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Comment Re:Of the 37 million users (Score 1) 446 446

And yet affairs do happen.

I agree with you, it's really hard to imagine a scenario where it's a good idea, but am I willing to believe there's a large number of people out there ready to make a bad decision? Sure. I also agree with those who are saying a lot of those 37 million may be fake accounts.

Comment Re:Such a deal! (Score 1) 84 84

Possibly. Care to elaborate? I went to a public university, so that was tax subsidized, but I had to do stuff for the privilege (perform well enough to get in, and stay in once I was there), and after I became part of the pool of higher earners who pay taxes to support it.

Comment Re:Such a deal! (Score 1) 84 84

Being poor does suck, no doubt. That's why I'm not poor. I saw that there were things I wanted for myself and my family that come with having more money, so I set out to be able to perform sufficiently useful services for other people that would compensate me well enough to have them. Now, I'm not rich by a long shot, but I have the things I need, and a nice life for my family.

I really have no objection with raising the standard of living for everyone, but I'm not sure perpetuating the notion that getting free stuff for being poor is the right way about it. I'd rather see a structured path to prosperity than hand outs for doing nothing at all.

Comment "Actual speeds vary and are not guaranteed" (Score 3, Informative) 107 107

You lost me right there, guys. For $300/mo, you darn well better guarantee some particular minimum level of service. If you can't, or won't, there's zero chance I'm signing up for three years of somewhere between zero and 2Gbps.

Comment Re:Zero respect for SCOTUS (Score 1) 1083 1083

Nope. I actually read a whole paper by a law professor about the topic. The subject of the parent post I replied to was "One constitutional amendment", not "a law".

Would my head (metaphorically) explode if an amendment was ruled unconstitutional? Absolutely.

Since you mention it, would my head (metaphorically) explode if a law that was SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE CONSTITUTION was ruled unconstitutional? Just as absolutely. I'm not sure what would happen if something so clearly illegal was done, though. Interesting times, for sure.

Comment Re:Isn't this story bullshit (Score 1) 171 171

No, the story is absolutely true, it's just that nobody reads the story. Some teenagers won a contest for an idea. They have no product, no technology, etc. It's not a thing, it's just a group of kids who said "Wouldn't it be cool if..." and won a prize.

Comment Re:Haven't actually invented anything (Score 1) 171 171

No, it doesn't. Anyone who has actually developed a product (or tried to) will tell you this. It has nothing to do with professional jealousy, and a lot to do with professional realism from spending time doing this sort of thing. The idea is the easy part. As others have said, why not a condom that cures STDs? I mean, hey, if all we need is the idea, right? How about one that cures any disease? Better yet, how about an app you can run on your Apple watch that cures all disease for anybody in the room? That would totally rock.

See why it's not enough to have the idea?

Comment Re:Penn State did this back in 1983 (Score 1) 89 89

Why do you need a $80-100k professor to repeat the same words over and over for 10 or 20 years?

You don't. If that's all the lecture is, it may as well be done well once.

With a flesh-and-blood professor, how many times can you interrupt him in class with a question before he throws you out?

Any professor who would throw out a paying student for asking questions should be fired, unless that student is being deliberately disruptive. Instead, there's a point where you just tell the student to come to office hours to discuss, assuming, of course, that it's a line of inquiry the entire class isn't interested in following.

Comment Re:Will universities still teach ugrads in 30 year (Score 1) 89 89

This is so true. I used to be very pro college, but now that my own kids are reaching the point of going or not, I've changed my tune. When they were little, I expected them to go to college. It was such a clear win. Now, I teach them how to evaluate whether they should go to college. It's not a clear win anymore.

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)