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Comment Innumeracy at work. (Score 1) 233

How can anybody with any mathematical literacy believe this? Especially the crap about it being bipartisan?

In the 2007-2008 election cycle, there was around $8 billion spent on ALL campaigns (local to federal). About what Americans spend annually on potato chips.

The federal budget now is over $3.5 trillion, with discretionary spending at nearly $1.2 trillion.

With the amount of money under the control of the congress every year being so many orders of magnitude larger than campaign spending, what sane person can actually believe that campaign finance reform is actually going to do anything substantial to "remove money from politics"?

So let's throw away the 1st Amendment, and maybe improve the alleged problem by .002%. Great plan.

Comment Re:NSA doing its job (Score 1) 242

Exactly. We're not enemies with Mexico, but it's not a perfectly safe and stable relationship given the amount of violence on both sides of the border. If the US wants to check for drug cartel influence at the highest levels of the Mexican gov't, I don't care. NSA can spy outside our borders all it wants - go for it.

Comment Comparing Frontier to Javascript is asinine (Score 1) 479

Creating a Mac-only scripting environment in the 1980's, then complaining because users are so stupid that the market chose Javascript instead is nothing more than Mr. Whiner [sic], well, whining that cross-platform, open, networked standards won over his proprietary precious inventions. Wah, wah.

Yeah, I know Frontier is GPL now, but that wasn't always the case. Open sourcing failed proprietary products doesn't guarantee their success unless being proprietary is their only flaw. And maybe not even then.

Comment CARDIAC (Score 1) 623

I don't see anybody mentioning it yet, so I'll just say my first exposure to programming was a CARDIAC:

My science teacher in 8th grade (1977) asked me to look at it. I spent an hour doing a tutorial multiplying two integers using iterative adds. I then told the teacher she didn't want to use these in class.

Later I programmed a Sinclair programmable calculater, BASIC on UGA's Cyber, and finally in 1982, my own Atari 400 (Basic, forth, Action!, assembly).

Comment Re:Krugman...and (Score 1) 540

Krugman is loud-mouth idiot. Having said that, I think he's correct that the tech revolution still has a lot of gains to make. I think he's dead wrong that it will kill poor people unless the government steps in.

In the 1980's, I was told I was stupid to major in computer science because CASE tools were going to replace programmers. In the 1990's Indian programmers were going to replace American programmers. And manufacturing jobs were supposed to disappear by in the 1970's (replaced by robots). Liberal control freaks will use any excuse to claim that there will be armageddon unless the government takes control. Yeah, some jobs have been eliminated by automation, but overall that has grown the economy and the job market. So I don't see any reason why it's been essentially wrong for 30+ years, but suddenly it's right now because Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman (tm) said it.

Comment Why haven't you written an essay yet about H+? (Score 1) 573

H+ Digital Series

It's all about biologically implanted software/hardware and malware. I've watched a handful of episodes and it looks like it was made to be an advertisement for Free software (Know what's running in your own head!).

Or maybe that's too much on the pragmatic side and I should ask Eric S. Raymond.

Comment Same ol' new and different (Score 3, Interesting) 257

'We need to do something new,' he said. 'We need to try something different.'

Since education spending has tripled or quadrupled (depending on who you ask) over the past 30 years, and and educational outcomes have been virtually unchanged, yeah, dumping more money into a crumbling educational bureaucracy is really new and different. That'll probably work.

Until we do something about this, more money is not going to help any more than it already has:

Comment Re:In other words, we should give up. (Score 1) 2247

Crime will go up everywhere, disease will start to spread, and education will plummet.

The quality of education has declined every year since Carter created the Dept. of Education. It started declining before that, but the Dept. obviously has done very little good, and likely, more harm.

The vast majority of public housing is NOT slums or ghettos.

Even if that is true (and I don't think it is), almost all slums and getthos are public housing, and federal intrusion virtually always ruins the neighborhood.

How many research appears have you read? studies? ever compare agency's waste to corporate waste? inefficiency? no?

Actually, I've never read a research appear, whatever that is. Corporations don't spend my money or force me at gunpoint to donate to them. I don't care how private individuals spend their money, it's none of my business. Your analogy has no validity.


Well, there it is. I bow to your impeccable logic and persuasive prose. How could I possibly disagree with such eloquence and rational discourse.

Comment Re:In other words, we should give up. (Score 1) 2247

No more energy research,

OMG! No more ethanol boondoggles! No more Solyndra investments! Whatever shall we do!??

no more low income housing

Now who will create more slums and ghettos?!?!

no more parks, no more public education, , no more roads & bridges.

Ron Paul called for abolsihing all state, county and city governments! Lynch him right now!!

So, are you actually a Ron Paul supporter, or did you think listing mostly craptacular failures of fedzilla and responsibilities of local governments would actually scare people into throwing away the constitution?

"We shall reach greater and greater platitudes of achievement." -- Richard J. Daley