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Comment: Re: Overrated (Score 1) 200

by areusche (#49423809) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

Ugh, I can't stand people with that attitude. Ask them if they're comfortable with the government tracking everything they do, from phone conversations, to infrared monitoring of their house, and random photographing of them and their children going about their day.

If anything, the average American deserves whatever is coming to them for their apathy. It stinks, as it seems the only solution is to get out of the country. I don't want to be here when the rest of the world decides they want to sack Rome or when the Feds decide to go full 1984 on all of us.


Watching a "Swatting" Slowly Unfold 246

Posted by samzenpus
from the in-gory-detail dept.
netbuzz writes That online gamers have been victimized has unfortunately allowed us to see what "swatting" looks like from the perspective of the target: terrifying and potentially deadly. A similar type of criminally unnecessary SWAT scene played out Saturday night when a caller to police in Hopkinton, Mass., claimed to be holed up in the town's closed public library with two hostages and a bomb. The library stands within eyesight of the starting line for the Boston Marathon. An editor for Network World, there by happenstance, watched for two hours, and, while it was a hoax and no one was hurt, his account highlights the disruption and wastefulness these crimes inflict.

Comment: Unpopular opinion: we need less undergraduates (Score 4, Interesting) 397

by areusche (#49379801) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Most people who are in college, shouldn't be attending. They aren't cut out for it (myself included). Once upon a time, most people didn't go to college and instead worked at a mill, factory, and the like when they graduated from high school. They were paid wages that helped keep them afloat as well as give them a good standard of living. This push towards a "service" economy has been nothing more than a cheap attempt to claim that manufacturing jobs aren't as good as white collar service ones. Service careers (including the almighty finance ones) should help service those who actually create things, IE industrialists and blue collar workers.

When you make everyone get a college degree for a dwindling supply of service jobs, you lower the quality of the degree program. STEM degrees are great because those who can't make it flunk. With humanities, so long as you parrot whatever talking point the professor is spouting you will get an A. If you offer a talking point that falls outside of the narrative the professor is pushing, good luck graduating. The humanities used to be the purveyor of rich boys and girls who weren't smart enough to cut it in the real sciences.

And finally, the quality of those liberal arts degrees has declined in a lot of colleges. Humanities degrees are nothing more than Marxist indoctrination diploma mills. The efficacy and not mention ROI on these humanity degree programs is questionable.

Why don't we clean up America's mediocre k-12 system first before we push kids into going to college to discover themselves to the tune of $20-30k per semester. Maybe promote American industry instead of allowing Wall Street to gut it?

Comment: Drilling race between soviets and Americans (Score 4, Interesting) 122

by areusche (#49094195) Attached to: The Science of a Bottomless Pit
Fun fact, during the space race there was also a less well known "Drill race" between the Soviet Union and America to see who could dig down the farthest. The Soviets won this by a long shot and as always found a lot of things that changed what we know about the composition of the Earth's crust. Most notably the farther they went down they noticed that the mud that bubbled up contained hydrogen and lots of water. They also noticed that the rock type didn't change at those depths (the reason seismic waves travel around the center of the earth instead of through it). The rock actually began to behave more like plastic at those depths! Learn more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K...

Comment: Step in the right direction (Score 3, Interesting) 247

by areusche (#47202197) Attached to: Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding
I've always been curious if it was possible for our system to eventually work itself out without the need for a bloody revolution. There has been so much malinvestment lately at the hands of entrenched political groups. I would be thrilled to see the US fix itself through its own system. My pessimism says otherwise though, but who knows.

Comment: Sounds like IT incompetence (Score 4, Insightful) 564

SCCM is pretty good. It makes my desktop techs jobs significantly easier to deploy assets company wide. In this case, it sounds like someone pressed some buttons without being 100% clear as to what was going on. Unfortunate someone will not be working in IT ever again.

Comment: Re:Comparative advantage is BS (Score 1) 522

by areusche (#46991385) Attached to: Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

Good point, I should have included that the US needs to stop antagonizing Russia and China. If our leaders want to play global bully then they need to understand that there's two sides of this coin. You can't project hegemonic power without a solid base to stand on. Putin said it best, "Everything in the world is interdependent and once you try to punish someone, in the end you will cut off your nose to spite your face.

Comment: Comparative advantage is BS (Score 5, Insightful) 522

by areusche (#46991231) Attached to: Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

This is exactly why comparative advantage is complete BS. When you let another foreign entity control your means of whatever it may be (rocketd, iPhones, car parts, tools, etc etc) you lose that ability to utilize it when the political poo hits the fan.

Watch the space shuttle program make a dramatic re-appearance. This is a massive national security issue that I bet no one brought up when they decided, "Gee, lets go and outsource our rockets and launches to a foreign power we've had cold relations with since the early 20th century."

This is what happens when people look solely at the bottom line. It gets a little hard to project your power into a region when that same region makes most of your equipment (I'm looking at you China!).

Comment: Delayed birth by women (Score 0) 558

I don't have science to back up my claim, but as a betting man i'd say delaying birth into a woman's 30s is probably what is driving up the autism rates. Men don't have a wall and a biological clock to contend to. Don't let the hamstering say otherwise, women who delay birth until their 30s+ have a higher rate of genetic diseases. As men, our sperm and "clock" is significantly more forgiving than a women's almost to the point of it being a non-issue.

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"