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Comment Most common fallacy is wrongly claiming a fallacy (Score 1) 311

This is usually someone incorrectly claiming "straw man" when disputing someone who's arguing by analogy, followed by "ad hominem" when someone is being insulting to someone else, but that insult isn't the core of their argument. People seem to think that having a categorical knowledge of the names of logical fallacies makes them inherently logical. As opposed to a) staying on a topic and b) acknowledging when contrary evidence and logic is actually valid, and perhaps their own opinion on the topic could stand for some revision.

Comment More due to money spent on research (Score 1) 323

...then some theories about German itself falling out of favor. The US leads the world in research spending, while Germany is fourth. No language conspiracy theories needed to explain this. Also, means we better continue outspending China and Russia.

This is a similar reason as to why the Islamic world fell behind, after having such an early lead in science and math. They simply spent less on research than the other nations around them.

Comment I would reinstate him at the NSA (Score 1) 822

Just RTFA. All the way back to the original NY times article, it isn't specified what Snowden would plead guilty to. Presumably not treason - which he isn't guilty of in any event. He has done the US and even the world a great service.

Sure, there are "political realities" (which should be an oxymoron) dictating that Snowden receives some kind of punishment.

And I would consider letting him run it.

Alternately, and perhaps even better, I would "sentence" him to get together with some very smart people to put together a system which restricts the possibility of these sorts of abuses and the secret rules that make them possible. Then I might put him in charge of a board that oversees the NSA and other agencies, and their uses of their power.

Comment Isn't this ketosis? (Score 3, Insightful) 440

The early stage of wooziness and cloudiness, and then the later stage of alertness because his body has switched to burning fat cells? So the caloric intake doesn't matter, unless and until he hits more than 25g of carb a day?

I'm sure the product keeps him from starving to death; I'm just not seeing how his doctor saw the fat loss and other things as such a mystery. Is there something I'm missing here?

Comment Re:Isn't the Android platform hobbyist-enough? (Score 1) 207

I think intuiting the comment is fairly obvious - there are serious difficulties with Java as a language, as it has structural imperfections that encourage exploits.

If you think a comment is necessary, then consider the above.

Friends of mine who are very serious about information security are not interested in having Android smartphones for several reasons - but the fact that Android is built on top of Java is a main and important reason.

You can not like or agree with this if you choose.

Comment Re:Isn't the Android platform hobbyist-enough? (Score 1) 207

Well, those are the people who are too stupid to figure out Java, like OP stated.

Sure, except they're not. I'm talking specifically about people who's living is security, and who don't like the language itself. Whether or not that somehow gives you butthurt.

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