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Comment IBM PS/2 Model 30 (Score 1) 857

Not counting a small collection of primitive electronic and mechanical calculators (and my prized possession, a Pickett Log Log slide rule, for which I was mocked by the non-geeks in my high school), my first real Personal Computer was an IBM PS/2 Model 30 purchased with student loan money 30 years ago. That helped launch a career that has lasted until this day. Favorite memories include having a text chat with a friend over a 2400 baud modem connection (it was like magic) and dialing a BBS in eastern Europe just for the thrill of doing it. And then there was the time I dialed the BBS of a software vendor (SBT) in Sausalito, California. I hung up for some reason, and when I tried to connect again a few minutes later, the phone call would not go through. Then I turned on the news and heard about the Loma Prieta earthquake.

Comment Re:Trump! Trump! (Score 1) 84

I agree that metacognition can be a challenging concept to grasp. Basically, it describes the awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes, or to put it more simply, "thinking about thinking" or "knowing your mind". For example, one might analyze his own learning processes to determine the study strategies that are most successful for him and then adjust his behavior based on this knowledge. Or one might learn to recognize his own biases and preconceptions and take this into consideration when processing new information and experiences. Effective metacognition can help one to comprehend new information more capably or even to make better life choices. I hope that helps.

I have thoroughly enjoyed chatting with you. But I am (thankfully) employed and I owe my employer eight hours of work today, so I will allow you to have the last word. Best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas.


Comment Re:Trump! Trump! (Score 1) 84

Anyone who thinks that boasting of his IQ supports his argument is not as smart as he thinks he is.

"Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him."

See also Dunning-Kruger effect: "The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is. Dunning and Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive incapacity, on the part of those with low ability, to recognize their ineptitude and evaluate their competence accurately."

As an amusing side note, "The study was inspired by the case of McArthur Wheeler, a man who robbed two banks after covering his face with lemon juice in the mistaken belief that, because lemon juice is usable as invisible ink, it would prevent his face from being recorded on surveillance cameras."

Comment Re:Opera is NOT sane. (Score 1) 766

If I'm pointing a browser at an address, I expect a current webpage. If it takes all of three seconds to give me that, I think that's okay.

Except when your phone has lost internet service since you first loaded the page. Then you go to look at it and the browser discards a perfectly good cached page, attempts to reload, and gives you... a blank screen.

I hate it when that happens.

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 1069

He didn't win the popular vote, and that's a fact.

Of course Trump didn't win the popular vote. That is not the point of my argument and that was not the point of the election. The point of the election was to win the electoral vote, and that is what both sides' campaign strategy was based on.

Take California, for example. Clinton won by three million votes. But it doesn't matter whether she won by three million, ten million, or ten votes. It was a foregone conclusion that Clinton would win California, so Trump spent little effort campaigning there. If the contest had been for the popular vote, Trump would have campaigned in the largest population centers -- like California -- and presumably he would have gained more votes there. I suspect many Republicans didn't even vote in heavily blue states, because their vote didn't matter anyway.

The whole point of the campaign was to win the electoral vote. You can't say "Well, Hillary won the popular vote, so she is the real winner, and it is only a statistical fluke that Trump won." The goal was to win the electoral vote. If the goal was to win the popular vote, it would have been a different campaign and a different election and Trump may have won that also.

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 1069

Yes, only in America can you win by 3 million votes and still somehow lose. Thanks, Electoral College!

The results of the popular vote are irrelevant because that is not what they were campaigning for. You can't point to the popular vote and cry, "It's not fair! Hillary should have won!" If the contest had been for the popular vote, it would have been a different campaign and a different election. You can only speculate about the results, but Trump may very well have won that, too.

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