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Comment Re:well doh. keep it cheap and simple. (Score 1) 276

I completely agree with you.

What annoys me is how the term "hardcore" has been co-opted to imply violent and adult-themed content. The best way to add value to and glorify this type of content is to make it look more realistic, which necessitates more processing power. Therefore, more powerful consoles become associated with "hardcore" gaming, resulting in an army of inflated egos preaching the downfall of anything that won't improve the graphics of their favorite military shooter. It is a shame.

Comment Re:*different* scores for *standardized* tests (Score 2) 622

The end result of this policy is a society where different ethnicities are held to different standards, which will only exacerbate the economic inequalities between light-skinned people and dark-skinned people. It addresses the symptom rather than the root cause (which seems pretty typical of how we North Americans deal with most of our problems).

It is terrible policy.

Comment Re:Real power? (Score 1) 188

I suppose it depends on what the developers are comparing. I've read the GPU is pretty well ahead of current console hardware, but the CPU is not. The power consumption should be lower as well, which won't make games look prettier, but might factor into the whole "how advanced the hardware is" issue. The statements have been so ambiguous, it's hard to tell...

Comment Re:Translation (Score 3, Insightful) 866

I think it would be detrimental to society to have people specialize at such an early age. First, many excel at subjects that they were forced to repeat earlier in life. Second, even if the student never makes direct use of the knowledge, it provides them a better understanding of our society. Put another way: It's ok to suck at chemistry - it's not ok to not know what chemistry *is*.

I think people need to be more comfortable with failure (or lack of excellence, for that matter). There's really nothing wrong with not being great, just do what you like and try your best.

Comment Re:No surprise to us: Thats the real story (Score 1) 168

He wasn't arguing in favor of public investment. Don't know why you're in such a huff.

This single event doesn't indicate a failure of "capital markets" (as an idea). It does, however, indicate that the analysts and investors involved made a [huge] mistake. When taken into context of the last 10-15 years, I think it points to the general inability of analysts to provide accurate, or even remotely rational, valuation of tech firms. But hey, that's just me.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist