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If this were poker, which hand looks stronger to you for a national election?

Uh, the second hand would look stronger to anybody who knows anything of US demographics.

Another weirdo geeky libertarian who, judging by the descriptions on women, can't get laid and doesn't know shit from Shanghai but whose got the requisite voices in his head -- fed undoubtedly by PUA forums and assorted nonsense -- telling him that the world is all about male "alphas" and "betas".

His cartoon sucks too.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 03:53:28 PM EST
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Scott Adams has a bad case of what I call Heinlein's Syndrome, a common disease among engineers and computer types which presents as the rabid belief that the ability to code in FORTRAN or solve differential equations means knowledge in all fields superior to everyone.
by rifek on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 07:26:34 PM EST
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1971 - Union College; one of my first term courses ... Fortran 4 programming. Is Fortran still relevant after 45 years? My professor ... forget his name ... really sucked. Faced the blackboard, mumbled to himself. Fucking useless. 😝

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 10:23:41 AM EST
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I remember reading, in a Heinlein sci-fi thing, something like "People who don't know how to use a slide rule shouldn't be allowed to vote.

I thought it sucked shit at the time. I was about eleven.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 04:32:49 PM EST
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I've run into that remark in at least 3 of his juveniles, or something to that effect.  Fortunately they are asides and easily ignored.  I taught Space Cadet, Citizen of the Galaxy, and Spaceman Jones in upper-intermediate ESL classes in middle school, with good resuts every time.
by Zwackus on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 07:54:32 PM EST
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You do have to admit that learning to use a slide rule is a hell of a lot easier than learning to program in most languages.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 10:12:54 PM EST
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I wouldn't know. I was just barely young enough that, although I played with elder siblings' slide rules, I never learned to use one properly.
Technology is good. I don't miss fountain pens either.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sat May 14th, 2016 at 06:40:45 PM EST
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... and I was just barely old enough to learn to program in high school.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sat May 14th, 2016 at 06:41:49 PM EST
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You'll find that opinion, express or implied, strewn throughout his work.  Fartship Poopers is even worse,  I nice demonstration of there being no meaningful difference between Randian libertarianism and fascism.
by rifek on Mon May 16th, 2016 at 05:57:46 PM EST
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I liked how the movie showed a fascist tale in fascist esthetics and by doing so showed how close it is to standard Hollywood action tales and their esthetics.
by fjallstrom on Tue May 17th, 2016 at 05:57:47 AM EST
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Right, lotta Dunning-Kruger cases out in Silicon Valley.

The "alpha"/"beta" thing seems to be quite prevalent among them as well.  I'd never heard of it until that lunatic shot up the community college in Santa Barbara.  The terms have spread here to the East Coast, but fortunately they're generally used ironically to make fun of the dudebro gym rat crowd.

Only thing I can come up with is that it's a combination of some function of real and imagined slights perpetrated against them by jocks in high school and a chunk of those jock-types winding up as venture capitalists and programmers (the whole "brogrammer" phenomenon people have picked up on in recent years).

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun May 29th, 2016 at 08:24:17 AM EST
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