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Comment: Re:"Please work for us!" (Score 1) 311

by Tablizer (#46828527) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

did you think that the national debt magically came 'poof' into being sometime in 2001?

The seeds for it were planted then: increased spending for prescriptions and silly wars and decreased tax revenues per legislation starting around 2001. (Not to mention financial deregulation which magnified the crash.) Thus, we had no budget-related safety margin when a 1929-sized crash hit such that we had to burn the furniture to keep the economic furnace lit.

Comment: Re:But streaming is easy! (Score 1) 183

by fermion (#46826273) Attached to: How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?
You are paying for streaming. It is not necessarily the DRM. On Hulu it is the need to stream a bit, then make sure the user experience is interrupted for at the least the possibility of commercials. On Netflix, it is so that they can keep the price lower by not competing with people the people who are willing to pay for rental of purchase to keep a local copy.

If bandwidth cost is an issue, then perhaps the solution is to rent or purchase the content. Maybe if aero is avaible in your market, this might be an option. I don't know if they allow buffering of a whole show. Rent or purchase may be competitive depending on the data costs.

Comment: Re:You’re using the wrong defn of doubt (Score 1) 535

by Yunzil (#46823213) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

So am I also a whacko?

Yes.

I can use logic and reason to determine which model I think makes more sense.

You're doing it wrong. You're supposed to use logic and reason to figure out a possible model that fits the evidence. You're using logic and reason to determine a model you thinks makes more sense in spite of the evidence.

Comment: Re:Illustrates the need for more H1B visas (Score 1) 191

by Tablizer (#46816631) Attached to: Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

The problem is that the H1B's are not sent home if the economy or IT crashes. When the econ crashes, H1B's will often work for desperate wages/hours so they won't be sent home while trying to find a better gig, clogging up the limited jobs for citizens.

Further, I doubt most H1B's are paid the higher salaries, for the very reason most companies use them is for cheaper labor that have no families and work long hours.

Comment: Re:education doesn't work (Score 1) 289

by fermion (#46814539) Attached to: Our Education System Is Failing IT
You know, it is not education. It is that too many people think that IT means you but a PC, buy a site licsense for everything MS, and the teach Office or maybe ISS.

Critical thinking skills are taught, at least at the high school level, in course most people don't want to take. History where you read and write papers on what is read. Philosophy where formal logic and general help you develop the ability to judge and make an argument. Literature where you can learn to think creatively to join ideas that were not joined before. Engineering and hard science classes where you actually can build devices. Maths where you learn the formal methods to process information.

Honestly, I see way to much time teaching MS Office and other applications. If those things need to be taught, they need to be embedded in something rigorous.This even goes for teaching coding.

"If that makes any sense to you, you have a big problem." -- C. Durance, Computer Science 234

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