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Comment: Re:High unemplyment and we suddenly need more robo (Score 1) 157

This is known as the 'broken window fallacy'. It says that if I go around breaking windows, jobs to fix windows will be created, and the economy will benefit. But really, what's happened is that we're living less efficiently. Houses with windows become more expensive, since the windows must be continually replaced. We waste effort fixing them that could have been spent on something with benefit.

The same is true when you make a factory less efficient. On the extreme side, we could require all workers to have one hand tied behind their backs, tripling the number of jobs created per factory. But the money those workers earned would be worth a lot less, since all goods would be much more expensive.

To put it as simply as I can, which society has more poverty: the one where they keep all of their harvests and GDP output, or the one where they incinerate two thirds of it? Because destroying two-thirds of it is equivalent to working at 1/3 efficiency.

Comment: Our Experience (Score 4, Informative) 269

by myrdos2 (#42134803) Attached to: NPD Group Analysts Say Windows 8 Sales Sluggish
My girlfriend got a Windows 8 netbook, since that's all they had in the store. She hates it. The default metro apps take a long time to load and feel sluggish, even though they're meant for tablets. She also complains that they're poorly thought-out, and it's hard to figure out simple functionality. IE, how do you move the to the next picture when looking at pictures in a folder. Also, she's getting tired of everything wanting to go full screen.

Comment: Re:Not Thankful (Score 1) 197

by myrdos2 (#42071099) Attached to: GNOME 3 To Support a "Classic" Mode, of Sorts

Some people hate it with a frightening absence of passion. They drink tea out of delicate porcelain cups, while stroking a white cat. Their bluish lips tighten briefly, and there is a hint of tightness in their eyes as they steeple their fingers and regard the offending desktop with disdain.

Or so I imagine. I've never tried Gnome 3. I hear it sucks.

Comment: Re:Suprising how? (Score 4, Insightful) 771

by myrdos2 (#41262615) Attached to: The Motivated Rejection of Science

We notice that all of the mentioned 'science' issues are tied to public policy positions of the left and that the 'scientists' are working outside their areas of expertise when they push policy solutions to the problems they 'find.'

Whole lines of research were simply forbidden as career ending. Consipracy theories almost always pop up in vacumns of fact, especially when it is pretty obvious that facts are suspected but being supressed.

So... is your post some kind of satire, or what?

Comment: Misleading Summary (Score 4, Insightful) 734

The actual quote is:

Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

It sounds like "Outcome-Based Education" is that you aren't graded by how many hours you spend learning or working, but by the output you can produce. So they're saying you could use this to brainwash students based on the teacher's political agenda? IE, at the end of the class you will show you understand his views, and why everyone else is wrong. When you put it like that, it doesn't seem so bad...

Of course, what they're really saying is don't challenge our creationist views with your fancy logic. And that's sad.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (1) Gee, I wish we hadn't backed down on 'noalias'.

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