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Comment Rumors and whisperings (Score 1) 133

I don't want to defame UoP, so I'll say that I've heard from a large number of sources that this institution has come to represent everything wrong with for-profit education, i.e. complete lack of quality in offerings leading to useless certifications, watered-down assessments so that "everyone passes," and shady applications and loan-mongering to skim the most revenue possible from unaware students.

Now that community and mainstream colleges are legitimately coming on board with better online offerings, it couldn't be that UoP is being squeezed out by the competition? ...or so I've heard.

Comment Re:What else will Cameraphones ruin? (Score 1) 606

When was the last time that discriminatory or hateful lyrics kept you out of a job, or denied you a promotion, or barred your access to a function, or subjected you to unreasonable enforcement? You have the right to play the us vs. them card as soon as you're in a situation of inequitable power distribution and it actually means something to your way of life or standard of living, not just, and I'm not saying that they legitimately don't -- "the things that those other people do bother/offend me."

The purveyors of rap music don't have the influence to discriminate in any meaningful sense. The white majority does.

Comment Re:What else will Cameraphones ruin? (Score 2) 606

When they say it, it's art. When anyone else says the exact same thing, it's a hate crime.

You can't play the us and them card both ways. That's kind of like saying the problem with unarmed blacks being shot by white police is that the police aren't shooting enough unarmed whites to compensate. Discriminatory rants are reprehensible, and any record company or educational institution that wants to distance themselves from conduct that paints the whole group as uneducated, crass, and antiquated is constitutionally allowed to do so.

In the meantime, get back to me when you have trouble being accepted into the institution or club of your choice because you don't align with the majority race or creed au jour. Hatred is a different thing altogether when it is condoned or enforced by the power-holding majority.

Comment Re:Government spending money on anything is terrib (Score 1) 280

The lost "War on Poverty", which we've been fighting for the last 50 years, has cost us — inflation-adjusted — $22 trillion or, roughly three times more than all actual wars combined since founding of the Republic

Anyone who thinks that the US has spent less than 7 trillion dollars on war, total, and adjusted for inflation, is cherry-picking from a very conservative data set. No wonder the linked article doesn't give a citation for that figure.

Comment Re:Obviously didn't work so well... (Score 3, Interesting) 103

Collect everything means that all your intelligence is hidden by piles and piles of cat memes.

If you RTFA, Canada's intelligence agency says in their document that they need to find the needle "terrorist files" in a haystack of downloaded episodes of Glee. They literally make that reference.

Comment Re:the whole things an editor if you're brave enou (Score 4, Insightful) 114

I agree entirely with the sentiment, but there is a massive psychological difference between virtual problems and real ones.

With virtual problems, the rules are known and consistent, and the only potential barrier to success is the limitations of the user's abilities. If the user can accurately assess their own skill level, they can know if the problem is solvable, and possibly the time frame in which this can be done.

Big, real problems are awash in variables far beyond the control of any one person. They may not be solvable given current restraints. Many of the "best" governments in the world, led by the most educated and intelligent people, and backed with enormous budgets are undercut by the chaos of global economics, damaged by misinformation and false intelligence, aggravated by the stupidity of other actors, and in turn conduct their own activities that damage the prospects of peace, or health and security for all.

I might commit my life to a cure for cancer or world peace, and thus squander the next 60 years away because the world, as a majority, is not ready for those things. The Sudoku puzzle, on the other hand, I can solve before I finish breakfast.

Comment Re:another language shoved down your throat (Score 4, Insightful) 415

java was only "the most popular" because it was force fed to people who didn't want it.

I don't think you understand how schools and their curriculae work. Nobody is holding a gun to the collective and independently-operated heads of CS departments to demand which language they use for beginner courses.

Java was historically chosen because it was a safe option; used widely in industry, decent documentation and tools, it supports good programming practices, and it provides reasonably powerful options while being relatively beginner friendly. Java largely replaced C and C++, which are not beginner friendly.

Comment Re:What? (Score 4, Informative) 45

What is Songza?

I don't know how popular it is as a browser-based service, but it's a very popular mobile app. Particularly when linked through home media systems, it allows a user to very quickly jump to a playlist based on a desired genre, activity, or mood.

Activities examples:

Breaking Up
Driving in the Left Lane
Getting High
Making Out
Unwinding after work

Science is what happens when preconception meets verification.