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Comment: Re:Don't you know? (Score 2) 107

by nucrash (#48418329) Attached to: Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

As an educator, I can tell you, being cut off from the internet has been a serious hindrance in teaching class.

I taught at one of those evil "For Profit" schools and wasn't able to provide adequate resources for students to be able to download the tools for class, let alone entire operating systems which were needed from time to time.

I used my phone as a hotspot for teaching because there wasn't enough bandwidth for a youtube instructional video.

Comment: Re:Dems who held the Senate for SIX FUCKING YEARS (Score 1) 441

by nucrash (#48417631) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Two things you never want to see manufactured. Sausage, and Legislation.

Lawmakers get paid to apply an angle to anything to get legislation that benefits them and screws everyone else through all the time. That is their role. You can attack the Affordable Care Act all day long, but how much has the public been lied to over the Invasion of Iraq, The PATRIOT Act, and so many many more pieces of legislation over the years.

Lincoln's most recent film exposed deception back in the Civil War to free the slaves.

Social Security was built around the idea that the average life span was 64 years old, so if you happen to be one of the lucky few that make it that far, congratulations, you earned a check. For those who passed away before then, too bad, so sad.

Insurance is built around the same principle by default. The key problem with Insurance is that the younger generation didn't have enough money to keep the Insurance companies afloat and because many younger people such as myself see insurance as not all that important, we would skip on that until it was needed. Fortunately I managed to gain employment at a company that will provide coverage before I needed any serious surgery.

Comment: Re: I am not reading that. (Score 1) 245

by nucrash (#48403953) Attached to: Big Talk About Small Samples

That's pretty much how I saw reading this material. Guess what, statistically people are still racist and even more people seem to be offended by feeding of babies in public.

There was not enough data to assist in this statistically small sampling.

Why I get so frustrated by polls anymore is that there are so many variables that can affect the outcome. Nathan Silver has done a great job of minimizing the noise and amplifying the signal, but the work involved is impressive. I have seen poor phrasing of questions, sampling of people who own telephones which limits your demographic to older people. Sampling people only at churches would skew results. Hitting only rural areas if you are a conservative or hitting only urban areas if you are liberal could easily sway people back and forth.

This individual with a double digit sample size isn't worth recognizing. What is he doing? A survey for grade school?

Comment: Re:This article is useless (Score 2) 91

by nucrash (#48401531) Attached to: Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

History seems to repeat itself with every new technology.

1. is new fangled and confusing, only used by a few.
2. hits mass acceptance.
3. is not perceived as useful at work because people will not actually get work done, they will just screw off.
4. starts to become useful and appealing as a way to get work done faster.
5. becomes the status quo for work environment and getting work done becomes impossible without the .

In the place of you can place:

a. Telephone
b. Personal Computer
c. Email
d. Internet
e. Instant Messenger
f. Social Networking
g. Cloud Services
h. Cellular Phones
i. Smart Phones

This is literally the same story over and over and over.

My company is one that blocks Facebook, but there are a select few who are allowed through because... "They can't get their job done without it."
I can tell you that at one time or another access to each of these resources was limited by my company and that slowly over the years, there has been a transition for each and every one of these.

Comment: Re:Why is this story on the front page? (Score 2) 834

by nucrash (#48361437) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

Anyone who expresses any opinion at all on this article will be doxxed and demoralized. That's part of the problem.

There needs to be a way to resolve this matter without this continual conflict, but so far the only way to manage to do that without getting dragged into a knockdown brawl is to not get involved.
This makes apathy the answer. The problem with apathy being the answer is that history shows a lot of bad things happen in the presence of an apathetic crowd. In World War II, the U.S. was apathetic to the plight of the Jews. In the seventies, the U.S. was apathetic to the plight of Cambodia under the rule of Khymer Rouge. In the nineties, the US was apathetic to the plight of the people of Rwanda.

So here we are stuck on trying to not get involved in this senseless war and trying to prevent those from succumbing the out right aggressiveness of parties for and against everyone involved in GamerGate.

Comment: Author's Idealism Fails, but Consider this.... (Score 1) 834

by nucrash (#48359701) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

We can talk about the idealism of trying to protect those who are being harassed, and attacking the harassers all day, but unfortunately humanity doesn't seem to be wired towards that mentality. Our social order seems to still follow rules of mob mentality. This is why we still have situations where some kid is kicked down and rather than protecting him, many in the crowd kick or even stomp on the downed person. Sometimes we come to the defense of others who we feel have been wronged. Sadly, I have tried to do this act most of my life and found myself frustrated that I was actually standing up for someone who was just craving attention more than someone who was truly wronged. We as a society struggle with trying to protect the weak so that they can have an opportunity to flourish and trying to naturally select those who we deem worthy to move on.

Unfortunately, being on the protectionist side, we fail to understand how driven those on the aggressive side are and are often lured into becoming aggressive ourselves. Our best offensive strategy is not to be on the attack or shaming our opponents, but to find a way for these people to reflect on the negative nature of their behavior. As they are forced to consider the damage of their actions, then perhaps they might change their attitude.

I can not say that I am without being aggressive and attacking those who disagree with me. I have called many people racist and more than likely far worse. Yet now I reflect on this behavior with great sadness as I have been taught how to behave better than that.

Comment: Re: Well (SpaceShipThree (Score 1) 594

by nucrash (#48296587) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

SpaceShipTwo was a stepping stone to SpaceShipThree which actually added some practical level to the business model of Virgin Galactic. SpaceShipTwo was built entirely to get the initial capital rolling and then further utilize the profits to build a market for suborbital flight like for the Kangaroo Run or From New York to Tokyo.

Imagine a day where the US President is able to take (NASA One?) from DC to Moscow within two hours to put out some political fires. Virgin Galactic is working towards that plan. So while I don't much care for a business model that is some tourist trap to get a few wealthy people to spend 14 minutes floating, I do enjoy the idea of making Space flight potentially affordable.

Who knows, perhaps one day, we could make a trip to the moon as routine as a grocery run. We will have to spend time time and sacrifice a bit to get there. I am still sorry for the loss of the individual who passed away, but I only feel he would feel his contribution to society would best be not wasted by continuing to build on his sacrifice.

Comment: Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (Score 4, Insightful) 739

by nucrash (#48277167) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

"In theory that works great, in practice it does not work at all."

Republican policies in a nutshell.

The first statement holds true for a lot of political ideologies. Welfare sounds like a great system to end hunger, and we assume that no one would want to live on government assistance. Some people are perfectly happy giving the minimum though.

Taxes and exemptions sound ideal too except you have people who are going to take every exemption to end up not paying a dime.

Comment: Re: Why at a place of learning? (Score 1) 1007

by nucrash (#48244949) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

As long as you are showing evidence that refutes the decisions of the IPCC, I welcome that into consideration. I am sure they will too. However, Venus serves as a pretty good model as to what happens when you trap a lot of carbon in the atmosphere. This is where Global Warming concerns came from. Mars serves as a model of what happens when you don't have enough carbon in your atmosphere.

When you can develop better scientific models which reflect what's going on in the world, then the entire scientific community will listen, but you can't just dump bullshit out there without some evidence to backup your claims.

Comment: Re:Why at a place of learning? (Score 1) 1007

by nucrash (#48243875) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Religions often ask you not to question the creator or authorities. Science is built on the idea of curiosity, Science can only work if you question authorities.

As a scientific mind, I welcome you to question everything I understand and rewrite the world as I know it. As a religious fundamentalist, I scold you for attempting such a thing.

This is why religion and science are not often compatible.

Comment: Re:Why at a place of learning? (Score 3, Insightful) 1007

by nucrash (#48243795) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

By telling future generations that the planet is 6000 years old when the universe is 14 billion light years across, you stunt the growth of individuals. This is like telling kids today that Columbus discovered America and proved that the Earth is round. No, he screwed up and though it was in the East Indies.

Then we wonder while our kids are so screwed up compared to the rest of the world. They have to relearn everything and straighten up the moronic things everyone taught them earlier.

As far as testable, we already have evidence that creationists are morons. Done and Done. Now we just need to prevent them from trying to spread their ignorance.

Comment: Re:If you tax the rich, they'll leave (Score 3, Insightful) 255

Think of it like this:

If we took that money and spent it on education alone, considering the average cost of what it takes to put a student through school in a year ($11,153), that would allow for 6276 students. That's per year for 15 years.

In less than two years, India would have been able to pay for another Satellite to orbit Mars.

Think of the amount of road work that could have been done in that time?

I know this is from a Tax and Spend Democrat, but right now, I know there are a lot of students that could use that money, as improving their living conditions would improve their school performance.

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