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Comment: Re:Almost agree (Score 1) 312

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49381075) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

What we have today is a severe problem with our education system as a whole. Classical education has been completely dumped, and people are learning how to believe everything they are told by a person in authority. The fix is to revert to the classical system of education, but with the people holding all the power in Government it won't happen. Remember, they want workers.. not thinkers.. STEM requires the latter, not the former.

You would have loved my high school Humanities and AP European history teacher. The funny thing was the people would unwitting sign up for his classes because he heard that he didn't assign homework but didn't realize that was was meant is that there wasn't worksheets, problems, or papers due, and he still expected you to do the assigned reading. For the Humanities class you got 2 books, one was the first edition of the Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces (might have been World Literature) that had no pictures in it and the other was a book that basically only contained pictures of art and architecture with descriptions of it (who made it, when it was made, and who or what the subject was). Class time didn't cover anything in either of the books unless it was a major piece and then it was to put that piece in historical and cultural context, but was mostly slides, and other relevant information about the period that was being studied. There were 3 tests given and everything that should have been read, looked at, or discussed in class up to that point was fair game. The tests were also essay tests and for a couple of questions there were pictures that would need to be discussed that were put up on the projectors. Nothing like reading ~4,000 years of western literature and seeing ~30,000 of western art and architecture and having it all put into context over the course of a school year. The European History course wasn't much different in that you were expected to read your provided text book outside of class and different things were discussed in class.

After surviving those classes in high school most of my college classes were a cake walk. For example college art appreciation where all that was necessary for the test was to on a multiple choice test pick the artist who created each work was simple and sadly I regretted purchasing the book for the class because I didn't need it and already had a better art book. My literature class was a joke because it was taught at a typical high school level but with more reading

Comment: Re:Passport numbers (Score 1) 139

Not having a diplomatic passport, this is the first I have heard of them but I suppose I have always figured they existed, but having been an official guest of a foreign country to perform work for their government I would guess you are correct. I got to go through the diplomat lines at the airport and passport control which is a welcome change from passport control, and TSA in my home country of the US. I just walked up to passport control, handed them my passport, and it got stamped and was let through. I didn't have to go through customs. On my way back out the security line was just put my stuff on the conveyor and get wanded. They also knew I was coming, when I was coming, and had been through an extremely through background check beforehand so it wasn't like they didn't know who I was.

Comment: Re:So much for privacy.... (Score 1) 139

It is worse for me and some other poor bastard who is over in the UK at the same company. We have the same first and last name, but he appears in our company's address book (~500,000 people) just before me. I have had some managers send "me" an e-mail asking for a status that I never get and then after several days and many progressively more angry e-mails stop by and demand why I am ignoring them. The first time the manager didn't believe me that I had never received any e-mails from them until I send them one with my proper address in it and they see that they were sending to the other poor bastard. If I ever go to the UK I will probably see about meeting this guy just so I can finally meet the guy who gets my e-mail.

Comment: Re:How about equality in iPhone sweatshops? (Score 2) 1076

Even if I'm not into your imaginary buddy up on the cloud you may still stuff his idiocy down my throat.

Given that the Christian god is often portrayed as being male does this mean that you shoving his stuff down my through mean the christian god is ok with homosexual acts?

Comment: Re:Fuck so-called religious "freedom" (Score 2) 1076

With laws like these I find the best approach is to abstract them and ask the simple question of: should it be legal for to people to be complete raging assholes to each other while not committing any other offense against each other? To this question I would have to answer yes so supporting a law like the Indiana one makes sense as all it seems to be doing is codifying that being an asshole is not a crime. This same logic also works well in you example of insulting Muslims in an Islamic country, and in this example we find that Islamic countries have made being an asshole illegal.

In the case mentioned in the summary with Texas we would need to modify our question and have it be: Should the state be able to be a raging asshole to a citizen of that state? As this best represents that situation in general. Here though I would find that my answer should be a definitive NO since we are dealing with the state which shouldn't be an asshole to its citizenry. In addition to that the Texas case seem to be promoting a specific set of religious values over another, especially considering that a fairly major branch of Christianity just voted to allow it.

That said there are still laws and constitutional amendments dealing with similar discrimination issues applying to other groups. If people were being honest in this debate they would instead seek to make LGBT individuals another protected class under existing law. This I feel is the correct debate to have and given that they are born that way, much like being born black, Romanian, Jewish, etc. it seems like they should be included.

Comment: Re:Optimist (Score 1) 82

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49369901) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

it's an inaccurate, hysterical, and unintelligent smear

Why? It seems that Obama has sought to expand the power of the state, although to be fair so did Bush. The only question is who is the bigger statist and while Obama has expanded government power less than Bush did, he did none the less still expand it beyond the levels of Bush.

Comment: Re:Carbon Neutral? (Score 1) 204

tens of thousands of tons of ore has to be crushed and refined with carbon based energy sources.

Having been though an ore processing plan (iron not uranium) I don't think the ball mills and other machines in the plant really care where the electricity comes from. Granted the giant haul trucks and shovels run on diesel but one could replace the haul trucks with conveyors with electric motors and the big shovels are all electrical and just tethered to a somewhat mobile generator

Comment: Why use secrete service agents (Score 3, Interesting) 175

Why use secrete service agents when instead it could be a dual use facility for the training of the US Olympic track and field team. They excel at running and jumping so if it puts things beyond their abilities then it would be well beyond the abilities of any ordinary fence jumper.

Comment: Re:First time a Muslim packs one with explosives (Score 4, Insightful) 137

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49354685) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?
Just view the word Muslim like Nazi and then it becomes clear. The constant banging of the drums against muslim/islamic terrorists seems to cause people's mind to shut down as they now are being painted as the universal bad guy. That or the GP is just anti Islam, but given the current climate it may just be a convenient boogie man.

Comment: Re: My issue with password restrictions (Score 1) 159

There should be but with these systems that are home rolled who knows. As far as the password truncation the last thing I dealt with that had that problem was a stupid router from the ISP I had about 15 years ago. I get the feeling that having a properly designed system costs money and requires competent and thus expensive people to design and implement so in the race to the bottom good security seems to be the first thing cut.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"