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Comment: Re:I by no means missed the point (Score 1) 26

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47526043) Attached to: Funniest /. article in a while

"How many wars have been waged or led by democracies in the past 200 years? Quite nearly all of them. "

Or none of them. The ones democracies participated in, were started by dictatorships invading their neighbors. But even if you add up all the dead in all the wars of the last 200 years- you're still at only a fraction of the 56 million that we've lost to abortion in America alone since 1973.

"How many wars have been waged by actual socialist countries - not just ones who were playing with words - in the past 200 years? Almost none of them."

By playing with words, do you mean the ones who have actually claimed to be socialist? Plus, of course, socialism and democracy does have a rather strong overlap.

"Hell just the number of people that our democracy has killed in war in the past 15 years is likely larger than the total number killed by all the military actions of all actual socialist states in the past 200 years."

Hmm, larger than the 15 million Stalin killed outright? Not in war. But abortions, yes.

Your average modern war kills a few hundred thousand tops.

Comment: Re:Even higher for other degree fields. (Score 1) 157

by nine-times (#47525271) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

I think the problem here is, to some extent, people assume that "STEM" degrees are somehow special. I suspect that impression largely comes from the egocentrism of people who hold "STEM" degrees.

I keep putting "STEM" in quotes because it's a dumb term. I don't know why people have suddenly decided to use this term. I suspect it was come up with by some marketing/propaganda professional, at the request of either a politician or businessman who was looking to push an agenda. Otherwise, I can't think of how such a stupid term came on so quickly, in apparent ignorance of the fact that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics cover a broad range of fields, education, and types of work.

But it seems as though programmers and CS majors have really latched on, I suppose in order to place themselves in the same class as astrophysicists and god knows what else. This has lead to an assumption that, if you have the capability to work in a "STEM" job, of course you'd want to. I mean, it's understandable why a marketing major would want to become a programmer, but why on earth would a CS major want to work in marketing?

The truth is, lots of us chose our major in college when we were in our late teens, when we didn't have a lot of experience. Maybe the we chose a major because we were interested in the subject, and not for vocational training. Maybe we chose a major for vocational training, at at some point afterwards realized that we didn't want that vocation. It will happen for marketing majors and CS majors both.

Comment: Re:There should be 1 federal IT agency (Score 1) 123

IT would be funded from the money the agency pay when they need a major job done.
Of course, I've seen this sort of thing before. In my case we got what needed to be done, done on time, and done well BUT it took longer the private busines claimed they could do it in, and cost more the what private business claimed they can do it for.

Neither of which is true becasue they were always extended.

We gave you an atomic bomb, what do you want, mermaids? -- I. I. Rabi to the Atomic Energy Commission