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  1. People eating. But it's only some people. With some foods. But it drives me insane.
  2. I'll be changing my living situation soon which means I'll be living alone. I'd like some company, I love dogs, and I'd love to have a pet; but, I work a typical day job which means I'm out of the house 9 hours a day. I don't think it's fair to leave a dog, especially a puppy, alone for that long. I'm trying to brainstorm ideas and this I what I've come up with: Don't get a dog and be forever alone Get a dog and leave it at home for 9 hours a day, experience crippling guilt Get two dogs so they keep each other company (I have a somewhat small apartment so I'd be worried they wouldn't have enough space) Pay for some sort of dog sitting service (could be expensive, dog might be uptight about it) Have any of you been in a similar situation? What'd you do? Any ideas?
  3. If anyone's going to do this please check the hash of the APK you're going to sideload against the hash of the official APK on the Play Store before you install it. Android malware is a real thing!
  4. @ischulte makes good points. It's very expensive to be poor in America. On a different note: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/business/dealbook/stocks-markets.html There's low confidence in Trump's political capital to push through the tax and regulation agenda. I think the market will turn continue to trend downwards from the current high into FY 2018 unless confidence in the administration is established.
  5. Exactly this, social media preys on insecurities and, in my opinion, is mentally unhealthy.
  6. 50 years ago, the idea of a person who knew the coordinates of every city on earth, had memorized the text of every publication publicly available, and could, with moderate accuracy, communicate in any major world language would be unthinkable. The internet and smartphone give such capability, and more, to any individual with sufficient means. We are already in the, at least, posthuman stage i.e. our capabilities as humans are orders of magnitude greater than they were decades ago. We simply take this for granted. Transhumanism seems to be a natural consequence of this technological progress. As @Cacao said, people, on the whole, naturally adopt improvements. I personally don't make a value judgement on this one way or another. I see it as a natural extension of human evolution, a process that has existed long before the idea of ethics or morality.
  7. This was my thought at first as well, but then I considered how this would apply to math. Indeed, many students (myself included) questioned the point of doing arithmetic in primary school, then algebra in secondary school, until tertiary school where education became voluntary and subject-focused and the "big-picture" was either immediately evident or easily found through independent research. Basically, where does one start with the top-down approach to math education? I suppose some details/foundations must be simply accepted before the greater picture can form. I work in industry so teaching kids was a first - it definitely gave me a new appreciation for teachers! The students were reasonably interested to start and because we started at the "top" they immediately wrote a networked application in Python (requests did most of the leg-work hitting a small API we'd set up). They were engaged, but obviously most of what was going on was magic to them unless they had previous experience. After that it seemed like they split into two fairly distinct groups: those who started exploring what else they could do at the current level of abstraction and those who wanted to learn how it worked (perhaps some MBTI hypothesizing could be done here). As the program went on, the first group was a bit less interested, and the second group remained at the same level of engagement or became more interested (from a very unscientific and subjective observation). I think your last sentence is likely right - people learn in different ways and the most effective approach will differ. Unfortunately, it's difficult to implement a different lesson for each type of student. Good points. I think for a time-constrained situation, top down worked better. Motivated students definitely helps! Although, I hope the motivation was more than just parental pressure.
  8. 20. My dad thinks its hilarious that I now have more grey hair than him. Perhaps its revenge for giving him crap about being old.
  9. I got into a discussion with some colleagues about this subject. We needed to develop a program to teach the essentials of the TCP/IP stack to high schoolers in a few days. Part of our discussion was the order in which to teach the layers: do we start with Physical and then proceed to Application, or the reverse? In other words, do we take a bottom up approach by starting with the foundations of the system, then progress to higher level abstractions? Or, do we take a top down approach and present the abstractions, then drill down into the details? INTJs tend to be systems-oriented thinkers, so I thought I'd present this question here. What is your preference, and do you think there's an objective advantage to either approach? If you're curious, we ended up going with a top down presentation.
  10. Completely agree. I think it's more empowering to ask "I don't like the situation I'm in, how can I change it?"
  11. Depressingly accurate. --- I suggest that you do something you find enjoyable, otherwise programming will just be a chore. Discard the idea of being "productive" when you first start, just explore different things. If you really like math Project Euler is a great choice. I personally like having some application behind the work I'm doing, and even though Project Euler concepts are applicable to some real-world problems (especially crypto), it's not obvious how without deeper knowledge or more research. You mentioned video games: that sounds like a good place to start. A classic first video game is the text adventure which can teach you valuable things like CFGs and lexing/parsing (or just how to construct massive if/else ladders ). PyGame is a friendly Python-based 2D game engine. Also, post your source to a GitHub account even if its crap.
  12. I see a clear distinction between justice and law. A contract may be legal but unjust in some moral context. Example: I enter into a contract with Acme Corp. agreeing to buy 10,000 widgets. In the time between signing and payment, I discover the widgets are manufactured using sweatshop labor, a legal but (from my hypothetical perspective) unjust practice. What do I choose? My legal obligation or my sense of fairness? I single out games because they have, as you say, a previously-agreed upon set of rules which create an objective "morality" - you either play the game according to the rules or you play unfairly. It's black and white. Not so much in reality.
  13. I don't believe in moral universalism so I see no application of the concept of fairness outside of games. It's nice when reality lines up with my belief system, and I can feel that all is well in the world. However, I don't expect this, and I'm certainly not surprised when it doesn't and life feels unfair! to me.
  14. If you want a fun matrix-based cipher that was used during WWII, check out the Playfair cipher. Creating an encryption/decryption tool would likely be moderately challenging.
  15. Exercising my keen wit in stunning repartee. JK Puppies usually do it for me.