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Comment: Re:Why doesn't Moz acknowledge the market share is (Score 1) 98

by amicusNYCL (#49382613) Attached to: Firefox 37 Released

You might be right, Firefox does seem to be experiencing a certain level of feature creep and bloat these days. Perhaps Mozilla should think about a new browser, one that is specifically designed to be fast and high-performance, while still adhering to the standards. They could call it Phoenix.

Comment: Re:"We must not throw the baby out with the bathwa (Score 1) 49

by TapeCutter (#49382097) Attached to: EU Commission Divided Over Nation-Specific Content Blocking
Downloading is legal in most places, if you think about for a bit the internet simply wouldn't work if it was illegal. The catch is that most torrent clients upload by default, not a problem here in Oz because nobody has ever been sued for "illegal downloading". The MAFIAA have said they will start the US system threatening letters here but they haven't because they know it would be seen by Aussie courts as extortion, which is a 'real' crime. The current communications minister has basically said that if they want legislative help with piracy then they will need to get rid of regional locking and stop price gouging Aussies on content.

The thing about uploading in Oz is that the copyright holder can only sue for REAL damages, the imagined "lost sales" does not come into the equation. If the real damages do not exceed $100 there's nothing the Aussie MAFIAA can do but cry.

Comment: There are lousy STEM programs too (Score 1) 289

by sirwired (#49380675) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

It's a total fallacy to assume that a humanities degree is somehow inherently easier to earn than a STEM degree. Certainly some colleges have some lousy humanities programs that aren't worthy of calling a "college education", and the same is also true for some STEM programs. Each school has different strengths. A skilled humanities professor certainly has a decent B.S. detector, just like a skilled STEM professor knows how to write test questions where memorizing formulas and review questions won't save you.

Comment: Money can't buy happiness, but... (Score 1) 289

by sirwired (#49380597) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

SirWired's Career Axiom: "Money can't buy happiness, but happiness can't buy anything."

I'm all for "following your passion" when picking your major, but while you are in college, you need to be angling your courses some general direction towards figuring out how to make a living afterwards. This is especially relevant if you've picked a major without ready quantities of employment directly related to your major. Doubly relevant if your "dream career" involves hitting the proverbial rare jackpot like becoming a music/acting/art/literature/dance star.

Most programs outside STEM have ample elective slots that can be used to "fill-out" your transcript with things like business skills, a smattering of technology, etc.

Heck, most STEM grads would be well-served by shoehorning things like writing classes, business classes, etc., although this is more difficult, due to the reduced elective slots.

Comment: Re: It's stupid (Score 1) 158

Yes. The last stuff I wrote that I couldn't compile today was in "Promal" or "Paradox". My C and C++ code from 1980 still builds and runs.

All of my web development is on Ruby on Rails. That environment has had a lot of development and I've had to port to new versions. So old code for RoR would not quite run out of the box, but it's close.

Comment: Re:Way too many humanities majors (Score 4, Insightful) 289

by ShanghaiBill (#49379735) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

... using this STEM market glut as a prime example.

People with STEM degrees have lower unemployment, and higher salaries. To say there is a "glut" relative to humanities is silly.

the ability to deal with people, to write well, to communicate, to create, these are also important job skills.

They are indeed important skills. But they are not "humanities". Sitting through a lecture on philosophy or sociology does not make one a better communicator, or better able to deal with people.

If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for. -- W.C. Fields