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Comment Re:It's their money... (Score 1) 113

The reasoning behind the inequality movement isn't to help the poor people, rather it's to prevent the rich from having too much power. If you limited the salary of the Walmart CEO to $3million a year, he would still be rich, but wouldn't have as much money to manipulate the government.

That is the theory, anyway.

Comment Re:IANAL, but I know one & (Score 1) 60

Here is the legal definition of negligence:

Negligence is a failure to use reasonable care that results in harm to another party. Under negligence law, there are two different forms of negligence. In one form, a person does something that a reasonable person would not do. In the other form a person fails to take action that a reasonable person would take to prevent harm. Both forms of negligence can result in a negligence lawsuit filed against the party responsible for the damage.

So you would have to show that a reasonable person would not publish usernames and passwords on their homepage (and you would also have to demonstrate harm from their actions).

Comment Re:Fail fast and fail often (Score 2) 113

The fail-fast and fail-often approach could be criticized when applied to human beings.

The only criticism I could reasonably see is that the children were harmed when the school was shut down too quickly. This doesn't seem to be the case, though....the students seem to have been transferred back to larger schools.

Does the book recommend the fail fast approach?

It should.

Comment Re:It's their money... (Score 3, Insightful) 113

I think it's more a problem of people saying, "Since they are not solving the problems that I see, they are not solving problems and therefore bad."

Kind of like the blind men holding on to different parts of the elephant, and each describing it drastically differently. We all see different problems in the world because we have different viewpoints.

For myself, I think the problem of inequality is impossible to solve, and I would not even attempt it. I am willing to fight against poverty, and I do put resources and effort into that problem. That said, if someone else wants to try, good for them.

Comment Re:It's their money... (Score 1, Insightful) 113

According to the quote in the article, this is the problem:

"despite their flair for disruption, these philanthropists are no more interested in radical change than their more conservative predecessors. They don’t lobby for the redistribution of wealth; instead, they see poverty and inequality as an engineering problem, and the solution is their own brain power, not a tithe.”

Comment Books thesis (Score 5, Insightful) 113

Here is the book's thesis:

The good the foundation has done, she believes, is far outweighed by the harm

The Gates foundation mainly spends money on education and healthcare. In healthcare, the Gates foundation has spent $15 billion on improving vaccines, etc. This (and money from other sources) has resulted in a reduction of deaths by measles in Africa by 90%. Polio, tuberculosis, and HIV have all been reduced, thanks in part to the Gates foundation.

So what's the problem? According to the author, "The failure to combat obesity, cancer and heart disease epidemics in poor nations,” she observes, “has been one of the most glaring mistakes of global development efforts in recent years." So maybe they could have allocated their resources better.

In education, the author is upset that the Gates foundation spent money on things that didn't work. For example, they spent billions to create small schools based on the idea that it would give students more personalized attention. Unfortunately, that didn't improve college acceptance rates, so Gates ended the program.

If the author thinks that "dropping/modifying a program when data indicates it doesn't work" is a bad thing, then I'm forced to disagree heartily with her. In fact, if the only thing accomplished by the Gates foundation is to get people to do that more often, then it will be a huge success as far as I'm concerned. And I'm no fan of Gates.

Comment Re:IANAL, but I know one & (Score 1) 60

Transmitting passwords unencrypted (probably storing them unencrypted) is a pretty clear sign of negligence at this point. I would say that SQL injections are too, but that's (a little) more of a stretch. Considering it's been best practices to encrypt passwords for over two decades if not longer, then I wouldn't be surprised if a class action lawsuit won.

No problem is so formidable that you can't just walk away from it. -- C. Schulz