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Comment false equivalence run amok.. (Score 1) 519

Let's turn his comment and audience around. If an up-and-coming ISIS leader said "America isn't necessarily evil. It is made up of people doing what they think is best for their community. Violence is not the answer, though." what would happen? You'd find his corpse being used as an illustration for others who question their ideology of violence. When you have no right to speak freely without fear, you have no rights at all.

Comment Luddites in academia (Score 1) 221

(Some) Luddites in academia will still object if you show up in class and pull out a tablet with the book digitized on it. The dead-tree-textbook-publishing racket will die a slow and painful death as the publishing professors and companies seek to maintain their monopoly. $400 for a "new" Calculus textbook printed this year when the previous edition of that same book was in print for only 2 years? In most other areas of life this would be called extortion.

Comment !yet (Score 1) 235

These are some of the same climate scientists openly discussing geo-engineering of the climate. Just as you can't automate what you don't understand, you can't 'fix' something if you can't accurately describe how and why it's broken. Hands off until they can please..

Comment Re:Breakdown of adult interaction, oral tradition? (Score 2) 351

Interesting observation. My sample size is 5 children, and though it's not statistically significant, it does offer some insights. My children who came of age before ubiquitous connectivity are better conversationalists and are more connected with "tribal knowledge" of the spoken and relational kinds, whereas my youngest are totally connected to the Internet teat and are more disconnected from familial and "tribal" inputs. It will be interesting to see what they and millions of their peers do to the political and social institutions of the US. If you're not a little scared by that prospect, you're not paying attention.

Comment Re:No way! (Score 1) 514

If tech companies didn't use H-1B visas to hire in low wage foreign workers at the very same time they're forcing out existing skilled workers I'd totally agree with you. I have no issues with offering "educated, hungry, motivated people" from the rest of the world access to US labor markets, but some sanity needs to be injected into the process. As it stands, we have many (HP/IBM/MS/FB, etc..) companies essentially lying that there's a "STEM shortage" on one hand and hard data supporting there's no STEM shortage on the other. There's a balance to be struck with the variables of pay, availability, education, residency and motivation that's been out of whack for some time now. Companies need to be forced to be more selective and to provide better justification before hiring tens of thousands of otherwise ineligible foreign nationals to fill jobs in the US while at the same time some efforts beed to be made to ensure those who get hired aren't wage slaves to their visa status.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.