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General Discussion / Re: women and govt shutdown
« on: October 17, 2013, 04:54:10 pm »
Women voting men into power isn't equivalent to women actually running the government.

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General Discussion / Re: Who remembers this!?
« on: October 12, 2013, 12:21:27 pm »
me! :D

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[x86] Announcements / Re: Moving!
« on: October 07, 2013, 01:40:18 am »
blame it on google. it's all google's fault.

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General Discussion / Re: Green fuzzy monitor :(
« on: September 30, 2013, 06:10:02 pm »
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General Discussion / Re: Green fuzzy monitor :(
« on: September 27, 2013, 08:16:42 pm »
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General Discussion / Re: uh...hdmi card [update re android mini pcp]
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:43:59 pm »


lol

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[x86] Announcements / Re: Moved to a new ip address
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:44:34 pm »
More likely it was this:

Quoting posts appears to be broken for me..


:)

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General Discussion / Re: Oh shiiiittt..........
« on: September 13, 2013, 01:05:10 pm »
How could I forget, Ramanujan is also a good example of a genius with little university experience. He also possessed abilities that almost no person has.  His abilities and use of these make him a genius (he's one of the handful per century).

Yes, I think we have similar intuitive definitions of 'genius'.  I think the word 'genius' is probably thrown around a bit too loosely.  To me it means someone with exceptional (e.g. 1 in 10 million) cognitive abilities.  Of course, the specific cognitive abilities in question could vary.  It would be hard to have more than an intuitive definition of the word 'genius'. 

But I don't think Bill Gates would qualify by my definition.  He is talented, and smart, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were loads of people with similar abilities in silicon valley.

That's a fair definition of genius, I think. I'll agree that Bill Gates probably doesn't qualify.

I think people in my circles tend to reserve the word for people who excel in quantitative thinking, which I think is a mistake.

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General Discussion / Re: Oh shiiiittt..........
« on: September 13, 2013, 02:08:25 am »
I'd still bet money on the C students being mostly just lackluster students.

Yes, I'd agree.  But on the other hand, it might also be a reasonable bet that most geniuses receive poor grades.   Certainly a surprising number do.

The most industrious geniuses probably don't waste time earning grades (good or bad) as soon as they see an opportunity. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard, Elon Musk dropped out of a PhD program at Stanford two days after he started, and so on.
I don't think Bill Gates or Elon Musk are geniuses. But I do think Tesla would serve as a better example. He had no university education at all and made huge discoveries in E&M.  Tesla is indubitably a genius.

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Oh apparently I'm wrong. He studied for at least two years.

My definition of genius is almost certainly than yours, then. Academic geniuses often fail to impress me more than Elon Musk.

I'm not comparing Elon Musk to Nikila Tesla. Tesla was probably a once-in-a-century kind of mind. Elon Musk is a brilliant visionary who has the courage to execute on crazy plans that no one else does.

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General Discussion / Re: Oh shiiiittt..........
« on: September 11, 2013, 06:18:26 pm »
I'd still bet money on the C students being mostly just lackluster students.

Yes, I'd agree.  But on the other hand, it might also be a reasonable bet that most geniuses receive poor grades.   Certainly a surprising number do.

The most industrious geniuses probably don't waste time earning grades (good or bad) as soon as they see an opportunity. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard, Elon Musk dropped out of a PhD program at Stanford two days after he started, and so on.

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General Discussion / Re: International Calls
« on: September 08, 2013, 05:19:35 pm »
Does Google voice not work from Europe?

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General Discussion / Re: uh...hdmi card
« on: August 30, 2013, 01:21:30 am »
Google is an advertising company.

A rather extreme analogy, but when's the last time you got some spam mail (snail mail) for loan X or gift reward Y and went totally bonkers over it and bought into it?

This is how I see Google, only Google is quite brilliant and makes genuinely awesome contributions to technology ... at the cost of our privacy (because most of what they give us is free). Just remember what you're giving ...

And Chromecast sounds like Google's clever way to know what we're watching (and it's a cool device from what I hear). I won't touch it with a 10 foot poll ... I'd rather go with a competitor (like Roku).

don't give a fuck. seriously. this is not a good reason for me to give two shits. advertising is the only reason that 80% of the awesome shit on the internet is free. i for one embrace internet advertising.

@Craz3d - pretty sure whatever article you read was wrong :)

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General Discussion / Re: uh...hdmi card
« on: August 29, 2013, 03:28:51 pm »
Chromecast sounds like suck (1) because no netflix; (2) lack of processing power because lack of standalone power source; and (3) other reasons?

What makes you think Chromecast doesn't support Netflix? Since they list Netflix as one of the supported apps on their website, I suspect it actually does...

Also, the reviews for Chromecast have been pretty positive.

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General Discussion / Re: Bradley Manning
« on: August 26, 2013, 07:41:15 pm »
People are still people, yes, but I'm arguing that they are less deserving of the finite resources available. As for the "victims of society" notion, while I agree it happens, but I can't see it as a strong enough mitigating factor to not execute/imprison/whatever someone.

I'm not saying they shouldn't be imprisoned, although I would say no one should be executed under any circumstances... this was meant as an argument in favor of them being granted psychological/physical care while imprisoned. I don't think they're less deserving.

Some people are born with a tendency to be angry and violent. I don't think that they should be spared our compassion. I'm not saying they be released from prison (or even have reduced sentences). I'd rather that we think of prison as a rehabilitation facility -- or, in the worst case, a place to contain those that would make society much worse -- than a punishment.

To the point of Manning -- I'm not very well informed on trans stuff. I'm inclined to agree with what people are saying here: that maybe surgery shouldn't be covered, but hormone treatment should be.

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General Discussion / Re: Bradley Manning
« on: August 26, 2013, 04:57:36 pm »
Those in for life/on death row...I kinda don't understand, from an economic and, to an extent, moral viewpoint, why we care about them. They're too bad to be in society (and usually too bad to be in gen pop), so they're in solitary indefinitely. That shit messes people up, but there isn't really an alternative. Killing them all might be the kindest and least cruel thing to do, IMO.

I'm inclined to believe that most criminals are either victim to terrible circumstances growing up or a genetic predisposition to violent/psychopathic tendencies. While I agree that violent criminals should be put in prison for the good of the society we live in, I feel morally uncomfortable not helping them when they're distressed, depressed, etc. To that end, I feel some obligation to provide mental and physical healthcare to inmates -- even (maybe especially) when they're lifers.

When it comes down to it, I don't think that they stop being people just because they've been sentenced to life in prison.

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