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Comment: Re:Big job (Score 1) 56

by TomR teh Pirate (#49705479) Attached to: MAME Changing License To Fully Libre One
The MAME dev community has always been very up front that the MAME license has no attribution of rights to the ROMs themselves. The emulation code is there's and they can do anything they want with it. I have read elsewhere that emulation is perfectly legal (except when it comes to Macs for some reason) and so I don't see where publisher permissions are the least bit necessary.

Comment: Yes, let's INCREASE waste (Score 2) 270

by TomR teh Pirate (#49698923) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything
Regular coffee pot + 1 coffee bean grinder + 1 lb bag of beans = 1 possibly recyclable / compostable bag plus a hundred + cups of coffee.

Keurig setup + 1 kcup insert = 1 cup of crappy coffee plus an unnecessary environmental impact in the form of an non-reusable cup.

Why in this day and age are we engineering waste INTO products when we should be engineering waste OUT of the product? It doesn't make sense.

Comment: The curriculum is crap (Score 1) 284

by TomR teh Pirate (#49682527) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love
My son in 6th grade is doing the math work and it's just atrocious how badly basic multiplication has been mangled. For decades American kids learned math fundamentals by rote and we came out of those classes knowing exactly how to do it. Now the math problems are infrequently used such that there is no "drilling and killing" of any fundamental concepts. The whole thing sucks.

Comment: Money probably plays a perverse role (Score 1) 211

I'm a low-level manager at a great company as well. For leading a small team of analysts, this is probably not a bad place for me to be. However, I also find myself in need of a web developer who can bring database skills into the mix as well. Such talent will likely cost more salary than I am making, but other people such as my manager and the HR person are concerned that this is an unworkable situation. My response to this is a heartfelt "why?".

If the person bringing special talents to my team is worth x dollars on the general market, what possible difference should it make that he earns more than me in his particular role? My suspicion is that this attitude plays a huge role in attracting morons to ever more influence over other people to chase that dollar when what would be best for the company is for them to chase success in the form of individual contribution.

Comment: Intelligence != Research Skills != Knowledge (Score 1) 227

by TomR teh Pirate (#49392583) Attached to: Google 'Makes People Think They Are Smarter Than They Are'
It sounds like intelligence is being used as a proxy for subject matter knowledge, and is being wrongly compared to research skills. Being smart enough to do research rather than throw your arms up in the air and saying "it can't be done" is an important feature of emotional intelligence. I think what the article means to say is that people think they are experts when they aren't. Too bad people writing about "intelligence" don't know how to write about it effectively.

Comment: A biological "race" condition? (Score 2) 96

by TomR teh Pirate (#49080817) Attached to: Researchers Block HIV Infection In Monkeys With Artificial Protein
My understanding of HIV is that when it infects human cells, it hijacks the tRNA (iirc) so that the human cells continue producing more HIV viruses. With the article describing synthetic antibodies binding to HIV, the virus is unable to infect human cells. So this would seem like a race condition where the antibody needs to get to the HIV *before* HIV has a chance to infect a human cell. How can this happen reliably?

Comment: Policy should be based on science (Score 1) 673

by TomR teh Pirate (#48885863) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?
From Google: "Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can be very serious or even fatal. It begins with a fever that lasts for a couple of days, followed by a cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis (pink eye)."

This isn't hard to figure out. The people who choose not to vaccinate are tantamount to a loaded gun waiting to go off. Those same people intentionally choose to become likely carriers and in committing their act of irresponsibility, put the herd-immunity into a compromised situation. More distressingly, the argument they use that MMR vaccines are somehow implicated in autism has been thoroughly debunked.

In my opinion, these people should be tried for manslaughter. for going into public places in an non-immunized state.

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