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Comment Re:Hmmmm (Score 1) 759

Well, this is what you get when you have a project run by rock star developers.

Now it would be better if people were more mature in their communications, but the bottom line is that (a) they're smarter than almost everyone else they know, (b) they know their work better than anyone else and care deeply about it, and (c) they get results. Under the circumstances have no reason to act like grown ups. They're not only rock stars, they're still churning out hits.

It's no wonder that they take the attitude "the world has to take me uncensored, and if anyone doesn't like that then it's their problem." It's a perfectly understandable attitude, but it's not an admirable one. Trying tact first won't necessarily make you more successful, especially if you're a rock star. But it won't make you less successful either; after all if tact fails the option of publicly humiliating someone by showing how much stupider they are than you is still open. What it will make you is a better person.

Comment This is like the whole "learning styles" thing. (Score 1) 307

"Learning styles" takes an undeniable truth, that different people find it easiest to learn in different ways, exaggerates it to a falsehood (i.e., that people can only learn the way that's easiest for them), and then converts it to BS (e.g., "I'm a visual thinker, that's why I'm no good at math.")

The underlying mistaken assumption is that education should never require you to try something you find difficult or unnatural. If you are indeed a visual learner, that's something that you and your teachers can and should exploit, but you need to learn how to learn in modes that don't come easily to you. Life doesn't always give you a choice of forms for lessons you need to learn. Sometimes you ought to read the manual; other times there is no manual. You need to be adaptable to either case.

It's important to be sensitive to the fact that some students are introverts -- although that doesn't necessarily mean "shy" or "socially awkward"; that's just a stereotype, it's not what "introverted" means. But it is undeniably true that group work comes less naturally to introverts than extroverts. Nonetheless they still need to learn to work that way, just as extroverts need to learn how to work independently. If you just taught students to be able to do what comes naturally to them, what's the point of education?

Comment Re: the work he has put in does warrant appreciati (Score 2) 146

Self-amusement can't be a practical purpose for a hobby project?

It's one of those things we couldn't have imagined when the Internet was thrown open to anyone back in the early 90s. We didn't anticipate it would be used to spread cat memes, revive white supremacist ideology, or more to the point usher in a new golden age or priggery.

Comment Re:Silly story... (Score 1) 361

I'm actually happier with no salesmen and no hari krishnas in the waiting room

There are ways to deal with that which not only do not require security theater, but that were well in the works a decade before 9/11 which is why you probably haven't seen many of them at the airport in the 90's outside of movies:

Comment Re:Silly story... (Score 1) 361

Are you saying that this is some sort of terrible hardship?

Terrible? No. Rather inconvenient more often than not? Yes.

Given the choice between waiting at the gate and trying to spot your person/group out of ~100-200 people getting off the plane you know them to be coming from is far far easier than trying to figure out which exit gate into baggage claim they will come out and when, all the while trying to guess which scrum of people happen to be from the same plane.

Plus, by doing that at the gate you distribute the load of reunions rather than cram even more full a poorly orchestrated baggage claim area.

I've long thought it fortuitous the rise of mobile phones since 9/11 as without them things like cell phone waiting lots and other means of 'quick' airport pickups just wouldn't be practical.

Comment Re:They Never thought he had a bomb... (Score 1) 361

Wow, someone who still things mens rea means a damn!

In far too many cases, simply 'causing alarm' is sufficient.

Example: In most states, openly carrying a firearm on your hip is legal. Depending on the area there are often restrictions as to where you can carry (bars, schools, playgrounds, etc) and what limitations private businesses can put on your carrying ("We prefer that patrons not carry firearms here so we must ask that you leave now, if you refuse we will ask the police to charge you with trespass" vs "Seems you missed our legally binding 'gun free zone' sign... guess what? you just committed a crime! Please wait here while the police come to arrest you").

It seems cut and dry, until enough people freak out that someone is carrying a gun and suddenly you can be facing charges despite acting fully within your rights.

Comment Re:Silly story... (Score 1) 361

Was that because of your race... or the time you did it?

I suspect you are a bit older than he so come from a different time, as do I.

There was a time when carry on baggage was not screened for weapons or explosives prior to a flight.

There was a time it was not uncommon for rural high school students to keep a shotgun or rifle in their vehicle in the fall so that they could go for a quick hunt after school.

There was a time you could walk without a ticket up to the gate at an airport and meet your loved ones when they arrived.

Unfortunately we do not live in those times anymore.

How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored power tools.