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Comment Re:Turing Evolved (Score 1) 202

terminator style autonomous drones/robots killing everything in sight

Still safer than a nuke. Or even an errant conventional missile. Civilians are killed in war, often intentionally. A war that is "too safe" is a war that you won't hold your leaders accountable for, and thus is a war your side won't want to give up on.

The only way to effectively ban a weapon is to convince the user that the weapon is potentially as or more dangerous to him than to the enemy. Otherwise you're passing laws but wasting time. Useful for the US to bully smaller countries about when it suits them, but there's no way it's going to stop any of the major powers. Unless we can convince ourselves that it's too risky, and I really don't see that argument here.

Comment Re:Not only am I bothred by the phone-home, (Score 2, Interesting) 257

Let's even assume these are benign and not conveying any big brother information at all (which I doubt). What are these things doing and why? Don't spin it, explain it.

DNS - Well understood network fundamental (for most of us, anyway)
NetBIOS - Well understood network fundamental (mostly)
NTP - Well understood, totally optional

Spurious HTTP accesses by "probably UWP apps"? That's probably not ok, more info required.
Attempts to access a Microsoft Teredo server (and sometimes failing)? That sounds broken, turn it off.
Various cloud hosts? That's probably not ok, more info required.

That the machine is making unbidden accesses to the network at large without asking me is wrong (and OS X and most Linux distros do some of this too, although in the latter cast it is USUALLY to an update server, which I would approve but should have been asked first).

Comment Re:Laughing myself out of the room (Score 1) 600

Come on a few hundred miles south to austin, where our brain dead road crew failed to properly stripe the lines on mopac during construction and people were crashing in to each other left and right until they fixed it.

What you can get away with in a relatively less populated area is different than what you can get away with in a heavily congested area. People are not going to slow down when their commute is already >1hr. They're going to drive like cows in stampede.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 600

I'd expect drivers are slowing down because the road is less safe without the lines, and are adjusting their speed to reclaim that lost safety factor

And as we know, people are capable of deciding for themselves what is safe. Said every drunk driver, and/or lead foot, ever.

This is clearly an example of cheaping out on proper road work hiding behind some bleeding heart cause. Tar and feather em.

Comment Re:Education is getting better (Score 1) 218

I have noticed that Public education is getting better in the US

I disagree, the article has some very telling things to say between the lines:

The students are being produced by a new pedagogical ecosystem—almost entirely extracurricular—that has developed online and in the country’s rich coastal cities and tech meccas.

Parents of students in the accelerated-math community, many of whom make their living in stem fields, have enrolled their children in one or more of these programs to supplement or replace what they see as the shallow and often confused math instruction offered by public schools, especially during the late-elementary and middle-school years

My conclusion is, also based from what I see from my own kids in Texas public schools, are that parents who know what they're doing, and are already in the field, are feeling compelled to give their kids extra-curricular instruction in math, wherever they can find it, to augment the generally poor math being taught to "the normals" (by which I mean everyone who simply attends public school). Not only is there no push for better math, it is intentionally dumbed down even from when I was in school. What school or government sponsored math enrichment exists, exists in precisely the form the article describes: math competitions. To take the math programs here in Austin (varies wildly by school and ISD), you have to commit your kid to participating in these stupid competitions. It's not about learning math, it's about being #1. Bad news: only one guy can be #1. But the world needs many, many people who know math and science very well in order to field the workforce required for further progress, or indeed simply to staff existing jobs as us old farts age out.

Public schools themselves are still very much behind the ball, all we're actually seeing is our elite outperform the other team's elite. What we need to see is a significant rise in overall mathematical literacy across the board.

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