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Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 3, Insightful) 194

by ebyrob (#49166667) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

What part of "Congress shall make no law..." don't you understand? That these "federal laws" are even on the books is just proof of how far we've strayed from constitutional government. That everything nowadays is just wedged under the "commerce clause" is the tip of the Hindenburg.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 493

Pretty odd that the "outsiders" could pick out and favor the girls without knowing anything about them, even which name goes with which paper.

Of course, it could be down to better hand-writing by the girls, but hey. Handwriting (communication) is very important even in STEM pursuits.

Comment: Re:Treason is one reason for the existence of 2nd (Score 2) 385

by ebyrob (#48860165) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

... against all enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC. You can throw out the corrupted implementation and keep the founding document quite easily. Maybe minus a couple hundred of the latter amendments. (minus 3 or so good ones: equal rights for women and race, Miranda etc.)

Comment: Re:Computers are making everyone's life easier (Score 3, Interesting) 212

by Catiline (#48358141) Attached to: New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable
The analogy I like to use when discussing the Art vs. Engineering paradigm in programming is architecture (the wood & steel building sort, not hardware chip instructions) design. Every architect, whether building a private home or an office complex, needs to know certain fundamental facts about the materials they use (load bearing capacity, for instance) and the choice of what materials are used is (typically) dictated by the intended purpose of a building. Brick and wood framing is pretty universal, but you don't generally see homes being built out of little more than tin siding and steel frames like factory warehouses, or giant glass walls like skyscrapers.

That part -- mating the materials with the intended purpose -- is the "art" in architecture. The "art" in programming (aside from some limited domains like UX or AI) is less immediately describable except by effect (e.g. "How quickly do new team members get up to speed?") but should be no less important to any project manager. I don't really think that programming has been around long enough for us to have our Frank Lloyd Wright moment, but that is no reason to ignore the "intangibles" and immeasurable aspects to quality code.

Comment: Re:Crowding Out Effect (Score 1) 111

by ebyrob (#47785679) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

Oh yeah. Bring up phones. Those land-lines have REALLY gotten more reliable and useful in the last 60 years haven't they? I mean, look at the horrible phone track records for emergency service and reliability in 1954 after all.

> It's exactly the same calculation for anything anybody calls a 'natural monopoly'. Absent an interfering government, the money flows to the best service provider.

I suppose that's why municipal water is so expensive, unreliable and horrible in the US, whereas such an "incredibly difficult" service as data transfer works cheaply and flawlessly under the wonderfully popular and incredibly excellent Comcat, Verizon et al. "services". </puke>

Comment: Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (Score 1) 528

by ebyrob (#47767091) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Oh, so we're clear... you are an upside-down Science is my God nut. Meta-physics (one little branch of philosophy) is responsible for pretty much every branch of scientific inquiry you're fond of... and that's just the philosophical pinky flexing.

Let me know when your experiments are done growing your own brain in a vat with perfect forward predictability and you're able to "prove" the universe is the never changing holographic crystal you always thought it was in the first place...

You know, as opposed to something a bit more chaotic and interesting that us mere mortals can never quite get a complete handle on...

Comment: Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (Score 1) 528

by ebyrob (#47767007) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

> For some people it is downright emotionally difficult.

Actually... for everyone it ALWAYS is. That's the nature of world-view.

It's just that, it's often very difficult to understand someone else well enough to know enough about their world-view to put it in any kind of real jeopardy. (ie: discomfort)

In fact. It's actually a personal attack to begin tearing apart someone's understanding of the world when they aren't interested and don't want to participate.

Part of why so many folks get fired up about what should/shouldn't be presented to young students and how it should be offered up.

"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you." -- Alexander Graham Bell