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Comment: Re:Way too many humanities majors (Score 2) 397

by emorning (#49381403) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Art History != Art.

Yes, but I took mostly drawing, painting, printmaking and design classes, only two classes in art history.
My degree was in Art History because it required the fewest credits.

90% of the time my work was being "critiqued" I could give a completely ridiculous explanation and it would be more acceptable than a well thought-out answer from the analytical side of my mind.

Sure, but you have to learn to have a civil conversation with people that spout complete bullshit while critiquing your work.
I couldn't count the number of times I've had to listen to an engineer or manager barf up some complete crap while arguing their position.
There's no less bullshit in software 'engineering' than in Art :-).

Comment: Re:Way too many humanities majors (Score 5, Interesting) 397

by emorning (#49380761) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous
I have two degrees, one in Art History and one in Theoretical Physics.
I dropped Art in my junior year because it was TOO HARD.
Physics was way easier... read the book, take the test, done.
Art required creativity, research, brainstorming, craftsmanship, and a tough skin (because your work gets critiqued).
Today I'm a software engineer.
Everything useful I learned in college I learned in art class.

Comment: Re:Stress relief (Score 2) 529

by emorning (#46494287) Attached to: Religion Is Good For Your Brain
As someone that has had problems with depression and anxiety I want to say that this is extremely bad advice, and it bothers me that it's tagged as insightful .

For one, alcohol disrupts your sleep and good sleep is extremely important.
Sex is beneficial but only in the context of a healthy relationship.

Please don't try to simply mask your symptoms, see a doctor and get proper meds for the short term and therapy for the long term.

Comment: Re:Whatever (Score 1) 529

by emorning (#46494173) Attached to: Religion Is Good For Your Brain
Exactly this. I'm a 'devote' atheist but I went to a catholic high school. I've read the entire Bible and had four years of religion class. I even signed up for pre-seminary training while in high school. Here's what I learned from the Catholic brothers and nuns at my school... lesson number one, THE most important thing about a church, is that it's about building and serving the COMMUNITY, actual religious beliefs are secondary.

Atheists need to understand this, and I would like to see atheist 'churches' that fulfill this important human need.

Comment: OSGi (Score 4, Informative) 155

by emorning (#46147377) Attached to: Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years
One of the most awesome things that the Eclipse people did was switch to a foundation built on OSGi after the first version. Eclipse is a showcase that showcase the power of a modular component framework.
Sun really screwed up by failing to adopt OSGi for Java's module system.

When I think of the best technologies available to the average Java developer like myself I rank the JVM first and OSGi second.

With setup boxes now set to become ubiquitous, I want a box that integrates some OSGi-like framework that will enable me to integrate all the devices in my house.

Comment: The Gun Rights Argument (Score 1) 240

I'm not a big supporter of gun rights here in the US but it just occurred to me that now I understand the argument that 'only people that have guns will be the criminals'.

In this case, the only people with rootkits installed on their machines will be the law abiding citizens.

PS: I assume they'll also make it illegal to remove a rootkit, so people that just care about their privacy instantly become criminals too.

Comment: Re:I have a better idea... (Score 1) 649

by emorning (#42789229) Attached to: Richard Stallman's Solution To 'Too Big To Fail'
Well, 'we' did not bail them out, our 'duly elected' politicians bailed them out.

...that are heavily dependent on campaign contributions from the companies needing the bailing out, and
...that have close personal ties to the executives from said companies, and in some cases used to run said companies

Some rules that remove the responsibility for responsible decision making from our so-called leaders would be a good thing.

Comment: Re:It's the stigma (Score 2) 366

by emorning (#42703553) Attached to: Unemployed Chinese Graduates Say No Thanks To Factory Jobs
I'm an American, and I worked factory jobs before, during, and AFTER getting a BS in physics.
Those jobs...
1) Gave me the motivation to finish school and keep looking for a better job.
2) Eventually helped me get a job because potential employers saw that I had good work ethic and knew how to show up and work every day.
3) Paid the bills.

I wouldn't hire someone that sat on their ass after getting out of school.

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. -- Hal Abelson