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Comment: Something is surely wrong with us... (Score 5, Insightful) 319

by bogaboga (#49487423) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

I am saddened and feel I want to kick something. From the summary: -

"...But the district now says the combined tech didn't meet their needs , and they want their money back..."

Emphasis mine.

Is it just me who sees something wrong here? So, no feasibility study was done? Who approves these things? It was very evident that this whole thing wouldn't work. Look, we hire lots of foreigners in this country, who do so well not because they were using these educational gimmicks wherever they came from, but because most of them put pen to paper and wrote something.

Heck, our students can't even write [English] well despite it being their first language! Then there is the damage done by the so called Common Core. What is wrong with these United States? You know what? When it comes to the way we teach, I am not surprised the products of our educational system go on to make such shortsighted decisions. God save us.

Comment: Re:I find author's "facts" dubious (Score 0) 397

by bogaboga (#49379843) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

In developing countries, the upper half (maybe) can afford it, but the lower half live without even reliable electricity, much less a computer to grant them access to rich information/education/entertainment/etc.

While I largely agree with you, what I have seen also is that our [western] definition of development isn't necessarily other people's definition.

Case in point: We may be really technologically developed but the way of life that comes with the development has also brought with it serious issues of mental illness and a breakdown in family. I remember being in one village and the elders there told me categorically, that they do not need electricity or running water. It *IS* their choice. I was baffled! The business of refrigeration was foreign to them though some liked it.The elders were not sure how to service the equipment after we left. They didn't like the whole concept of relying on other people's tech. So, values are different.

I see a problem for us Americans. With Russia's lead, some Asian countries are beginning to conduct trade without the dollar. If this spreads, we as USA are done. The days of dominating currency markets won't last for ever. That will be ugly.

Comment: I find author's "facts" dubious (Score 4, Informative) 397

by bogaboga (#49379593) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

From the linked piece...

And yet over these past five decades, that same laggard country has dominated the world of science, technology, research and innovation.

When I travel especially in Asia, (read China, South Korea, Singapore etc), I find better employment of technology than in USA right from the airport! This technology isn't necessarily American at all!

What I find we Americans have, is the view that we are at the epitome of the best. You can't compare the subway system in NY to that in Shanghai in terms of deployed tech for example! NY is in the dark ages. I know because engineers from NY go to Shanghai to "learn" how things are done on such scale.

The Koreans have come to dominate ship building not using western tech, but their home grown solutions to enormous problems.

What I find is that we in America are really one confident lot, right from school kids. We also have a spirit of "self congratulation." But trust me, those Asian folks beat us in many ways.

Comment: Are they still on the job? (Score 1) 269

by bogaboga (#49274813) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

Some bank executives acknowledged that they were were so scared of Apple that they didn't speak up.

And such officials are still employed? In my opinion, such employees are good candidates for immediate termination.

But wait! We're gonna hear about the usual vitriol from these banks. I will go something like this:

"We take [the] security of our operations and clients' accounts with us very seriously."

"We process in excess of several billion transactions daily and although fraud is part of our industry, it constitutes less than 0.1% of our business." "Our bank is committed to providing the best security there is in this business..."

Comment: What if the leader/decision maker is incompetent? (Score 5, Interesting) 255

by bogaboga (#49229709) Attached to: On Firing Open Source Community Members

Many would think if this term referring to folk who write code. This is OK for me. My problem though, would be how to address technically competent people who make nonsensical decisions.

I remember politely fighting GNOME folks over design decisions they took around the `Open File` dialog box, only to be slammed with what was referred to as "Won't Fix" because it is what they called a "Deliberate Design Decision." No wonder GNOME suffered soon after.

Comment: Something missing here, I'm afraid... (Score 5, Insightful) 145

by bogaboga (#49118663) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

and finding really good people and hanging onto them is very difficult.

...and finding really good people and hanging onto them is very difficult, if in addition to not giving them freedom, you do not pay them as well as the competition...

I thought that last bit is missing. Anyone agree?

Comment: Re:Why isn't this influence peddling or corruption (Score 0) 62

Well said, thanks a lot. Where can I find a list of organizations that lobby for the ordinary folk? Can we have these organizations grouped by subject matter?

How for instance, is it OK for members of congress to have a medical insurance scheme that members of a certain party (that I will not mention), find so toxic to be of [any] benefit to the ordinary man and woman? I would like to know.

Comment: Why isn't this influence peddling or corruption? (Score 5, Interesting) 62

Between 1999 and 2002 the four companies spent a combined $95.6 million on lobbying the federal government, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics...

When done in other countries, my government calls it corruption. When done here, it's called lobbying.

Question is: Who is lobbying on behalf of Joe Six Pack and family?

Comment: Don't crucify the FDA. They came out long ago... (Score 3, Informative) 80

by bogaboga (#49051525) Attached to: Unearthing Fraud In Medical Trials

Didn't they agree to this long ago? What do you expect anyway?

From the piece, authored more than half a decade go, "The FDA now admits that Americans are suffering and dying because the FDA does not have the scientific ability to ascertain if new drugs are safe or effective or to evaluate scientific claims." (Bold mine).

What troubles me though, is that most Americans believe our country has the "best" medicine or healthcare one can find anywhere on planet earth.

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