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Comment Re:Putin "endorsement" of Trump help Hillary (Score 1) 274

The thing is typically if you are brought up playing chess you are surrounded by a family that does things that families (or a parent) that plays chess do. Like eat well, read to/with their kids, converse on various current topics, discuss history, etc. So the chess happens to be one of many things but as we like to say around here "correlation does not imply causation". In this case, playing chess isn't the reason people are more able at intellectual pursuits, it just happens to be one of many things they have been breast fed since young. In cases where youth chess clubs are established in "the hood", the kids can and do excel at chess but that doesn't translate necessarily into broad academic achievement, other than the effect that it can have in their belief in their own ability to achieve.

Comment Re:Make a decent addon keyboard. (Score 1) 89

Old BB user here. The lack of physical kybd was my biggest worry with the new stuff. Once I got used to it, which didn't take too long, the soft kybd worked pretty well. I can type faster.

Let's say I go to type the word "project". I start pr, and if I use "project" a lot, over the "o" will be "project", which I just swipe up and there it is. I'm quick, so often I'll have already typed the "o". In that case, "project" floats over the "j", ready for me to swipe up. And, if "protect" is a common word of mine, I'll also see "protect" floating over the "t", also. Fat-fingering *maybe* happens a little more often, but I'm not sure.

This does mean, though, that one has to look at the keyboard, so ymmv. Generally, I find the soft kybd responds well to my thumbs, and it didn't take very long to get used to it. Maybe after a month(?) I was typing faster than on a phys kybd.

Comment Re:Putin "endorsement" of Trump help Hillary (Score 1) 274

To the morons going on about chess vs checkers: Being a competitive chess player does not indicate increased ability in areas other than playing chess. If you think you are smarter than average it isn't due to your chess playing prowess, it is due to other factors/advantages in our genetics or more-likely upbringing.

Comment Re:Goal-focused CEO (Score 2) 124

Except that he's not a moron and would not be assuaged by something that any fool could clearly see as a delaying tactic. They hired him for his expertise, people like him know what they know and he clearly had not just fallen off the turnip truck when he landed at "Yahoo!"

Comment Re:What about English? (Score 1) 398

...Humans have understood how to interpret human language, it is high time we taught our machines to do the same.

I agree. This language is already written. COmmon Business Oriented Language, by the grace of Admiral Grace

I was waiting for someone to bring up this UTTER FALLACY.

COBOL is chatty/wordy, and resembles english, but it is not at all structured like english. It has very precise structural rules. You tell it "ADD X TO Y GIVING ANS", but you can't (productively) tell it "ANS IS X ADDED TO Y" or "ADD X AND Y TOGETHER TO GIVE ANS".

I'm am pleased to to be able to bring joy to your life. Yes, it was the first (and last?) attempt. We pro's have gone far beyond, and prefer to write code that looks like line noise.

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