Our limited education tax dollars have no business funding something so useless to modern society as darkroom photography.
Same with all this poetry and painting nonsense. Why should our kids learn about that kind of worthless trash?
there is nothing evil about getting free clicks out of people to dumb or lazy to read the entire link before they click it.
Just like there is nothing evil about throwing mountains of legalese inside a EULA before you are able to use a piece of software?
Now it seems it's just a mire of bitcoin spam and pro/anti government flames.
Instead of wasting precious cycles mining bitcoins one could have used them for protein folding or increasing social welfare rather than harvesting some arbitrary commodity for self-enrichment.
FB is the new cigarettes, I'd say. It used to be cool, but now everyone who started when it was cool wishes they hadn't.
So, like cigarettes, people are starting to pick it up again for the image that it offers?
The "Green Mountain" in their company names refers to the piles of green dollars that they are making with this crap.
Or it could be a reference to the Green Mountains of Vermont near to where they were founded.
So much hate for really rather an insignificant and mundane product...
Except that it is not. There are currently about two million practicing engineers in the USA, and that number is growing by about 70,000 per year. So we are not "shedding" STEM jobs. The unemployment rate for computer professionals and engineers is about 3% compared to an overall rate of over 7%.
I apologize for interrupting this whine-fest with actual facts.
Actually for equivalently educated Americans (those who concluded accredited undergraduate degree programs) you're looking at around 4% unemployment versus a overall computer/math degree unemployment of 3.4% (as quoted in the original article).
It isn't that large of a gulf as it may appear with the general populace.
do we want to teach the next generation that government responsibility and transparency are virtues, and that acting in service to the truth is good? that whistleblowing is something to be admired? or do we want to show them that it's a good way to serve attention-seeking narcissists?
This. It saddens me how much vitriol is offered in return to people who suggest as much; sort of bewildering.
Couple that with the growing understanding of the brain, how it functions, and how to read it via various imaging techniques, and the growing understanding of the genetic links to behavior and you have the foundations for the future development of either major medical breakthroughs, or terrible tools of oppression. I wonder if we have the ethics to use these many new tools for good? Humanity has a tendency for technology to outpace wisdom.
Much of this rhetoric borders on needless alarmism; we've had technologies of destruction and oppression for decades and we've managed fairly well despite it. Don't forget that psychological/scientific analysis of human behavior has been influencing politics and those in power for over a century now.