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Comment: Re:Early adopters (Score 3, Insightful) 154

by Nemyst (#48397143) Attached to: For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up
Yes, and a lot of students don't, be it because of shame from having to ask a question, pride in solving it themselves, or whatever else. If this new method of teaching provides better results, why not use it? Because you didn't have it and made it just fine, ergo everyone should just get on with it?

Comment: Re:Benefits, but still misses the point... (Score 1) 698

by Nemyst (#48369183) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

While this is a nice idea, and it will of course reduce the response time of law enforcement, it misses the point.

People take guns to school because schools are "gun free zones". They even have big signs posted around them saying, "You are in a gun-free zone".

So... the bad guy is assured that he is the only person with a gun...

If this were the correct logic, then Europe would be a warzone with daily shootings, since guns are mostly non-existent in a lot of countries. How weird then that the place with the most shootings happens to be the country that fetishizes gun ownership.

Comment: Re:Great! More hipster hate. (Score 3, Insightful) 176

by Nemyst (#48355895) Attached to: The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

we perform a service for society akin to that peformed by record or film studio executives - we watch shitty movies and listen to shitty music, so you don't have to.

Are you actually serious? How about starving the shitty movies and music out of the market by not giving them a fucking audience? You're part of the problem, not the solution.

Comment: Re:never mix science and politics (Score 5, Insightful) 282

by Nemyst (#48340491) Attached to: When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem
That's shortsighted. Science can't do much if you don't use it to guide policy, which, drum rolls, is politics. You can't divorce the two without severely hampering science's ability to improve our daily lives and without making politics an even bigger shithole than it already is.

Hell, politics would be an awful lot better if politicians were driven by scientific results instead of baseless ideologies.

Comment: Re:citation, please? (Score 3, Funny) 250

by Nemyst (#48330879) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?
I think most Europeans think they have cold winters, but they don't really know what "winter" means. Hint: if your entire country gets paralyzed by less than 30cm of snow, you don't get bad winters. If you rarely dip below zero Celsius during daytime, you don't get bad winters.

It always amuses me to see French exchange students arrive here. The ones with a modicum of sense will have talked with people here so they'd get good winter gear ASAP, but a few think that they're used to the cold. Then they get their first -25C in January.

Comment: Re:Biased summary (Score 1) 273

by Nemyst (#48315203) Attached to: Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart
We're talking about children here, not post-docs. We should all hope that children get a slightly better understanding of the core sciences, it'd be a significant help in dismantling once and for all a lot of the bullshit that gets thrown around (hello intelligent design!). This in no way means that they should all be applying for a physics undergrad degree, but they should certainly have enough of an education in the subject prior to university to be able to make an informed choice as to whether they want to go there or not.

Comment: Re:I'm all for skewering Amazon, but... (Score 1) 123

by Nemyst (#48301321) Attached to: Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

If the diversity of resumes is significantly different from the makeup of the community, then the company has obligations under Affirmative Action to actively seek resumes of underrepresented minorities.

I think that should be the first thing to investigate: is the diversity of resumes diferent from the makeup of the community? As a student in comp sci, I can tell you that thus far I've seen an overwhelming majority of white males. Women are rare, blacks are rare, hispanics are rare, even asians are rare. I don't claim this to be representative, but I think we should start at the source instead of blaming a company for it. If the job seekers of that particular ethnicity/gender just aren't there, what are they going to do?

Comment: Re:Follow the money (Score 1) 695

Are you this thick as not to realize that WE, humans, would win? Do you not see that pollution is harmful to all species, us included? Sure, right now most of climate change doesn't affect you. It probably won't affect you in the next decades either. Heck, you might even die before it does anything serious to you personally.

But if nothing is done, millions will be affected. How many will die is hard to say. What is sure is that selfish and mind-numbingly blind people like you are harming our world's future. I don't know about you, but I'd rather not leave as legacy a contaminated wasteland.

Comment: Re:the ones to blame are the, etc (Score 1) 695

The reason that the UN focuses on the US and Europe is that we are the developed nations. We are the West. We should be leading by example, otherwise why the fuck would the newcomers on the scene bother? They've not had the chance to enjoy careless pollution for decades like the US has, and you want to tell them that the US can keep fucking things over because it's not the biggest polluter? Seriously?

If the US were doing their part, it'd put more pressure on the rest of the world. It'd make them able to help other countries build clean infrastructure. Instead, they act as the black sheep, the dissenting opinion which developing countries can point at to justify them not doing anything. And despite all of this, China is in fact doing things. Pollution has become a serious issue and they're working towards solving it with billions of dollars a year. In twenty years, if all else remains equal, I expect China to be significantly more advanced in green tech than the US. Perfect? No. But no one's asking for perfection, just willingness to put the world's fate before your own petty politics.

Comment: Re:It's Man's Fault (Score 1) 695

The reason it matters is that if we are at cause, then we also are able to fix the problem. If this is all part of a natural cycle and we only have a negligible impact, then cutting our emissions would be insufficient and we would have to scramble to find another solution.

In many ways, confirmation that man is the major causal factor in global warming should be seen as good news. It means we have the power to fix it.

Lo! Men have become the tool of their tools. -- Henry David Thoreau