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Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 504

by Austerity Empowers (#48224035) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

I think if we agree on what critical thinking is, we probably would accept that it's not very easily taught. The best you can do is give students a database of knowledge, it's up to life, upbringing and circumstance to compel them use it correctly.

It's funny too, the people doing the hiring are frequently complaining about opposites:
On one hand: Schools don't teach the right technical skills (i.e. practical skills). They're too focused on thinking, research, pure science.
On the other: Schools don't teach enough thinking skills, they are too focused on practical concerns and memorization

If I were a school I'd just tune out and tell them to shove it.

Comment: Re:What for? (Score 1) 164

by Austerity Empowers (#48194021) Attached to: Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Yes, you can also be:
- a full time MBA humping a cube
- a full time HR drone humping a cubicle
- a full time financial analyst humping a cubicle
- a full time scientist being humped by a cubicle
- a full time engineer being humped by a soldering iron

All paths to which coding is the solution involves being on the wrong end of a bizarre sexual act.

Comment: Re:matlab is not new (Score 3) 205

by Austerity Empowers (#48175899) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

What is lost in the article is that a Mathematics PhD or at least information science as part of a CS or EE course, is probably the ACTUAL skill that google would like. You can pick up Matlab if you have been using other tools to do the function, but it's a shitload harder to pick up the math and relevant algorithms, research and hive knowledge.

Comment: Re:The language in the old west (Score 2) 387

by Austerity Empowers (#48169535) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

"Civilization" means being able to make death threats from the comfort of mom's basement, without fear of any serious retribution. Yes it's illegal and I have seen someone charged with a crime for it, but it ended up being a slap on the wrist. I'm not sure how "civilized" that is really.

Comment: Re:The language in the old west (Score 5, Insightful) 387

by Austerity Empowers (#48164081) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

I think there's a difference between using strong language on a person who demonstrably done something you don't agree with, versus death threats, continuous abuse, stalking or directing said vitriol against large groups people only related by race, gender, etc.

The wild west had a lot of advantages over "civilization", you did not have to suffer fools.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 838

by Austerity Empowers (#48159863) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Hopefully (probably?) what he means is that the only taxes are on consumption.

The problem is still there. If you make $30k/yr almost all of your income goes to consumption. If you make $500k/yr, a good amount of your income is going to various forms of investment, savings and trust funds. You aren't "consuming". You will surely consume more, and more of that is luxury, but you hit a point where the incremental return on luxury items starts to wash compared to long term security.

Comment: Re:Systemic abuse can only be handled one way (Score 1) 54

Really? I think they lost far less than that.

They may have been amongst the highest paying in their discipline. I'm confident that $5k would have been a drop in the bucket for some of these guys.

This sort of thing needs to be punished as heavily as possible, if it is not, it will be seen as in the best fiduciary interests of shareholders TO do it, and risk being found out.

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