In a way they are right, emotions drive what the logical mind thinks about and AI cannot (yet) communicate, let alone reproduce, human emotions, I have long thought that this is partly because AI researchers in general concentrate on modelling the brain and more or less ignore the huge network of intricate sensors and actuators attached to it.
Journalists used to have a little class.
Not during my 50 odd years on the planet*, before the luggable betamax cameras came onto the market in the mid 70's, jurnos would mill around people's homes with a pencil, a notepad, and maybe a camera with an enormous flash bulb attachment that recorded pictures on strips of photo-sensitive plastic called "film". At some point (about the mid 90's) the technology reached the point where we are now. ie: A one man TV camera crew can run faster with his camera equipment than a jurno can run with her high heels and pencil skirt.
* - This is not to say that there are no journalists who live up to the ideological promises of a free press, just that they are rare in any era.
In trouble for other people's actions (the idiots who would trample others). That's because the government hates freedom and ignores the first amendment, though.
Idiots? - When you are part of a crowd of tightly packed humans that suddenly stampede in response to a universally recognised alarm call you have two choices, join in or get trampled. The only idiots in the equation are the free speech extremists who think there must be a third choice because they are absolutely convinced their dogma trumps human nature.
I can't comprehend how someone could not enjoy ANY music, music is the fundamental pre-cursor to language, not only is it deeply ingrained into humans but species as diverse as whales and grasshoppers use music to communicate with each other.
have identical effects
Hard to tell, you can get "identical effects" (vivid visual and auditory hallucinations) simply by forcing yourself to stay awake for more than ~60hrs.
From what I'm seeing this is a trademark dispute
Exactly, charging for an install is not permitted under the license agreement for using the FireFox trademark in their marketing material. Dell can keep charging whatever they want for it if they stop using the trademarked name.
It's also pretty clear from the summary - "Our trademark policy makes clear that this is not permitted and we are investigating this specific report.
Also from the summary, Dell responded by changing the subject "saying that this practice is okay because the company is charging for the service and not the product."
A Phd is valuable in that it demonstrates that you can research a given topic in an academic setting and formally communicate your findings to others, it's practically mandatory if you want to get someone to pay you to ponder the universe full time. Having said that, Science itself is a philosophy not a vocation, if you live by that philosophy then you are a "Scientist", if you are incurious and just enjoy the fruits of science then you're probably a "Utilitarian".
As to TFA, as an Aussie I've never heard the term "data scientist", I figure it must be American MBA's looking for the word "statistician". They should know however that data mining the internet has been "solved" , IBM are starting to make instances of 'Watson" available to commerce. And speaking of doctors, Watson is also expected to pass the standard exam for a US medical license.
low level details of this or that's garbage collection and memory management is way, way down the priority list somewhere
Agreed, any memory leaks or performance problems should fall out in testing. The major problem I have with PHP is it's poor backward compatibility with previous versions, that sort-coming can quickly turn into a giant configuration/maintenance headache. Glad to see they are trying to do something about it.
[E]ncourage independent learning and discovery through projects and reading and not relying solely on lectures
Or put another way, what you get from education is proportinal to what you put into it.
In the late nineties my son was starting his last year of (Aussie) HS, he came home and showed me a single A4 sheet of paper printed on both sides. He said to me with a sigh of incredulity - "Our computer teacher thinks this pascal project will take all year". I read the paper, it started with "phase one" - a simple in memory table to store and retrive some lines of text. Each point added some functionality that eventually added up to a multi-user file based db with a gui front end and some pretend bussiness logic in between, it was a well written spec that nicely covered the basic concepts and trade-offs. I looked back at my son and said, "If done properly, hes' right!".
It's probably the most encouraging thing any of my kids every brought home from their teacher's, although the math teacher who taught algebra with a spreed sheet was pretty good too. Not only did it cover the basics of most commercial applications, it also required a sustained effort and most importantly with each step in the project you paid for what you didn't get right in the previous steps with extra re-work. The way I helped him was not to solve all his problems for him but to give him hints like - "You should read up on something called binary trees".
Unashamed pride: He's 33 now and I'm happy to say he graduarted his EE degree with first class honurs and is now in a financial postion such that he can choose to work on what interestes him the most as opposed to what puts food on the table. Having spent the first 15yrs of my working life as a semi-skilled labourer I have absolutely no doubt that my (mature age) university education had a benifitial influence to both my children as well as myself.
Domestic laws and international trade agreements are the "mysterious force" that motivates the "invisible hand" to move in a particular direction in search of profit. Unfortunately for most of us that direction has been towards greater income inequity for the last 4-5 decades, so much so that the world's richest 500 now have a greater combined net income than the world's poorest 3.5 billion, to put that number in perspective there were only 3.0 billion people alive when I was born..
The "system" can and should be changed to one where labour is actually rewarded and the difference between riches and poorest is one or two orders of magnitude, not the current six or seven. How this can be achieved I have absolutely no idea, all the other "isims" are just as bad, if not worse. For instance Karl Marx starts his manifesto with the words "To each according to need, from each according to ability", it's a really good opening line that is hard to disagree with without looking like a sociopath, but it goes down hill rather rapidly after that first sentence.
There is however hope that the pendulum might swing the other way. This whole (modern) democracy thing can be traced back to a group of wealthy merchants forcing a warmongering English King to sign the Magna Carta. Wealthy merchants today also have the upper hand with the current globalization thing and wars are bad for everyone except those in the (closed market) international arms trade. Many of the really big multi-nationals have openly embraced moves like the Sarbanes-Oxley act in the US and anti-corruption laws in the UK/EU. I'm sure like me, many people here on Slashdot have to suffer mandatory "corporate governance training" as I do once a year to officially remind us these laws exist and apply no matter where you do business. But at least it's a serious attempt from the "big end of town" to move the invisible hand in the right direction. - Assuming that you think enforcing the same basic market rules no matter where or with whom the company does business is a sensible step towards levelling out a very lopsided global playing field.
I objected to their subtext
That's LordLucless's point, you perceived a subtext where there was none and then promptly put the words of the subtext (that only you perceive) into the author's mouth. It has nothing to do with comprehension and everything to do with your pre-existing (and firmly held) opinion on the subject. You appear to see only the negative impacts of gentrification, but like many social issues it is a double edged sword. Sure some people are permanently priced out of the area where they grew up but others find job/business opportunities that would not be possible in that area without the influx of cash required to rebuild a slum.
Disclaimer: Yes I have experienced being homeless, in my early twenties I lived in a 4 man tent for 3 months with wife, baby, and dog in tow. The problem of inequity is not due to people living in nice towns, there is more than enough wealth in the US (and the world for that matter) for everyone to enjoy a reasonable living standard. The problem is a global society where it's considered normal to have the world's richest 500 people "earn" more than world's poorest 3,500,000,000 people in any given year. According to Red Cross figures, the combined income of these fortunate 500 is enough to end world poverty four times over. I have nothing personal against these people, I actually quite like some of them. However society has been overgenerous to them, we grow resentful of their wealth and power but do nothing about it because deep inside we all wish to be in their shoes "one day".
Today the federal government is over-taxing and underspending.
I'm not from the US but I believe that the US government is currently spending something like $1.00 for every $0.60 it earns in revenue. Income inequality in the US is not entirely the fault of politicians and CEO's, it is the unintended side-effect of a society that still believes they too can become obscenely rich through honest, hard work - if they could "just get a break".