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Comment: Re: So What (Score 1, Funny) 206

by Tuidjy (#49375789) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

Well, I think that ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE agrees that our taxes are spent on the wrong things. The young think too much is spent on the elderly, the healthy think too much is spent on the sick, the pedestrians think too much is spent on roads, the childless think too much is spent on education, etc... And I bet there are people who think that homeland security, the police and the military are getting way too much.

But until someone comes with a better way to decide where the money gets spent we are stuck with the time honored one: wherever it will bring the politicians more power, which in the US means votes and campaign contributions.

And a lot of noise will be made as to where expenses will be cut... usually, whatever programs do not have powerful, organized groups benefiting from them. You can't cut grandpa's check without losing his vote, but you can cut school lunches or fail to fund infrastructure maintenance.

There are no easy solutions. And speaking for myself, I can a lot more benefit, for myself, by working harder, than trying to influence how much I pay in taxes, and where it gets spent.

I have a choice where I live and work. I chose the US in the 90s, and I do not regret that choice, not even when I have to deal with our healthcare (which is the only thing I think is done better elsewhere). Pre- or post- Obamacare, with my experience of other healthcare systems, the changes are not worth commenting on. It was terrible, it is terrible, but as long as I have a good income, it's survivable.

Comment: Re: So What (Score 5, Insightful) 206

by Tuidjy (#49375539) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

We get more from taxes. A poor person may get a pittance for food and lodging, but we, and by that I mean middle class professionals, get roads on which to drive our nice cars, police protection for our belongings, safe streets around where we live... and basically a nice life. And yes, we get it from the society that is made possible by taxes.

If you are one of the brainless retards who think that their guns and mad macho skillz will keep them on top if there is a breakdown in law and order, I won't even bother arguing with you. I'll just say that I lived through Bulgaria's transition from a police state to a society run by organized not-quite-criminals, and saw how happy people were to see an end of the truly lawless times.

Without taxes, there is no law enforcement. Without law enforcement, there is no security. No one is tough enough to guarantee their own security without organizing with like minded and skilled people. Once they have organized, they decide that they don't be keeping themselves secure, they are protecting others as well, and... start collecting taxes.

Comment: Re:What good is this? (Score 4, Informative) 103

by Tuidjy (#49322969) Attached to: Finland To Fly "Open Skies" Surveillance Flight Over Russia

No, it is not funny. It is actually quite amazing how carefully you have to read the article to understand that the incident was in international airspace, and how little "nearly collided" means.

It reminds me of the CNN report about the Russian missile inscribed "To be delivered personally in Omaba's hands" . You know, the one that our ex-ambassador twitted about, the one that showed how Putin is threatening the United States, the one pundits were discussing, as in "can it reach the United States."

CNN even went as far as to intersperse pictures of the missile into footage from the main Feb 23rd parade on the Red Square. The catch? It was a papier-mache prop carried by two member of a fringe party (Stalinist Youth!) that was marching on a back street. Of course, the picture was cropped by CNN as not to make that immediately obvious.

Frankly, the report worried me. Then, in 10 seconds, I stopped worrying, because I found the original picture, and had a laugh. I was scared again, a few days later, when I could not find the CNN clip, or the MSN article, or pretty much anything about the epic fail on English language sites. Good cleanup.

Comment: Re:Out of respect for Dice's agenda, let me ask... (Score 5, Informative) 109

by Tuidjy (#49305199) Attached to: The Stolen Credit For What Makes Up the Sun

I think that SJW is a quite appropriate subject to bring when talking about this article.

Let me list a few ways in which just the summary is wrong, deliberately twisting the truth so that SJW can get their righteous anger on.

o Cecilia Payne-Gaposhkin is not someone I have not heard of. She was a professor at Harvard, a department chair, and hers is a name that you are very likely to hear even if you have just taken classes there.
o Her credit was not stolen. The man who dissuaded her from publishing part of her theory thought that the claim, unsupported, would expose her to ridicule. He did not do it to steal the credit - once he actually proved the claim, he gave her credit in the paper, and actually admitted there, without having to, that he was originally wrong.

And seriously, do we have to twist the facts to make things more interesting? There are enough wrongs to get angry about, and every time lies that are meant to inflame are discovered, assholes get to cast doubt on other, true injustices.

Comment: Re:People (Score 1) 216

by Tuidjy (#49287821) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism

Why is it okay for Charlie Hebdo to insult Muslims, but illegal for them to insult Jews?

Say what? They are insulting Christians more than Jews, and Jews more than Muslims. Of course, they are mostly insulting French right wingers.

Fuck, one of the last things published before they got massacred was a defense of Islam against someone they considered a crazy right wing fear-monger. There was quite a bit of schadenfreude over that is some circles.

Comment: Re:I'll just wait for the app (Score 1) 340

by Tuidjy (#48770771) Attached to: Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

It already isn't. One of my friends is a pro-player, and he says that it was never allowed anywhere close to tournaments - not because of being singled out, but because it is banned by at least two different, preexisting rules.

Poker is far from the only gambling activity that could be helped a lot by a computing device. Hell, there are rules against doing math in your head, let alone an app.

Comment: Re:Tablets age well (Score 1) 328

by Tuidjy (#48696981) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

I still have my original Nook Color. Two years ago, my wife got her own tablet. The Nook at least has been jailbroken and reconfigured so that it does everything I want to do off my gaming and coding PCs.

I upgrade my gaming PC when we get a bigger monitor, my programing PC when I need to, my wife upgrades her phone when she doesn't want to appear out of date... But the tablets? They are only dropped on the bed, never get scratched, and don't do anything that taxes their modest capabilities. I cannot see myself upgrading them unless one gives up the ghost, and considering that my first American PC (1993 IBM PS2) is still managing CNCs on a machine tool floor, I'm not holding my breath.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 5, Informative) 463

by Tuidjy (#48150879) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Too late. The second infected nurse flew from Ohio to Texas, while symptomatic. Which means that the infection could, theoretically, have been spread in both Ohio, and wherever her co-passengers went.

Forget quarantining areas. I think efforts should be focused on
- educating citizens on measures to reduce chances of exposure (hygiene)
- training medical personnel (the infected nurses are a disgrace to their hospital's procedures)
- purchasing equipment to deal with Ebola (better suits, gloves, etc...)

But hey, I'm just an engineer. I do not have constituents to please so that I keep my cushy job where I can trade the common good for personal perks. So if any of the above gets implemented, it will be later, as opposed two weeks ago.

As for panicking? There's never a time to panic. There is a time to punish the guilty, after the emergency has been dealt with. They can panic them, if they wish.

Comment: Re:Did the fine cover the price paid by the visito (Score 1) 278

by Tuidjy (#48058587) Attached to: Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

I'm not in academia, but my wife and half of our friends are. To hear them talk, a blown talk or even a bad poster can absolutely affect your tenure chances. A few years ago, they were trembling over their own reputation, now they are gossiping/deciding the newbies' fate. And even if no one hold your equipment problems against you, you will still have missed a great opportunity to enhance your reputation.

As for having a local copy... you'd be surprised how many young people do not share our mindset. Too many people nowadays take connectivity for granted, and do not even know where their stuff is, physically. I'm not even talking about those who put important (or private) stuff 'on the Cloud'. I've seen students in my wife's lab who cannot even comprehend that it matters where the experimental data is stored, when you are dealing with datasets measured in gigabytes. I am not sure my wife would know as much about her lab's infrastructure, were I not sneaking away to drink beer with the IT people every time she tries to take me to her department's 'functions'.

IT professionals think about this - after all, we're paid to. Most other people are used to thing 'working', and if they are being jammed in Florida when their IT guy's kayaking off California, they will pony up a thousand bucks of their lab's fund in a second.

Comment: Re:Did the fine cover the price paid by the visito (Score 2) 278

by Tuidjy (#48057717) Attached to: Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

Are you kidding?

They were jamming for two years in a convention center where thousands of people meet every weekend, and they were charging exorbitant fees, in some cases $1000 per device. If this looks too high to you, imagine you are giving a talk about the last 18 months of your research, and a prearranged setup stops working. Your tenure, your reputation, your tenure may depend on that talk. And that's just for researchers. A company that has gathered a thousand POS managers for a discussion of a new system will have millions on the line.

Captive customer base indeed.

Fines seldom come close to wiping out the profits from the con, when big businesses with lobbyists are involved. I have personally participated in a cleanup effort (mostly through volunteers) which used about $30,000 on top of our donated time and equipment. While we were working, the assholes released more detectable crap, and were fined $2,500. But hey, they are golfing with the local high scum.

Comment: Re:Study is quite incomplete (Score 1) 261

by Tuidjy (#48040193) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

How often do you see a Viper, a Ferrari or a Lamborghini being driven the way it is meant to? One of my neighbors has a freaking Maserati, and I hate being stuck behind him on the on-ramp to the 57. He slows down to 15 miles to make the right turn into the ramp, and enters the highway at 45 miles per hour.

The results are exactly what I would have expected, except for the few cars I can't say I've ever heard of. What the hell is a Mercury Topaz?

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