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Comment: Re:This is going to go over well. (Score 1) 397

by Pascoea (#49379709) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Several of the most rigorous and useful classes I took were not STEM.

My fear is that the inverse of your situation, an art major that has to take a few math and science classes, puts the future of our country at a far greater risk. You can gain enough soft skills in communication, management, creative thinking, etc in a few courses, it doesn't require a 4 year degree to become competent. My personal opinion is that it would be far better to have a glut of underutilized engineers than have a glut of over-extended history majors.

I would also agree with you, I had a creative writing course that I have benefited from immensely. But that's not to say I would have replaced any of my EE courses with Advanced Creative Writing.

Comment: Re:Oh bullshit! (Score 1) 320

by Pascoea (#49123037) Attached to: FedEx Won't Ship DIY Gunsmithing Machine
Have you never actually shipped a package? They may not open every package (or any package), but when you are tendering items for shipment you are agreeing to their terms and conditions, which expressly state what you are and are not allowed to ship.

They all say something to the affect of "no illegal or dangerous items". FedEx is saying "Our lawyers haven't figured out if this CNC mill that is marketed with the express purpose of manufacturing weapons is legal or not, so we aren't going to ship it." What's the problem? They are a private company that has a published set of terms and conditions.

Comment: Re:But you can access it (Score 1) 406

by Pascoea (#49122773) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data
Not that I am in agreement with the whole "we need the keys to the kingdom" mentality, but there is a problem with your "demand the keys" argument. The gov't, via the 5th amendment, is not able to compel you to turn over the keys (in this case the "keys" are a password). Even if there were legal precedent to allow that, what are they going to do with the "I lost my keys" ("I can't remember my password") response? Beat it out of you?

Again, I'm not saying I support this, I'm just curious what the thoughts are on how access is obtained once legal permission is given?

Comment: Re:its all about the $$$ (Score 1) 93

I was driving on a 4 lane road in the left hand lane in fairly busy traffic going slightly but not grossly faster than the speed limit.. Some absolute idiot was tailgating me because he seemed to think I was in his way...So I slowed down to the speed limit, which just enraged the idiot behind me. The truck driver noticed this little drama and slowed down too. Nothing like road justice I suppose.

Let's go through those one at a time: So, you were already breaking the law (traveling over the speed limit). Somebody wanted to break the law more than you (getting on your ass for not going fast enough). So you switched breaking one law for breaking another (not overtaking someone while in the passing lane). Then colluded with another driver with the express purpose of being an asshole?

Yup, CLEARLY the other driver is 100% at fault.

The tailgater's behavior in the entire encounter was unacceptable, but what exactly did your actions do to make the situation any safer? Do you think your "road justice" did anything to correct his future driving habits? Or do you think the adult thing to do would have been to continue breaking the law for another 30 seconds, or heaven forbid drive 2 MPH faster than you currently were, then get the fuck out of his way?

Comment: Re:Those are real drugs (Score 0) 412

by Pascoea (#48973815) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

And I take ginseng regularly for various personal reasons. I can state with some confidence that I don't believe it's a placebo effect

I can't tell if you're trying to be funny or serious. Your statement just defined what the placebo effect is.

Placebo effect: Also called the placebo response. A remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo -- a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution -- can sometimes improve a patient's condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful.

I drink water regularly, for various obvious reasons. And I can state with some confidence that I can do math better after drinking water, because I think I can do math better after I drink water. And after drinking water regularly for many years, I still think I can do math better after drinking water. So drinking water must increase math skills, based on my personal experience.

Comment: Re:Link to Amazon's official announcement (Score 1) 65

by Pascoea (#48931187) Attached to: Amazon Takes On Microsoft, Google With WorkMail For Businesses
I would think that most admins are going to look a little deeper than marketing material when they are selecting a product. Marketing material is great for a first pass, but I'd think speaking to a sales rep, and eventually some technical people would be par for the course.

Btw, here is Microsoft's Advertized "details" (they call theirs "Top Features") for exchange:

I know, I know, you can go on TechNet and find anything you want. Do you really think that Amazon doesn't have similar documentation stashed around somewhere?

Comment: Re:Spoofing! (Score 2) 199

by Pascoea (#48849365) Attached to: Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking


That's a funny joke. I tried the snapshot. What a fucking joke. Three cars: Me, 20 mile daily rush hour commute. Wife, 15 mile "off peak" daily commute. Daughter, car literally sat in the driveway for the three months, with the exception of 2 trips from Minneapolis to Fargo and an occasional trip to the gas station around the corner. Me: 0% (ok, I expected that.) Wife: 3%, daughter 3%. Seriously? What do you have to do to get their 30%?

Comment: Re:Jurors (Score 1) 303

Isn't that why you bring in experts to explain in, non-IT, terms what the purpose of TOR is? The jurors don't have to know how a gun works to be able to decide if it was used illegally or not. Now, if we are deciding whether or not the evidence was collected legally or not, that's a different story. And that isn't a decision made by the jurors. Which leads to my complaint: You have a huge problem if you have an inept judge that cannot understand the technical aspects of the evidence involved, to determine if it is admissible or not.

Comment: Re:They do it for us! (Score 2) 484

by Pascoea (#48819497) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce
If you think that there is ever such a thing as a "free ER visit" you are delusional. Yeah, they are required to treat you even if you don't have the "ability to pay", if you have a life threatening condition. But you can be god damn sure they are going to do everything in their power to extract their money out of you, regardless of your "ability to pay". They have no qualms about suing somebody making significantly less than the poverty line and garnishing their wages. What? Don't have a job? Don't worry, they will wait till you get one, then the collectors will come say hi.

Comment: Re: Dupe (Score 1) 840

So your argument about it being a "non-issue" is the same argument as mine? Because you think it's a non-issue? Compelling.

Find me a "reasonable person" on here that thinks it makes sense that you need tools, a half hour, and contortionist abilities to change a damn headlight.

If I'm driving in the dark in snow a storm I want both low-beams on. It's not a "convenience" thing, it's a safety concern. If you're cool driving around with impaired ability to see what's in front of you, giver 'er hell. I'm not cool with it. Period. And again, needing to lay in the snow to change a light bulb IS A BAD FUCKING DESIGN.

Civilization, as we know it, will end sometime this evening. See SYSNOTE tomorrow for more information.