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Comment: Re:Democracy (Score 1) 310 310

> This is the first time that I can think of that a population directly voted in the affirmative to collapse their economy.

In fact, that happens so often, political scientists have a term for it: "populism". It's very popular in some parts of the world.

Mostly not in the /first/ world, admittedly.

Comment: Re:It's the end of the world as we know it! (Score 1) 297 297

What do you think would for instance GE do if suddenly some quite important addresses within the 3/8 IP space are no longer reachable from the outside, because ARIN reassigned them to someone else? Who will survive the lawsuits for damage and loss of business? What will happen if the oncall GE technician who administers some important GE serviced equipment at some hospital site can't get to it remotely after a break down, and thus the small glitch gets out of hand, and some people depending on the GE equipment on site die?

ARIN will never reassign a GE owned block without clearance beforehand from GE. Too dangerous.

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 4, Informative) 278 278

Even with a lot of questions surrounding the IQ, the generally understanding of intelligence and the importance of it, one fact is quite undisputed:

If controlled for social factors, IQ is by far the best prediction of your future educational performance. So the chance of becoming a scientist is directly correlated to your IQ.

The original IQ test, as invented by Alfred Binet, was created to determine in what class to put children who started school. In 1882, France introduced compulsory education, but many children in France had no or questionable birth certificates, and when they were about to start school, it was not clear what their real age was and which class would be suitable for them. And then there were the children who required special care, and until the beginning of the 20th century, it was up to the subjective judgement of the respective teachers to determine which children should get it. Thus Alfred Binet and Théodore Simon developed a test to more objectively assess the educational potential of a child, the Binet-Simon-Test, which was to calculate something called the "intelligence age" of a child, and which was used as a criterion in what class to put a child.

It should thus be expected that the IQ as measured by the Binet-Simon-test (and the later development Stanford-Binet-test and all subsequent IQ tests) is quite predictive for your educational career, because that's what they were invented for.

Comment: think of the children! (Score 1) 266 266

we have 3 3d printers at our hackerspace. So far 1) Children love them. We had one little girl design her own toy, and since then kids have been in a rush to learn how to design 3d. I can only imagine what they'll do once they start encountering real needs. 2) Inventors and their prototypes, typically custom boxes. Best I've seen is some casing for sonar equipment for making cell walls perforate enough to let medicine in. 3) We've got one guy who's building a replica of the enigma machine, and has learned how to design gears and simple plastic machine parts. The question isn't "what are you using 3d printing for" anymore. Once you've used one for a couple of months you start looking at everything around you in a completely different way. I no longer, for example, would be content to merely buy a new bicycle helmet. I'd want the STL file for it, and the materials in a way that could be printed/assembled locally.

"Poor man... he was like an employee to me." -- The police commisioner on "Sledge Hammer" laments the death of his bodyguard