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Comment Re:It seemed too good to be true... (Score 2) 425 425

Neither of those OS's, by default, farm you for information.

That's not possible for a Google product. The point of all Google products is to farm information from you. That's why they create the products. The default settings will always be "Upload everything to Googles server for purposes of turning you into a product to be sold".

Comment There might be a reason (Score 1) 365 365

some sites deliberately stop their users from being as secure as possible, for no really justifiable reason.

Perhaps the website has had issues with some sort of script, or bad actor, who just pastes password guesses into the field. Then the site admin found that blocking pastes blocked the software which was trying to attack them.

Comment Re:But don't equate coding with comp-sci (Score 1) 132 132

Remember that systems like Watson are not programmed

I wonder what the programmers who worked on Watson think about that? A system like Watson isn't creating anything new though, Watson is doing pattern matching and natural language synthesis. Watson is basically saying "Given the words in your question, here is the probable answer, and here is where I got that information". A lot of programming is "Do something new."

Comment Re:Not everyone is interested in STEM (Score 2) 132 132

Given that this program is exposing them to STEM courses, I don't see how this is forcing them into STEM fields. You won't be able to find a single course in school that everyone is interested in. So given that your complaint is that 'not everyone is interested in STEM' as the reason to not teach Science Technology Engineering or Math subjects in school, if you apply that to any subject, there wouldn't be any subjects teachable in school.

Also, people who like the STE of STEM, tend to not end up in public education (Math being the possible exception), schools are filled with adults with no interest in STE (but I admit the interest in M can vary wildly). So having some extra encouragement for STE might help make the amount of STEM taught in school to match the interest in STEM that the students have.

Comment Re:And as usual, Slashdot commenters miss the poin (Score 1) 280 280

Instead, the point is that there exists a systematic, cultural, and longstanding bias against encouraging and fostering scientific and mathematical proficiency in female students,

Given that I can't recall any encouraging or fostering of myself for my chosen field of employment, I can't muster up anything beyond apathy for those who complain about the lack of fostering for going into one field or another.

Comment Re:Most Important (Score 1) 485 485

First things first: We have to make sure that no banker ever loses so much as a Euro, no matter how bad the investment. That's primary in this deal.

Do you mean individual people who happen to be employed at banks, or the banks themselves? Because yes, society at large has an issue with the banks losing large amounts of money. Why? Because is the money in the banks is societies money. Where did the bank get the money to lend to Greece? From you. So if the Greece defaults on their debts, and then banks don't get repaid, it's your money that went away and will no longer be able to pull out of the bank. If there's no money to pull out of the bank, there's no money to pull out of the bank.

Comment Re:Wrong skin color (Score 1) 410 410

According to this article, having too many people of a specific skin color in an area causes crime.

Actually, according to the article, it's claiming that by having too many rich people causes crime. The idea being that having someone move it and get a well paying job that must have only come from making someone else unemployed. So now there are a bunch of unemployed homeless people, and all of the housing has gone to over paid people. So home breakins has increased because now there's actually something worth stealing in houses.

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. -- Poul Anderson