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Comment: Who says the humans go away? (Score 1) 615

by satch89450 (#49707335) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
If you've ever been around trucks in the retail and wholesale delivery to retail markets, you know that the drivers also do double duty as payload handlers. Think of the gas truck pulling into a station to fill the station tanks; there is a human making the hook-ups and monitoring the transfer. Furniture delivery trucks, even when self-driving, will still need handlers to take the furniture in. (Or, for Salvation Army trucks, to take the furniture out to the truck.) Also, how are self-driving trucks going to handle some of the really wild truck docks? There will be a reduction with long-haul drivers, granted, but trailer-trains have been taking some of that market already.

Comment: This thread is telling (Score 1) 604

by JebusIsLord (#49700809) Attached to: A Plan On How To Stop Sexism In Science

The answers in this thread are telling, and they don't paint a pretty picture.

Here's my hypothesis: Geeks (myself included!) tend to be lone wolves. We like autonomy, and hence have a strong belief in personal responsibility, often at the detriment of shared responsibility. See how many libertarians are on /.?

Geeks also tend to have girl problems. They're often intimidated by them, but also want and can't have them. This leads to resentment. Women seem incredibly powerful and unattainable, so when they claim disinfranchisement, we are incredulous.

In the sciences, geeks rule. Women who enter this field have to be fun, approachable and totally geeky too. Not many women fit that description. But many who don't are otherwise fantastically gifted, intelligent women. And we're missing out.

Comment: Musical Taste can expand. (Score 2) 360

by LionKimbro (#49692977) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

Freddie Mercury. Harry Belafonte. Led Zeppelin. Highway Star. Cyndi Loper. Pumped Up Kicks. Tron & Switched-On Bach. The Sons of the Pioneers. Chip Tune. Paranoia. Jimmy Hendrix. The Bobs. The Grateful Dead. R.E.M. Moonlight Sonata. The Disney Electric Parade. The Final Fantasy VI soundtrack. Forever Young. The Hukilau Song. Over the Rainbow, and Make New Friends. Joy of Man's Desiring. Gnarles Barkley.

It seems like every year, I get into more music. I discover things that I never saw in older music (such as The Sons of the Pioneers), and I also like seeing things from my childhood revisited, like with Mesh. I have a hard time finding what I consider to be genuinely "new" music; I always have this sense that I am hearing a mutation or freshening of things that have come before.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 3, Informative) 284

by satch89450 (#49682695) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love

We've tried that, and it turns out that it doesn't really lead to independent states in education. Look at all the textbook debacles that start in Texas, for example. Why would textbooks in Texas matter if you live in a different state? They matter because the companies that publish textbooks don't want to publish different versions for each state, they want to publish for the largest states (population wise) first and then try to sell the same texts to other states.

This results in textbooks going in to non-nutter states that include discussions on intelligent design and other rampant bullshit. The states only have the flexibility to get textbooks of their own choosing if they exist (as few states have the time and money to go about preparing their own textbooks) so they end up with what the boards in Texas approve.

In my high school in downstate Illinois, several of my classes were taught using locally published material. Oh, we had the standard textbooks, but we were tested on the material in the local material. Chemistry was taught from a locally-written textbook, and my father (a research chemist) thought that home-brew textbook was better than some of the college textbooks on his shelf. This wasn't restricted to just one state: in Oklahoma we had a textbook written by an in-state college professor about the history of the Native Americans, from Columbus through to then-present day. I'm not aware of any Texas textbook that does more than scratch the surface about the "Trail of Tears." And the state didn't publish the textbook.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by satch89450 (#49682561) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love

As for innnercity schools that seems to be more of an issue with lack of parental oversight...

How about just the lack of parents, in the plural? How many of those inner city schools have significant populations of single-parent children? Particularly children without fathers?

Entropy isn't what it used to be.