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Comment Re:Subsidizing Businesses.... (Score 1) 442

This is like taxing car owners to subsidize stage coaches.

Indeed. MA screwed the metaphorical pooch on a coupe other levels, too. For example from TFS:

requirements . . . such as regular vehicle inspection by the police

Which is like having your regular colonoscopy done by the fire department.

Comment Re:Duh! (Score 2, Informative) 398

Science is not a belief.

It takes faith to believe that 2 + 2 is 4. The word "because" isn't a good answer.

No. There are plenty of examples of the requirement of "belief" in science, this isn't one of them.

You cannot be an expert in every field of study, and perform all your own experiments verifying the entirety of accumulated human knowledge. That means, to some extent, you must trust (i.e. have faith in) the processes that produced all that knowledge. It's the kind of faith that can be replaced with a degree of certainty, if you care to prove these things to yourself and replicate the experiments, but it's a kind of faith nonetheless.

Two plus two equals four not because you believe the results of an experiment you did not yourself verify, but because you were taught a mathematical system in which the result of performing the arithmetic operation of addition on the numbers 2 and 2 results in 4. No faith necessary.

If you're using math to describe real world objects, then you can grab two oranges and two plums and put them together and count them. You don't have to call the result "four," you can call it "quattro" or "loS" or "harfshump." Whatever you decide to call that collection of four objects is your description of a group of things that has a cardinality of 4. You need only have faith in your ability to put a descriptor on a fact that is independently true. If you just got hit over the head, and you see four pieces of fruit but there's really only two, 2 + 2 still equals 4. You were just wrong about starting with 2 and 2.

If you'd prefer that two plus two equals something other than four, you are free to use a different system (e.g. one where 2 + 2 = 0 and 2 * 2 = 3) or cook up your own. Go nuts, toss the integers out the window, devise a system where [nothing] plus <purple> equals {%%%}. However, 2 plus 2 will still equal 4, axiomatically, in the system everybody else uses.

Comment Re:They disrupeed our plans! We want blood! (Score 2) 131

In other news, a burglar the authorities are calling the "Basil Bandit" has made off with dozens -- perhaps hundreds -- of spice containers stolen from the offices of the Recording Industry Association of America. Security footage shows a hooded figure carrying armloads of cumin, paprika, onion powder, and thyme.

A facilities manager was seen staring blankly at a long row of empty cupboards, lamenting, "They... they took it all! Every last spice!"

No word yet on the thief's identity or motive, but a psychological profiler working with law enforcement paints a stark picture. "Adult male, 25-40, anger issues, filled with bitterness and salty rage. Possibly a former employee who left on bad terms. Poorly educated; certainly no sage or scholar. I'd treat this suspect gingerly -- someone who'd attempt this kind of caper likely has a criminal history peppered with major thefts and violent assaults."

The Basil Bandit also left a chilling message that has authorities scrambling to prevent his next heist. That message, written in what appears to be chili powder, reads: "I despice RIAA/Rightscorp etc"

We'll keep you updated as the investigation unfolds.

Comment Re:I can't even (Score 2) 45

I can't even wrap my head around the idea of this currency... WHY DOES THIS EXIST? EVEN IN THEORY!

There can be no light without the dark. Asshattery like this is more than proof of (its own) concept. It shows us that there can be noble and benevolent cryptocurrencies that reward doing good stuff!

Imaging a CC that rewarded participating in SETI or protein folding or whatever.

Or take saving for retirement. There could be a CC that rewarded you for doing that. And it would end up giving you like $0.000003 in value for performing an action that will ultimately end up being more valuable (with compound interest) by a factor of 10^10. But what's important is that you got your FogeyCoin for making that deposit, ya know?

Comment Re:Is this really that problematic? (Score 3, Insightful) 308

Your points are well taken. However:

Second, it creates a skewed picture of people's responses. There's no objective definition of what's abusive and what isn't, and besides, I'm sure that certain levels of dislike cannot be expressed without tripping their filter.

Even the most socially unacceptable views can be expressed without being abusive. A poster who is really and truly a white supremacist could easily say, "Just being honest, I disapprove of Obama and it's because he is black." Fine. It's not going to win an NAACP award, but it wasn't abusive.

A poster could likewise say, "I just can't bring myself to vote for Hillary or any other woman." Okay. Evidencing misogyny but not abusive. It's really not that hard, even though the interwebz are flooded with needlessly venomous comments.

Now, should people be forced to hold back their views and say them "nicely" everywhere in society? Hell no, the 1st Amendment protects the noblest and the vilest speech alike.

But--more to your final argument--not only is Twitter under no obligation to be a platform for all such speech, they are also under no obligation to be a statistically valid barometer for national politics. If people are using "likes" on FB and Twitter instead of sound polling data (which itself is of dubious value), it's to their detriment.

The social media consensus was that Trump could never become the Republican nominee, but here we are. That might reflect the user base more than any systemic effort to slant the narrative. Similar echo chambers exist on every axis of the political spectrum, and people hear what they want to hear, to their detriment (if we consider "not properly understanding the reality of a situation" a detriment).

So believe in the hug-box or not. It's not up to Twitter to teach users, during a Q&A with the President, that some people are racists.

Comment Is this really that problematic? (Score 5, Insightful) 308

I fail to see how silencing the GNAA trolls during a Q&A session is cause for great hand wringing. It didn't say they filtered "conservative viewpoints" or "reasoned criticisms"... they said "abusive responses." And it's Twitter's 1st amendment right to allow abuse (within the confines of the law) or not on their platform.

Comment Re:Small (Score 1) 133

And with lots of pastels and cartoon images.

Surprisingly on point AC1P. Bright colors. Big, readable signage that looks fun. Easily cleanable floors. Large interactive exhibits featuring tech they don't see at home--in general, computer screens, mobile phones, tablets, etc. are pretty passe. So super new or super old.

For anything of historical significance (mainframe & punch cards et al.), make sure they can't reach it. Not necessarily behind glass, but if kids can touch it you're guaranteed to find gum in your tape reel and half a tootsie pop caught in your card reader by hour 3.

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