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Comment: Re:Binoculars (Score 1) 185

by jwdb (#47744873) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

Ideal viewing times for these come rarely, and at the magnifications required he would also need a very expensive tracking mount in order to really enjoy them.

That's news to me... I regularly watched Saturn's rings a few years ago using a cheap Nature Company 4" refractor. Couldn't see any details of course, but I could very clearly make them out, an inspiring sight. Can you do that with binoculars?

Comment: Re:And when you include end-of-life costs? (Score 1) 409

I agree, a panacea it is not. I'd rather see nukes than coal, but I'm looking forward to the day we can rely on space-born generation. It's still a pipe dream, but a conference I was at a few years ago had a few people presenting on the topic. Seems the Japanese are very interested.


Comment: Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (Score 1) 868

by jwdb (#47564959) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

The (very Muslim) Egypt is also blockading Gaza.

Misrepresenting the facts. Egypt closed the border with Gaza among other reasons because Hamas is seen as part of the Muslim Brotherhood, who Sisi kicked out. It's because the Egyptian leaders are not Muslim that they're blockading, not despite of them being.

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 868

by jwdb (#47564809) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Both strongmen considered their victims to be their citizens and subjects. In the state of rebellion, but citizens nonetheless. Bullshit propaganda much?

Whereas Israel does not consider the Palestinians to be citizens? What are they then, an invading army?

How are they citizens?

They're native to the region, which satisfies the definition you linked.
Even the US will admit that anyone born on its soil is a citizen.

So? The "boundaries" have Israel on one of the sides - why aren't you claiming them to be citizens of Jordan and Egypt? At least, those two neighbors actually once occupied the entire West Bank and Gaza respectively - for twenty years...

Simple: Jordan and Egypt are not claiming that Gaza and the West Bank are part of their country, whereas Israel is.

Israeli government has changed many times since the country's establishment - swinging from Left to Right and anything in between. Never once have PLO or Hamas changed their official goal of destroying Israel.

Besides the point, verging on a straw-man. Whatever the Palestinians are, that doesn't make the Israelis any less far-right.

Comment: Re:This is the problem with having a two party sys (Score 1) 533

by jwdb (#47468149) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

But even in countries with larger third parties, they're seldom major parts of government.

In Belgium we have the Christian Democrats, the Liberals, the Socialists, the Nationalists (two types, even), the Greens, and those are just the major parties of the north. I count 13 parties with seats in the federal government after the most recent election, and a coalition usually includes at least two northern parties and two southern parties, but often more.

The make-up of the government can change significantly, as well. For example, the big winner in the north of the country, the nationalist NVA party, didn't exist 15 years ago and now they've got the most seats of all parties (22%). Government negotiations this year are going to be a real pain because the Nationalists and the Northern Christian Democrats are at loggerheads with the Socialists and the Southern Christian Democrats, with the Liberals of both north and south are caught in between.

So far it doesn't seem to have led to a lot of radical change in outcomes other than making the election results take a couple of extra days due to the calculations involved when there's a dozen candidates.

If you want a laugh, look up the Belgian political crisis of 2010-11. It took the government 541 days of negotiations to form a coalition. I believe that's a modern world record.

We just started using ranked choice voting for elections in Minneapolis, which in theory eliminates the "lost vote" problem by allowing you to make third parties your first choice but still vote "defensively" by making some other candidate a secondary choice.

I support such voting systems, in the hope they will bring candidates to the center.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 509

by jwdb (#47465621) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

I agree with most of what you advise, and am encouraged by the fact that at least some high schools are looking to improve financial literacy. However...

Never own a credit card. They are all scams and are far more likely to ruin your credit than help it.

Nonsense. Get a credit card, but also set up an automatic payment to pay it off in full each month. You then get the fraud protection and convenience of a credit card without having to pay any interest.

And for me, having been out of the country for quite a while, it's the only practical way to build up a credit history at the moment.

Comment: Re:That's not what I took away from this... (Score 1) 347

by jwdb (#47313821) Attached to: Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

To quote the article...

Many astrophysicists believe that supernovas can also undergo a second collapse, generating an additional burst of neutrinos. Thatâ(TM)s why the detectors on Earth spotted two bursts.

Or is this a minority theory? I'm no astrophysicist, so couldn't tell you myself.

Comment: Re:Administrators (Score 1) 538

by jwdb (#47292623) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

HR departments requiring a BA for the most menial of office tasks makes it the point.

This is the problem, but isn't the fault of universities. Why you expect them to change to suit the HR department baffles me.

Requiring a fucking MA to work in a library as a salaried employee and not a volunteer (the US is the only country I know of that does this) makes it the point.

Again, not the university's problem.

But sure, it's /all/ the student's fault for expecting something in return for all that money. /sneer

I have nothing but contempt for you.

Go fuck yourself.

Remember the good old days, when CPU was singular?