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If I had to work in an environment like "Next Top Designer" or whatever, where your job depends on mostly opinion, I would leap out a window in no time.
It may not be fashionable in your circles, but human communication is, and will always be, a basic element of engineering.
"Just like we don't spank kids anymore because it's pointless and counterproductive, we should also stop "spanking" non-violent offenders but put them to good use instead."
The fundamental flaw with that logic is the assumption that the offender is remorseful, and wants to be put to good use. While it is certainly true in some cases, it's almost certainly NOT true in others. Figuring out which is really difficult, because it turns out that people tend to lie when they get caught.
the real crime is punishing a non-violent civil offender with violence (i.e. forced into a cage)
Would you feel the same way if a financial advisor intentionally stole all the money your parents had for retirement? That wouldn't be a physically violent act, but would seem to have consequences that merit punishment other than a fine.
As long as we are willing to include nuclear in that equation, than I agree.
Without a cheap storage mechanism, solar/wind/etc. cannot satisfy the baseline demand of the power grid. Yes, there are ways to do that. They also impact the environment and come with a steep cost.
Go back to bed, grandpa, with your stupid "in my day" bullshit
Rather than debate something you disagree with, you turn to insults. You're a dick.
(1) Kids of this age do not have the higher thinking skills to appreciate sacrificing something for longer term gain.
(2) If you force them use an outdated or substandard system, they will resent you, be humiliated with their friends (or more likely, lie about it to prevent that).
(3) You're not really teaching them anything useful in a practical sense. Yes, I love the Atari 2600 too. It is completely irrelevant to anyone born after 1990 except in a historical sense.
(4) Desire to learn history has to come from the seeker, not the purveyor of that knowlege. It can be encouraged, but not forced.
Repeat it with me: "This is not an AI breakthrough".
Not in this case. Men in black will make the case disappear or be dismissed for trumped up reasons.
Good luck with that.