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Comment: Re:Nerds care about politics too (Score 3, Interesting) 676

by kharchenko (#49459915) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

If Warren won't run, I'll vote for Bernie Sanders, the only Independant in Congress.

I sympathize with your view, but I hope you're not fooling yourself that someone who actually wants to stand up for the little guy has any chance of being nominated. Warren is demonized as a left-wing nut, and the most extreme thing she tried to do was to lower the student loan rate to match that the Fed is giving to the banks. Someone should import a few real left-wing nuts, put them up in some reality TV show, just so people get some sense as to what that really means.

Comment: Re:Way too many humanities majors (Score 1) 397

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.

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.