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duerig
    @spacecab Great use of emoji there! :)
    duerig
      @jws I remember when chess and chess clubs were presented as a unique path to critical thinking. Or books and reading. Or science. Or math. Or now computer science. All of these can be paths. But they were each over-hyped in turn.
      duerig
        @jws ...falsely assume that their general problem solving talents derive from what they learned in their specialized field. In reality, there are many paths to being a good problem solver. And no field provides a uniquely good path to that door.
        duerig
          @jws I think that this is the (false) promise of every intellectual discipline. Each person who becomes expert in a nontrivial field can see the connections between how they think about that field and how they think about everything else. So they...
          duerig
            @jnm Would you buy a new one again today? I mostly listen with headphone or with just the built-in speaker on my devices. But I may not be an audiophile enough to appreciate the real difference provided by multiple speakers and a sub.
            duerig
              Who owns a stereo system at home? Something with at least two speakers and maybe a sub-woofer. I just realized that I don't own one or even think of it. While everyone had one when I was little. Is it just me? Or are stereos no longer universal?
              duerig
                @jnm Ok. Sure. The tech world is full of metaphorical three-legged dogs chasing cars. But twenty years ago it took a team of 100 years to make something like that. Today one person can make a three-legged dog in only a week in their spare time. :-) @jws
                duerig
                  @adiabatic I certainly hope not. But at the rate that he is alienating allies and provoking or emboldening enemies, we could end up in a major war sooner rather than later. This is one of the moderately scary scenarios. Amazingly not the scariest.
                  duerig
                    @clarkgoble Want to bet against President rambles-and-forgets-what-he-said-minutes-later some day waking up and trying to order an attack on the Viet Cong at 3am?
                    duerig
                      @clarkgoble Did you ever hear about how in the Crimean war, the general in charge kept referring to the enemy (Russians) as the French and the allies (French) as Russians because he was old and kept thinking he was in the Napoleonic wars?
                      duerig
                        @clarkgoble "First off there's no Vietnam war."... yet. @adiabatic
                        duerig
                          Samuel Clay (of Newsblur) just started a new kickstarter for a beautiful bluetooth controller made of inlaid wood. It looks so good: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/samuelclay/turn-touch-beautiful-control
                          ludolphus
                            Moving from app.net to pnut.io Want a pnut.io invite? Send me a PM.
                            duerig
                              @jacobrealo Alas, the real life Dom Cobb's name is Bannon...
                              duerig
                                @jws Haha. I know him and have had classes from him. He is a great professor. :)
                                duerig
                                  @joeo10 That is optimistic. I'm pretty sure that the average code base has at least 1 bug per 100 lines of code. Probably 1 per 10 lines of code if it is a compact language. I once had a colleague email a 5 line snippet used for 15 years that had 3 bugs.
                                  duerig
                                    @keita @cgiffard I know very well that weather and even seasons are local events. But there is nothing about the experience of them that seems local. I have at times had to restrain myself from asking how remote people about local weather events. :)
                                    duerig
                                      @jws Wow. That is really interesting. In some ways it is a more difficult problem because you not only have to solve it, you have to figure out the path the instructor has laid out for solving it.
                                      duerig
                                        @johngordon I just subscribed to the NY times. Partly because of you, partly because of this article. @clarkgoble
                                        duerig
                                          @johngordon I'm waiting to find out that the new pick for the EPA wears a gas mask and only washes with distilled water because they have an obsession with avoiding toxins...