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Comment Re:This is absurd (Score 1) 273

> If you work at a large enough company, you can't just take the company credit card to shop with whenever the whim strikes you. Otherwise the IT staff would end up with their own company Lamborghini.

That's pretty easy to avoid. Just have a purchasing limit for the employee. It's nice and simple and easily avoids the "lamborghini problem.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 0, Troll) 273

No. Socialism subverts the free market. It substitutes "fair" with "equal" and destroys the usual incentives that encourage people to excel. It's very much like communism in this respect. It errs to far on the other side and tends to sabotage anything that's not the status quo.

Comment Re: Ignorance? (Score 1) 234

Stop sounding like trailer trash.

Science is a method and a philosophy. It's not a set of facts put down in a book to be worshiped like an idol. Teaching those ideas would be far more useful then forcing to regurgitate a bunch of facts.

That way when they see Tyson put "science and truth" in a sentence together they can know how full of shit Tyson is.

Comment Re:Ignorance? (Score 1) 234

No. The problem is what do you call a person. At what point does a blob become a person? What's that defining moment.

Theocratic busybodies are no good at answering that question. They probably would not like the answer.

Plus you have other fun issues to deal with that the "morally superior" types like to ignore.

Comment Re: Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1027

> "Trump will make a terrible president because he wears a bad toupee."
> Ad Hominem. But doesn't make me wrong. Trump would be a horrible PotUS, just not because of the hair piece.

Your argument is still unproven and thus something that no one should take seriously. The requirement to "prove it" still remains.

That's the whole problem from the "bad arguments don't matter" camp.

Comment Re:what is with this regular propaganda on slashdo (Score 1) 183

It still helps to understand how the car functions, even if you don't intend to fix it yourself. Otherwise, it's easy to destroy your rather expensive asset or cause it to be a threat to self and others.

The same goes for computers.

On the other hand, the powers that be don't want informed consumers either.

Comment Re:The Indians place a high value on Education (Score 3, Informative) 183

> As for the Pakistanis, the Bangladeshis, the Afghans, the Indonesians and the Malays, their utmost priority is Islam, their religion

That's odd. I've known a number of Desis and Pakastanis in IT.

I even known a couple of genuine hadjis. It didn't seem to interfere with the job.

Apparently in Pakistan engineers and doctors have high prestige and IT gets lumped in with engineers.

Comment Re:Asian the most represented? (Score 2) 183

Across the board, academic success is linked to the parents. Even in "poor" households, the parents are the driving force. You simply cannot fully outsource education. The parents have to care, or the kids likely will not.

All of the whining about social justice won't change prevailing cultural values within the populations you are trying to "liberate". Special programs and throwing money the problem won't either.

Comment Re:I don't think K-12 CS is a good idea anyway (Score 1) 183

We've had similar problems outside of California.

Math education is uniformly abominable in the US and always has been. It was that way when I was a kid. Teachers don't care. If they do the rest of the machine will override them and grind them down.

A ghetto kid could make a miraculous turnaround do to the effort of some European college do-gooder and be slapped back down by his own kind. The brothers don't really need the help of the man. They can keep each other down all on their own.

There is no real interest in the US populace having a clue. It would destroy the consumer culture if people were numerate. Perpetrating a fear of math suits the ruling class.

"My sense of purpose is gone! I have no idea who I AM!" "Oh, my God... You've.. You've turned him into a DEMOCRAT!" -- Doonesbury