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Comment Re:Facilitator (Score 1) 305

That seems a bit harsh, but not far off.

"Through a phenomenon called "dissimilarity cascades," we place greater stress on personal and cultural differences than on similarities"

A prime example of this is in being someone who tries to be politically moderate, agreeing and/or disagreeing with various tenets of both sides of the political spectrum. Rather than making a bond with everyone through a few common threads, you just alienate everyone instead of half of everyone. Right wingers will focus only on those issues with which they disagree, and Left wingers will focus only on those issues on which they disagree. You'll be accused of a lack of principles, or a spine, and hit with any number of No True Scotsman fallacies. Any similarities are taken for granted and ignored. It doesn't matter that, as a moderate, you'd prefer to think for yourself and not toe any particular party line on every subject.
If you're a pro-choice republican, for example, you're pretty much on your own: ostracized from the right for the pro-choice view, and ostracized from the left for being registered republican. If you're a democrat who believes in gun rights or are pro-life, the same applies.

Comment Re:Fortran (Score 1) 624

I'm not quite old enough to have used FORTRAN.

What does age have to do with anything? I took a computational linear algebra course in the late '90s that used FORTRAN nearly exclusively.

That said, I started out, like most kids in the '80s, with BASIC and assembly language (6809 and 6502, in my case). I started college early enough that the introductory computer-science courses were still in Pascal, but pretty much every course that needed to do real work used anything but Pascal...lots of C, with a systems-programming course splitting time between 8086 assembly and VAX assembly and a database course that introduced us to SQL (of course).

The computational linear algebra course mentioned above was a math course specifically for computer-science majors; other engineering students took a different linear-algebra course.

Comment Re:Reminds me of the Pico Brewer (Score 2) 354

I kind of liked home brewing. But home bottle sterilizing was a fucking bore.

That's why I started kegging after a couple or three years. Sanitizing the bottles wasn't too bad (a trip through the dishwasher would suffice, either with heated drying or (if available) the sanitizing option enabled), but it's much easier and faster to fill one keg than 50+ bottles. You can also dry-hop in a keg.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Informative) 354

why would someone buy a $400 machine that requires you to buy prepackaged produce to be squeezed out of it...?

Consider this quote from TFA: "Tech blogs have dubbed it a 'Keurig for juice.'" Then consider how Keurig machines and the coffee pods they use have sold over the past few years. Nobody ever went broke overestimating people's laziness.

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