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Comment Everybody, but Americans. (Score 1) 344

This should produce some interesting points for AGW. Basically, nations and businesses can NOT be trusted on how much pollution, esp. CO2, that they emit. It is time to move to global monitoring via satellite (OCO2 and OCO3), along with a tax on ALL GOODS based on where the worst parts come from. This will be the ONLY way to drop global CO2.

Comment Re:No. It won't be (Score 1) 79

I think the hold up is that ARM needs to be comparable in terms of computing power to Intel.

I don't think "comparable" is sufficient. I think that to switch an OS where people primerally use propeitary native code to a new incompatible CPU architecture the new processors have to be substantially more powerful to offset the performance cost of the emulation.

I find it unlikely that ARM will ever make a processor that is substantially more powerful than a regular desktop/laptop intel chip.

Comment Re:Typical (Score 1) 169

For some reason, "Schoolhouse Rock" left out the arm-twisting, horse-trading, and other backroom dealing necessary to get a bill passed.

Schoolhouse Rock came out during the Bicentennial Year (1976) with a strong emphasis on positive themes. I don't think anyone back then wanted to re-visit "the arm-twisting, horse-trading, and other backroom dealing" behind the three-fifth compromise between the free states and the slave states for the U.S. Constitution. A compromise that led to a Civil War in the 1860's, the civil rights movement in the 1960's and the Black Lives Matter movement today.

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Journal Journal: Plutus' Revenge

It was the only life-bearing planet in the entire universe; the very first planet to have life. It was the only planet in existence to have the conditions necessary for biogenesis, including being a double planet, each orbiting each other. The double planet was one of the keys of biogenesis, because of the tides. The timing of orbits and gravities had to be perfect, as well as chemical and photonic conditions.

Comment Re:Fuck this nonsense (Score 1) 169

We need kids who know the law, who understand finance, who will become actual citizens.

We need kids who will become carpenters, electricians, plumbers and other skilled trade workers. Construction is facing a critical shortage of workers as the foreign-born workers went home after the Great Recession, others got jobs in different industries, and most will retire in the years to come. We don't need more lawyers or Wall Street finance guys. We need people who can rebuild America.

Comment Re:Clueless (Score 1) 169

Somebody tell Rahm that quite soon most software will be written by software.

Like the early text editors that wrote mangled HTML code? If you knew HTML and CSS in the late 1990's, you could wade through the source code to manually fix those misbehaving table cells. Tweny years later, I still write HTML code by hand. I even write Python scripts that write HTML template code. Just because software is written by other software, you still need to know how software works when things go horribly wrong.

Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 1) 169

When I worked on the Google help desk in 2008, I had to walk a newly hired Stanford software engineer through the process of turning on his computer. That shocked him. He expected to arrive at a university-style computer lab where someone would turn on the computers for him. Surprising how many software engineers don't know their way around a modern computer as an ordinary user.

Comment Re:Sounds like bullshit to me ... (Score 1) 169

When I skipped high school to get an associate degree from the community college, I had trouble getting level-entry jobs for the first five years after graduation because I didn't have a high school diploma. Never mind that an associate degree ranks higher than a high school diploma. Once I got hired by a Fortune 500 company through a roommate, the high school diploma became less relevant and experience became more important to my tech career.

Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 2) 169

Not to mention....the education system should NOT be in the hands of the Feds to dictate what the states teach.

What part of United States don't you understand? Someone has to set the educational standards for the entire country. We can't have 50 states marching to a different drummer, especially when we have a political culture that values ignorance over intelligence.

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