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Comment: Amazing (Score 4, Insightful) 207

I've got a PhD in CS, and I grew up with the U.S. education system of the 1970's and 80's. I had playground time, and little formalized national testing. I'll bet few of the Turing award winners or ACM Fellows were educated in the manner advocated by today's politicians and Plutocrats.

If they're so eager to make good computer scientists, one might ask if they're willing to reproduce the educational environments of those luminaries.

Comment: Re:m6x00 upgrade wanted.... (Score 1) 133

I did all of my phd work on an m6500 years ago, and thanks to having bought an extended fix-everything-on-site-no-matter-what warranty, it's still going strong.

I occasionally have the budget to buy a modern version of that laptop, but Dell continues to disappoint by offering only a 16:9 screen. Not sure why they keep on doing that; for coding I'd much rather have a taller screen, especially for that much money.

My only other beef is with the video cards. I really don't care about 3D. I don't want to spend the heat, battery life, or money on a fancy OpenGL card, especially since their Linux drivers often suck (I'm especially looking at you, AMD). So I'd be extra happy if they'd offer a version of the m6x00 that just used Intel's graphics. They're plenty good for what I want these days.

Comment: Re:Arbitrary appendages? (Score 1) 50

Well that was my point about having very plastic brains. I'm not a neuroscientist, and I don't know how much details like (I have specifically four major appendages to control; two arms, two legs) are baked into the brain from day 0, vs. being just one of the configurations to which a very young brain can adapt.

Comment: Re:They've invested billions (Score 3, Insightful) 142

by DoofusOfDeath (#49686783) Attached to: House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data

They've invested billions if not trillions in the surveillance networks and infrastructure.

Is anyone going to really believe it's all been mothballed at the stroke of a pen?

I won't.

I don't think its the sunk money that matters to them. It's the heady feeling of autocracy and superpowers which they'll never give up. The NSA and CIA are significantly staffed by bad, treasonous, anti-democratic people.

"The Street finds its own uses for technology." -- William Gibson