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Comment Its the content creators that need them! (Score 4, Interesting) 113

So I know a lot of people do Facebook, Twitter etc but for those of us that work doing any form of content creation of value desktops beat out most of the competition. For example... I am writing a white paper at the minute and doing so on a desktop. With a decent amount of grunt, good keyboard and dual monitors I can do stuff so much quicker than any other device, esp for media intensive ops.

There will always be a place for desktops.

Comment Re:Good then bad then good (Score 1) 171

> Sugar free. First good. Then bad. Then good. Now bad again.

No, sugar-free has always been good. Weird chemicals that simulate some of the taste properties of sugar while causing unknown side-effects are bad.

I dropped all added sugar and much sugary foods from my diet with great results. That means no cake no cookies no ice-cream no soda. Few packaged-factory-produced foods of any type because its impossible to find them without tons of sugar. I have not replaced these with "diet" garbage.

Comment Re:wrong (Score 1) 137

When do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that dumbness of yours still to mock us? When will there be an end of that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now? Do not the readers armed with mod points- and the hostile responses you receive- does not the alarm of the people, and the union of all good men, when faced by your outrageous opinion, have any effect upon you? Do you not feel that your bullshit is debunked? Do you not see that your conspiracy theory is already arrested and rendered powerless by the knowledge which every one here possesses of it? What is there that you did, and what outrageous assessment was there which was adopted by you, with which you think that any one of us is unacquainted?

Shame on this age and on its principles! The public is aware of these things, and yet you defecate them into public deliberations; some of you are watching and marking down and checking off for slaughter every principled individual among us. And we, gallant men that we are, think that we are doing our duty to the nation if we keep out of the way of these frenzied attacks.

You ought long ago to have been led to execution by command of your own mother's gynecologist. That destruction which you have been long plotting against us ought to have already fallen on your own ass.

Comment Re:Definition of a scientist... (Score 0) 137

...a political activist that also wants to take credit for advances actually developed by engineers, entrepreneurs and lay inventors.

We have got to decide this day whether we prefer for the future to deprive frantic and profligate scientists of the protection of wicked and unprincipled citizens, or even to arm them with the cloak of scientific illiteracy due to the mortal God in which they hold only approximate esteem, and the invisible hand in which they hold none. For if that pest and conflagration of the public succeeds in defending its own mischievous and unprofitable community by appeals to divine stupidity, when they cannot maintain it by any considerations of objective reality, then we must seek for other ceremonies, for other sources of unquestionable truth, or for other interpreters of the requirements of politically unbiased facts. But if those things which are done by the madness of wicked men in the republic at a time when it was oppressed by one party, deserted by another, and betrayed by a third, are abetted by their data and its statistical analysis with no return on investment, then we shall have cause rightly and deservedly to praise the wisdom of ourselves in selecting the most honorable men of the state for the executive with which to purge their undue influence.

Comment Re:Access court for cited paper skyrocketing (Score 1) 137

I encourage everyone to read the article cited and post a comment as informative as the original article!

And, to those in my audience, this beginning of my defense seems to be most appropriate concerning the standing of this man so that I should tweet first to those things which his haters and accusers and dummies in the media have advanced with the general view of disparaging him and for the sake of detracting from his honor and despoiling him of his dignity. His father was cast in his teeth on various accounts, at one time as having been a man of no great respectability himself; at another, he was said to have been treated with but little respect by his son. On the score of dignity, our subject, to those who know him and to the best people among us, is of himself, without speaking, himself able easily to take a very sufficient expression, and without anyone having any occasion to suppress any tweet from him; but as for those to whom he is not equally well known, on account of his great stature, which has now for some time hindered his mixing much with us in the forum bigly, let them think this: that whatever dignity can exist in an individual- and certainly the very greatest may be found in that family- has always been considered, and is to this day considered, to shine out in great luster in his case; and moreover it is so considered, not only by his own relations and friends, but by every one to whom he can possibly be known on any account whatever to be a real citizen.

Comment Bzzzt My algorithms say the black man did it (Score 1) 79

Holy shit!

Remember when they found that bank loan "artificial intelligence" programs were discriminating based on the racial profile of your zip code? The program learned from the human examples they were given.

So it isn't impossible that algorithms that insert "likely" pixels into images would perhaps add minority colored pixels in an urban looking scene and white colored pixels in a suburban scene. You can't use image data that didn't come from the actual scene in court!!!!

Comment Re:fascinatingly crafted reply... (Score 1) 302

Did you mean reply to me or the GP?

The "global pause" was 18 years long so they can cherry pick 1998 (an El Nino year) as the baseline. Nowadays, the average normal year is about as hot as 20th century El Nino years, so they argue there's been no change since 1998. I don't think the 2015-2016 El Nino will put an end to the nonsense.

Comment Re:fascinatingly crafted reply... (Score 1) 302

First of all, what does a decaying orbit have to do with anything,

Because the distance to something affects the intensity of radiation measured by the satellite. If you walk toward a light, it looks brighter. Try it sometime and you'll see. That satellite was actually measuring the temperature of only one layer of the atmosphere. When scientists corrected for the decaying orbit, it seemed like there was no warming. Then, they realized they were overcorrecting for the orbital decay, adjusted the data to account for that, and suddenly it's a conspiracy where scientists are "ignoring data they don't like".

and why would you imagine there's just one satellite up there monitoring terrestrial temperatures?

Actually, that's the exact question I would ask you. All of these "global pause" arguments are based on the cherry-picked data from that one satellite. Data from other satellites isn't politically acceptable.

Comment The Wall (Score 2) 302

I met a traveler from the borderland
Who said, "A vast unfinished concrete wall
Stands in the desert. Near it, on the sand
Half-sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And puckered lips, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these unpaid for things,
Small hands that mocked them, and the sons that led;
And on the concrete wall, these words appear:
My name is President Trump, King of Flings,
Look upon my Wall, Mexicans, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
It's one hundred fifty degrees today."

Comment Re:Or denier of climate change hoaxes (Score 1) 302

Yes, people have made a lot of foolish claims, like trying to pin an exact year on when cities go underwater. And conservatives often paste a big list of hundreds of predictions (deserts, floods, famines, etc.) to mock scientists.

But let's be realistic. No one has never changed the composition of the atmosphere before, raising the concentration of its most optically active constituent by 30%. Nobody knows exactly what will happen. But it's probably going to include things we don't like, some of which are on that list.

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