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Comment Re:Yes. (Score 2) 737

. [..] They have displayed an unabashed tendency not only to lie, but to omit important truths and to cover up after they've been caught lying.

I frankly will not use them as a source of anything because the well isn't just poisoned, it's fucking radioactive.

CBS and Dan Rather? PBS during Monica? ABC will occasionally commit a random act of journalism but they are bought and paid for by GE which is on very questionable terms (wind turbines) with one of the major parties.

I hope you are not trying to say that since Fox bothers you everyone else is pure as the driven snow. Pure as the slush by the curb of a New York street the lot of them are.

Comment Re:Currently in Circle 3 (Score 1) 126

I have found that the best way to respond when someone suggests 'we' need to do something is, "Sure, go ahead. Knock yer-self out!" Keep telling them, "Sure, go ahead. Knock yer-self out!" ten times, a hundred times, a thousand times if necessary. Eventually they will come out of denial and realize you are not thier thrall. Really, it works.

Comment Better way to cut 25% (Score 2) 614

My high school teacher wife added up the days they wasted on standardized testing, pre-testing, re-pre-testing, coaching for the testing, blah-blah-bla and it was *ONE FOURTH* of the steenking school year. Fact, not making it up.

Flushing the standardized testing would allow us to cut the school budget, and taxes presumablly, by 25%. I would buy that for a dollar.

(Or, we could spend more on the football team, this is Texas :)


Red Hat Settles Patent Case 76

darthcamaro writes "Red Hat has settled another patent case with patent holding firm Acacia. This time the patent is US Patent #6,163,776, 'System and method for exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and relational system.' While it's great that Red Hat has ended this particular patent threat, it's not yet clear how they've settled this case. The last time Red Hat tangled with Acacia they won in an Texas jury trial. 'Red Hat routinely addresses attempts to impede the innovative forces of open source via allegations of patent infringement,' Red Hat said in a statement. 'We can confirm that Red Hat, Inc and Software Tree LLC have settled patent litigation that was pending in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.'"

Comment Re:If you can't handle calculus, science isnt for (Score 2, Informative) 467

>Having an understanding of what a derivative or integral of a function is a good insight to have, no doubt.

Learning calculus is to statistics what getting undressed is to sex.

1] You have to learn algebra so that you can figure out how to take derivatives.
2] You have to learn derivatives to learn how to integrate.
3] Once you can integrate you can integrate y=1/x from 1 to x and then learn what a logarithm is (real, Naperian logarithms, not log10 that the engineers uze.)
4] Then you can evaluate the integral of y=1/x from 1 to infinity and discover from where arises 'e' the base of logarithms.
5] *NOW* you can contemplate e to the negative x squared and understand the distribution of men's chest sizes and distributions normal and otherwise.

To claim you know anything about statistics with out knowing integral calculus is to make the silly claim that you know all about sex from having seen a few copies of Playboy. To understand sex you and a partner must get out of you clothes, and once you get good at it you will need a shower afterwards. To understand statistics is just as much work, just as messy and just as rewarding; and just like sex, not something one brings up in every social circumstance.


Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C 582

An anonymous reader writes "Wondering where all that bloat comes from, causing even the classic 'Hello world' to weigh in at 11 KB? An MIT programmer decided to make a Linux C program so simple, she could explain every byte of the assembly. She found that gcc was including libc even when you don't ask for it. The blog shows how to compile a much simpler 'Hello world,' using no libraries at all. This takes me back to the days of programming bare-metal on DOS!"

Scientists Discover Booze That Won't Give You a Hangover 334

Kwang-il Kwon and Hye Gwang Jeong of Chungnam National University have discovered that drinking alcohol with oxygen bubbles added leads to fewer hangovers and a shorter sobering up time. People drinking the bubbly booze sobered up 20-30 minutes faster and had less severe and fewer hangovers than people who drank the non-fizzy stuff. Kwon said: "The oxygen-enriched alcohol beverage reduces plasma alcohol concentrations faster than a normal dissolved-oxygen alcohol beverage does. This could provide both clinical and real-life significance. The oxygen-enriched alcohol beverage would allow individuals to become sober faster, and reduce the side effects of acetaldehyde without a significant difference in alcohol's effects. Furthermore, the reduced time to a lower BAC may reduce alcohol-related accidents."

Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot 398

cremeglace writes "Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first."

Antarctic's First Plane, Found In Ice 110

Arvisp writes "In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found. The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a carpenter with the team, Mark Farrell, struck gold: wandering along the icy shore near the team's camp, he noticed large fragments of metal sitting among the rocks, just a few inches beneath the water."

Comment Re:Peak Oil is Not a Troll (Score 1) 710

We attacked Iraq simply because we were not through killing people.

We had an army there, blood in our eyes, and the Taliban folded up like a cheep suit, and we just needed to kill some more people. It is not hard to understand. Syria was too small, Iran was what looked like a democracy and Iraq was playing grab ass. We decided to bust up the Arab Dictactor Frat-party which led to the Libyans to giving up their weapons and getting right with the human race.

20/20 hindsight is we probably should have picked Iran. There is as much oil in Brazil as in Saudi it turned out. It also turns out that Canada has as much energy in the tar sands as is in the oil elsewhere, and so does Venezuela in their tar sands.


Comment Multi-dimensional Santa(s) (Score 1) 76

All Santa has to do is go out and deliver presents to some number (M) of houses. Then he shifts over into the next dimension (like in the comics, not like in string theory) and delivers presents for another M houses. Santa does this until he has made deliveries in some number of different dimensions (N) and then he goes home.

For an infinite number of dimensions and Santas in those dimensions if M and N are greater than some number (I suggest it is 2 and 2) then everyone gets presents without Santa even having to break a sweat. I leave it as an exercise to the theorist to show that not all universes have to have the same number of homes.

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