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Comment: Re:Way too many humanities majors (Score 1) 338

by kharchenko (#49381559) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

The study of humanities can provide something called "perspective", which I find lacking in a lot of otherwise intelligent people who happen to be engineers.


Steve Jobs famously dropped out of college, but dropped in to take things like calligraphy courses

Yes, if there's any activity that promotes critical thinking it's painstaking and systematic reproduction and of pre-defined letter shapes.

Comment: Re:basically how the UAE works (Score 1) 247

by kharchenko (#49191113) Attached to: Facebook Rant Lands US Man In UAE Jail

I never understood the whole 'take your passport' thing. I was under impression that if I show up at the US embassy, say that I am a US citizen, that my passport was forcefully taken from me, and I want to go home, they'll go through some checks and give me the documents I need to go back. No?

Comment: Re:No bigger than ... (Score 0) 325

by kharchenko (#48550761) Attached to: Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

This is what chicken hitting an engine looks like. The engine effectively explodes. The engine gets a "passing" grade in such a test as long as the blades flying out of the explosion are contained by the enclosure and don't immediately destroy the rest of the plane. If you think this is a minor event, you're deluding yourself.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 594

by kharchenko (#48296833) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

You'd say that if you knew nothing of the early American space program. Of course, having demonstrated no knowledge of that history your opinion on the matter is pretty much worthless.

Perhaps you know of some secret space plane that went into orbit before Apollo, but this would be news for the rest of the world. So cite or STFU.

Felson's Law: To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.