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Comment: Re:Interesting but... (Score 1) 230

by LWATCDR (#49776699) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

He can do what he wants with his money. I was making an assumption that his goal was to improve education. It is a suggestion that I think would help him get closer to that goal.

As to throwing money at inner city schools? That depends on the school. If they are lacking funds for music and the arts then yes it could help.

Comment: Interesting but... (Score 2) 230

by LWATCDR (#49776121) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

It is an interesting idea but I fear it will work with a group of students that would do well anyway.
I really would rather see him dump money into an inner city school or even offering scholarships or loan forgiveness for teachers.
Most of the problems with education seem to be cultural and economic. Areas with successful parents tend to have successful students. The parents are involved and push the kids to do well. I just do not think that a "new way" of teaching will solve the root problem in the educational system in the US.
If the parents don't care only the small number of self motivated students will do well.

Comment: Re:I call shenanigans... (Score 1) 429

My opinion is that Google needs to move out of the SF area if you want more diversity. One of the reasons that you get mostly males that are mostly white and asian is that SF is not all that diverse when it comes to race.
If you want more African American people to apply then I suggest Atlanta and the Washington DC area.
If you want more Hispanic people to apply Texas"Dallas and Houston", Southern California, and South Florida are prime areas.
I work in South Florida and we have a very diverse work force. You will not find a lot of people of color in the SF area since it has very little in the way African American or Hispanic history and culture. The Spanish influence has long ago been pushed back.
BTW it will take time no matter what. Trying to fix the issue of women not going into the STEM fields will take a long time and if Google really wants this to happen they have got to work harder on quality of life for people with kids. Places to work with good schools, short commutes, and reasonable home prices will also help a lot with diversity and quality of life.
Trying to get everyone to love SF is not going to work. While it is a nice place to visit I see it as a hellish place to live and I bet a lot of other people feel the same.

Comment: Re:what boys/girls want (Score 1) 429

"That's BS. The prevalence of girls/women in theater disproves it."
Umm you do know that acting is all about relating right?

As a software engineer that also took drama I have to say that is one of the oddest things I have seen on Slashdot in a while.
Aka perform has more than one meaning.

Comment: Re:"Easy to read" is non-sense (Score 4, Interesting) 414

by LWATCDR (#49743855) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

I disagree that it is because java is easy to read. Java is easy to write. A good programer can write an app in Java and have it work really well. A bad programer can write an app in java it will work.
With C++ a good programer can write an app and it will work but you really have to watch for a lot of gotchas. A bad programer can not write a program that works in C++ because it will leak memory, stomp on memory, and have issues with pointers.
Java is better at stopping the little brain farts from blowing up in your face.
C++ is a lot more fun to write in IMHO.

Comment: Re:This is possibly the dumbest things I've seen.. (Score 1) 68

It really depends on the system.
For instance things like logistics aka buying food, cleaning supplies, tools, and so on. could all be done on COTs systems and using public data centers.
Things like how many SM-2s are down for repair is a different issue.
And then keeping things separated is yet another issue.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 121

by LWATCDR (#49721519) Attached to: Learning About Constitutional Law With Star Wars

" One could easily say that the capitalists are the greater evil, especially the owners big corporations, because they pollute the Earth, are utterly greedy, etc and have no concern for the distribution of resources among those who need them."
Wow I guess you have not seen what the old USSR did in the areas that controlled as far as the environment, for example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A....
Or the quality of air in China...
"and have no concern for the distribution of resources among those who need them."
Wow.. again http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...
and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...
Yea... You need to read a lot more history.

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