app'. This is just their desperate plea to get even more data from you. And given what Google and that desktop site gathers already, that's a pretty impressive feat.

- Demote sites that pop a notification request. I don't even know you, website, and you want into my circle of trust? Huh?

- And can we get an amen for punishing sites that pop up Android Virus/Malware Detected, Battery and Memory Optimizer, and any other free and fraudulent apps?

And with that, half the web dies. So sad.

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