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Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

A corporation isn't a person. It is a bad argument that it is silly to force a corporation to do something if it is silly to force an individual to do the same thing.

I think it is a reasonable expectation that companies dealing with personal information should have a certain security standard. You can argue that the market will take care of the issue, and that some corporation will emerge from the chaos promising both the features you want and the security you want. However, most people are too unfamiliar and uneducated to demand better security. Furthermore, there is little, if any, profit margin from doing it.

We (in the US) expected broadband internet providers to compete and provide us better service, and that never happened. Why are corporations going to want to spend money on security and make a better product for us if they don't have to?

I can see having a security standard being onorous for small businesses, and maybe they should be exempt from standards (unless they deal in medical history, credit info, SSN's, or large quantities of personal data.) But if you're pulling in millions of dollars a year, I don't want to hear about how you can't afford proper security. A site like Ashley Madison? Give me a break. Make it mandatory to put a big red flag on your site if you can't meet a certain level of security. Right now nobody knows what is secure and what isn't.

Comment Intelligent life? (Score 1) 156

It's a little funny (in a cynical sense) to consider that if some other life form had advanced to this point and destroyed their planet, there would be no evidence left of them (minus whatever they had established in space and maybe whatever radio waves they had broadcast).

Comment Re:I foresee a sudden demand for raises (Score 4, Informative) 430

Easy. Ask the employees what they've done to make them think they deserve it. If Steve, Alan, and Lucy all make 50 grand a year, and I make 45 grand, and my contributions to the company are comparable to theirs, why shouldn't I be paid similarly? If I'm not coming through in crucial times, or in ways that the others are, I would like to know about it. I would hope that a manager would be aware of the value of his/her employees. I know, it's a stretch.

Comment Re:Technology to deliver personalized lessons (Score 1) 162

I've been thinking for a while now that the answer isn't so much merit based. I think the answer, or at least a step in the right direction, is providing classes the way colleges do.

It's ridiculous to think that 30 kids, of the same age, are going to learn the same way, at the same rate, as each other.
A child who isn't as developed, put into the machine before he is ready, is going to start behind. He may very well have a rotten time, and just barely make it through each grade. So now he is the dumb kid, or else you hold him back, and there are stigma/image problems associated with that.

Then there are the children who excel, or would if there were only a path for them to do that. Instead they are held back by the antics of trouble makers and by lessons tailored to the rest of the students. And if you push a kid ahead, there can be stigma for being too smart.

I think part of the solution is to eliminate grades. If Charlie is good at math, but bad at english, you put him in the math 102 class and the eng 100 class and say fuck all with putting everyone of age X in math 101 and eng 101. Charlie can fail out of english 3 times and still excel at other subjects. This won't eliminate stigma for being "dumb" and failing at everything. On the other hand, it might make it okay to not be at the same pace as everyone else. Maybe it will reduce the burden of children who aren't at the same place as everyone else by giving them a place, instead of trying to force them into a place.

Obviously, talented students could be advanced as necessary.

Individualized lessons sound impractical; at that point the teachers become tutors. However, it does sound reasonable to tailor streamed lessons to different teaching/learning styles, and let the masses of students consume (learn) how they want. Let the students choose the teacher that teaches them best. This does not address one on one learning, but it might be an interesting approach.

Comment Who the fuck is Turing (Score 5, Informative) 93

and why should I give a shit?
Turing Robotic Industries is a company that has created no products to date. One article says it is mostly funded by Lugee Li, CEO of DongGuan Eontec Co., Ltd. That company seems to be primarily involved in die cast metal.
So far, none of this is important enough to be news to me.

What is this mysterious Liquid Metal, that I can't tell if it is a trademark or brand name or what?
Well, it seems to be an amorphous metal alloy with a non crystalline structure. This grants it some physical properties, different strengths and weaknesses, than a chemically similar crystalline metal. However, I doubt this is going to save your screen if you do drop your phone.

Anyways, a couple of paragraphs from wikipedia:
"An amorphous metal (also known metallic glass or glassy metal) is a solid metallic material, usually an alloy, with a disordered atomic-scale structure. Most metals are crystalline in their solid state, which means they have a highly ordered arrangement of atoms. Amorphous metals are non-crystalline, and have a glass-like structure. But unlike common glasses, such as window glass, which are typically electrical insulators, amorphous metals have good electrical conductivity."
"Amorphous metals have higher tensile yield strengths and higher elastic strain limits than polycrystalline metal alloys, but their ductilities and fatigue strengths are lower.[12] Amorphous alloys have a variety of potentially useful properties. In particular, they tend to be stronger than crystalline alloys of similar chemical composition, and they can sustain larger reversible ("elastic") deformations than crystalline alloys. Amorphous metals derive their strength directly from their non-crystalline structure, which does not have any of the defects (such as dislocations) that limit the strength of crystalline alloys. One modern amorphous metal, known as Vitreloy, has a tensile strength that is almost twice that of high-grade titanium. However, metallic glasses at room temperature are not ductile and tend to fail suddenly when loaded in tension, which limits the material applicability in reliability-critical applications, as the impending failure is not evident. Therefore, there is considerable interest in producing metal matrix composite materials consisting of a metallic glass matrix containing dendritic particles or fibers of a ductile crystalline metal."

Comment Re:Why Stop At Cameras? Go 3D! (Score 1) 60

This. There are flaws that will not be visible in a single 2D picture, and will only be identifiable by painstakingly comparing two photos of the same area from different angles. The alternative is to take pictures in 3D so that you have the depth perception to realize that a given component is sticking out a couple of mm more than it should be.

Comment Re:Affirmative Action (Score 2) 529

This. Why did you post AC?

I'm so tired of well off people who think it is their god damn birth right to have a good education and opportunities, while at the same time people who are born poor in a ghetto have a birth right to poverty. "It's their fault they don't have better jobs and education. It's their choice to fail at school and not overcome their obstacles. I've had just as many challenges as they have, why should they get a free pass? There is no system that keeps them from rising to the top."

SUCH. UTTER. BULLSHIT.

I think about white flight, and how blacks with half a prayer move into white communities hoping for a better life, better education for their young. And all they do is climb out of one hole and into the next. I feel guilt, not because I have done it, but because white Americans have done it, or their earlier generations have. It is a crime we have committed. To claim innocence while at the same time reaping the benefits of leaving your fellow men to falter is mind-bogging.

Comment Immoral? (Score 5, Insightful) 618

The war began in earnest when ads became intrusive and disruptive.

I appreciate that someone has to pay for all of the sites that I visit for free. Some are payed entirely out of pocket, a labor of love by the host. And some are fueled by ad revenue. But those that utilize pop-ups, pop-unders, full screen ads, ads that autoplay voice and sound, malicious ads with fake security warnings and fake buttons... I don't feel the slightest bit guilty about denying ad revenue to those sites.

Comment Re:How do I get eyes like that (Score 1) 81

The test subject just has "sclera lenses" in his eyes, this procedure doesn't turn his eyes black.

This is me with protective lenses in my eyes to block out some of the light. As the solution starts to work, the light intensity would increase over the course of 2 hours. I ended up putting sunglasses on soon as well.

I'm a little skeptical that a sclera lens will even be effective for protecting your eyes in a situation like this.

I'm also a little surprised that their research doesn't mention anything about pupil dilation, whether it is normal or otherwise.

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and think what nobody else has thought.

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