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by Mambrino
Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Education, from N&A
Replies: 34
Views: 3516

Re: Education, from N&A

Differential equations, complex analysis, and abstract algebra. ...why? Okay, i can see differential equations as a motivation for calculus (we even had a couple of very simple one-dimensional examples in our calculus books in high school: "this stuff does have applications! see, dynamic model...
by Mambrino
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2778
Views: 135742

Re: US administration

Nate's the Guy Who Can Predict The Election Because Science. That's the big claim to fame of the website. If he is wrong, then it's a bit cheap to point at everyone else who was also wrong. is it better to be right by accident instead of coming up on the wrong end of a probabilistic prediction? Lik...
by Mambrino
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Washington Post Article: Fair Use violation of xkcd?
Replies: 5
Views: 2182

Re: Washington Post Article: Fair Use violation of xkcd?

And remember, there's that proverb (or is it an adage?) about imitation and flattery.
by Mambrino
Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Industrial espionage in the DDR
Replies: 4
Views: 1857

Re: Industrial espionage in the DDR

One those confusing names. As a kid I was a history geek, so of course I did know everything about DDR a.k.a. East Germany. One day I was very confused for a brief moment, when suddenly all the other kids in the class knew everything about DDR too ... and were "it's so awesome!" Awesome? I...
by Mambrino
Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 149
Views: 21325

Re: News in brief

The discussion is getting out of the topic ("News in brief"), but it would be awfully late to get started on calculus for the first time not until you are a freshman in uni. Of course, the focus on practicing mechanical integration / derivation rules might be misplaced. Maybe it would be b...
by Mambrino
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1487
Views: 193386

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

And for some weird reason they recommend me to use toothbrush twice a day with fluorine toothpaste, not eat stuff that's bad for teeth, and give other advice that is bad for their business if patients do as told.
by Mambrino
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe
Replies: 95
Views: 8270

Re: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe

And if I recall correctly, in ep I, the queen personally thanks the droid for saving the ship. So it's not like R2 units are treated as simple tools. On the other hand, a few minutes before that Obi Wan was incredibly blasé about the fact that R2 units were being obliterated by the handful. Of cour...
by Mambrino
Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe
Replies: 95
Views: 8270

Re: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe

Forgetting of course the fact that R2 could have told Luke at any point in the original trilogy that Vader was his father... (I don't doubt that perhaps someone among you who knows Star Wars better than I may prove me wrong, but...) I never really thought R2-D2 (or any astromech droid) was really t...
by Mambrino
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2810
Views: 310660

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Sorry for double(triple) post, but this is totally different news so I suppose it's better to make a new post than edit the old... BBC: Facebook Live attack: Four held in Chicago Four people have been arrested in the US city of Chicago over a video live-streamed on Facebook, in which a bound and gag...
by Mambrino
Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 616607

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Is this still the general US politics thread, too? Though this could go to the "future" thread:

BBC: Republicans drop a proposal to gut a congressional ethics watchdog after a critical Donald Trump tweet

That is the unaltered sub-headline. Welcome to 2017.
by Mambrino
Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 7452

Re: 1779: "2017"

Well, this year, I started to take different forms of Doomsday argument a tiny bit more seriously. The form of the argument that I've found slightly unnerving: what is the chance that the world population distribution over time will resemble a) sigmoid until eternity, b) exponential until fast colla...
by Mambrino
Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe
Replies: 95
Views: 8270

Re: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe

Lovers: I just could not see it there. I thought it was a classic comrades-in-arms-friendship thing all the way through until I finally started reading this thread, really. Also, they were a weird cyber-crystal monk and armed guard to the temple of said monks; there might even be enforcing a celibac...
by Mambrino
Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2810
Views: 310660

Re: The Darker Side of the News

You thought the Free World won the Cold War? Turns out, you were mistaken. It's only the somewhat less autocratic one.
by Mambrino
Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 133
Views: 15248

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Someone on another forum already blamed Disney for Carrie Fisher's death: extreme dieting isn't too good for your heart, especially elderly people.
by Mambrino
Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 532613

Re: Doctor Whom

So, was I the only one expecting the plot to be: You find out at the end that this whole world and mad scheme was a fantasy world made up by the gemstone which explained why no one recognised him, why no one noticed all the people with massive scars over their faces and why the journalist woman app...
by Mambrino
Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Can't keep up with all the math behind machine learning
Replies: 3
Views: 1194

Re: Can't keep up with all the math behind machine learning

In my experience, there's still no royal route to understanding mathematics. Especially if the understanding is what you desire, you have to study the material, within the framework of formal courses at university or not. Most of the advanced ML stuff is more or less math-heavy graduate level, so th...
by Mambrino
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2810
Views: 310660

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Meanwhile, Erdogan informs the world that the assassination was carried over by Gulenists. What on Earth Gulen would achieve with this? How about all those n+1 Islamists rebel factions that have been bombed in Aleppo by Russians, when the gunman even told he was carrying over a revenge over Aleppo? ...
by Mambrino
Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1805
Views: 391872

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

I finally got around to reading Andy Weir's The Martian... and it was okay. The science part of the science certainly was there, but on the other hand I was a bit disappointed in it as a novel. It's mostly just a log of the protagonist solving different problems, and while the engineer-in-me certain...
by Mambrino
Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Blade Runner 2049
Replies: 3
Views: 1062

Re: Blade Runner 2049

...vampires?

edit. Well, we don't have much from this trailer, but I'm more hopeful about this sequel than the other Hollywood-rehashing-cyberpunk-classics thing (GitS remake).
by Mambrino
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2810
Views: 310660

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Images of the lorry show it was registered in neighbouring Poland and Polish media are suggesting it may have been stolen earlier on Monday. It is being reported that the dead passenger in the lorry was Polish while the nationality of the suspect under arrest has yet to be confirmed. Earlier, the o...
by Mambrino
Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 149
Views: 21325

Re: News in brief

PeteP wrote:I am pretty sure CU was applying that to the side of the company not the employees?


That... was not obvious to me, but the comment does make slightly more sense that way.
by Mambrino
Sun Dec 11, 2016 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 149
Views: 21325

Re: News in brief

Well, I do think the analogy is silly. The power imbalance and frankly, the whole nature of the relationship between employer and employee is fundamentally different than between partners in a romantic relationship. Especially when the discussion started with a news article about prof who thinks she...
by Mambrino
Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Firefox vs. Chrome: Is it time for me to throw in the towel?
Replies: 42
Views: 24273

Re: Firefox vs. Chrome: Is it time for me to throw in the towel?

I'm still too attached to NoScript+uBlockO to change even to marginally better browser. No, I will not load a shitton of JS if the site actually works quite well without it. Also, to be frank, I like to have vague idea what is happening when I type stuff to address bar and know when I'm doing a sear...
by Mambrino
Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 149
Views: 21325

Re: News in brief

Jobs are like girlfriends/boyfriends. Interviews are dating. If people keep quitting you, the problem is you, not them. It's quite rare nowadays that you are dependent on your spouse's monies to eat and have a roof over your head, and that's a situation which creates a possibility for terrible rela...
by Mambrino
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 616607

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Let's just call it laziness, because why not? Using words sloppily results in dilution. Look at superlatives. How often, when someone uses the word awesome, do you believe they are actually struck with awe? When everyone's racist, nobody is. I don't believe this dilution thing. Racism is a very pow...
by Mambrino
Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 616607

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm counting on the Chinese not being stupid, and retaliating only on appropriate scale (Trump says stern words about China, mainly as posturing aimed for his voters, they'll respond with stern words, mainly aimed to convince their populace that Chinese leaders are not weak). I mean, Trump didn't sa...
by Mambrino
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 616607

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Is that kind relativistic view of culture and moral workable in when "the other culture" is not some distant place but next door and you need to establish legal standards and the school nurse or maternity ward need some procedures to follow? For reasons like I don't believe idea of "s...
by Mambrino
Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 9
Views: 1947

Re: Arrival

Saw it, was a good film. Didn't know about the short story before, will try to get my hands on it now too. Very spoilery discussion: It certainly was a good science fiction film. But as a film, there was too many things I disliked to call it great. The physicist person felt more like a cardboard fig...
by Mambrino
Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 149
Views: 21325

Re: News in brief

Hollande won't seek re-election . Putin addressed the nation in a yearly speech Avoiding anti-Western rhetoric - by Sarah Rainsford in Moscow: This was a speech short on slogans and snappy soundbites. If there was a theme, then it was one of unity. It was a call to Russians to pull together as patr...
by Mambrino
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13807
Views: 1767511

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

The traditional Swedish giant Christmas goat in Gävle burned down in record time. The goat made of straw was destroyed in less than 24 hours after presented to the public. (Burning the goat is also a tradition, but not an officially sanctioned one.)
by Mambrino
Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 149
Views: 21325

Re: News in brief

France: the conservative presidential candidate is Francois Fillon He is proposing dramatic economic reforms that include slashing 500,000 public jobs, ending the 35-hour week, raising the retirement age and scrapping the wealth tax. Aren't French unions still a considerable force? This might turn ...
by Mambrino
Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 616607

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

How does Germany do it? They make propaganda detection part of their educational system. ...you have slightly rose-tinted glasses on. The next German parliamentary elections are scheduled next year, and AfD looks like it's improving on polls . I think the main reason why Germany is still OK-ish is ...
by Mambrino
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 616607

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Trump in NYTimes interview After a chat with a Marine corps general he is now convinced that waterboarding isn't that useful so there is not point in reinstating it, and also condemned at least one alt-right / white nationalist group but on the other hand defended Breitbart as a "conservative&...

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