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Comment: I havn't been in a classroom in a loooong time... (Score 1) 88

by ToddInSF (#47961573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?
How nice to see that teachers aren't skilled enough to do on their own what their students do every day -

Figure out how to use new software by going on-line to the appropriate sites and using search engines to answer questions.

This doesn't surprise me; most of the teachers I've had just plain sucked.

Comment: Re: No surprise (Score 1) 218

by ToddInSF (#47954885) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other
By making it compulsory ?

By "rescuing" people to an extent that it thwarts their own ability to be somewhat self-sufficient and resourceful ?

Seriously, do you really lack imagination to such an extent that you can't come up with exceptions to a rule on your own, much less find the obvious examples of those exceptions in the world around you ?

Challenging ones own assumptions is pretty basic stuff.

Comment: Re:perhaps pessimism goes in cycles? (Score 1) 191

by ToddInSF (#47930737) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future
To be fair, it was the Cold War and the very real threat of global annihilation loomed over our heads.

The burden of warning people about the future has always fallen more on Science Fiction than any other form.

The spirit of the age was a depressing one.

That having been said, dystopian stories are always about a glass half empty sort of deal. In that regard, the dystopian story has always been more grounded in reality than it has been given credit. The point being, something is always lost when something big and heralded as awesome is gained. You're supposed to think about the cost of the new, and recognize that it's not all kittens and puppies, that's what dystopian stories are for.

Comment: 3D printing carbon fiber (Score 1) 132

by ToddInSF (#47911283) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive
Is freakin' awesome.

Being an adult, I never for a moment expected the battery, drive train and electric motor to have also been printed, and did not expect this article to be about a 3D printed Cadillac-like car.

Some people seem to think 3D printing is somewhat hyped. I think the impact it has had already, much less is going to have, is decidedly understated.

Kind of reminds me of the early dial-up internet. Except 3D printing is developing WAY faster.

Comment: Re:That is science. (Score 1) 913

by ToddInSF (#47904421) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
You need to go back to school and take some philosophy and history classes.

Because your insistence that Science is some sort of incorruptible absolute ideal that transcends it sure looking like a belief system is certainly not supported by the historical facts of it's development, much less the many fields of human knowledge that contributed to it's evolution.

What you're calling and reducing to "science" is as dead a thing as any dogma.

Comment: Re:That is science. (Score 1) 913

by ToddInSF (#47904387) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
See, there you go - supporting a view of a particular belief system with nothing more than hyperbole and insults.

You're just like a religious fanatic that can't distinguish between philosophy, history, and science; much less recognize the interrelations and developmental aspects of them.

Good luck to you, you seem like a very happy person with all that smug going for you.

Comment: Re:That is science. (Score 1) 913

by ToddInSF (#47903969) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
Insults aside, you haven't proven anything compelling in your childish tirade here.

It's not immoral to point-out that something is held as a belief system, that's just plain observation.

You don't understand as much about scientific method and the history of science as you believe you do.

The scientific method does not need you to passionately defend it with insults and some delusional hysteria whenever someone points out the fact that it too is a belief system.

You're just proving my point. Denial of the obvious is a hallmark of religious nuts. And you're just like them.

Comment: Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 462

by ToddInSF (#47891319) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"
That doesn't solve the actual cause of the problem - the forfeiture laws.

And the courts, that have upheld these laws.

This assault on Liberty has been going on in the US for decades now. Legalized theft by law enforcement needs to be addressed, as well as the draconian prohibition laws that created the forfeiture laws.

Comment: The fracking industry had enough money to (Score 1) 191

by ToddInSF (#47873775) Attached to: US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom
buy off Bush, who exempted it from all EPA regulations and monitoring.

So, good luck with all that fracking money as that million fracking wells drilled all over the country gradually increasingly leak and pollute the environment, including the local water table.

Comment: Re:Another building full of robots? (Score 1) 157

by ToddInSF (#47827307) Attached to: Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory
The only way TO adapt quickly to the coming changes is to educate the public and work with industry to maintain a level of positive economic growth.

That would require a great deal of moderation from extremists though, so the transition is probably eventually going to be an ugly and violent one.

The Tesla factory, though, means ten thousand plus jobs int eh Reno area, and has been in the process of being constructed int he worlds largest industrial park. Most of those jobs are not "working poor" jobs, so the reality doesn't fit with your dialogue about industrial development being all about destroying the middle class.

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