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Comment: Where all that money went (Score 5, Interesting) 538

by Boawk (#46376293) Attached to: U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt
The government has essentially taken over the academic loan business in order to make funds more readily available to a greater number of people seeking a college degree. The result of this easy money? Not only this debt crisis but also college tuition and fees inflated at four times the rate of cost-of-living inflation. Way to go government intervention!

Comment: Space suits? (Score 2) 114

by Boawk (#45843641) Attached to: 100-Year-Old Photo Negatives Discovered In Antarctica
A couple of the photos show the explorers. My immediate thought was how ill equipped for the cold they look by today's standards. Then I started wondering about space suits. They obviously can withstand the cold and also have some durability for the elements given that on earth astronauts train wearing them under water. What are some practical limitations of space suits (perhaps modified to, e.g., not have to carry oxygen) that make them impracticable for working near the poles?

Comment: Re:Show off CS to kids unvarnished, on its own mer (Score 2) 612

by Boawk (#45764449) Attached to: Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

A few years ago my wife and I took our daughters to a stage show. In front of us while waiting in line to be admitted was another couple with two little boys. The boys had in their possession an assortment of Disney princess dolls. The father saw the Disney princess-themed dress on one of my daughters and pointed it out enthusiastically to his sons. I asked the couple about the dolls. They went on for a short while about breaking gender stereotypes. I replied:

"You seem very well-informed about gender issues. Were you brought up with dolls (looking at the man) and trucks (looking at the woman)?"

"No, quite the opposite.", said the man, "My Dad is overdosed on testosterone. Football...", etc.

"And despite your stereotypical upbringing, you have this keen awareness about gender issues. Why don't you think your boys are as capable as you were in developing an awareness of gender issues?"

The conversation went downhill from there. I want to ask a similar question of the brain trust that has given code.org a new gender and racial equity focus. Why do you think females and non-whites are unable to find the same appeal in computer science that you and I have found? I sure as hell wasn't drawn by some illusory "Hey, this is only for nerdy white males" appeal. I fell in love with the logic of it, and the absolutely beautiful art of solving problems with programming language constructs.

Damn it. Didn't realize I wasn't logged-in.

Comment: Social Justice => Victimhood (Score 1) 509

by Boawk (#45592599) Attached to: The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

There will certainly be abuses. There will be people who take and don't give back. And this should be prevented

I think this has been severely underemphasized and is missing a dynamic. There are compelling arguments to evaluate whether social justice is doing more harm than good. http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/dec/03/ideology-of-victimhood-hampers-those-at-the-bottom/

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