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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: August 27, 2014, 11:18:36 PM
CISPA is now CISA.

http://www.cispaisback.org

Oh, gee. Such surprise! Very unexpected. Wow.  undecided
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 27, 2014, 11:07:07 PM
I ran into a banking institution yesterday that did not allow special characters or spaces, but did required a number be included in the user name.

Like the outcome of that isn't going to be predictable as hell ...(y0ur N4m3)... Derp!

If a username/password is actually printed on paper, then it makes sense to not include beginning or ending spaces. But with the incredible invention of monospaced fonts, there's no reason why "a     b" couldn't be a valid username or password. I have never understood why "spaces" aren't allowed.

I do wish that sites would say what is allowed as a regular expression. That would make everything so much easier and clearer. For me. And other regex freaks. tongue
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: August 27, 2014, 11:02:27 PM
If the below turns out to be correct, it's going to be pretty damning against the CDC and "peer review" as we have it now.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1164794

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Fraud at the CDC uncovered, 340% increased risk of autism hidden from public


On the flip side, here's the "debunk":

http://www.sciencebasedme...in-african-american-boys/

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Here we go again.

Regular readers who pay attention to the antivaccine movement almost can’t help but have noticed that last week there was a lot of activity on antivaccine websites, blogs, and Facebook pages, as well as Twitter and Instagram feeds. For all I know, it’s all out there on Pinterest (which I’ve never really understood), Tumblr, and all those other social media sites that I don’t check much, if at all. In particular, it’s been exploding under the Twitter hashtags #CDCwhistleblower, #CDCfraud, and #CDCPantsOnFire. It’s almost impossible to have missed it if you’re plugged in and pay attention to crank websites, as many skeptics do, but here are a selection of the main stories going around over the last few days:

And:

http://scienceblogs.com/i...troversy-continues-apace/

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Here it is, Tuesday already, and the antivaccine underground is still on full mental jacket alert over the biggest story the antivaccine movement has seen in a while. Fortunately, it’s a story that’s been largely ignored by the mainstream media, which tells me that maybe, just maybe, the mainstream media has figured out that it shouldn’t give undue credence to cranks. I’m referring, of course, to the claim that the CDC has for 13 years been covering up smoking gun evidence that the MMR vaccine when administered before 36 months causes autism in African-American males.

It's a developing story, so I suppose there's not much to do but wait until more analysis comes out.

If it does turn out that there was fraud, then we have some pretty nasty stuff to deal with.

I've not looked too deeply into it, so I have no idea about what is or isn't correct there. It could all just be complete nonsense, but, considering (source):

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21623535
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24354891
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12145534
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21058170
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15527868

It may not be.

It's not like medical cover-ups haven't happened before.

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 27, 2014, 09:23:14 PM

That's just one of my pet peeves.


@R - Out of curiosity....just how many of this pets do you have? It must be hundreds.  tongue Grin Wink

I see what you did their.

All right now, you guys is just being mean.

Hahaha! Those are all pretty good.

Now... time to drop the gears into grammar Nazi mode! Wink

@R - Out of curiosity....just how many of this pets do you have? It must be hundreds.  tongue Grin Wink

"It" in that case refers to "pets", so there is no number agreement there.

However, there is a case to be made for "It must be hundreds."

"Take the expression '10<5' for example. This is false because 10 is greater than 5."

The grammar there is fine. '10' is taken to be 'a number', which is singular. This happens quite often in English, and in other contexts as well.

All right now, you guys is just being mean.

This case is excluded from that class though as there is no ambiguity about number with 'guys'. (I'll get back to this below.)

However, there is a class of subjects where number can be assigned more or less freely as the speaker wishes. For example:

"Intel is/are introducing a new class of processor next week."

DC'ers from North America are more likely to choose "is", while those in the UK are more likely to choose "are".

The question is about whether "Intel" is an organisation that requires singular verb agreement for number, or is a collective that requires a plural form.

If you look into the issue, you will find little agreement on it from those that adhere to prescriptive grammatical rules (as opposed to normative). For prescriptive grammar, the debate is about whether or not collectives are to be treated as plurals or not, and whether or not number penetrates through qualified singular nouns. For example,

The class of students is waiting. vs. The class of students are waiting.

Compare that to:

The class is waiting.

You would never say:

The class are waiting.

Because you reserve the use of "are" there for:

The classes are waiting.

The ambiguity arises when "class" is qualified as a collective by "of students".

You can ask that question like so:

Which is the correct underlining for the subject in the following sentence (<to be> is left in the infinitive):

1. The class of students <to be> waiting.
2. The class of students <to be> waiting.

In #2, <to be> is clearly "is". In #1, there is a degree of ambiguity that leaves the speaker to decide on whether or not the subject should be treated as singular or a collective, and whether or not to treat collectives as plural, as is done in British English very often.

Getting back to the "guys" example, there is no ambiguity for number there. This is similar to the case:

"There are <plural>."

The dummy pronoun "there" (and others) takes its number from the object, which is understood to be the actual subject of the sentence. 

"Guys" is definite, while "there" is a dummy pronoun that can be either singular or plural. In both cases they have the same position as the subject of the sentence. However, "guys" is the subject proper, while for dummy pronouns, they are not the subject proper, but rather refer to it in the object position.

Another ambiguity arises for dummy pronouns when a plural object is a list of singular objects, e.g. "a cat, a dog, and a mouse". For example:

There is/are a cat, a dog, and a mouse in the house.

In this version:

There are a cat, a dog, and a mouse in the house.

The actual subject is clearly "a cat, a dog, and a mouse." (NOTE: The previous sentence sets up another case for number. I'm skipping it.)

However, in this version:

There is a cat, a dog, and a mouse in the house.

It makes sense to understand that as a shortened version of:

There is a cat (in the house), and there is a dog (in the house), and there is a mouse in the house.

That may seem counterintuitive for some, but consider the following case for number agreement:

There are 2 beers.

"Beers" is simply nonsensical. There is no such things as "beers"... until you understand that what is meant is:

There are 2 bottles of beer.

We truncate "bottles of beer" to "beers". (The same goes for 'glasses', etc., but not for 'cases' or 'kegs' or 'pitchers'.)

"Beer" itself is a liquid, which is non-countable. Bottles, on the other hand, are countable.

(I'm going to skip the case for "waters" as that issue diverges into other cases not related to number agreement.)



Blah... Time to get on to some work. tongue





5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting response to a request for "work for free" on: August 27, 2014, 08:27:48 PM
Nice! That was really good to hear.

I tripped across this from following links:

NSFW - http://vimeo.com/22053820

But, yeah. Exactly. That.

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Weird issue with computer: Volume spontaneously going to 100% at random on: August 27, 2014, 08:20:01 PM
While not the same issue, I had a recent one that took many hours over several months to solve. It came down to a setting in the audio card driver causing the issue (which it shouldn't have).

If you can turn off all audio driver settings, it might help.

If you're doing anything remotely interesting, check to see if any calls you're making rely on something at a lower level. Sometimes there are oddities that can happen, and you may have inadvertently created something like a race condition or god knows what.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 27, 2014, 08:11:57 PM
Please fill in a password:
carrot

Sorry, passwords require 8 characters or more:
cooked carrot

Sorry, passwords require at least one number:
1 cooked carrot

Sorry, no spaces allowed in passwords:
50cookedcarrots

Sorry, passwords require at least one capital letter:
50FUCKINGcookedcarrots

Sorry, no subsequent capitals allowed in passwords:
50FuckingCookedCarrots

Sorry, no curse words allowed in passwords:
NowIGetReallyAngryIfMyPasswordIsStillIncorrectShoveThose50CookedCarrotsUpYourBum

Sorry, that password is already taken:
...




Hahaha!

I can relate... I hate when my passwords are rejected. Especially when the error message is something like:

Passwords must be 10 characters or less.

It's like some BOFH trying to limit passwords to match his set of rainbow tables.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 26, 2014, 12:08:54 PM

This is obvious lolbertardian sabotage! tongue They hate roads!
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 26, 2014, 12:05:34 PM
Wondering why I bothered posting this now...

     Me too! tongue   
                I must be drunk to post LDC vids...   

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEdly4PCnTg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEdly4PCnTg</a>

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 26, 2014, 08:03:58 AM
How many programmers does it take to change a lightbulb?


How many Freudian psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb?


How many flies does it take to screw in a light bulb?


How did the hipster burn his hand?


How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?


What's the difference between a pregnant woman and a lightbulb?


How many divorced women does it take to change a lightbulb?


How many divorced men does it take to change a lightbulb?


More here. (Many NFSW ones there.)

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: August 25, 2014, 09:33:10 PM
Gold dealers are dropping fiat:

http://techcrunch.com/201...ard-payments-for-bitcoin/

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The world of gold bullion sales is often peopled by the odd and interesting. Joseph Castillo is one of the latter. The owner of Agora Commodities, his company now only accepts Bitcoin for online sales, a move that has reduced fraud and improved his service.

Castillo talked to Coindesk about his decision, saying that “What we had to do to protect ourselves against card fraud, we no longer have to do with bitcoin – and that saves us on costs.”

The company has done $10 million in revenue through bitcoin since he moved to cryptocurrencies in the beginning of 2014. Customers understood the move and have been working with him to transfer assets via the blockchain rather than the Visa card. Castillo is also planning on building a BTC exchange for his customers. The goal is to create a one-stop-shop for all your goldbug tendencies, including fiat to BTC conversions.

“Bitcoin fits perfectly with gold and silver, right? So if people come to the site and want to buy gold and silver, why wouldn’t they want to buy bitcoin from us as well?” he told Coindesk.

Amagimetals has also announced that they are dropping fiat and only accepting Bitcoin.

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: August 25, 2014, 09:31:52 PM
And this is what happens when you completely lose you freaking mind:
 (see attachment in previous post)
The 2 S3 440 GH/s machines are turned to pull cold air out of the room, and - yes that is Dryer Vent Hose - then push the hot exhaust air out through the attic. The other S1 180 GH/s machine only has one fan and no outer housing (rather odd I thought), so it's still dumping a ton of hot air into the room ... But it's at least half assed tolerable in here now.

If these are the "Quiet Ones" (and they are), I'd hate like hell to hear the noisy ones ... Let's just say the wife is not thrilled with this latest development..

Like living on a tarmac, eh? smiley

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 25, 2014, 01:24:16 PM
I certainly have my pet peeves when it comes to language and grammar though. One of the big ones is the general inability of English speakers to account for number when they write or speak. It's not that hard to tell the difference between "1" and "other than 1". Sigh... There are others though. (That was a concise demonstration of the issue.)
Que?  I'm curious, but I don't think I understand what you are saying?  Clarification?

Most people are incapable of understanding that "2" is not "1".

The typical error is:

There is 5 glasses on the table.

WRONG!

There ARE 5 glasses on the table.

That's just one of my pet peeves.

Most people can't even speak their own language properly. It's pathetic.

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interview with Dread Pirate Robert's mother - Silk Road on: August 25, 2014, 01:18:06 PM
Another interview by one of my favourite hosts (who a lot of people will hate):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TymE_zokTY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TymE_zokTY</a>

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE.

It doesn't matter if you like Jeff Berwick or not. The issue is the issue.

15  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Suggested top 30 solitaire board games on: August 25, 2014, 08:27:05 AM
Don't know if anybody else has this problem, but I often have trouble putting together a game night because the it's hard to find people who have the patience to learn (or the time to play) the sort of games I like.

Which would be...?
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 25, 2014, 08:25:23 AM
The vast majority of what I do is all corporate stuff. Emails, documentation, software UIs, web sites, brochures, video scripts, communications, planning documents, blah blah blah etc. etc. etc. Extremely boring stuff for most people.

But I don't really do pron scripts. Thank god. Though I did do a campaign for a pron company once upon a time...

I certainly have my pet peeves when it comes to language and grammar though. One of the big ones is the general inability of English speakers to account for number when they write or speak. It's not that hard to tell the difference between "1" and "other than 1". Sigh... There are others though. (That was a concise demonstration of the issue.)
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 25, 2014, 08:09:19 AM
Hey, I've never mentioned my pron-script moonlighting... Have you been reading my email? tongue
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee on: August 24, 2014, 11:58:59 PM


   
   
   
CLICK ME!!!




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19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee on: August 24, 2014, 11:45:10 PM
DODGE!  
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 24, 2014, 09:11:53 PM
Chris Cantwell & Josie the Outlaw chime in on the subject...

FAIR WARNING: It involves Chris Cantwell (NSFW), and so it WILL offend some people. Wink

White T-Shirt Ice Bucket Challenge!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhAzOvvFJqU

(I'm pretty certain that the video will make a lot of people see red. Consider it NSFL.)
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee on: August 24, 2014, 09:04:55 PM
Please elaborate?

It's Stephen being Stephen! Cool

I'm still waiting for more 1,000 animated GIFs posts. smiley
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 24, 2014, 01:02:53 PM
Stephen, ignore the negative posts -- thanks for putting yourself out there and encouraging us all to participate in something fun.

I'm sorry, but you don't get to issue a challenge then ignore those that reject the challenge.

If you want only positive opinions, then direct your inquiry at people that will respond positively. But don't throw a wide net and expect everyone to join in the circlejerk.


23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Robots could murder us out of KINDNESS unless they are taught the value of human on: August 24, 2014, 12:28:21 PM

Issac Asimov anyone?

Except Isaac sidestepped the issue of the value of human life completely back in '42. His three laws only said:

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    A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

T'aint nothing in there about 'value' - nor is there the need for a robot to be self-aware in order for humanity's butt to be covered by those three rules pretty adequately.

But if (and that's a very big if) machines could reach a form of self awareness, it would be a challenge to teach them these so-called "human values." Especially since we're so bad at teaching said values to humans.Even on those rare occasions when we're in complete agreement as to what such values are. Values - especially the value of human life - varies a great deal among different (and differing) human cultures.


Sigh... Y'know... I really hate hearing from you sometimes. It's not that I disagree - but rather that I do agree. And I hate that.

Yes. Humans can be really, really shitty towards each other. We have no shortage of examples either in history or in contemporary examples.

It sucks.

Like, just how f**king hard is it to NOT murder people? Is it really all that f**king hard? Apparently for some people it really is that hard.

I go through my normal day without murdering anyone on a regular basis. In fact, I'm batting 1.000 for not murdering people. Am I an exception? Perhaps. I don't think so.

Blah... This is just an issue that sets me off.


24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 24, 2014, 12:20:42 PM
No matter what you think about him... that was cool.

That was pretty cool! I like CS.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 24, 2014, 12:07:20 PM
Lol no criticism taken guys xD  Grin

Btw...none of you are excused from the nominations lol

Challenge declined. Wink

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