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Comment: No Rules, Just Right (Score 2) 134

Rules with broad sweeping generalized caveats basically means, no rules. It means WE (as in the people who made the rules) are going to decide on in a subjective way whether we broke the rules or not... and anyone who even knows the most basic aspects of human nature, knows that we as people in general don't like incriminating ourselves, and a government is just a group of people.

So this is basically just lip service from the government, to calm public anger while at the same time giving us the finger.

Comment: Re:a car analogy (Score 3, Insightful) 161

by Dutchmaan (#46666085) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Many people would love a Ferrari, but they are expensive, so they drive Toyotas instead.

I know of VERY few people who lust after an Android device. They lust after Apple, and buy Android because that's what they can afford. The low end of ANY market is always a lot bigger than the high end. Cars, houses, phones, whatever. Toyota outsells Ferrari by quite a lot too.

oh that's a load of horseS#$T, I know a LOT of people who lust after flagship android devices, The Samsung Galaxy line and HTC models are amazing. iPhones are fine devices to be sure, but they aren't the "Ferrari's" of the world no matter how much your ego would like to believe that.

Comment: Re:America is boned (Score 1) 870

by Dutchmaan (#46588947) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate
"The concentration of government power has never produced positive results, rather the contrary. I hope you're enjoying this Orwellian nightmare." "This Orwellian Nightmare" has been going on for as long as governments have been able to collect information. It has nothing to do with "socialism"... The only difference being your indignation is born of someone you disagree with being in the whitehouse. Once it's someone you politically agree, I'm sure you'll forget about all your moral indignation.

Comment: Re:America is boned (Score 1) 870

by Dutchmaan (#46580697) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

"You long for "true socialism" as defined in your texbook. Sorry, has never happened and will never happen."

...and you think that pure unregulated capitalism is going to happen? Pure unregulated capitalism is too unstable for a healthy economy. There needs to be a balance between regulation and unchecked greed. Also since you think America is too "socialist" right now, could you please provide some examples of more purely capitalist societies? I think you'll find the US isn't quite so "socialist" as you'd like to believe.


Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds 231

Posted by Soulskill
from the finding-the-limit-as-age-approaches-zero dept.
Doofus writes "The Atlantic has an interesting story about opening up what we routinely consider 'advanced' areas of mathematics to younger learners. The goals here are to use complex but easy tasks as introductions to more advanced topics in math, rather than the standard, sequential process of counting, arithmetic, sets, geometry, then eventually algebra and finally calculus. Quoting: 'Examples of activities that fall into the "simple but hard" quadrant: Building a trench with a spoon (a military punishment that involves many small, repetitive tasks, akin to doing 100 two-digit addition problems on a typical worksheet, as Droujkova points out), or memorizing multiplication tables as individual facts rather than patterns. Far better, she says, to start by creating rich and social mathematical experiences that are complex (allowing them to be taken in many different directions) yet easy (making them conducive to immediate play). Activities that fall into this quadrant: building a house with LEGO blocks, doing origami or snowflake cut-outs, or using a pretend "function box" that transforms objects (and can also be used in combination with a second machine to compose functions, or backwards to invert a function, and so on).' I plan to get my children learning the 'advanced' topics as soon as possible. How about you?"

Comment: Re:its a problem that exists BY DESIGN (Score 1) 465

by JcMorin (#46367705) Attached to: MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection
Of course it's by design, if you pass a $100 bill to someone and he run, you lost it and can't have it back. It's the same thing with Bitcoin. Bitcoin is design to put the power in the hand of the people rather than in the bank like the traditional system. If you trust a company to hold your bitcoin you have the risk of losing them. You nailed it, you disagree with the design, but only time will tell if Bitcoin is good or not.

Comment: Re:gambling (Score 2) 465

by JcMorin (#46367147) Attached to: MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection
Knowing all the problems that Mt.Gox created BEFORE they stop the withdrawal (ddos, bank delays, bad PR, bad code). My best guess is that most people that had coins there were speculators (because the price was higher because of the delayed bank transfer). Real Bitcoin users don't keep their bitcoins in an exchange but on their device. I still feel sorry for everyone that lost something, but life goes on and other exchanges will add more transparency about their reserve and better software code.

Comment: "Corrections" (Score 5, Insightful) 326

by Dutchmaan (#46362299) Attached to: The Science of Solitary Confinement
This is what happens when you have a society that is more interested in punishing people than reforming. It's as if to say "We don't believe you'll ever change, or are capable of changing so we're going to crush you instead." All you have to do is read a forum on any news story relating to a crime to get a realistic view on how people view "corrections" should be carried out.... and we call other countries barbaric.

Comment: Re: Best Buy as a local store (Score 2) 506

by JcMorin (#46361191) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page
I assume you are an american so I've use one company that you know but name sell electronics. For your information Best buy DO have local store near me that employ local people. Americans don't travel the border state everyday to do work in all Best Buy in Canada :) I could have name a small company that you have no clue what it is... what's the difference?

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