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Comment Re:Welcome to Capitalism (Score 1) 611

Ron Paul owns his likeness. Just because you've been playing in his playground and making improvements for the past 5 years doesn't mean you own it. It was his from the start.

Now he's asked you to decamp. Perhaps that's rude and abrupt, but guess what? It never was yours. All that effort of yours? You donated it. If that donation proves to have been to someone unworthy, well, that's the way cookie crumbles.

If you want to own it, play in your own playground instead of someone else's.

Comment complete the degree (Score 2) 1

Speaking as a technical manager who hires folks:

1. The industry isn't moving very fast right now. That was 1995. You need not fear being left behind during the couple years it takes you to complete a degree.

2. What school? A degree mill like DeVry or University of Phoenix is boring because you're probably not learning anything. Transfer to a real school; you won't regret it... either in class or in a job interview.

3. A CS degree from a non-degree mill tells me that you've been exposed to all the classically wrong ways to do things... so that you know how to avoid them. You should be able to tell me the big-oh of any part of your program and should have learned an intuitive feel for whether you're dealing with linear, polynomial or exponential growth. You should know what an inode is and why it's important when you store data files on the disk. You should know a broad range of stuff that you'll be exposed to during the course of getting your degree.

You don't need this to be a web hack for a small web site. But if you want to build real software that happens to have a web interface, it helps if you're a real programmer.

Comment Re:all sides (Score 1) 763

Impressive. And there's every reason to believe that more such work will eventually yield a theory of evolution that's actually solid. But frankly it reads like Lenski's experiments are only now approaching the level of Edison's experiments with electricity. Get far enough past that to do the evolutionary equivalent of building a transistor and I'll call whatever is then the theory of evolution, "good."

Until then, students deserve to know that they're hearing Edison-level theory. Not wrong, and certainly not without value, but very very incomplete.

Comment Re:all sides (Score -1, Flamebait) 763

Relativity is a testable theory. It tells me that light will usually go in a straight line. It also tells me that if light travels near a very large mass, it will curve. I can then go out and observe light curving around a large mass. And the curve I measure will match the curve relativity predicted.

Evolution can't tell me what conditions to subject rats to so that I end up with something that isn't a rat. And it can't tell me how many generations it'll take. Evolution can't tell me where to dig to find a creature whose bones are part way between a form believed to be a descendent of another. And it can't reliably tell me what those bones will look like when I do find them.

So, what exactly does it predict?

Comment all sides (Score 0) 763

Perhaps "all sides" means diligently pointing out flaws in the theory where behavior is observed but not adequately understood. Punctuated equilibrium, missing link, I'm looking at the two of you in particular.

Evolution is the only theory for how species came to be as they are which is both credible *and* scientific. But it isn't a very good theory. If it was a good theory then it would be *testable*. One could use it to make reliable predictions about generational change in short lived animals based on whatever the factors are that induce change.

Comment Re:Debian (Score 1) 6

If it works for you then go for it. Personally, when I install software for someone else I'd like there to be someone they can get support from who isn't me. For a non-technical person, there are only a couple Linuxes that comes close to applying to. Ubuntu is one of them. Debian and Mint are not.

The last OS I saw that was both broadly useful and sufficiently intuitive that a non-technical user reasonably needed little support was the Apple Macintosh's System 7 from back in the mid-90's. Nothing on the market today passes muster.

Comment Great study, faulty conclusion (Score 1) 56

From the study: In the super flight condition, participants controlled their flight through the VR environment. In the two helicopter conditions, participants were merely told that they were to be a passenger in a helicopter and their task would be explained once immersed in virtual reality. Their field of view varied only as a function of their head movements (i.e., they did not control translation of the helicopter but could look around the vehicle and out the window). Both flights were through an empty, generic city.

When the researcher dropped his pens, one participant had been actively flying through a VR environment, choosing where to go and going there, for several minutes. The other had been passively seated, with no control over the avatar except to look around.

So, the folks who had just been active moments before continued to be active, assisting with the dropped pens while the folks who had just been passive moments before continued to be passive, observing the researcher as he retrieved the dropped pens.

Had the study been fliers versus walkers with both in control of the avatars, I bet the study results would have shown identical helping behavior.

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