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Comment: Re:More BS blaming 'the system' for bad parenting (Score 2) 311

by AmiMoJo (#49379759) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

I don't think you understand what "equality of opportunity" means. For example, it means that all children would have the opportunity to get a high quality education. Obviously some children are less bright than others, but the high quality education is offered to everyone. More over, children shouldn't be disadvantaged because of their parents failings, because that isn't fair to them. That's one of the reasons why children must attend school by law in most countries - even if the parents would prefer them to stay at home or work they must be given the opportunity to learn.

As for jobs, equality of opportunity means that everyone can apply for a particular job, i.e. the employer can't arbitrarily discriminate against say Latino people. It also means that we should try to make high quality jobs available everywhere, or ensure that people can relocate if necessary without artificial barriers. Imagine there was some bright kid just out of college who couldn't afford to move to where high end jobs in his field were. Someone might decide to help give him the opportunity to apply for and get those jobs by offering assistance to move.

Comment: Re:So What (Score 1) 311

by AmiMoJo (#49378155) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

Then allow it to end death: for that is the coldest and hardest thing we all face.

We have made a lot of progress on that front, actually. Most people live well into their 70s now, compared to being lucky to reach 30 a few hundred years ago. Many diseases are easily curable or have been eradicated entirely.

We are still improving. We might cure death one day, and in the mean time we are getting better at making death dignified and peaceful.

For most of us death isn't nearly as bad as it used to be, and probably not the hardest thing we will face in our lifetimes. We don't allow it to be, we do everything we can to make it bearable.

Comment: Re:Cause, or effect? (Score 2) 311

by AmiMoJo (#49378139) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

Malnutrition has measurable, physical effects on brain development. If you measure the average amount of growth a child's brain does from birth to adulthood you will find it is less if the body is starved of nutrition. The effects are permanent and irreversible, and cannot be fully counteracted with education. The brain is simply less able to grow and to learn during those critical early years.

Comment: Re:More BS blaming 'the system' for bad parenting (Score 1) 311

by AmiMoJo (#49378117) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

So .. should stupid people have the same opportunity that I have had?? How about lazy people??? How about liars and thieves???

Of course. If they can't make a go of it because they are dumb or lazy, well okay, but they should have the same opportunities in life.

As for criminals, one mistake in a person's life, or even a bad period, should not prevent them from reforming and becoming productive members of society again.

Comment: Re:Proof (Score 1) 134

So there is some circumstantial evidence and the conclusion that because the hack was executed at a high level, it must be the government. And then the accusation that China is motivated to take down Github, even though that is clearly a futile goal that never had any serious chance of working. Maybe for a few hours, but it's not like Github would just give up and close, and the projects it hosts would call it quits too. So it is so highly skilled that only a government could do it, but also incredibly naive and doomed to failure.

Comment: Re:WWJD? (Score 1) 1066

Yep, especially since he was probably bisexual or just gay. The bible even says so, describing how he hung out with naked young men and lived with his BF for a while. I wish someone could invent a time machine just so we could get pictures of Jesus kissing another guy and force all the extremists to confront it.

Comment: Re:He's just trolling (Score 1) 202

by AmiMoJo (#49371771) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

Microsoft is different because end users find the bugs and suffer the consequences of them. Failure to fix problems looks bad. On the other hand the NRC has every reason to keep issues quiet or ignore them if they are not public knowledge, and certainly little reason to go looking for them. As long as nothing really bad happens they will keep getting paid by the industry.

Comment: Re:E, The most boring racing (Score 1) 165

by AmiMoJo (#49369723) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

F1 is incredibly expensive so they have to make the cars incorporate technology that will eventually filter down into production road cars, making it possible to view the sport as R&D. That's what drives most of the changes these days, a desire to test things like hybrid performance engines and new tyre technology. For example quite a few cars incorporate a version of the KERS system now.

Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 2) 442

by AmiMoJo (#49369659) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

In Europe workers do have a certain expectation of privacy at work. For example, your employer can't read your private emails even if you use a company computer to access them at lunch time.

Exactly where you draw the line isn't entirely clear. I'd have thought that an aircraft's cockpit would be a reasonable place to put a camera. I imagine the main objection from the union is that the airline will be looking over their shoulders the whole time, which could be dealt with by making it a rule that the recording only be in the black box and only accessible in case of an accident.

If you didn't have to work so hard, you'd have more time to be depressed.