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Comment: Re:Geoblocking (Score 1) 57

by fyngyrz (#49387727) Attached to: EU Commission Divided Over Nation-Specific Content Blocking

Sorry, I thought I had been clear.

I wasn't talking about regional control of distribution by publishers, I was talking about arbitrary interference with materials intended for the end user, where the end user is interfered with by bad actors, most notably, government busybodies.

I own a literary agency and deal with copyright and regional issues a great deal more often, and in more ways, than most people. But that isn't what I was talking about, as it seems like a non-issue to me -- as long as we have nations and varying costs of distribution, we'll have some effective form of regional controls. So I had gone off on what I thought was an obvious tangent. Apparently not.

Comment: Re:One-sided education (Score 1) 365

by frank_adrian314159 (#49384431) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Fundamentalism/conservatism is usually based on someone needing simple moralistic models upon which to base his or her life. Even in engineering there are places where people who never question beyond simple models of the world can still thrive. I've seen several conservative co-workers and even those here on Slashdot who value a simplistic economic model that discards costs of externalities. In fact, they value it so much they'll decry climate science models for having "too many parameters" that "need to be tweaked" and discounting the findings of that model, even though it is the best that modern science has and we gather more evidence each day that this model mirrors reality. I've also seen plenty of personal evidence that scientists and engineers can be narrowly rationalistic, as well, allowing plenty of room for religion. In fact, because engineering models are usually simplifications of the real world, people who like simple models are often drawn to it.

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