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Comment: Re:Knowledge and the ocean. (Score 2) 104

"We're at a point in development where we know just enough to be dangerous."

So you're saying that there are clueless and greedy economists involved in Industry, but that their are none in Climate Science?
Or, putting it a different way, Climate Scientists are not included in the above general statement, however commercial scientists are?

I agree 100% with the above statement. And I am confident in applying it across the board. That fact has ramifications.

Comment: Bug or Feature (Score 1) 433

by MedBob (#44127277) Attached to: Reject DRM and You Risk Walling Off Parts of the Web, Says W3C Chief

Yeah, that's a known fact about the 'net. It tends to route around broken parts of the net.
Since DRM is breaking open access, that's a feature.

This is not a problem for the net, it is a problem for those who want to be both seen and not seen at the same time.
Don't give 'em DRM, and let them stew in their own juice behind a paywall.
After all, that's worked out so well for the Newspapers....

Comment: Diversity? (Score 1) 117

I look at this as a failing of Centralized decisions on Curriculum. If a whole country or a whole region decides on a slate of subjects, classes and goals, they had better get it right (btw... they NEVER do). If these decisions are made at the local level, you get thousands of different possible courses of study. Suppose you have a budding programming prodigy, and the whole country is tied into these (flawed) standards. You have nowhere to go, except outside the system.

Conversely, if City A decides that every kid should grow deep in their understanding of Coal Technology, and City B decides that Algebra and Python are important (with side orders of C++), folks have the option of moving to encourage the little nipper!!
The whole country is enriched as well because instead of an assembly line (ala Pink Floyd), you will have a wide diversity of Educational Experiences represented in the population.

If you believe that learning HOW to learn is important, you also will have a diversity of experiences.

Comment: Well... (Score 1) 387

by MedBob (#41156771) Attached to: Why Juries Have No Place In the Patent System

The dadgum questionaire that they put before them was 700 freaking questions!!!!

Don't you think that there was a failure by the judge and the court to boil it down to simple issues?
There may be finer points of law here, but the Judge should rule on those and present "The Question" to the Jury.

The Fail here was presenting The Maze to the jury. Guess they figured that if it wasn't important enough to distill down to the essence, then their attempts to walk The Maze weren't very important either...

The whole idea of juries is to reduce the jumble down to the important points that need to be decided. If it's too complex, then either reduce the complexity, or kick it back to the petitioner to submit separate points of petition.

Comment: Re:criminals dont play by the rules..... (Score 1) 343

by MedBob (#39032517) Attached to: Laser Scanner May Allow Passengers To Take Bottled Drinks On Planes Again

Yeah. I really get upset over people that use too much hairspray. I mean, you can just look at them and the venom rises in my throat.
Why in the world would you want to wear ANY hairspray, it's so disgusting!
Make absolutely sure that you don't wear any hairspray if you are in line with me!
I also question ANY culture that would accept anything so disgusting as hairspray. After all, that stuff has Alcohol in it!

IMHO, Hairspray will be the undoing of this world and I intend to make this world safe for all the unsuspecting people that have been seduced by this western habit of shaping their hair in such a disgusting manner!

Comment: Re:Only "troubled" if you're not Lockheed Martin (Score 4, Interesting) 509

by MedBob (#37978664) Attached to: The F-35 Story

They are even "Contracting Out" the Active Duty job.

The National Guard is supposed to be a Civilian force to be utilized by State Governors and as a ready backup source of emergency troop reinforcements. It's designed to harbor a large number of trained individuals who can back up the Active Duty force which is tasked with performing the operational mission.

As it stands now, the Pentagon calls more and more upon National Guard forces for deployment into combat zones. That has the advantage of reducing the number of Active Duty military, and that makes the politicos happy. "See, we've reduced the size of the military!" Nada. You have reduced the size of the workload by sharing it with people that are engaged with private industry, to the detriment of the industries/businesses who must do without a trained and productive leader for gigantic spans of time (90-180 days+). Could this possibly contribute to a business problem that expands the recessionary tendencies? Do we need some kind of "study" to reinforce the common sense on that?

We need to "right size" the mission to the Active Duty force that we have, or "right size" the Active Duty force to the mission at hand and leave the National Guard forces as a reserve force to deal with the inevitable coming day when the defecation hits the rotary oscillator.

Oh... and BTW.... The proper mission of our military is to kill people and blow things up. It needs to be an awesome and deadly force to be unleashed upon our enemies with fearsome and deadly precision and effect. If people anywhere near our sworn enemies move quickly away from them because death is likely to reign down from the sky at any moment, then we will have achieved the intended life-saving effect.

Comment: Re:Rewrite the Constitution or face default! (Score 1) 1042

by MedBob (#36893956) Attached to: House Websites Jammed After Obama Debt Speech

Just the opposite. The President appears to be following the "Cloward and Piven" strategy for fundamental "change".
Tea Party members are not members of the John Birch Society. That small group of loonies has nothing to do with the grass roots organization that asks for the audacious move of "living within our means".
The fact is that the common sense approach which is to stop running up debt, and pay down our bills before we get to the point where we cannot, is being attacked as some kind of fringe position.
The trumpeted balanced approach is to continue to spend more than we take in, continue to borrow more and more, don't worry about the future of our kids: That is the prescription that simply does not make sense.
As for militias and civil war, there is no need for that. People are starting to wake up to the indefensible position that we keep going the way we have, we will lose our position in the world. That appears to be the goal, as I can see no rationality in the argument to continue borrowing.

BTW... The Tea Party is independent of Republicans. Many of them are just as complicit in the debt run-up as the rest of the politicos that have lead us into this mess.

Comment: Re:Depends what you want... (Score 1) 445

by MedBob (#33919092) Attached to: How to Heartlessly Arbitrage Used Books With a PDA

This is the market at work. The effect of this activity is to lower prices to all. Movement of books from a less expensive channel to a more expensive channel equalizes the prices. The supply will be increased in the more expensive channel, tending to reduce the price. The essence of commerce is to find, obtain, or produce a good at a lower price than the market will bear.
When you think about the time that it takes to perform this function, the "value" of the time is determined by the person who expends the time. It was once famously remarked for Bill Gates at one point in his career, that if he dropped a $100 bill, it would not be worth his time to pick it up. Value is a function of supply, demand and desire. Water here in Indiana has a limited value. If I were in Death Valley, it would have a considerably larger value to me. Since folks are making money at this endeavor, they are making the personal determination that they can derive more value from the time used than spending it another way.
The intangibles are also a factor. I don't do this, but I like the smell of old books. I also love finding a gem such as a 1946 physics book on optical phenomenon. The hobby effect also cannot be discounted.
The bottom line is that the value determination is so complicated that it boils down to the question: "Does this have value to you?". As you have one life, and a limited number of hours (80x((365.25x24)-(365.25x8)) the only one who can make that choice is you.
(The above is a suggested calculation. You may not have 80 years, nor may you need 8 hours of sleep a night. Mileage may vary.)

Comment: Re:I recommend ... (Score 1) 687

by MedBob (#30826316) Attached to: Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project

"take the risk of trusting the student" and the whole "flavor" of your message describe someone that is just bumping along, doing "their job". We can't afford that type of administrator in our schools any more. Did this Vice know the student in question? Did he know of his reputation? Was he aware of his grades? Had he talked to his teachers about him? Here he was, in a situation that called for a quick decision, and he had failed to do his homework!
The question facing this vice went well beyond his "trust" of the student. A vice at a technical school should be conversant with science and technology. They could have had an interesting discussion of the device, the principles behind it's operation, any testing that the lad had done, etc. The vice could have easily obtained sufficient information to make an informed decision about hitting the panic button. That is, unless, again, he had failed to do his homework.

We have far too many adults in our schools today who have no drive to fill the calling, rather than performing the tasks. There are many who are not interested in "intellectual curiosity", but want a checklist for learning. Since there is no competition, there is safety and tenure. I'm sure that these kinds of folks laugh over their cuppa, checking their watch to find that they have two minutes left before they have to go back and deal with the monsters.

Don't take me wrong. There are many who care, but my point is that there are many who don't. This vice might be OK. I can't stereotype based on the limited info in the article. I just know that based on what I see (on one end), and the dwindling supply of parts at the local Radio Shack, it does not bode well for the technological future for lads like this who have not yet experienced the snuffing of the spark.

My hope and prayer is that this lad will rise above the insult and embarrassment. And that somebody will evaluate this vice to see if he's a help or a hindrance where he's chosen to reside.

Comment: Re:How could the miss that? (Score 1) 257

by MedBob (#28955837) Attached to: Major New Function Discovered For the Spleen

I did not really dig too deep into it, but I remember that the process of quantifying populations of cells using laser light scatter is the integral process of Flow Cytometry. You can get fancy with antibodies and tagging, but that technology is sometimes imbedded in some of the simpler cell counters like the CellDyn. (I know, I'm dating myself.)

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