now I can watch, again, as people pay for nutritional supplements instead of just getting a dog. I love it when people spend hard-earned money specifically to avoid an enjoyable lifestyle. Live it up robot. Enjoy your more productive work life. Again. It's totally wasted on you.
I agree that the spying is necessary, and I agree that the crossing that line is a reasonable cost of the system.
I'm not happy about it, but I agree that the state of affairs would be much more expensive to tax payers to avoid my meta data.
But that doesn't mean you need to store it for decades. So how about this: you have ten days to accuse me of something. After that, you get to permanently destroy anything you have on me.
I'll even extend that to fingerprints and dna and blood. You want to "rule me out" as a possible suspect? No problem. But then you don't get to keep me on file such that I can come up later, by accident or otherwise.
And here's the thing. We can easily build it into your current laws under the fourth ammendment. The ten-day-old data requires a search warrant to have, the present-day data doesn't. Done. Then you can easily fight illegal search and siezure after-the-fact if you're ever accused based on old data.
So that's my idea. It's been my idea for a while.
Slavery was always cheaper than actually paying employees. Abusing employees' cars, destroying the batteries and wearing down the electronics in a never-ending charging loop every work day is obviously cheaper than buying your own batteries.
Cradle to grave is always a very different calculation -- one that most people never make.
Just stop begging me for money with disease-riddled children, starving, with bugs on their faces, and open wounds, on the food network. Basic farming never needed the space age. I'll give you as many seeds as you like. Grow'em, or walk until you can. It's been decades of your begging. I just don't care anymore.
high school isn't grade school.
calculus isn't a "basic understanding" of anything.
curriculum takes ten years to change, and acts on ten-year-old information, to teach children who won't enter society for ten years. So your children are educated thirty years behind the curve.
and still, the opportunity costs are huge for all of this. you're forgetting about the opportunity costs.
The chances are about 10% that he's entirely wrong, and about 20% that he's a little wrong, for something like this. You'd probably be surprised if you ever actually gathered the success rate of these sorts of things. That's why the headline is incorrect. It's not conclusive. It's speculative. Good speculation, but still totally non-conclusive.
"from space, we think this might be a very cold place, but we really have no freakin' clue what goes on there, since we've never been anywhere near it, and we don't intend to ever go there"
thanks for the guess. I don't care. Let me know when you discover that the standing air you said gets colder over time actually holds its heat, and that's why you didn't sense any of it from space. let me know when you discover the next in a long line of mysterious and unimaginable natural phenomena that changes every measurement you've ever made -- again.
stop reporting evidence as proof, please. the two are totally and completely independent.
chemistry, physics, calculus, algebra, geometry, statistics, computers, shop, gym, literature, english, psychology, biology, law, history, second language, philosophy, economics, geography, civilization, environmental science, government/politics, world studies, home economics, engineering, fine arts, graphic design, programming.
everything's an opportunity cost, and many skills interfere and even conflict with other skills. my question to you is this: how many of your adult friends don't know how to cook dinner for themselves? How many can't manage their own finances? How many can't build a shelf for their bedroom or a set of cubbies for their children? How many can't clean their own homes? How many can't read a weather map, understand a shakespeare play, or convert between basic units of measure? How many don't know where hawaii is, how to plug in a computer, or count the first ten prime numbers?
Everything has merit and value. That's never the point. You're not learning "everything". The question is what has relative merit and value. And what you'll find is that those people who've been taught the most, can't keep most of it straight enough to use it at all.
A simple blue-collar never-learned-anything-but-a-hammer-and-a-screw-driver can build just about anything small in his home. All by himself, on a whim, quickly. Furniture, shelves, decks, christmas decorations, you name it. The guy who spent thirty years in school, including shop classes, has far more money in his pocket, and far fewer shelves in his home. So he hires the first guy to make things. The first guy is always happy, except when he's short on money. The second guy is always stressed, despite having money.
I was the second guy. It's taken me five years, but now I'm much closer to the first guy. It'll take me another few years of "learning", but I'll get there.
You'll find that most people don't tend to have either in their home, let alone choose to mix them. Either way, the opportunity cost is incredibly high.
Basically, once again, the education system is a good 20 years behind the curve. Not surprising at all. It likes to pump out blue-collar workers. It always has.
You'd think that by 2014 this would be a very obvious requirement for any student to take. Certainly far more useful than chemistry and certainly way sooner than physics.
At the same time, I'm stunned that anyone would setup a situation where students are forced to have this as a requirement. There are many jobs/lifestyles that don't require any skills of this kind, and in which these sorts of skills are actually detrimental to those industries.
Basically, this looks a lot like 1980's algebra. Really incredibly valuable in 10% of the highest and most popular industries, and hence being pushed into schools. The moment that balance changes, we'll have another useless calculus on our hands.
That's an unfair scenario. There could be many quality differences between enterprise and consumer drives that simply don't come up in their environment. I know when I make consumer and enterprise-grade objects, of course the consumer-grade objects work -- I don't build carp -- but the enterprise-grade work better. For many values of better. Most often, that better includes things like a wider temperature range, dirtier air, and more frequent and rougher shipping. Even my packaging is wildly different as a result. Better foam, larger boxes. Also interestingly stupid things like additional electrical certifications. And then there are emergency situations like easier repair, in this case data-rescue would be a major feature, as would fire and flood resistance..
Hey, I've paid a lot for this name, and continue to do so. So if that's sarcasm, the joke's on you. It actually is my official and registered alias. You might try it some time -- proves that you actually care about what you say, standing behind your own words and whatnot.
What you're missing is that in the IT industry, specific models of hardware and specific versions of software isn't specific at all. So that's actually a very wide swath. Models have sub-models and configurations and versions, software versions have subversions and minor versions and releases and bulids too. But that's not what I mean.
The techniques by which a given professional uses those tools, how they put things together, their general attitudes towards the big-5 orientations, that's where your flexibility is.
The reasons that job requirements list the components, and not the techniques, are:
a. techniques are very difficult to read, write, understand, and accurately describe. Doing so would be incredibly confusing and never quite right.
b. most components simply aren't compatible with most other components. So much so that any professional with enough experience to have an opinion also winds up having a preferences. He simple doesn't want to fight with other components.
c. within any specific component, there exists a sub-world of amazing things that particular component can do that nothing else can. If you find the right expert, specializing only in that component, there are some wow things.
So then you should start fixing that problem. Your problem isn't with censorship. Your problem is with the ability for laws to spread unimpeded. That's the problem on which you ought to be focusing your efforts.
Fix the system, then you won't need to fight it.