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Comment Re:I had to laugh (Score 1) 211

What was wrong with the Peter Jackson LotR movies? They were far better than many had dared to hope for. Sure it would have been nice to have have some things that weren't included (i.e. Tom Bombadil, Scouring of the Shire) and some parts were rather silly (Gandalf being unable to perform a pull up in Moria, or the deus ex machina they turned the Dead Men of Dunharrow into, etc), but all in all they were quite good. Not like the previous attempts at LotR movies (1978 animated film. As someone who has read the book (and the Silmarillion) multiple times, I think the Jackson films did quite well.

Comment Re:4 kinds of people... (Score 1) 204

I played WoW vanilla from launch until a few months into the Burning Crusade. I and many others would dispute your assertion that it was "incredible". But if you think vanilla WoW was anything but carebear, then you better refresh on its meaning... WoW was unprecedented in its levels of carebear-ness (take a look at the death penalties in Everquest to get an idea. Hell even Diablo 2 was harsher). Also, your rant about the "Kung fu pandas" is unfounded, as many others have stated Pandarians have been a part of Warcraft lore since Warcraft 3 (i.e. for over a decade before now). They were always portrayed as being large, jovial and fond of food and drink.

Comment Re:no (Score 1) 637

It's not just politically incorrect, it's quite dangerous. In the past these sorts of intelligence tests have been used to justify a wide array of discriminatory policies aimed at disenfranchising segments of the population, and if introduced again, I'm sure history would repeat itself (it's got a habit of doing that). One particularly interesting quote from wikipedia on scientific racism: "Before the 1920s, social scientists agreed that whites were superior to blacks, but they needed a way to somehow ‘prove’ this in order to back social policy in favor of whites. They felt the best way to gauge this was through testing intelligence" The problem with restricting people based on their perceived intelligence is that intelligence is a malleable and largely unquantifiable thing, and IQ tests are not exactly a standardized or objective measure of intelligence. Hence these tests can be morphed and modified to prove whatever objective the tester set out to do. These tests were done away with for a reason; not only are they "not politically correct", but at best unfair and at worst, downright dangerous.
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Submission + - Court rules against Polish rocker who tore up Bible (reuters.com)

hessian writes: "Poland's Supreme Court opened the way on Monday for a blasphemy verdict against a rock musician who tore up a Bible on stage, a case that has pitted deep Catholic traditions against a new desire for free expression.

Adam Darski, front man with a heavy metal group named Behemoth, ripped up a copy of the Christian holy book during a concert in 2007, called it deceitful and described the Roman Catholic church as "a criminal sect".

(They were good once: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3mkPVznv6c )"

Comment Re:do not track or do not serve target ads? (Score 4, Informative) 110

Assuming this is a serious question, as I understand it, the browser, when requesting a page, will set a flag denoting your "do not track" status. It's up to the site to honor the request or not (which more often they don't). Of course, if you were being facetious, then feel free to ignore this.

Comment Re:Comments by an old programmer (Score 1) 388

Not to sound confrontational, but the only people who dismiss C++ templates as being in "la-la land" are those who don't understand templates. You're entitled to your opinion, but consider giving it another look. Also I'm curious, how precisely would you want to improve machine learning notation? Have people drawing hypercubes everywhere?

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