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Comment Re:Seattle too (Score 4, Interesting) 203 203

Oh man, do we ever. Did you read the article written by our transportation director?
The summary is that he wants to redo all the sidewalks around schools (most of which are already abundantly signed, reflective, and lighted/flashing), implement massive lane reductions, and a 5-mph speed reduction across the board (lowering it to 25mph on arterials), all of which are very expensive projects. I'm sorry, but anyone who is old enough to walk alone has an infinite number of stupid ways they can kill themselves and an infinite number of places. If you're going to speed money anywhere, fix the key dangerous spots (if any still exist) and then spend the rest on mental health. Or police/fire/ambulance are good services too (most of the time), and they safe innocent lives. They are going to ask us in the Fall to vote a nearly billion dollar road-fixing proposition that only spends around $200M on fixing roads, $100M million on fixing bridges, and $600M on other stuff, like "safety projects." I wonder if the voters know that passing that means they will get fixed roads, but not for their cars to travel on!

Comment Re:Bruce Schneier the paranoid cryptographer (Score 0) 157 157

They are probaly on machines that accessed by other machines that may either permenatly or tempoarily connected to the internet. You can build malware that could be used to infect a laptop that waits until it is connected to an internal network and then grabs files for later transmission when its reconnected to the internet.

So you're saying the NSA network is permanently or temporarily connected to the Internet, and employees are allowed to take their laptops home. Riiiight, sure, if you say so.

Comment Re:Business model? (Score 2) 346 346

When it gridlocks, unprofitable drivers will quit until it un-gridlocks, and the supply will correct itself. Works much better than government officials deciding what the proportion should, which is really what the taxi lobby that donates to the politicians want it to be.

I live in a city where Uber, Lyft, etc. have been approved to operate as many vehicles as they want as long as they buy commercial insurance, which they are now doing. The sky hasn't fallen. I see no discernible change in traffic. You can pull out as many armchair theories as you want, but reality speaks for itself. If you want to refute my point, go through the list of cities that have given Uber/Lyft/etc. free reign in present time and show me the data on how they are gridlocked now when they weren't before because of Uber/Lyft/etc. cars.

Comment Re:Pronoun Game Anyone? (Score 1) 122 122

In the article, before that quote, it said:

For Amazon to ban the app is “absurd” according to the Kodi team, because the company is still allowing vendors to sell boxes that are giving the software this bad reputation."

It's sort of a vague statement, but my guess is that Amazon is still allowing sellers on their marketplace to sell boxes preloaded with Kodi.

Comment Re:Old timers rejoice! (Score 1) 253 253

I hear ya. Even the oven timer is now a digital unit, and that broke on us (thankfully under warranty). They do it because a computer chip is a lot cheaper than a bunch of gears. The problem is that it's a lot easier to cut corners with computer components and software. Also, the first thing cost-cutting measure is to not test the UI, so the UI usually sucks. Like my Cisco phone at work - I still don't understand why I can't program speed dial from the phone.

Comment Re:What's that you say? (Score 1) 528 528

The average return on investment is that good, the individual return on investment can be really bad.

This is very different from the statements I criticized. Not only do you need to look at average return, but you need to look at difference between the average return that you get with the current programs versus the return you get with free education. I can't say whether the average return makes it pay for itself or not because I don't have that data - that's my criticism - people making these sky high claims of paid back in 5 years. It's no different from the 8X battery life claims. We're not saying that product doesn't boost battery life, but you can't just claim 8X w/o data.

I think it also works quite well, because German Universities are not afraid of kicking out already accepted students. No GPA or SAT test is really able to tell if people got what it takes to be a successful engineer. In Engineering almost half of the students usually fail during the first one or two years. It is way easier to kick people out, if they did not already spend >$10K tuition at that point.

In the engineering departments I've encountered, they have quotas, and you can't enter until you've spent about 2 years doing well in the intro (e.g. "weed-out") courses. And they have no issue kicking you out if you fail the courses regardless of how much you paid. The problem, if tuition is free, is not those majoring in highly employable fields but those majoring in fields with low demand. At the university, I saw it both ways. I saw students who just partied. Overwhelming, these students didn't have to pay a dime themselves (usually their parents paid), so they didn't care. I also saw students whose grades were impacted by having to work too much part-time. Thus, I think there's a balance about how much funding is most effective.

Comment Re:What's that you say? (Score 1) 528 528

Student loans are not forgiveable in a bankruptcy.

Not true. According to a 2011 study, 40% of people who included student loans in their bankruptcy filings were granted a discharge by the judge:
You just have to prove undue hardship. Also, the study found a lot of people didn't ask for it, and those who did not hire a lawyer were less likely to ask for it. So the bigger problem is this misinformation that people think it's not forgivable.

Comment Re:What's that you say? (Score 1) 528 528

Given that the government guarantees the student loans, it doesn't matter if you're starting with nothing. Also, the student can always declare bankruptcy in the worst case, so there's no fear if you have nothing.

Just look at reality - look at all the people that got the loans and say they are struggling to pay it off now because college didn't give them the job with the return you're declaring here. Did you read /. story about boosting battery life by 8X? Where the reviewer says they could have advertised +50% and that would have been a great product, but now they are going to get ripped apart for claiming 8X? Claiming the pie in the sky completely undermines a viewpoint that otherwise could have been valid.

Comment Re:What's that you say? (Score 1) 528 528

If the return on investment was really that good, then the graduates should have no problem repaying their student loans. You're undermining your own argument against student loans. The usual argument for covering education is many students do not get their return on investment and therefore cannot pay off the loans, but there's some non-monetary benefit to society as a whole, thus society should foot part or all of the cost via taxes. Clearly, we believe in partial, and that's why we do have financial aid, federal loans, etc., but what's the best balance is hard to say.

Real programs don't eat cache.