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Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge 672

Posted by timothy
from the line-in-the-sand dept.
conoviator writes Bill Nye, one of the foremost science educators in the United States states that only the upper crust members of American science and technology (with degrees from top tier schools) understand science, particularly climate change. He opines that "regular software writers" dwell in the realm of the semi-science-literate. Nye rates science education in the U.S. an F. ("But if it makes you feel any better, you can say a B-minus.")

Comment: Re:Missing (Score 1) 480

by FilmedInNoir (#48907807) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?
There's so much SG that I haven't seen all the SG. Not just episodes, but entire shows I've missed. I think a could reason not to include SG in the list is that it would be like Usain Bolt competing in sack race at a family picnic. But I always vote for the underdog... I loved Farscape. Horrific violence, perverted sex, and puppets. 2 of my 3 favourite things.

Comment: Re:Wrong headline (Score 1) 255

It's not jealousy, it's a fear of plutocracy.
People with money understand that if someone else has money, their money becomes less valuable, so they change the laws and lobby government to keep other people from getting rich.
Example: copyright laws being stretched over and over again to keep corporate cash cows from falling into public domain. Disney and their mouse. Submarine patents. Net Anti-neutrality.
I remember a story of how Apple successfully sued an ex-employee for starting a new business because he had obviously thought of the idea for the business while working at Apple.
*Thought of*, they sued him over his thoughts, not that he left with a pile of paper or a floppy disk.
Hey, if you can hire an army of lawyers for millions of dollars, you to can win every court battle.

Comment: Why I think this is hooey. (Score 1) 720

The idea of the Automat has been around since the start of the 1900's. It did little to affect the employment landscape for fast food workers.
So I'll worry about those grease stained robot overlords when they can figure out how to load their own ingredient bins, until then, cough up the $15/hr McD's.

Comment: Worse is Better doesn't mean that. (Score 1) 240

by FilmedInNoir (#48139573) Attached to: Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'
I never heard the term before, had to wiki it, then realized it was a fundamental of software engineering that I was taught decades ... ago :( so old
Don't create app functionality that the user won't use. More bells and whistles mean more dev time, test time and more to maintain, it's a simple concept.
That's why apps now have functionality metrics (Firefox seems really big on it for example).

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