User Profile: HonorTheOath

HonorTheOath

Member Since: April 18, 2013

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  • [1] April 22, 2015 at 1:34pm

    What are you, 12 years old? An atheist complaining that “nobody I know would complain about people of faith” is very much akin to a white man claiming “nobody I know is a racist.”

    Yeah, right.

  • [3] April 22, 2015 at 1:25pm

    Interesting; I have always wondered about employees or customers injured during a violent attack at a “No Guns Allowed” location. Seems to me that taking away an employees or customers ability to protect themselves just created a “bailment” situation.

    Why do we not hear about lawsuits from victims of violence in “Gun Free Zones?”

    Why are the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook, Columbine, etc. shootings not allowed to sue the organizations that failed in their duty to protect them?

    Do they all “settle” to prevent the issue being heard in court?

  • [5] April 22, 2015 at 1:18pm

    Ummmm . . . she WAS “The Manager” responsible for moving the cash. She didn’t. She got fired. I’ve been fired for much less. Not while pregnant or robbing my employer, but whatever.

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  • [4] April 22, 2015 at 12:56pm

    The other day a colleague made a comment about how the last actual President of the United States (RWR) was evil because he let Ollie North conduct an operation to support anti-communist rebels on our doorstep. I was amazed; not because he made that comment- we are college professors after all- but I was amazed that just about every professor within earshot actually laughed out loud. The guy trying to unionize the faculty actually told the other guy to STFU he was making liberals sound stupid. I think that he (like many greedy, jealous, pro-union bullies) have finally realized that the implementation of all their great theories is actually not a good strategy to follow if you want people to believe in your cause. Yeah, reality can be damned inconvenient if you’re a liar and a cheat . . .

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  • [1] April 22, 2015 at 12:36pm

    An adult female stops walking (“paralyzed from the waist down”) and 11 days later starts walking again. The family does not comment beyond posting a YouTube video. Waiting for Paul Harvey to chime in . . . “with the rest of the story!”

  • [17] April 21, 2015 at 11:47am

    Real science places very high “bars” of evidence that must be met before a “theory” is considered “valid.” This is not “rocket science” at all; it’s common sense. Basic stuff like “Are you really measuring what you think you are measuring” for EVERY CONSTRUCT in your theory. Oh By The Way- what exactly IS the definition of “the temperature of the earth?” How do we measure it? What are the problems with using “proxy” measures (like tree ring width as a substitute for temperature; any guesses as to why tree rings might respond to either temperature OR CO2 levels? Hmmmm.). There are very serious “instrumentation error” questions about how we claim to be “measuring” the “temperature of the earth.” Confirmation Bias/Socially Desirable Responding is a demonstrated FACT (accounts for a 1/2 degree celsius temp rise immediately in the wake of all the media attention . . . hmmmm . . . ). How are we measuring/estimating CO2 levels? Today vs. a million years ago?

    Don’t even need to get sophisticated like “The cause must happen BEFORE the effect” requirements for real science. Take a look at the CO2 curve and then overlay the “temperature of the earth” over it. Jeeze Louise in order to believe in Global Warming we must believe that the cause can happen AFTER what it causes . . . ?!?!

    There is a reason why the reputation of scientists (and science in general) is plummeting. We earned it. My colleagues who presstitute themselves to the MSM in order to generate “buzz” . . .

  • April 7, 2015 at 2:43pm

    Bravo. A particularly insipid, content free contribution. One for the scrapbooks! One more logical fallacy to go and you win the set . . .

  • [2] April 7, 2015 at 2:08pm

    The North Korea scenario applies. The Clintons had a conundrum: How do we sell nuclear secrets and technology to the communists in a way that the money goes straight into our personal bank accounts?

    They pulled that one off with flying colors. Had to get Loral Aerospace and some other fellow travelers to cooperate, and the money had to be laundered through campaign contributions, but they pulled it off and never once worried about going to jail for it.

    Of course Obama is going to get away with doing the same thing. Who’s to stop him?

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  • [4] April 7, 2015 at 2:04pm

    Alfred, they would have to have “negotiated” this time in order for them to “negotiate again.”

    What evidence do you have that Iran negotiated ANYTHING?

    The available evidence suggests they did precisely ZERO negotiating; they just told Obamas losers what to write and they did . . .

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  • April 2, 2015 at 1:43pm

    I think they were TRYING to measure “The risk of being killed while participating in various activities” but that is so far removed from what they actually did I have no idea what they THOUGHT they were TRYING to do.

    And once again all scientists will be assumed to be this ignint & stoopid.

    Thanks guys.

  • [1] April 2, 2015 at 1:40pm

    I’ve seen my fair share of (frankly) idiotic “studies” of various stripes over my time on this planet- have worked in technical fields for about 40 years and as a research scientist since 1992- but this has got to be the most face-palmingly, head wrapped in duct tapingly, “D’OH” level idiotic, insipid, flat out meaningless crap I have seen ever.

    They get pretty much EVERYTHING wrong. Have not a single clue about how hazard, risk, and safety are measured and actually work. This is not an “apples-oranges” mistake . . . this is a “not even in the same dimensional reference set” type error.

    Good Lord.

    I always thought “Idiocracy” was a comedy. Now I realize it was prescient social science commentary . . .

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  • [2] March 31, 2015 at 2:09pm

    First of all, “semi-autonomous” systems (Airbus FBW) are already in place and being widely used today. Meat puppets taxi and takeoff- turning the flight over to the autopilot “immediately” (soon) after takeoff. The computer flies the aircraft to just before touchdown, when the pilot has the option of letting the computer finish the landing. In any case, one of the pilots will taxi back to the gate.

    Today, humans only touch the controls briefly for taxi/takeoff and landing/taxi AND in the event of an emergency, MOST (not all; see Airbus) systems allow the the meat puppets to turn off the Flight Management System and fly “manually” (more or less; see Airbus).

    So, we already know how well machines can fly. Short answer: Not So Well (see Airbus) . . .

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:54pm

    Illegal parking is not necessarily a “victimless crime” either for you haters out there.

  • [2] March 31, 2015 at 1:52pm

    As an aside: “Yeah! Now we all get to pay more for our cars and way more for financing our cars!”

    “Cheating the bank” is really “cheating your more responsible, harder working neighbors who pay their debts.”

    Hard times might not “build” character, but they certainly “reveal” it . . .

  • [3] March 23, 2015 at 1:55pm

    lol prolly closer to F=ma or something about conservation of mV^2

  • March 23, 2015 at 1:53pm

    Thanks for the regular laugh lines.

    If there was an opposite to self-absorbed, you are certainly it . . .

  • March 23, 2015 at 1:52pm

    Woodyee I can Guaran-Damn-Tee you that I would NEVER spout off about anything remotely like that in a bar . . . (or any “socially relaxed setting” for that matter)!

    Well, at an academic conference maybe . . .

    Now that you mention it, it IS 4 pm* somewhere (crack-pshhhhhh!) thanks for the reminder!

    *(4:20 for my Libertarian friends)

  • [2] March 23, 2015 at 11:58am

    ANYTHING short of knowingy putting Christ to the cross again is redeemable.

    Hmmmmmm . . . know anybody/group dedicated to putting Christ to the cross?

    They walk among us. They are VERY active on social media.

    And they vote. Some of them, more than once.

  • March 23, 2015 at 11:01am

    (Oh and yeah, I wish Icould play pro ball too but the good lord made my basket a mite too small and filled it with other skills)

  • [7] March 23, 2015 at 11:00am

    Okay, not to quibble, but the algortihms in this domain are useful for a hell a lot more than rapid determination of fiedler vectors on laplacian contours . . . This is a lot more than just fast graphing.

    While the immediate and direct applications are better television pictures (betcha Sanyo and Panasonic are all over this), the raster-vector apps are just scratching the surface.

    Vector contouring is also used in large scale, np-hard (np complete) optimization algorithms.

    It’s no Karmarkar algorithm to be sure . . . But contour mapping in optimization currently drives one huge metric crapton of day to day functionality in everything from automated porfolio management to the timing of traffic flows in urban transportation grids.

    GOTTA get my hands on the article though- abstracts can be pretty obtuse . . .

    (Bottom line: call Joe Biden. This one really is a BFD!)

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