Archive for category: Stupidity

Most Americans support an Internet kill switch

October 28, 2010 | Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

Sixty-one percent of Americans said the President should have the ability to shut down portions of the Internet in the event of a coordinated malicious cyber attack, according to research by Unisys. Most Americans support an Internet kill switch. 51% percent would also like cars made out of candy that run on stupidity.

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On random numbers…

October 6, 2010 | Computer Graphics, Programming Languages, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

While hacking a small program today, I encountered something that I hadn’t seen in a while, so I thought I’d blog it: My random number generator failed me! I was implementing a little test program to generate some random terrain. The idea was pretty simple: initialize a square array to be all zero height. Set […]

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Regarding comment spammers…

December 10, 2009 | Rants and Raves, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

It’s been quite some time since I had a decent rant on this blog, and I didn’t sleep well last night, and I am feeling a tiny bit grumpy, so pretty much anything will set me off on a rant. I figure I may as well get it off my chest now, then I can […]

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Dear Lord: Why are your minions so stupid?

April 23, 2006 | General, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

What kind of blunt force trauma made someone stupid enough to actually publish this? Math Proves Christ’s Resurrection? [Via Good Math, Bad Math.]

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Gutenberg Gem: The Evolution of Man Scientifically Disproved by William A. Williams

February 17, 2006 | Gutenberg Gems, I Kid You Not, Sign of the Apocalypse, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, “gem” is perhaps not the right term. Perhaps I should start a new category: Gutenberg Coal. I’ve been interested in (and have from time to time posted here about) the seemingly never ending conflict between science and creationism. I found this book to be an interesting glimpse 80 years into the past, to see […]

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The unholy idiocy of philosophers

January 18, 2006 | Science, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

The unholy lust of scientists / It may be time to curtail public financing of scientific research I’ll only add that it might be time to curtail public financing of University philosophy departments.

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Intel Stammers Apology to Customers: “They aren’t dull!”

January 11, 2006 | Rants and Raves, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

Apple’s current TV ads apparently are not all that popular with Intel’s other customers. The voiceover apparently claims that Intel’s processors have been “trapped inside PCs — dull, little boxes, dutifully performing dull little tasks.” If suppose if you are a PC maker, that has to sting a little bit. But let’s be fair, most […]

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God to Robertson: You don’t speak for me…

January 5, 2006 | General, Rants and Raves, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

I think Pat Robertson deserves a Dumbass Lifetime Achievement Award. Robertson Links Sharon Stroke, God’s Wrath I can’t imagine any God worth worshipping has Robertson as a spokesman.

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Photo Fraud on Survivor!

December 14, 2005 | Astronomy, General, Rants and Raves, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

Last night I watched the final episode of Survivor Guatamala (yeah, I know, reality television is the opiate of the masses, so sue me) and I spotted something that made me stop the TiVo, rewind, and note something to my wife. The particular video shot is one of their classic “night vision” pictures of one […]

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Pat Robertson Displays his Christianity, again…

November 10, 2005 | Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

The people of Dover, Pennsylvania recently had an election for their local schoolboard. In a fairly close election, every member of the school board that supported the addition of intelligent design to their school curriculum was voted out, all eight of them. What did Pat Robertson have to say about the free exercise of people’s […]

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Windows Live!

November 2, 2005 | Rants and Raves, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

Microsoft announced “Windows Live” yesterday. What is it? Well, that seems to be the question of the hour. Apparently lots of Robert Scoble’s readers are asking the very same question. I’m not sure how live.com differs from the other beta portal project that Microsoft was touting. To me, they both seem like crude Ajax-ware which […]

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Why Microsoft Sucks for Programmers

October 26, 2005 | Rants and Raves, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

Charles Petzold has some interesting thoughts in his essay Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind?, but for me, it’s really this which illustrates why Microsoft is sapping all the allure out of programming: Today we are ready for the official release of the .NET Framework 2.0. Tabulating only MSCORLIB.DLL and those assemblies that begin with […]

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Nightline discusses Intelligent Design

August 11, 2005 | Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

You can download the torrent of last night’s episode of Nightline which discusses Intelligent Design here. I’ll review and let you know what I think.

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Paul Phillips on evolution vs. ID

August 10, 2005 | Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

I began reading Paul Phillips’ blog when Wil Wheaton mentioned that he was a poker player and a regular blogger. I’ve since found out that he seems to share one of my hot button topics: “evolution versus creationism intelligent design”. Intelligent design is creationism dressed for court: no more, no less. It attempts to circumvent […]

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Doesn’t anyone test anything anymore?

July 11, 2005 | Rants and Raves, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

I snapped a picture of my Pac Man t-shirt using my Motorola MPx220 cell phone in its “self portrait” mode: where the viewfinder is echoed onto the screen that is on the outside of the flip phone. Thinking about it for a second, I had a moment’s inspiration and took another picture. This error apparently […]

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