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Comment: It's all happened before... (Score 1) 309

by VAXcat (#49379699) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous
After the Russkis launched Sputnik, there was a massive push in the US for science and engineering in education. I'm old enough to remember if personally - science, math and engineering were all the rage. And Progress - we weren't scared of what science would do - it was going to build The Future! If not for this big push, I wouldn't have wasted all my time on technical studies and be a millionaire lawyer now...

Comment: Glad I'm not a kid now (Score 1) 353

80% of kids have smartphones? I'm glad I'm not a kid today. My father was too much of a Luddite to get a color TV - no way would we have been allowed to have cell phones. much less smartphones, and he probably wouldn't have tolerated a PC or the internet in the house either. We would have grown up in a strange informationless cut off parallel universe from all the other kids.

Comment: Young Marsden Aaaward (Score 5, Interesting) 109

by VAXcat (#49304525) Attached to: The Stolen Credit For What Makes Up the Sun
HA! This reminds me of my days at Rice University, in the early 70s. The Post grad students there each year would award one of their number the "Young Marsden" award. It was presented to the student whose work had been most egregiously ripped off by a faculty member that year. It was called the Young Marsden award, in memory of Marsden, since Rutherford and Geiger got credit for his work on alpha particle scattering

Comment: Re:Paranoid, but mostly appropriate (Score 1) 90

by VAXcat (#49300223) Attached to: Amazon Wins US Regulators' Approval To Test-fly Drone think a medical certificate should be required to fly a 20-30 pound drone, but any schlub with a driver's license can pilot a 2 ton UPS truck on public streets to deliver packages? The medical certificate shouldn't be required for general aviation pilots, much less drone pilots - studies show it doesn't make a difference.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"