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Comment Re:Friday on the east coast (Score 1) 196

"Shhh...someone at AVFM told me 'mangina' was a dire insult.. weapon deployed! Impact in 5..4..3..2.. *fizzle*"

(because the best way to prove you like women is to think that "pussy" and "mangina" are insults) Can't say I feel guilty about anything. Your rage might indicate you've some subconscious guilt though.

Comment Re:Too many "competent" people (Score 1) 196

That's argumentum ad absurdum, which isn't inherently good or bad, it just depends on whether or not the issue is adequately represented.

For example, if out of two hundred applicants ten are more than qualified, diversity doesn't lead to lower quality applicants. 'Best' can depend on subjective things like how you tickled the interviewer's fancy or whether or not you woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Comment Re:Finally! This is good policy (Score 1) 628

Yeah, the responder to you is clueless. In large enterprise situations (such as where I work) lots of people bring in their own laptops for presentations.
Popups and forced updates are extremely disruptive.

Updates should be in the background, seamless, and not hijack your computer for 10-15 minutes at a time when they install, inevitably right before a student is in front of their PhD committee or the admin staff is about to unveil their latest strategy.

Comment Re:Undo and autosave (Score 1) 628

Yeah, as a person who works in a school, not only do I agree with your points but I find the rest of the argument moot: the average person doesn't know anything about this stuff, and they're the ones we're going to be supporting.
I just can't wait for the next time a high profile presentation is interrupted by updates *sigh*

Comment Re:Who makes these decisions? (Score 1) 628

I wish could tell that to the people I support in post secondary education, whose presentations and thesis defenses are disrupted by update popups, or wait, they accidentally shut down and now their class or presentation is on hold for 10 minutes while the updates install.
Microsoft updates are incredibly disruptive to user experience.

Comment Re:you've got male (Score 1) 315

Sure, and conversely, saying men and women 'should' behave a certain way 'because' biology might be a naturalistic fallacy, if it contained no other premise.

Not to mention that the poster ranting about 'tabula rasa' doesn't seem to grasp that he's cherry picking and making a straw man, and the argument is far from over. Wake me up in a few hundred years when we have a sizable amount of human brains fully mapped and modeled from both genders. At the present all we have is some very interesting correlations, and outside of the brain we can't even agree on how sex hormones affect human behavior, let alone how biology fully interacts with socialization. We're in uncharted territory all around, and egalitarian behavior on this widespread a scale is a very, very NEW thing. Give that a couple hundred years as well and see what happens.

Comment Re:Thank you Kemeny and Kurtz. (Score 4, Interesting) 224

I agree, but this is actually an old tongue in cheek essay, in context it makes more sense perhaps:

"FORTRAN --"the infantile disorder"--, by now nearly 20 years old, is hopelessly inadequate for whatever computer application you have in mind today: it is now too clumsy, too risky, and too expensive to use.
PL/I --"the fatal disease"-- belongs more to the problem set than to the solution set.
It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.
The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offence.
APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new generation of coding bums."

http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~ev...

Comment Re:Thank you Kemeny and Kurtz. (Score 2) 224

Yes, and then from there it's really easy to understand how to calculate things like velocity and gravity, and understand vectors. If I ever have a kid, I'd totally want to get them learning some form of basic coding at an early age. Nowadays it doesn't have to be BASIC, it could just as easily be LUA There's so many useful/abstract concepts you pick up naturally while figuring out these things even outside of basic computing.

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