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Comment Re:It's about social status... (Score 1) 836

You're giving E.T. Bell's "Men of Mathematics" (almost undoubtedly your source) entirely too much credit. While a fun read, it is not a serious work of historical scholarship; rather it is targeted at a popular audience. Bell's sources on the subject of Cantor are mainly Cantor's own letters; with regard to Kronecker's alleged attacks on Cantor, much of those those letters are directly contradicted by published transcripts of Kronecker's lectures.

Certainly it is true that some of "the smart people" may have not understood Cantor's theory of transfinite numbers; Kronecker, however, surely did, and Poincare did as well. What they objected to was the use of "number" -- a term which at the time had a radically different precise mathematical meaning than it does today -- to describe such constructions.

Comment Re:Color me perplexed. (Score 1) 1475

I guess Google has finally decided to ditch their "don't be evil" slogan: there's nothing more evil than trying to overturn the will of the people after a democratic vote. The people have spoken. Google should live with it.

If "the people" (meaning 50% of the minority of the population that actually turned out to vote) passed a ballot initiative that condemned you to death, would you accept their judgement?

Comment Re:He is Mormon. He was in my Mormon congregation. (Score 1) 1475

I understand that you might see the LDS Church's views as hateful. We can agree to disagree and that is why this country is great.

No, we can't.

Using the ballot proposition system to take explicitly take rights away from a minority group, when those rights pose no risk to anyone else's rights and are allowed to the majority is wrong, unethical, and of questionable legality.

Funding groups that want to do so, on the basis of delusions in which an imaginary man in the sky tells you that said minority group is evil, is hateful at best, but probably more aptly described as psychopathic or paranoid-delusional.

Comment Re:Show me some example code (Score 1) 382

as always, one should use the level of abstraction that one feels comfortable with to deal with the specific "algorithmic needs", no?

Of course. But one shouldn't pretend that this makes the language one has chosen somehow better suited to the task than the language another person would choose, even if their solution looks unintelligible to you. It just means that you don't understand the way the other person did it.

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Submission + - Mobile 'phone use gender affected (smh.com.au)

Petra_von_Kant writes: "BEWARE the chatty female driver having relationship troubles.

Research has found that while speeding is a weakness for young men, emotional phone conversations behind the wheel make women drive badly.

Macquarie University research found women were more likely to be distracted while talking on a mobile phone in the car, but less likely to be distracted by passengers.

The researchers then looked at how drivers handled different types of conversations. They asked male and female drivers a simple cognitive question — "What did you do last Tuesday?" — and then to discuss a moral dilemma."

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Google Shows Off Ad-Supported Cell Phone 290

taoman1 writes "Today Google showed off a ad-supported cellphone that the company plans to offer for free to interested parties. The product could reach the marketplace within a year, and will offer Google search, email, and a web browser. 'The move would echo another recent product launched by a phone industry outsider, Apple Inc.'s iPhone. But Google's product would draw its revenue from a sharply different source, relying on commercial advertising dollars instead of the sticker price of at least US$499 for an iPhone and $60 per month for the AT&T Inc. service plan. Negotiating the fairest way to split those advertising revenues with service providers could be a big hurdle for Google, one analyst said. Another problem is the potential that consumers could be scared off by the prospect of listening to advertisements before being able to make phone calls, said Jeff Kagan, a wireless and telecommunications industry analyst in Atlanta.'"

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