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Comment: Let me fix that for you... (Score 4, Funny) 660

by Gription (#49345725) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear
"Jersey is like a Lamborghini Miura from the 70s. Originally awesome even as it breaks down from time to time and slips into decrepit use. It always remained awesome as its lunacy remains. And then one day it (in a prima donna hissyfit?) PUNCHES your plain old Ford Focus of a producer right in the face when he says "You will fill up with this crappy 85 octane out of an old pail even though you are specified to only use 93 octane... And you will like it!". And then everyone came out of the woodwork and starts saying "It wasn't a sensible car" when that was NEVER the point and was why it was wonderful to begin with."

When they are out on a shoot I would expect a quality hot meal for the camera men and the grips let alone your star presenter!

Comment: Re:Ohhh, Democrats!!! (Score 1) 1089

by Gription (#49299989) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Your analysis is insightful. Your attempt at a solution is problematical.

How to solve this? (If it is even remotely possible...) Demand that children are COMPETENT in critical thinking and understand that the underlying principles of this country are about taking the RISK OF LIBERTY, that government DOES NOT SOLVE PROBLEMS, and to take personal responsibility for things around them.

Problem is, who makes the tests? What is competency? Who gets to define it? Do you really think you could get a set of wingnuts in a room to actually agree about something?

I can't think of anything about education that isn't problematic. There is nothing about our education system that isn't problematic. It is a hierarchy of rolling disaster. (The first thing is to fire 1/2 of the administration. Education is WAY too expensive because we have more people "administrating" instead of sitting in a classroom in front of students.)

Testing is always a problem but you have to have some basis for finding out if the efforts of education are effective. Otherwise you have headed into the new-age nonsense of pandering to children.
There are specific techniques for creating good test questions. You simply look at the responses to individual questions and see if they statistically differentiate between students with a higher and lower level of comprehension of the subject matter. If a question doesn't tend to distinguish between a higher level student and a lower level student then it is a bad question and should be discarded. A test can then be effectively designed with a range of questions that tend to differentiate between the different levels of A, B, C, etc... students. And the number of these questions is designed to generate the grade dispersal you require.
As far as dealing with the "wingnut" issue, that is where the drastic reduction of administration comes to bear. Having the number of people in positions of administrative authority that we do we automatically end up with that many people applying "power". All of this action without being in front of a classroom is insane and we are paying $$$ for it.
We currently have a system where instruction is simply targeted directly at standardized tests. No "teacher" thought up this stupidity. It came from administrators that look at children and see how many $$$ a day of funding they provide and the results of standardized tests control that funding. "Stupid by law..."

I can tell you a very simple test for an understanding of the underlying principles of this country and competent critical thinking: Someone should be able to effectively argue a position that they adamantly do not agree with, and they should demand that someone else should have the right to speak a view that they personally find objectionable.

I agree with you about the personal responsibility bit. I disagree with the categorical shout about solving problems, because all it takes is one (1) instance to disprove the opinion.

The shout comes from the simple fact that the job done by federal (and most state) government(s) is so bad as to be laughable. If you had a teenage child that had the same fiscal responsibility and ability to dance around the truth as the government you would ground them for life.

Comment: Huh? (Score 1) 1089

by Gription (#49299827) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US
What is an "Enforced Education Camp"? Sounds like part of a juvenile detention system.

As far as implementing the "universal competency of critical thinking"... I said no such thing and I don't think any sane person would think it is possible. You might as well pass a law making an above average IQ mandatory. It serves no purpose. (Hey! Let's pass a law making pi equal to 3! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I... )
But you can expose people to the concept and process of thinking for themselves and lay out a framework for intelligent, skeptical analysis of ideas and the life around them. With the internet spewing stupidity at a higher rate then accurate, intelligent information we need to offer people the tools to deal with the bright, shiny bullshit that is waiting to inundate them.

Comment: Ohhh, Democrats!!! (Score 5, Insightful) 1089

by Gription (#49295995) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US
The problem isn't Republicans. It isn't even Democrats.
(The problem may not even be Libertarians but we will never know will we...)

Our problem is government by popularity contest in a world that will keep watching more then 5 seconds after they hear "Kardashians". We have a people that let the courts declare that corporations have the rights assigned to people. We have "We The People" who are so adverse to risk that they live in fear of terrorists while living in the safest era in human history and then they demand that the government devours personal liberties en masse to give what is only the popular appearance of something called "safety". We have a country that when polled 80% were in favor of warning labels on food that has DNA in it. (And if you are reading this and you don't know why DNA warnings are an unbelievably stupid idea then you are an idiot and you should stop reading now and take some remedial science courses immediately.)

How to solve this? (If it is even remotely possible...) Demand that children are COMPETENT in critical thinking and understand that the underlying principles of this country are about taking the RISK OF LIBERTY, that government DOES NOT SOLVE PROBLEMS, and to take personal responsibility for things around them.

(... Hallelujah... Holy shit... Where's the Tylenol?)

Comment: Range and Charging (Score 1) 229

The range and the length of time that it takes to charge a battery is the big Achilles heel to the adoption of the electric car.
Every RC car enthusiast solved that problem a few decades ago by using standardized modular battery packs.

Why can't the car industry "invent" batteries that are of a modular form factor and easily swappable at a charging station? (perhaps using multiples of a standard size which can be configured in different locations and numbers to fit a vehicle's needs.)

Yes, Tesla has done the basics of this in a non modular/standardized way which has much improved potential but misses on the ubiquitousness of an "automotive D cell".

Comment: OMG your right! (Score 1) 163

by Gription (#49236749) Attached to: Man Claiming Half Ownership of Facebook Is Now a Fugitive
It would so TOTALLY make more sense to keep non violent criminals in prison where it costs $60k a year to house them. (Uhhh, yeahhh....)

Or were you trying to say you don't think there should be sentencing of confinement for anything except violent offenses? (Because white collar crime doesn't really count does it ...)

Comment: Re:Alternate Link (Score 2) 292

by Gription (#49221633) Attached to: Do Tech Companies Ask For Way Too Much From Job Candidates?
You missed the opportunity to craft a link to pay yourself as the referrer! :$

And the article misses a BIG obvious reason for laundry lists. The better, more experienced candidates don't have certifications for any current technology because they have been working while the current technology was invented and rolled out.
The young "certified" candidates will command a significantly smaller wage and they might even be able to do the job. They also won't push back on the endless demands that you be available 24/7/365...

And when it blows up in their face you will have to find an IT worker with lots of solid real world experience to dig you out of your hole ... as a consultant...

Comment: Re:About time. (Score 0) 309

by Gription (#49019675) Attached to: The IPCC's Shifting Position On Nuclear Energy
"Large inherent losses" can be easily dealt with if there is a large supply of affordable energy.

The cost per unit of energy must be calculated to include the cost of the storage scheme. If that total cost is viable then it is "problem solved".

I've never seen a cost analysis of what it would cost to use hydrogen generation as a storage medium. There are so many uses and benefits that I've always been interested in that as a system.

Comment: Much closer then the rest of them. (Score 1) 226

by Gription (#48945921) Attached to: There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe
The "measurement made by a conscious being" is not the deciding point. It just makes it more interesting. The quantum implications of the uncertainty principle doesn't require a consciousness to 'make a measurement' that would cause a wave function to collapse to a single solution. It happens all the time with normal interactions. The only unique thing about a consciousness being involved is we can decide to set up the conditions where it will happen and then we notice it. No one spends a lot of time on what we don't notice...

I think almost all of this discussion comes under the second heading of: http://www.suck.com/daily/1997...

Comment: Huh??? (Score 1) 251

by Gription (#48917833) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
RAID is not a backup or an archive solution.
If you store a raid it can't detect data and/or media degradation because the system isn't running. I haven't seen many safe deposit boxes that allow you to run a computer inside of them. The drives will most likely degrade inside of 10 years.

To archive something you want archival media. Something like the 100+ or 200+ year gold archival DVDs and Blu-ray discs. The readers for those disks will be available for a couple decades at least. (Look at M-Disc as an example)

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"