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Comment Re:Never had a globe? (Score 1) 318

Since we are primarily interested in trade routes from around the 16th century, I certainly think the Mercator projection is most reasonable map to use today...

We don't need to figure out the absolutely best representation, although I do think it's fair to assume there have been some technological advances in representing globes since the 16th century. And why does wanting to teach students with maps that represent the size of continents fairly accurately cue people to start complaining about PC BS? That's really a pretty crazy viewpoint, and forgive me if I do judge you a bit for it. Why do you want to teach our students with the worst maps which distort the size of our continent. You don't have small hands, do you?

HINT: we're complaining because the biggest reason given for switching the projection used in school is PC. Different maps for different assignments! Not every problem is a hammer, so you should have different tools.

Comment Re:Never had a globe? (Score 1) 318

Huh. We certainly didn't learn about map distortions in middle school, nor in high school either, for that matter-- maybe that must be something that was added to the middle-school (we called it "grade-school" when I was a kid, shows how old I am) curriculum since I grew up.

Division of grade levels into schools varies from school district to school district. I've heard of elementary (grade), middle, intermediate, junior high, and high school. My school district had elementary (k-6), intermediate (7-8), and high (9-12); of course my intermediate and high school shared the same campus...

Not all classrooms have globes: our grade school didn't.

I think it makes sense to use a better standard map in classrooms-- the Mercator projection is just plain misleading. I don't see why should it be "PC crap" to use a map that's not vastly distorted in area. I'd call that just common sense.

I learned to use the best map for the situation. I remember seeing 4 or 5 projections for the whole world, though we never learned the names of the projections. This also highlights why you want local maps when planning a road trip.

Comment Re: all comes down to taste. (Score 1) 162

If they didn't, we wouldn't need words for anything beyond "medium rare" (27 year veg here and even I know that's the only way you cook a steak). :)

My grandfather was a butcher and people came from 30 miles away to buy meats from him. Every cut of beef is different. Extra lean meats need added fat (bacon wrapped filet mignon, anyone?) and just seared on all sides leaving it rare to medium rare inside. I like meats marbled with fat medium well so the fat has a good mouth-feel. My wife (a Brazilian) takes all meats beyond well done so I have to purchase the right cut.

Comment Re:Not true I bet. (Score 1) 162

Um, 50 years old and yes I would. Whats more, if it were decent and the texture was close enough I would integrate it into my diet and a normal thing. We already have soy based meats as part of our diet as it is. In the case of a couple of the products I would defy you to tell the difference of it from meat. The product is that good. In the case of the case of the IVM, I like the idea of it far more than an animal being put through what they are only to be killed in the end for my burger. IF there is an option like the IVM that is close to the taste/texture and even double the price we are there. I sure as hell hate the idea of what animals go through to end up on my plate.

My biggest concerns are cost, taste, and texture. Farm-raised salmon (and other fish) have the same genetic composition as their wild-caught cousins, but the different diet and lack of the same exercise creates a different taste and texture. How will vat-grown meat develop the flavor and texture we experience in farm-raised or wild caught animals? Currently the texture is passable for ground meat applications, such as burgers.

As a male, I avoid excess soy as it is proven to mess with hormone levels.

I wonder how many vegans / vegetarians avoid meat for the moral aspect (the deplorable quality of life of the animals and often inhumane methods of harvest) vs health reasons. IVM would appeal to the first group, but would have similar nutrition as animal-raised meat.

Comment Re:Only $73,500? (Score 1) 227

£60,000 is a joke amount of money. It's not just the hurt and devastation it has caused but there has to be some kind of deterrence in the future.

I would assume most slashdotters earn more than that per year. At a minimum, take salary multiplied by number of years he was wrongfully incarcerated (include trial time, too). Then fudge that number for inflation and possible interest (based on DOW Jones, or some other index). It's impossible to prove a dollar amount for loss of reputation. It's also impossible to know how many companies in the future will pass him up because he was incarcerated without taking the time to find out he was innocent.

Comment Re: Stone tablet and chisel (Score 2) 475

You mean the two commandments, for those who still use Base-10 and not binary.

When the Jews asked Jesus which of the commandments was the most important, he condensed them into Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and Love thy neighbor as thyself. If you obey these two commandments you won't break the spirit of the traditional 10 given to Moses.

Comment Re:Java (Score 1) 383

The platform is obviously the JVM, and if you think the JVM a) runs on every OS and/or b) the source code for the Windows JVM is identical to the source code of the Linux JVM, then we should really get together and discuss these nice bridges I'm selling.

The only way to run the same binary on all platforms (where platform means CPU / OS combination) mentioned is to compile into byte code and have an interpreter for each platform. The JVM for x86_64 Windows cannot be code identical to the JVM for linux running on ARM; the operating systems simply don't understand the same binary instructions. MIPS and x86 have different register sets. Something must translate from the common byte code to machine specific instructions. Nothing can change that.

Comment Re:old school (Score 1) 615

"With turbo engaged, we died in snake before the first keystroke was registered."

If that was the quickbasic version, there's a delay loop you can modify. You'd need to increase the delay on anything past around a P133, otherwise it would just divide-by-zero.

Actually, this was back before quick BASIC, but the same principle would apply to the original BASIC, too.

Comment Re:old school (Score 1) 615

8N1 ATH Acoustic Couplers ;^) DSDD Floppy notcher HAM (not radio) The Turbo button is not always your friend Green vs Amber, the eternal war 8-bit Bucket List: TWO floppy drives!

I'm old.

I'm 40 years old. I remember my first computer was 8MHz (12MHz with turbo activated) and had 1 MB RAM. With turbo engaged, we died in snake before the first keystroke was registered. This computer allowed us to choose green / black, amber / black, or white / black. I played with single / double sided floppies and single /double density floppies. We had two floppy drives (program in A:, data in B:).

Comment Re:Meaningless (Score 1) 745

Okay, try this one.

Looking at the links you supply that seem to be from actual news sources (note that I didn't link the HuffPo article I found), we find snopes claiming that someone registered nineteen dead people, CBS4 talking about up to a dozen people who may have voted twice, and Fox mostly speculating. Multiple registrations aren't vote fraud, and some of Trump's nominees appear to have multiple registrations. For all I know, I'm still registered in some of my old residences, but I haven't checked.

I didn't include any links from Huffington Post because of its reputation. Snopes confirms that someone registered 19 dead people, but is unable to verify if that student was going to vote for the deceased, much less vote for Hillary 19 times. Voting multiple times is voter fraud. Registering multiple times without voting manipulates statistics.

I don't understand why people keep claiming that voter ID stops that kind of voter fraud. Multiple voting in significant numbers is easy to catch, and if the authorities are going to overlook that they're not likely to enforce ID. Do you have any actual evidence that it would help more than it hurts?

Providing voter ID means that a person MUST be registered to vote and can only vote once (at least per voting station). Multiple voting is only caught in the case of an audit, such as when too many votes are registered in a polling place or the results are way off whack from what the latest polls predicted. With such low voter turnout, it is unlikely to demand an audit because of too many votes.

Also, Republicans run a lot of states, and it's in those that Democrats tend to have problems voting. Duh.

Same could be said of Republicans living in a Democrat-run state. And if there are so many Democrats, how did Republican governors and mayors get elected there?

Comment Re:Meaningless (Score 1) 745

Yes, they interfered. Releasing selected facts on a schedule that interferes with the election campaign is interference. You have a very narrow view of what it means to interfere.

You can correctly state that the timing was political, but better information should lead to more informed decisions. Wikileaks should be prosecuted for hacking, but it doesn't affect the veracity of their statements.

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