The GP is talking about civil service, not congressmen/women. And most of the former do have a different mindset that the private sector...especially the ones that must deal with the public. People treat help-desk workers like shit, they treat civil servants even worse. It seems they pin to civil servant all the grievances they've spent their lives inventing.
An aspect of science is applied math as the AC below mentioned. More particularly, we should be somewhat cautious in treating math as physics. Physics is describable in math, but it isn't math. And the mathematics of a physical situation functions more like an analogy. It says "that works like this"...and usually it does that to some epsilon because we can only measure up to a certain energy. One can think of a physical theory described in mathematics as an idealization. The math is very precise, the real world is not necessarily.
Just because you have 200 F-22 doesn't mean you can field 200 F-22 at the same time. Some are down for repair, some will get cannibalized after training damages, etc. They'd be lucky to get 100 airborne for any one conflict.
Read about the Rape of Nanking sometime if you think the Japanese having a free reign in Asia meant they were fluffy bunnies.
Check the stats on state institutions, the states have been removing support for close to 20 years now. Research institutions have to pander to the federal government for research money....but that too is drying up because apparently Washington believes research grows on trees, and fundamental research has all been done by now.
The consequence is that research institutions have made a mad scramble for star professors who can bring in enough to cover their salary. This puts pressure on the private institutions and raises the cost of education in general because with federal research money drying up, there isn't enough to go around.
Teaching institutions have also taken it in the neck from state legislatures. The legislatures figure students can get federal aid and/or loans, so why should the states ante up.
The problem for your basic bog-standard legislator is that s/he has no understanding of science. This means not only can they not understand why the U.S. should fund basic research, they cannot explain to their constituents why they should fund it.
Ah, but you say, the Defense Department, they still believe in basic research, they'll fund it. Nope, not anymore. DoD has been taken over by bean counters just like companies. They don't have science degrees, they have bean counting degrees.
There was several years ago an email spammed to just about everyone in DoD. It purported to solve the research problem. The solution was to simply cherry pick available research and use it. Soooo....after a few years when all we are doing is rearranging the deck chairs on the Research Titanic, the rest of the world will bound past the U.S. and Congress will blame everyone but themselves.
Wrong, the moral is to study hard and stop attempting to make excuses for your failures.
And you won't replace the spontaneity or timing insight of a drummer either. Most of what I've heard in computer generated drum rhythms and fills seems to have been produced by non-drummers. It's usually mundane because most people, including other musicians (especially other musicians) have no idea what makes a rhythm or fill interesting. They just want something back there so they can concentrate on their instrument. As a consequence, and as a drummer, I find their music usually mundane and uninteresting.
Look at a YouTube video, say, Buddy Rich Amazing Drum Solo. No one yet has been able to reproduce electronically what he was capable of. Most drummers can't come close either.
Also, you wont' drive a band like Deep Purple without an Ian Paice or Iron Maiden without a Nicko McBrain. Both bands are still touring to large audiences. And why would you go to see a bunch of electronics generate music at you. Part of the allure of a live performance is, uh the live performance. If all you wanted was to jump around with a bunch of friends to loud music, throw a party.
I made a cat scratching post and started mine (dearly departed) on it when they were kittens. Don't buy a post, pure garbage. Go out and find a dead tree about 5 in diameter, saw flat butt ends, and leave it about about 3 foot long. Then get a 3/4" in sheet of plywood approx 1.5 feet on a side, this is your base. Also get a 10 in long 2x6 and a 3/8'" dowel, about 2ft worth. Center the 2x6 on the base, glue it. When dry, screw it down from the back side of the base up but not through the 2x6 (drill holes first so you don't need superman to drive in the screws and it also prevents splitting).
Match a drill bit size to the dowel size, just a bit bigger. Center your tree on the 2x6 and draw a line around it (i.e., a circle). Locate 3 places within the circle you just drew on your 2x6, trace three dowel holes on the 2x6 within the tree circle you made. Make a template of this, i.e., you have a round disk with the holes marked. Mark the holes from the template on the butt end of your tree. Now, with a very straight, steady hand, drill 3 holes into 2x6 (about down to the plywood) and do similarly to the butt in of your tree about 2 or inches deep. Cut your dowel into three pieces, each piece so that it just about will fill one of the 2x6 holes and one the tree holes. Dry fit loosely, i.e., don't cram the tree down to the base.
Put some wood glue in the 6 holes, insert your dowels into the base, and wet the tops and sides of the dowels sticking out with glue as well. Now cram the tree onto your base being careful to line up the dowels. Using a sledge hammer, bash the top of the tree lightly until the 2x6 and the tree form a tight fit. Wait for glue to dry.
Now get yourself some think hemp rope, about 3/8" thick. Wrap the pole from base to top tucking the ends into the winding so friction will keep them from unwinding. You'll need to replace the hemp every 6 months or so. You may need two rolls of it.
Your cats will honor you like a god...well...they'll at least be pleased for you to be in their presence.
Ya, I'd recommend Siamese to anyone, but I'm unsure what happens if you do not get them as kittens. Kittens will bond to you at 6-7 weeks. My Siamese wanted to be near me whenever I was at home, climbing on me, curling up, anything to get close. I guess they are more talkative than the average moggie. Mine lived to 17 years, and I was heartbroken when they went to the Great Food Bowl in the Sky.
The oddest thing happened during their last days. Tinkerbell was on her last life and would curl up near my face at night with her head on my arm. Ariel slept down at the foot where they both usually slept until Tinkerbell got sick. The last night Tinkerbell was with us (I had planned to take her in for the final vet visit the following day, she was really near the end), Ariel came up and was inconsolable, stayed near Tinkerbell that whole night side by side. The following night, when Tinkerbell was no more, Ariel came up and cuddled up just like Tinkerbell had done.
I'm in between Siamese terrorists. Of my last two, neither had any mousing instruction, I got them at 6 weeks old and unless the house was overrun with mice, there was never time for the Cat Mother to teach them. Ariel was a natural mouser, Tinkerbell not quite as good but she was the runt of the litter and deferred to Ariel when a mouse snuck into the house. My only complaint was they always left me the bottom half. After all that food and attention, I thought I deserved the top half every now and again.
That, indeed, was the advice of a cat behaviorist in, where else, California. I was channel surfing one day and was amazed that a person could have that amount of metal stuff sticking into and out of his body. I presume he thought they complimented his tats. Anyhow, he visited a home with a cat that was tearing up the place. After observation, he concluded the cat felt unappreciated and stymied in its effort to express itself physically...errr...or something. Anyhow, he instituted daily walks (on a leash) and then romp-o-rama time with the humans dragging the fake mice, feathers, and other sorts of items needed to train humans. Bingo, cat problem solved, he no longer tears the place up.
The humans do now have a need to lick themselves, but tradeoffs must always be made in life. The cat now figures to be living with his own.
Only in Kentucky according to the museum on early Earth history and other Biblical things.
It isn't just slashdotters, it happens with most technical forums. Ever go to a computer science conference? I'd rather play in my cats' litter box.
You are not making the right distinctions, in some sense the gp wasn't either. The Tea Party is not the old right wing of the Republican Party in the sense of Reagan. The Tea Party is essentially composed of libertarians who really do want less government including the TSA, the military, no EPA, no OSHA, no federal money for schools, etc. The older right wing of the Republican Party believes in a strong TSA, a strong military, no EPA, no OSHA, no federal money for schools, etc. The Republicans in general in the country are probably somewhere in between...at least until the terrorists acquire real weapons (chem, an odd nuke or two). The current debate over NSA and its reach is also only applicable up until the terrorists get those weapons, then there won't be that much opposition from the Libertarians except the die head Paul supporters.
No, not Turing complete, their memories were FINITE. To be Turing complete means to simulate (at least) an infinitely long tape.