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Comment Re:follow a dead end, or do vital research? (Score 1) 588 588

I have no idea what you mean by "right-in-their-face boots-on-the-ground reality." I'm not a physicist, but to my knowledge, classical mechanics and such are essentially solved. It sounds to me like you're criticizing physics for becoming complex while investigating a complex reality. If it's too complex for a layperson to understand, well that's just too damn bad -- what's true is true.

Comment Re:this is the thing that bothers me (Score 1) 362 362

Science is absolutely not a competition. Was Argentina harmed because the US went to the moon? Was Russia harmed when penicillin was discovered? No, not at all. China's increased scientific research is a benefit to all of us.

Don't tell the politicians that. Anything that could get them to prioritize education and science in this country is worth it. If it takes fear of China, then so be it.

Comment This is stupid (Score 1) 1251 1251

Should a university fire an employee just for believing God created the world in six days? No -- although if they're a cosmologist, that will certainly have an impact on the quality of their publications.

Should a university fire an employee just for believing God created life on Earth? No -- although if they're a biologist, that's not a good sign.

Should a university fire an employee just for believing the Earth is 6,000 years old? No -- although if they're a geologist, I'm not sure how they'll get any work done.

But this is is a situation that just doesn't occur. I get the feeling that too many of these people watched Ben Stein's propaganda piece Expelled and got all up in arms about it. Well you know what, if Texas wants itself to become an educational wasteland, so be it; I'll just move somewhere else.

Comment Re:Erm... What exactly are they saying about MeeGo (Score 1) 329 329

- Nokia also announced it will ship its first MeeGo-related device in 2011, which will rely on the Qt ecosystem – and then will continue with MeeGo as an open source project for future disruption.

Uh... "for future disruption"? What does that mean?

My guess is he meant "distribution," but seeing how he keeps using that same word it's anyone's guess.

Comment Re:While i like the reference, utilitarian reality (Score 1) 345 345

While utilitarianism works in theory, the problem is that it only works in theory. It seems to make sense to say "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few", but when you get down to it, who gets to make those decisions? As Dostoevsky showed, no one should try to play games with peoples' lives.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten