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Comment Re:Interesting sleep arrangement (Score 4, Insightful) 84

Just give it up. That cat will never go back in that particular bag. English changes over time with usage.

Personally, I'm fine with it. Intuitively, "begs the question" means the same as "demands the question"... because "begs" and "demands" mean the same damn thing. Phrases making sense intuitively is a good thing, IMHO.

Just use "assumes the conclusion" for the fallacy (which again, makes more intuitive sense anyway), and stop trying to perpetuate the original meaning which will never, ever take over as the common usage again.

Just my two cents.

Comment Re:I don't buy it (Score 2) 365

LOL, seriously? You're surprised to find people on Slashdot blaming the user instead of the design?

This place is full of people who take pride in operating complex interfaces and wail at the thought of "dumbing things down" for "stupid regular users". It's technical-literacy elitism.

It's the same crowd still expecting the Year of the Linux Desktop, and claiming Apple only became* successful because of good marketing.

* I use past tense here because I'm the first to admit Apple has taken some steps backward on usability in recent years.

Comment Re:Don't agree (Score 1) 300

I didn't "attack" or "insult" anyone. I disagreed with that you said, based on the wording you used (and it had nothing to do with "who" you replied to, wtf???). I'm sorry that you evidently have the thinnest skin on the entire internet, and fly off the handle at someone simply trying to have a discussion with you.

"Don't blame the reader"

Funny... that is not the wording I used. Someone once told me you should reserve quotation marks for actual quotes.

Have a nice day.

Comment Re:Don't agree (Score 1) 300

OK whatever you say dude.

OP suggested you can lose weight by consuming less calories than you expend, you replied by saying "none of that works", because of the difficulty of measuring calories precisely.

My paraphrasing was accurate to the wording that you used (fine, I shouldn't have used quotation marks, but it was obvious from context that it was not a direct quotation, so I do not appreciate you calling it "lying").

If you meant something entirely different, I'm sorry but you did not communicate it clearly. Perhaps consider that instead of blaming the reader.

Comment Re:Don't agree (Score 1) 300

Good grief dude, listen to yourself... "Moderating calorie intake is useless because you can't be 100% accurate".

Ever heard the phrase "don't let perfect be the enemy of good"?.

Estimation and trial & error (eg tracking your actual weight over time and adjusting as needed) works just fine. You don't need exact numbers.

Comment Re:Have you migrated to qbasic? (Score 1) 341

Design isn't created in a vacuum.

Most of the "crap" you see on webpages is stuff demanded by idiot project stakeholders (ie, the people paying for the work).

"But it's the designer's job to educate the client blah blah..." I hear you saying. Sure it is. Let me join you in fantasy land where the client always heeds that education and advice. :P

You can lead a client to water but you can't make them drink.

TL;DR it's more complicated than "web designers suck".

Comment Re:Nobody cares. (Score 5, Insightful) 55

Before the leaks: "LOL stupid conspiratard thinking the govt spies on everyone, put your tinfoil hat back on" (don't tell me you never saw sentiments like this)

After the leaks: "Well duhh, of course the govt spies on everyone stupid. Everybody knows that, that's been common knowledge 4evar!"

TL;DR there's always assholes saying "nothing to see here".

Comment Re:The King of sequels (Score 2) 283

Sigourney Weaver was nominated for an Oscar for Aliens. Which, for a sci-fi/action movie in 1986 was absolutely unheard of. Show me all the other "generic action movies" (especially genre films) with Best Acting nominations please. Ripley's relationship with Newt was the heart and emotional core of Aliens (something which I might add, Alien entirely lacked), not a "desperate attempt to move the viewers".

Soldiers that get scared? You mean like every movie that attempts to portray combat with a hint of realism? Were the soldiers crying for their mothers on the beach in Saving Private Ryan "wimps" to you? You'd prefer a a bunch of fearless "ra ra ra!" macho clichés? Aliens is a metaphor for Vietnam, from tones of imperialism, failures in leadership, and themes of overconfidence and hubris. Or as Cameron himself put it: "Their training and technology are inappropriate for the specifics, and that can be seen as analogous to the inability of the superior American firepower to conquer the unseen enemy in Vietnam: a lot of firepower and very little wisdom, and it didn’t work".

In addition to its accolades, appearing on many "best of all time" lists, and cult status 30 years later, it has a 98% on RottenTomatoes, and is ranked the 64th highest film in IMDB's Top 250.

None of the above means your opinion of the movie is "wrong". But maybe, just maybe, you should consider the fact that your opinion is strictly in the minority on this one. Have a nice day.

Comment Re:Actually it doesn't "beg the question" . . . (Score 1) 221

there's no other succinct phrase in English that means what "begs the question" actually means

Says you. How about "presuming the conclusion". Which is actually a wording that is self-explanatory and makes sense.

As opposed to "begs the question", which intuitively means exactly what people use it for, "demands the question". What a crazy interpretation, right? It's almost like "beg" and "demand" are similar in meaning or something.

The original meaning of "begs the question" is de facto useless, because nobody understands it, in no small part because the words themselves naturally convey a different meaning.

Just let it die. Seriously.

Comment Re:That's quite a leap... (Score 1) 117

all we have is a program that can play a game well

We have a system that can self-teach itself to play many games, with no specific programming on how to beat those games.

That is a massive difference from say, Deep Blue vs Kasparov. Deep Blue was specifically programmed to play Chess. AlphaGo was essentially fed a bunch of Go games and figured out how to play by itself. Surely you see the qualitative difference in that.

We just have a black box mathematical function that can play a game.

Is there a reason we cannot describe the human brain as a black box mathematical function that can play "the game of life"? Isn't the brain a self-teaching neural network that learns to respond to various inputs with the correct outputs?

Of course this isn't a true general purpose AI yet. But I think you're downplaying the significance of what it can do.

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