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Comment kind of a jerk, in my view. (Score 1) 107

"...Given all that's happened, I've lost a lot of trust in shipping games like this..."
You really mean to say "I've developed a more realistic appreciation of the process and how appropriate (or not) the various services are for shipping valuables, ie, not to ship something of high-value via the lowest-possible-cost method."

"...Once again, I'd like to offer my sincerest apologies to the USPS for assuming the worst in that these games were stolen. I should not have been so hasty to assume malicious intent.
I'm a natural pessimist however, and if you've shared all of my disappointments in life, I suspect you might be as cynical as I am...."
You had me at the first sentence, lost me at the last. That sort of "well my life has been so hard" excuse is bullshit. If you were a NATURAL PESSIMIST you'd have been a lot more cautious about how you ship goods worth (allegedly) $thousands$ in the first place.

"...There is a very real issue in that their machines are ripping the labels right off of packages...."
You've got to be fucking kidding. I'm not a USPS employee, but to suggest that a service that handles a HALF BILLION pieces of mail every day - of how many different sizes? weights? grades? with how many different labels? address text/writing styles? - has a "very real issue" because your precious item lost a label is ridiculous. Special snowflake alert (which was obvious anyway from the immediate suspicion of theft, but I was giving him a pass on that because he was upset).
As a side note: that number of pieces is shipped by Amazon...in a YEAR. So the USPS ships roughly 300x the pieces with around 2x the staff.

"There's a very real concern in that it's damn near impossible to get help when something goes wrong unless you manage to attract a lot of media attention."
You let me know when you meet a government agency with a half-million employees distributed across 31000 locations that's any more responsive. Sorry, that's just life in the big city.

"My package was sitting in Atlanta, GA for well over a month with my address clearly visible right on the box."
If he's talking about what was handwritten on the box, basically what's on the box is disregarded unless it's a label. Do you have any idea how many people ship stuff in old boxes, with all sorts of addresses, comments, or old information that they don't cross out?

I'll be clear: I'm glad this guy got his stuff. But his narcissism is verging on solipsism. Is everyone that ignorant/pollyanish about the real challenges involved in modern shipping?

Comment Re:One hour of basketball dunking per day. (Score 1) 126

But we do introduce the game of basketball to students in phys ed. Some students won't have been exposed to it until then, and maybe it's a thing they like to do. We introduce a lot of different physical activities in phys ed class. That's what it's for!

You're not going to write a AAA game or whatever in hour-of-code class, but you're not going to do nothing but dunk in 40minutes of basketball class, either. In both cases you're going to go over just enough of the basics to hopefully have 5-10 minutes at the end to do something fun.

Comment Re:History repeat itself. (Score 1) 126

The only thing that could bring that future about would be AI that writes the programs for us.

Other than that, we're not going to run out of things that need to be stuffed in databases and crunched. As the databases or coding for databases becomes more efficient, governemnts will take advantage of the opportunity to demand even more things be tracked and ever more complicated legal requirements to be satisfied.

Comment Re:hurr durr (Score 1) 318

The reason I referenced Galileo was specific. If you remember (I bet you don't because of how full of talking points, unground axes, and shoulder chips your phrasing is) Galileo was "persecuted" not only by the religious power structure of the time, but also by sycophantic "scientists" looking to curry favor with the pope and the power structure in Rome.

Draw what conclusions you want with current events, the underlying principle is what I was pointing to. You can see it is a constant in human behavior. It is still happening today.

Comment Re: Mod parent down (or up as per bias) (Score 1) 191

"Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken!"

Similarly, calling yourself a Democrat while following faithfully in the footsteps of corporatist Republicans does not make you a Democrat. Giving lip service to liberal issues while selling your constituents down the river in favor of big business does not make you a liberal. Just because you bought into the lie doesn't make the truth false.

Saying the party is not "left enough" when their candidate is decidedly "right" is an inadequate response. Enforcing the lie on others (saying that message should be buried) is beyond subversive. You are, I am sure unknowingly, acting like a fascist pig. Shout down and forcibly bury any dissent from the Party Narrative! No dissent from within! We must have a solid Front!

I sincerely think you should reconsider your position on this. This AC is asking for, in his own way, a more liberal, left leaning, candidate from the democrat party. Your response is to demean him and his mental faculties (moron) and then state he should be silenced in the public forum (deserved to get moderated down); his arguments not even discussed, and hidden from view. Frankly sir, your attitude disgust me. His self expression is more than valid in light of the facts. This is an issue that should be discussed, not only on its own merits, but also on the basis that this could very well be the reason why we have Donald motherfucking Trump as the president now. And I say that as a two-fold statement: not only that the proffered democrat candidate failed to beat the second most flawed presidential candidate in history, but also that the attitude of hiding any dissent and covering up any problems with the proffered candidate was prevalent from the top of the DNC down to the average everyday democrat voter.

Then again, maybe I am just a bitter Bernie supporter who should be silenced, dismissed, and modded down.

Comment Re:Good news! (Score 1) 191

And this children is what we call the slippery slope.

Notice it is not only a flawless example of the fallacy, but also a flawless example of how many people actually think.

Yes, that is right children, many so-called humans actually think in logical fallacies. They allow the intensity of their baseless emotions to somehow derail logic from it's inexorable path.

No! We don't exterminate them! That would be inhumane. Logic dictates that we do not kill lesser species.

Comment Re:Fake science/sloppy science (Score 4, Insightful) 318

Woah, I am confused by what you just wrote.

You seem to be saying that if a bunch of scientists agree that *this* (whatever *this* is) is the way it is, but none of the experiments that prove that *this* is the way it is are reproducible, then we should just go with the consensus?

Soooo, Galileo had some experiments he could back up, but the other scientists at the time had a consensus view of the cosmos. Their results were not reproducible, his were. You seem to be arguing for heliocentrism based on consensus.

Essentially, your introduction of the concept of consensus based on results with a total lack of any comments on how reproducible those results are leaves me wondering just what you think the scientific method is predicated on.

I don't care how "cutting edge" the research is. If it can be successfully reproduced and is based on sound principles I would consider it first before any "consensus" based on what a bunch of people think but can't back up with reproducible results.

Comment Re:Fake science/sloppy science (Score 1) 318

What a fucking GEM!!!! You had me at:

Abstract: The exponential dependence of resistivity on temperature in germanium is found to be a great big lie. My careful theoretical modeling and painstaking experimentation reveal 1) that my equipment is crap, as are all the available texts on the subject and 2) that this whole exercise was a complete waste of my time.

And kept delivering right through to the end! Thank you sir!

Also:

The diagram on the right side labeled: Fig. 1: Check this shit out.

Awesome!!

Comment Re:Fake science/sloppy science (Score 4, Insightful) 318

Exactly right. If it is not reproducible, it is not "Science," period.

If, as others have written, your experiment is so finely predicated on the experimental set-up (using certain equipment, preparing samples or data in a certain way, etc.) then you need to document that so specifically that anyone can repeat it. Why, you ask, with an dumbfounded and incredulous look on your face? Because you could be introducing very specific bias in the way you set up your experiment. If it only works when you do it *just like this,* maybe the reason is that the experimental result is a direct consequence of your set-up and not an actual measurement of naturally occurring phenomena. I like to call it "measuring your equipment."

If you cannot, through your extensive documentation, re-create the experiment in another lab with completely different humans what you have published is essentially science fiction.

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