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Comment: Re:trust vs respect (Score 1) 451

by bugs2squash (#48022025) Attached to: Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

respect need not be earned, it cannot be lost, it is an aspect of me that I give to someone else. It has nothing to do with the person I give it to. It is the bare minimum I am willing to give to my worst enemy. It is a measure of me not them and it starts and ends at the maximum level I can muster.

Trust on the other hand can be created and destroyed, on an individual and collective basis based on past actions and for something truly new, it starts at none

Comment: I was an H1B (Score 1) 363

by bugs2squash (#47995093) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway
It's nice to think, per the Zuckerberg cheerleading video, that I may be creating 2.6 local jobs (but I suspect I'm just creating 0.0001 extremely highly paid jobs). If microsoft wants to create high-end overseas I say encourage it. Indians can benefit from highly skilled jobs too, and in the end, we will all benefit if the world as a whole drags itself into a more middle class existence. To my mind it only breaks down when people earn so much money that they stop spending it.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 189

by bugs2squash (#47986091) Attached to: BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone
There may not be any data-only USB cables, I don't know. But it's perfectly reasonable to transmit data over just a differential pair. LVDS etc. do it just fine with no separate ground and I can't think of any reason why one could not detect device connection. I'm not saying that it does work, just that it could.

Comment: Re:Science vs Faith (Score 1) 794

by bugs2squash (#47966343) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

I'd like to think that, among people of faith, you are in the majority in having sufficient faith to believe that you might have been "endowed" with the capability for critical thinking and that it's reasonable to use that faculty (if for no other reason than to uncover more to wonder at the mystery of).

I don't share your beliefs in a creator, but when I consider the position of people that do, I can't for the life of me see why anyone should consider critical thinking to be unholy. Unless they're just plain scared that it will unseat their "fixed beliefs", which seems to be rooted in insecurity rather than faith.

Comment: Re:Pretty Much Sums it Up (Score 1) 794

by bugs2squash (#47966087) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything
Hey, if you can come up with a good explanation of why 2+2=5 and it passes muster with the math community then go for it, it could be the next math breakthrough. But most kids working their way through school will stick with 2+2=4 and get full marks for it. Common core seems like a perfectly reasonable approach to education to me, if anything I wish it went further than it does in prompting kids to explore why they know what they know.

Comment: risk something (Score 5, Insightful) 275

by bugs2squash (#47949323) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?
Design a system or an improvement to a system, argue that it should be used. Defend your ideas. Stop depending on your manager to put your ideas forward. That should solve the problem one way or another. You'll either be up to your eyeballs in responsibility for a project or out on the streets pretty rapidly I should think.

Assembly language experience is [important] for the maturity and understanding of how computers work that it provides. -- D. Gries