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Comment: The spoils are for the elite (Score 1) 578

by guanxi (#46725941) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

I don't know about Bloomberg in particular, but it now seems almost common wisdom among the elite that college isn't for everyone and now skills like programming aren't either.

While those words are true, what they mean in practice is that 'not for everyone' means 'not for the poor and working class' (poverty is a strong predictor of college eduction). I bet Bloomberg's kids go to college and he wouldn't doubt his non-technical buddies' ability to learn to code based on their job descriptions

What happened to the American Dream? Where is the land of opportunity, where anyone can succeed if they work hard enough? Apparently, Bloomberg et al believe that only the elite live in that land and that we should abandon that dream for the working class and poor. Why don't they just accept their places?

Comment: Re:Infighting: Linux's biggest weakness (Score 1) 155

by guanxi (#46587217) Attached to: Canonical's Troubles With the Free Software Community

NOTHING on linux even close to a real business accounting package

Try Moneydance, which is close to QuickBooks for a small business, depending on your needs:
http://moneydance.com/

In my limited experience it's well-designed, well-supported, and geek-friendly (extensible with Python, open API, etc.). It appears to be multi-user but I've never tried that feature.

+ - CIA torture program "far different and far more harsh" then described

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Amid the uproar over Senator Feinstein's accusations that the CIA hacked and destroyed data on Senate computers, an important part of her speech to the Senate has been overlooked: "Chairman Rockefeller sent two of his committee staffers out to the CIA on nights and weekends to review thousands of these cables, which took many months. ... the two staffers completed their review into the CIA’s early interrogations in early 2009, ... The resulting staff report was chilling. The interrogations and the conditions of confinement at the CIA detention sites were far different and far more harsh than the way the CIA had described them to us." Senator Feinstein is Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence with access to classified information. Did this "far different and far more harsh" torture become public knowledge or was the program much worse than what we already know?"

Comment: Re:Well it IS the BBC (Score 1) 431

by guanxi (#46421017) Attached to: Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

As you demonstrate, ignorant, hateful people can be found everywhere. One way to spot them is that they depict the world as one group vs. another (Jews vs. Muslims), and talk about a group of people as if they are a single-minded whole (Jews do this, Muslims do that) rather than as millions or billions of individuals.

My reading of history is that the hateful people are the ones that cause the most trouble, independently of what other group they belong to.

Comment: Are you earning more since Reagan was elected? (Score 1) 269

by guanxi (#46156233) Attached to: How Voter Shortsightedness Skews Elections

Ironically, income for most Americans has not increased since Reagan became President.

It is surprising that cutting taxes and reducing regulations for corporations and the wealthy, while undermining unions and cutting government services to everyone else, results in the wealthy getting wealthier and the rest standing still. Who could have imagined such an outcome?

When will the " trickle down" that Reagan promised start happening? I feel like it could be any day now.

Comment: Why do Free/Open Source gurus use Google+? (Score -1) 169

by guanxi (#46146111) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions

Aren't there plenty of other, and Free, ways to publish? It's not the end of the world but when someone like Linus Torvalds does it I think it sends a message that undermines the value placed on FOSS systems. If end-user control isn't important for Torvalds' personal communication, when is it?

And yes, I'm aware I'm publishing this on Slashdot, but they say "Comments owned by the poster" and in this case, there's not a functional alternative for participating on this discussion.

+ - VC Likens Google Bus Backlash to Nazi Rampage

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Valleywag reports on legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tom Perkins' WSJ op-ed on class tensions, in which the KPCB founder and former HP and News Corp. board member likens criticism of the techno-affluent and their transformation of San Francisco to one of the most horrific events in Western history. "I would call attention to the parallels of Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich.'" Perkins writes. "There is outraged public reaction to the Google buses carrying technology workers from the city to the peninsula high-tech companies which employ them. We have outrage over the rising real-estate prices which these 'techno geeks' can pay...This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent "progressive" radicalism unthinkable now?""

Comment: Why are we testing drugs on humans? (Score 4, Insightful) 1038

by guanxi (#45991685) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

I thought testing drugs on humans -- without their informed consent and successful prior testing -- was banned long ago.

It doesn't matter that the person is a prisoner; in fact the standards are higher for them, because they are much less able to refuse consent. It also doesn't matter that they will die soon; terminally ill patients also must give informed consent.

What kind of sick society experiments on helpless prisoners?

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