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Comment: depends upon variables! (Score 1) 115

If you're in a position to actually hire new graduates, how much do you care about applicants' alma maters?

depends on the school!

some schools matter, and some do not....and some that matter are a benefit, and some are a drawback!

if an applicant came from a program that distinguishes itself among others by *requiring all grads to make a capstone project* for example...that could be a point in the applicants favor over others who did not do a capstone

Comment: tech, money, competition first (Score 1, Interesting) 78

everyone wants a fighting robot league...it's like jetpacks, hover boards, and other stuff featured in sci fi depictions of "the future"

fighting robots are awesome...this is not in dispute...

here are the 3 most salient factors as to when we will have a fighting robots league:

1. technology...especially materials science...we've gotten to the point conceptually that we can model any form of robot, but it's making the materials stand the stress, and batteries to power it...those are our limitations now

2. $$$...fighting robots are expensive...a league needs money

3. competition > PR...they have to be the opposite of MLS or WWE...this has to be done right and not over marketed or over simplified (how it can go wrong: something like the random narrator voice in Mythbusters)

this is your formula for a robot fighting league

Comment: "will leapfrog" logic (Score 1) 214

by globaljustin (#48172601) Attached to: When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

There is for sure a lot of PR involved, and that should tip you off for the future. They will sooner or later leapfrog the US, just because of that,

just stop it

you admit that China's "space program" is mostly PR (like most of what a totalitarian communist gov't does...) but then somehow make a logical "leap" to just assuming that China will advance beyond the US's capability

see, we went to the moon for many reasons...for science, to hide our development of ICBM's, because Americans are explorers by nature, to make sure the Russians' didn't use space to dominate us, AND...among many other reasons...'public relations'

China has never leapfroged anyone in the modern world except in one area: pollution

Comment: I give the Chinese 300 years (Score 1) 214

by globaljustin (#48142163) Attached to: When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

China is not a modern country...they can barely do PR stunt space exploration

wake me up when these countries don't have masses of people pooping in plastic shopping bags in the streets

again...China's space program is PR not exploration and not a 'threat' in any way shape or form

Comment: **right now** (Score 2) 214

by globaljustin (#48142109) Attached to: When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

if it is merely a question of technical ability, we crossed that line ***decades ago***

we could be on Mars right now

look at every NASA project (and total up the $$$$$)...shuttle, WIMP detectors, etc and we could **easily** have the budget to go to Mars

we have the technical ability, but our global society is still caught up in very short-term view

also: there are actually people who claim to be space explorers who are ***anti-manned mission*** not just pro-probe, but also anti-human exploration...these people are involved in space industry at every level

we could be there right now if we had the guts

Comment: amish agents (Score 1) 574

by globaljustin (#48118341) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

an Amish would make a bad FBI agent...

which, IMHO, is the point....

if i wanted to cripple an organization that fights crime, i'd put archane rules about hiring that ensures only Mormons who do what they are told always without question could get a job

nice...this way, the criminals only have to bribe the boss

everyone else will just do as they are told without question

Comment: you = anti-science (Score 1) 652

by globaljustin (#48107833) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

if any part of you was interested in productive conversation you would have listed a policy...

idk...

> pollution regulation
> "global warming"
> fracking
> NSF funding
> religion in school textbooks

any of those would have been fine...but you're just trolling, so you just highlighted and blockquoted me and continued your logic-offending rhetoric

again...you proved to be trolling by not even attempting to engage in rational discussion

Comment: any GOP policy you name = anti-science (Score 1) 652

by globaljustin (#48107613) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

list the GOP's recent policies on anything dealing with science or the application thereof and that is also a list of anti-science GOP policies...they are the same list

look, everyone knows you are trolling...i'm conversing with you for my own reasons...but it's this simple...**you** pick any policy that deals with science and i will explain why the GOP's policy, especially in congress, is anti-science

so you tell me a US policy issue that involves science and i'll take it from there

Comment: GOP = anti-science (Score 1) 652

by globaljustin (#48105643) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

GOP'ers hate science...and work in lockstep to oppose it by policy

that's not in dispute here...anyone rational enough to understand how our system works and looks at policy rhetoric and votes can draw this conclusion from basic information

that's your problem, you're using rhetoric to support a position that is unsupportable

i'm not stereotyping 'GOP'ers'...here is a stereotype: "all asians are bad drivers"

stereotypes are unfairly categorizing a group of people based on non-relevant information

GOP'ers choose to support anti-science policies of their own free will, which makes them fair game

Comment: Re:red herring (Score 1) 346

either way, the reason is that Verizon, AT&T etc have a guaranteed revenue stream w/ no regional competition...that's the point...

looking at what works/doesn't work and the evolution of their network is helpful but still an analogy

this is about Verizon, etc and how TFA just ignores the glaring obvious cause of it all

Comment: not for a network admin (Score 2) 346

There is also a hell of a lot more involved.

yes...for a laymen i understand it would seem that way, but for anyone who has been trained in IT or network engineering or telecommunication engineering would see this as just another day at work

are you saying that teleco's litterally do not know how to make a nation-wide network? b/c that's insane...it's workaday t-com engineering

it's not about lack of knowledge or money...it's about Verizon & Co wanting to keep their gravy train running at our expense

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