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Comment: Re:Gore to the Rescue (Score 1) 297

by s.petry (#48224659) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Your projection of me having a political reason for the comment is absolutely false. Try reading my post history and you will see I'm not a D or R. In fact I frequently speak against both.

Your defense of a person based on a false claim is way more telling than a bit of humor a large percentage of the populace had for a while. Numerous comedians made fun of Al Gore for silly statements (misinterpreted or otherwise) from the conservatives to the liberals. The people I remember jumping on the defense train were mostly the liberals. So now that we know a bit about you..

Comment: And now the opposite view. (Score 2) 297

by khasim (#48224197) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Way too many people don't realize that our current economic and political system would not survive if critical thinking skills became commonplace.

Possibly. Although the same can be said of every other economic and political system as well. Which is a bit of a problem. People are messy. And each person has his/her own priorities and beliefs and weirdness.

We are destroying our own planet in the name of making 0.01% wealthy, and most of us, most of the time, are perfectly content to participate in the process in any way that pays decently and offers "interesting" work.

Just because someone exercises critical thinking does not mean that that person will come to the same conclusions that you have. They probably aren't starting with the same objectives as you.

Which is why companies DO NOT WANT real critical thinking skills.

They want people who think like they do and who come to the same conclusions that they do based upon the same information that they have.

Comment: Re:Criminals are dumb (Score 1) 58

by ultranova (#48223975) Attached to: Tracking a Bitcoin Thief

If you put a Bitcoin wallet on a USB flash drive and hand it to someone the transaction is not recorded anywhere.

Which means there's nothing stopping me from going home and moving the coins in the wallet I just gave to another one, leaving it empty.

There is no way to know how many people the wallet passed through before the coins resurface in public transactions again.

If I give away a wallet I received from someone else I risk being held accountable if whoever gave it to me spends the coins in it. So even if I accepted a wallet rather than a transaction to an address I control, I'd still need to transfer the coins to one generated by me before using them.

So no, you can't trade Bitcoins without making the transaction public. Not without total trust to everyone you trade with, and everyone they trade with, and so on. But if you have that, why not just use pen and paper - or, better yet, just abandon bookkeeping completely and share everything, since you trust everyone to not abuse the arrangement?

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 548

by TheLink (#48223669) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Automation increases jobs.

Automation does require the displaced employee to get another job. This may require retraining, returning to school to upgrade or acquire a skill set that is marketable. The may require a change of career. Most displaced employees will find other jobs.

Imagine the Chinese, Indian etc workers as robots[1]. Have all the US workers who've lost their jobs to these "robots" experienced the increased number of jobs you mention? Now imagine what happens when Foxconn et all replace those Chinese workers with real robots (as Foxconn is actually doing).

What will these Chinese workers do? Some of them will take your higher end jobs:
From the article:

And it turns out that the job done in China was above par â" the employee's "code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building,"

If the population growth remains at X% and the Earth resource/wealth extraction rate does not increase by much more than X% if robots and automation take some human jobs, there will NOT be replacement jobs that pay out the same amount of wealth. Because in most cases automation is about reducing costs and increasing profits. Furthermore the resource extraction rate cannot continue increasing as long as we are stuck on Earth[2].

See also:
tldr; the automobile destroyed the jobs of the horses, there was no increase in replacement jobs that the horses could do.

And that is what will happen to most humans once the robots get good enough.

[1] Many of these workers are actually doing jobs that are "robotic" and could be automated- it's just that they are cheaper and more flexible than current robots and someone else paid for much of the manufacturing).


Comment: Society requires it (Score 2) 297

by s.petry (#48223351) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

"School" being responsible education is not new, hell the Ancient Greek's had schools for the public (though they cost $$ to attend). Parents can surely teach a kid many things, but only what they know well enough to teach. Morality for example is high on the list of what a parent should teach their kids, Calculus.. not so much.

As we travel up to modern times, we have gone from a society that has 1 working parent and 1 at home taking care of kids to both parents normally having to work just to make ends meet. This means that the majority of parents can't teach a whole lot to their kids and public schools can (there is some interesting investigation to be done on whether or not this was planned, I recommend doing some reading).

Since the 1940s our public schools have not taught Critical thinking, Rhetoric, Logic, or Ethics. The way most kids get exposed to these subjects is at College level, and usually on accident (I know many people that have been pressured to take different classes in College). So if a parent did not learn how to critically think how do you propose they teach it exactly? Do you similarly expect a parent who lacks Calculus training to teach their kids Calculus? Or is that an okay subject for a school to teach? Please explain why they are any different as well.

As a point of clarity on the last paragraph, there are surely some teachers and professors who try and teach these skills. In no way did I intent to imply that "good" teachers don't exist or don't try and teach. More correctly, the "good" teachers get shackled by regulations and busy work which makes things even more difficult on them.

Comment: Re:I had one for a while. (Score 1) 330

by shutdown -p now (#48223301) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Sure, but that also made it unpopular for its "excessive" wounding effects. That's one reason it was changed. (Even though you aren't signatories to the relevant conventions, you still profess to follow them).

I don't think this was ever a concern, actually. The position of most major powers (in particular, both US and USSR back in the day) was that it restricts intentionally designing projectiles that expand or flatten (or, well, fragment), but if that happens to be an artifact of the bullet design that is otherwise dictated by other reasons, then that's perfectly okay. For example, it's why US presently authorizes the use of 77gr OTM bullets (Mk262), even though an open tip is basically a hollow point by another name, and the extreme length of the bullet causes it to fragment even better than the original M193 - it's because the bullet is ostensibly designed for accuracy, which necessitates open tip construction, and length is there to maximize the ballistic coefficient; and any increased wounding effects are, well, entirely coincidental. Soviets used the same argument for their hollow tip 5.45 bullets.

But this is getting off topic. :-) We were talking about the vaunted firepower of the SMLE. While the Lee Enfield might have scared the Germans at Mons, it was past its prime by WWII. Now, 20 (or indeed 30) rounds out of a (semi) automatic that's a whole 'nuther ballgame, the capabilities of the round itself notwithstanding.

Yes, as far as Lee-Enfield goes, there's nothing particularly magical about it. In particular, the claim that "rifleman with a Lee-Enfield can achieve higher firing rates than the operator of a machine gun" is pure BS - I would dare anyone do even 500 RPM with a bolt action, and that is where machine gun fire rates usually start (since we're looking at this in WW2 context, Bren was 500 RPM, DP-28 was 550 RPM, MG 34 was 800 RPM, and MG 42 was 1200+ RPM). Sure, out of all bolt rifles of that war, it was probably the best one from the perspective of its wielder, thanks to larger mag and slightly faster firing rate, but in overall context that still doesn't matter all that much.

For this use case, though, Enfield is plenty good. These guys don't really need a military weapon so much so as a brush gun (and I use "brush" liberally here, because the landscape is often quite widely open), mostly to hunt and defend themselves from predators. Should they ever find themselves in a military role, again, they are not really operating as units, but each ranger for himself, in a remote territory with basically no supply chain. So as far as firearms go, they need something really simple to maintain, something that handles lack of cleaning (say, because of lack of supplies for said cleaning) for a long time, can survive rough weather including extreme cold, and has a round that, while being "military legal" (i.e. not soft or hollow point), can still take care of large dangerous animals as well as humans, and that doesn't consume ammo fast. I'd say that a bolt action rifle in a full sized rifle round fits the bill pretty well. The only semi-auto that I can think of that would fit the bill would be some semi-auto AK variant chambered in .308 or 7.62x54r (probably Finnish Valmet hunting rifles, since those are also designed for similar conditions from the get go).

Also, their role is not taking the enemy heads on, but serving as an early detection system in those remote regions, and then possibly reporting on enemy movements. Basically, they're pure scouts, not infantry. So they don't really need a soldier's weapon.

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 3, Interesting) 297

by s.petry (#48223191) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
Exactly this! People forget that in the 1930s the US adopted the Prussian education system and dumped the classical education system for exactly this reason. What I find at least as interesting is that Germany followed suit much much later. Germany has gone from one of the best educated societies to as bad as the US in about 1/2 the time. Perhaps due to smaller scale, or perhaps because the implementation in the US was progressively implemented and the result exported to Germany.

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