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    Master Apprentice phantomotap's Avatar
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    Just leave the kid alone. He's smart and intelligent.
    O_o

    So all the other nine year old geeks who pursued interests other than "Microsoft Windows 7" with the same fascination and dedication are losers?

    I know a couple of seven year old twins with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of mythology. Are they "smart and intelligent", average kids, or idiots?

    More than any of us at his age.
    o_O

    What does age have to do with it? Would a eight year old who knew the same kit be smarter or more intelligent? What about a ten year old?

    What is the "cutoff" for age being an issue? Will this kid still be worth discussing when he is 13? 19? 30?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomotap View Post
    I know a couple of seven year old twins with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of mythology. Are they "smart and intelligent", average kids, or idiots?
    Smart and intelligent. More than I was at their age. Probably more that you are at their age. So? What's your point?

    What does age have to do with it? Would a eight year old who knew the same kit be smarter or more intelligent? What about a ten year old?

    What is the "cutoff" for age being an issue? Will this kid still be worth discussing when he is 13? 19? 30?
    According to my studies it's right there at your age. When you start making questions like that, you lost it.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomotap View Post
    So all the other nine year old geeks who pursued interests other than "Microsoft Windows 7" with the same fascination and dedication are losers?
    One does not necessarily follow from the other, you are actually the first one to think about it this way AFAICT.
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    Smart and intelligent.
    Really? All it takes is the ability to memorize and regurgitate a few facts? All the "idol worshipers" who know the statistics of a hundred baseball players are "smart and intelligent"? All the "Pokemon" fanatics who've memorized a few dozen equations are "smart and intelligent"? How do you decide which facts are important? How do you decide how many facts are necessary?

    So? What's your point?
    I told you that they have an excellent memory and a fascination for mythology. Calling them "smart and intelligent" because of their age is an insult.

    According to my studies it's right there at your age.
    I may have been all of five years old when I started questioning praise for "gifted" people.

    When you start making questions like that, you lost it.
    LMAO!

    I get to appreciate the skills, wisdom, and intelligence people cultivate regardless of age without masturbating over an average kid with a technical bend. I don't have to insult curiosity, fascination, and dedication with "aren't you special". Boy am I glad I lost "it"!

    Soma

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    > I don't have to insult curiosity, fascination, and dedication with "aren't you special".

    Indeed you don't. You just have to be generally insulting.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomotap View Post
    I may have been all of five years old when I started questioning praise for "gifted" people.
    Well, we were all questioning a lot of things at the turn of the century.

    My opinion is that phantomotap is way to smart for all of us and, frankly, trying to take in all of the wisdom he has provided in this thread has bored me like a hillbilly trying to watch a chess match. We should all just give up.
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