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Comment Re:Precisely as intended (Score 1) 300

It's not a zero sum game. I want everyone to have a reasonable standard of life, even if it costs me a little bit more, because much as I'd like to think my kid is a genius they may grow up to be a mechanic.

Income growth and economic progress since the early 1970s suggest otherwise. It's foolhardy to train your kid as a mechanic from age 6 when more fundamental and broadly applicable skills are being sacrificed to the gods of standardized testing and union-bashing.

Also, I prefer a less dog-eat-dog society, it's more pleasant and rewarding to live in when people are not constantly trying to step over each other.

Whether you prefer a society where the political and business elites are less sociopathic, and whether that actually happens, are two entirely different things. Perhaps the connection between this article and prior articles on H1B issues, contact IT, outsourcing, and the rest have escaped you.

Meanwhile, I prefer a society where in addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic we teach history (those who do not learn from it...), home economics (particularly the economics aspect - savings, debt, budgeting, and investment), art and music, etc. Ask yourself, what sorts of subjects do you see in higher end private education? Why are those classes not all RWA and STEM? Think about it. Then realize that learning BASIC, JavaScript, and other languages du jour can be interesting and even informative, but not is so fundamental that 100% of children need to take classes focused on programming in them.

Comment Precisely as intended (Score 5, Insightful) 300

By teaching low-level coding, I worry that we are effectively teaching our children the art of automobile repair.

And aside from success in careers, we have to ask the broader question: What kinds of people do we want children to grow up to be?"

[Not that I'm actually that guy, but...]

I want your children to grow up to be automobile mechanics so that repairs are dirt cheap and mechanics become entirely interchangable cogs.

I want my children to grow up to be upper level executives at Firestone, Midas, Monroe, NAPA, etc.

Comment Re:Am i the only one... (Score 1) 236

I think it would have take him years to get the same amout of money Google could offer him in only one check.

You assume that Google would only have to offer one check. It doesn't take a genius to adapt GPLed ad blocking software for iOS in xcode. If you offer a first check, then you'll need to offer 10 checks, then 100, then 1000...

And only one pain in the ass has to refuse the check...

Comment Re:My view of this (Score 1) 662

What I don't like is the fact that Ahmed Mohamed didn't accomplish anything worth of presidential attention, yet he was invited to the White House.

1. You're not the President.
2. The person who is the President decided otherwise.
3. The world has no obligation to make you like it.
4. Ditto for a second term, post-midterm President.

Comment Re:Don't say that this side of the Pacific... (Score 1) 75

Thanks for proving my point - "our brands" is clear proof that "Wi-Fi" is not itself a brand, but a trademark used by multiple brands.

Or proof that you don't understand grammar and the English language. Our = The Wi-Fi Alliance, not others. Brands = brands plural, such as the very first one listed, which is "Wi-Fi," in the presented list or registered and unregistered word marks. Where are these other "multiple brands" on the page, eh?

But I suspect you're actually a first year law student, so get prepared to flunk out - you're not as good as you think, and certainly incapable of coherent, consistent argument.

15 year of practice in BigLaw, but who's counting...

You're no good at logic, or even trolling. Buh-bye.

It was clear you'd never be convinced, if only because you'd reject any evidence to the contrary including the Wi-Fi Alliance's own materials. A third party reader, on the other hand...


Comment Re:Don't say that this side of the Pacific... (Score 1) 75

So you're incompetent at your business. OK.

Or your research skills simply suck.

"Our brands", straight from the horse's mouth.

And as a trademark, it's perfectly proper to use it as a generic reference to 802.11 so long as the uses are licensed and the term is not used to refer to wireless communications generally. Again, don't tell me my own business, boy.

Comment Re:Don't say that this side of the Pacific... (Score 1) 75

802.11 is a normative technical specification.

You added a wholly unnecessary "normative" to what I've said. IEEE doesn't even use the term. Care to identify a non-normative IEEE technical specification?

Wi-Fi is a marketing term, like "Made for iPod," originally intended as an informative indication of compatibility.

By marketing term, you mean "brand name. Now it has become the name used for the technology by 95+% of people who refer to the technology.

Particularly in things relating to language, the majority rules. Deal with it.

Comment Re:Don't say that this side of the Pacific... (Score 1) 75

Finally, "Wi-Fi" isn't a technology, it's an industry group's marketing term.

Therefore 802.11 isn't a technology. It's an industry group's technical specification. Be warned, there is always someone who can pick finer nits than you.

Yet what's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and that which we call Wi-Fi would still be used to wirelessly transmit donkey porn.

Comment Re:Stop thinking so small (Score 1, Troll) 191

No application we can think of.

Making frogs legs jump did not cost $13.25 billion dollars. No single high speed data link on earth costs $13.25 billion dollars, or, being generous, the $5 billion capex involved in the facility, omitting the opex entirely.

I meant what I said. Ignoring the reason why I stated that there would not be a reasonable application does nothing to rebut that.

Comment Re:Stop thinking so small (Score 1) 191

There is nothing preventing us from building something bigger than the LHC. This is just the beginning.

While the money representing the $13.25 billion that the LHC project required may be infinite, the labor and resources that it represents is not.

Let's presuppose that you could raise the collision energy of the LHC by 10^12 to cross this so-called "energy desert." If that only requires increasing cost by 10^2.... you're talking more than 1 trillion dollars. For this one science project.

In contrast to other projects such as space, proteomes, etc., there's precious little likelihood that there will be applications for the particles and forces discovered. The energies are simply too high to make these more than single-digit-off technologies. What's the Tevatron doing these days?

Comment Re:Bullshit ... (Score 2) 130

It's legal, and there are legitimate uses for it ... but we're going to list off a bunch of scary hypotheticals, and insinuate how you'd be responsible for everything on the planet.

The idea to install Tor services in libraries emerged from Boston librarian Alison Macrina's Library Freedom Project, which aims to teach libraries how to "protect patrons' rights to explore new ideas, no matter how controversial or subversive, unfettered by the pernicious effects of online surveillance." (The Library Freedom Project is funded by Knight Foundation, which also provides funding to ProPublica.)

DHS spokesman Shawn Neudauer said the agent was simply providing "visibility/situational awareness,"and did not have any direct contact with the Lebanon police or library. "The use of a Tor browser is not, in [or] of itself, illegal and there are legitimate purposes for its use," Neudauer said, "However, the protections that Tor offers can be attractive to criminal enterprises or actors and HSI [Homeland Security Investigations] will continue to pursue those individuals who seek to use the anonymizing technology to further their illicit activity."

How dare someone counterbalance your legitimate use hypotheticals with scary illegitimate use hypotheticals by sending information to other people for use in public discussions and not directly contacting them with jackbooted thuggery.

This decidedly indirect jackbooted thuggery is perilously close to free speech, petitioning the government, and democracy. Only the "good" guys get to do that. Plus the only value judgment relevant to the library should be whether the service is legal, which it is...

Comment Re:There's still no magnetosphere (Score 1) 261

Nuking the poles would release enough CO2 to start a warming process. This would cause more frozen CO2 to be released from the ground. Eventually you would start releasing water vapour. The initial kick from the thermonuclear bombs would likely start other feedbacks in the system.

Show me calculations, not seat-of-the-pants assumptions. Because here's a factually supported assumption: if the CO2 and water vapor froze out of the atmosphere to start with, pushing it back into the atmosphere isn't going to reverse the feedback loop that caused those gases to freeze out in the first place. Nevermind that, for millions-to-billions of years, what has remained in the atmosphere has been lost to space so that your near-surface reserves are likely far less than those that were present Mars crossed its tipping points.

Where is the extra CO2 and water going to come from to generate a net positive feedback?

Comment Re:Now we need... (Score 1) 206

I think if 4 billion humans dropped dead next week, we'd all be better off long-term. We're probably overdue for something like this anyway, given how little genetic diversity humans have.

Emphasis added.

The dead would not be better off in any term. Plus, you appear to assume that you'd remain among the living.

Will you demonstrate the courage of your conviction by leading the way and making a personal sacrifice? Because simply waiting for something to happen and the outcome to be determined by nature's lot does not make you more noble than anyone else -- everyone is already doing that whether consciously or not. The difference appears to be that you're hoping for it to happen.

Comment Re:Have you ever been to a grocery store? (Score 1) 259

You think a business that makes 10-20 % margins on 20 milllion in revenue gives a fuck about whether they can hire a 5000$ electrician during a 50,000 renovation? The layout is set up for business purposes, and hasn't hinged on any of this nonsense you're BS'ing in many decades.

You think a business that makes 10-20 % gross margins cares? Yes... because the net margin on that business is less than 2%. When your net profit just about paces the rate of inflation, you care about everything.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.