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Comment: I went to school a bit ago, (Score 1) 828

by paulgrant (#33093318) Attached to: What's Wrong With the American University System

at an Ivy League, and I love learning. When I went to take a premed track, my advisor asked me why I wanted to study Organic Chemistry; I told him I was interested in chemistry (comp sci degree). He told me point black not to take the courses as they would decrease my GPA and that he wouldn't sign the slip (reviewing/approving my courseload, which was anywhere between 16-18 credit hours per semester). I switched to another advisor who asked the same thing, I gave him the same answer, cut off his same reply, and told him I was going to take that course whether they liked it or not. He signed my slip and did so (without looking) for the remaining times that were required.

The truth is, the parents aren't at home making sure there kids are learning, society doesn't reward knowledge or creativity, it values entertainment and shallow group think, the kids themselves don't know any better, and by the time they get a clue, its too late to catch up to the kids who were reading all those years, the teachers (when they are qualified!) can't fix the problems with years of neglect (on the part of students, teachers, parents) and administrators keep dumping the good teachers and replacing them with the latest crop of young, inexperienced teachers whose only "qualifications" for teaching are a completely useless "education" degree. Did I mention the continuous decline in the actual material taught (grade inflation, dumbing down of anything controversial, removal of the basics)? I still remember when they "re-adjusted" the SAT's about 4 years after I left and inflated the average by a 100 points.

Lord, I've been fighting to get away from schooling in this country almost all my life. I would have much rather had the expense spent "educating" me given in the form of books, space, and some rudiementary supplies....

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Pirates as a Marketplace 214

Posted by Soulskill
from the marrrrrrrket-share dept.
John Riccitiello, the CEO of Electronic Arts, made some revealing comments in an interview with Kotaku about how the company's attitudes are shifting with regard to software piracy. Quoting: "Some of the people buying this DLC are not people who bought the game in a new shrink-wrapped box. That could be seen as a dark cloud, a mass of gamers who play a game without contributing a penny to EA. But around that cloud Riccitiello identified a silver lining: 'There's a sizable pirate market and a sizable second sale market and we want to try to generate revenue in that marketplace,' he said, pointing to DLC as a way to do it. The EA boss would prefer people bought their games, of course. 'I don't think anybody should pirate anything,' he said. 'I believe in the artistry of the people who build [the games industry.] I profoundly believe that. And when you steal from us, you steal from them. Having said that, there's a lot of people who do.' So encourage those pirates to pay for something, he figures. Riccitiello explained that EA's download services aren't perfect at distinguishing between used copies of games and pirated copies. As a result, he suggested, EA sells DLC to both communities of gamers. And that's how a pirate can turn into a paying customer."
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New WoW Patch Brings Cross-Server Instances 342

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-and-shiny dept.
ajs writes "World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King expansion was staggered into 4 phases. The fourth and final phase, patch 3.3, was released on Tuesday. This patch is significant in that it will be the first introduction of one of the most anticipated new features in the game since PvP arenas: the cross-realm random dungeon, as well as the release of new end-game dungeons for 5, 10 and 25-player groups. The patch notes have been posted, and so has a trailer. The ultimate fight against the expansion's antagonist, the Lich King a.k.a. Arthas, will be gated as each of the four wings of the final dungeon are opened in turn — a process that may take several months. The next major patch after 3.3 (presumably 4.0) will be the release of Cataclysm, the next expansion."
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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Posted by samzenpus
from the snack-is-going-to-be-on-the-floor-today dept.
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment: Re:The problem with "legal" taxation (Score 1) 762

by paulgrant (#30192330) Attached to: Calling B.S. On Amazon's Taxation Arguments

What do you mean when; its already happening. currency has devalued almost 135% in the last 3 years alone; theres a negative interest rate in effect 0% interest + the treasury is paying banks to deposit their illusory gains; asia's smart enough to catch on and they're very nervous about what the US is doing -- to the point were they are not willing to invest in the US without gaurantees from the US government that there is a fixed amount they will print before returning the interest rate to its proper place.

Actually at this point I figure we're about 1 year away from Government paying its employees in scrip. States have already started. Recession over my ass. and don't let the unemployment no's fool you/stock market fool you; unemployment is already running as high as 16.7% (for minorities -- white people are a year behind at 10%), and the stockmarket is only going up because the currency is devaluing.

Comment: Re:Could we please stop spreading this myth? (Score 1) 206

by paulgrant (#28877223) Attached to: EU May Allow US To Keep Snooping On European Bank Data

>Cool how you don't answer anything ... but pretty obvious.

I respond to all your points, you snip most of mine ;)

>I ain't saying east or west is better - I am saying that individuals are better and no system or ethos should be in place to suppress that.
Uptight neighbours, moralistic societies, cops, religion - it's all control bollocks - all good in very small amounts, but not really a way to run the world.

Somebodies got run it. An *objective*, *knowledgeable* comparison of systems is in order. I've lived in both cultures. Each has its merits.
On the society-wide scale I prefer the middle-eastern approach. On the microcosm I prefer the western approach. I of course, have never been to Amsterdam but thats
prolly the system I'ld like overall (at a guess).

>You're still obsessed with history and religion;

Well history ;) I also happen to know a bit about religion(s) since over 90% of the population does practice some form or another for quite some time -- makes it difficult to have a conversation if you
aren't knowledgeable to some degree.

>I've been there too, then I travelled, got to know real people all over the world (yes, in Islamic countries too!) and grew up. I've SEEN people behave differently when the cops or political guard are watching than they do in their own homes, women not allowed out without male company, women afraid to go out because they get hassled by gangs, people killed in the street, riots, peace parades, all night parties, demos against teaching evolution, racists and Jihadists at Speaker's Corner ...

"women not allowed out without male company, women afraid to go out because they get hassled"
hmmmm might that be why we send our women out *with* male company? ... .... a little common sense is in order.
and mind you thats in the same sentence ;)

>With freedom comes the risk of physical and property harm - but it's worth it for the freedom - that's what the Confucius quote was all about.

to your ethos - (and by the way, I agree) -- but funny thing, I ain't normal - whats no big thing to me tends to frighten the hell out of most
*normal* people - so when they choose all those wonderful things you detest as worth the sacrifice of their personal liberties, who am I to argue?
You are only as free as you want to be, imho.

>You can't control everyone for your own perfect society - it's not perfect, people aren't perfect - when you realise that you'll feel frightened and unsure but also fully aware as a human being.

Nor do I want to ;) but a baseline of some acceptable standards is always nice ;) I've pretty much got only 2 requirements, 1 prohibition and 1 recommendation:
1) use your head (make your choices with your eyes open)
2) try not to repeat mistakes
- willful ignorance is unacceptable
- try and live in peace with your fellow man

that is hardly the straight jacket you seem to think it is. and yes that means sometimes those police states are preferable to the alternative (and sometimes they aren't);
the beauty is you get to make that decision on a personal level - and sometimes you'll get bit with the consequences of fighting against this or that but life ain't gauranteed
to always go your way.

>Utopia is hell and you're a dick for thinking it is - worse still, all the worst things that people do to others are down to them wanting their own utopia.

My utopia is you staying away ;) JOKING - lord man, regain your sense of composure ;)
I'm not interested in Utopia. I would appreciate it if you kept the arms out of the middle-east
and stop sending chrusaders er soldiers. Oh and maybe stop propping up despots with laundered IMF funds
with the quid-pro-quo that they spend it on US goods (knowing full well they'll buy billions of dollars
of arms). You know, generally stop pissing in my yard :P And for that matter, stop pissing on my
neighbors yard too. Purchasing your financial success on the backs and the misery of others isn't
the road to being a good neighbor. That isn't a Utopia - thats just common courtesy.

Comment: Re:Could we please stop spreading this myth? (Score 1) 206

by paulgrant (#28875165) Attached to: EU May Allow US To Keep Snooping On European Bank Data

>Your response on the wife bit is true - your business, my business, not the law's or the state's.

  whats the difference if its me beating you with a pipe or the goverment with a stone?
  keep your prick in *your* wife and it ain't a problem ;) but you really can't even respect
  something as basic as matrimony - so whats the point?

> Violent police states? Iran beats UK and US combined don't ya think or you missed the latest protests?

  clearly you dont watch enough cops - tasering 72 year old women, and the deaf for not following your verbal commands?
  Or how about assault with a baton rectally or shooting a guy 55 times for getting his cell phone. or waco, or the
  historical abuses in the south pre-civil rights, or how about the war on drugs (and the lives its ruined).

>Hijab is recommended? By who? Who gets the right to tell people how to dress? No one.

Koran - if you're muslim, and notice its recommended, not required. Thats a common misconception ;)
And last I checked it was France that banned the hijab :) and thats about as secular as you get (excluding Amsterdam)

>Nukes to nutjobs, arms to both sides? Same thing you idiot.

Nukes to nutjobs - you did say they were selling *secrets*. a secret is not a thing - it is information;
and information wants to be free (and in this case information is essentially already public)...

>Swearing not a crime? Go to Saudi and swear in public - see what happens!

I have. no problems. Have you? and swearing is a bad example (for you) insofar
as I swear like a Camaar fish-wife (and suffer no ill effects) ;) so you
might want to get off it as your primary example of repressiveness :P

>> Oh I'm for personal freedoms - just not your (idea of) personal freedoms ;)

And thus you define your repressive position entirely. You don't get to tell people
how they live their lives unless it hurts you physically or your property.

-- ah its your caveat that undoes you - I can prove physical harm and property damages
following your system - you can't following mine - lovely straw man you have there.

>Religious states are all about crossing that boundary.

Study your history - its Christians torturing other Christians (spanish inquisition), and Christians gassing Jews (holocaust).
and anybody that didn't want to deal with it came to the *enlightened* caliphites 'cause on this side of the world it isn't
about screwing your neighbor - its about getting along with them.

>Obviously I'm aware that you're thinking you're superior to me as you're taking excessive patience with my replies; condescension is the mark of a true dolt...

lol. this is stuff off the cuff, your case is untenable - your just too slow to realize it ;) I didn't even bother to dig in history, 95% of your points
are refutable based on the last 6 days of current events, much less historical periods :P My friend, I suggest you broaden your readings, maybe learn
a different language or travel. This us versus them mentality is foolishness. I dont think you would spontaneously combust living in the middle-east
-- try it for a time ;) You might even like it :P

Comment: Re:Could we please stop spreading this myth? (Score 1) 206

by paulgrant (#28858003) Attached to: EU May Allow US To Keep Snooping On European Bank Data

>Who the fuck cares if you fuck someone else's wife? none of the govt's business if you do is it?

Your wife is your business, my wife is my business ;) if you kept it that way, wouldn't be a problem ;)

>Or the law's? It's human nature, let Maury sort it out. Stoning is not proportionate. And you still avoid dealing with the violent police state statement that I made. Don't get distracted.

Violent police state? where, Britain or the US?

>As for IP - well as much as i hate it I don't think i'd choose for all women to go around with burkha's just so i can implement FAT32 - not proportionate.
Too much disproportion in Shariah.

Burkha isn't islamic, its tribal - you got a problem with it, go talk to the tribes; hijab is also optional but recommended.

>Again, who supplies arms to anyone? Would that be Pak sending nuclear secrets to unstable nations (Iran isn't unstable I hear you cry? then you're an idiot who never watches the news).

Information wants to be free (what is a nuclear *secret*? - noone owns an idea) - selling military arms to both sides of a conflict for decades is an entirely different animal.

>And you're a chap who uses words like poon and bitch are you? I think in Shariah you'd get well stoned for that my man.

Nope - cursing isn't a crime ;) try reading the Sharia before your make judgements on it.

>face it, all nations, all religions, all governments, all police forces, are bastards. We need a lot of personal freedom to keep them at bay.

Oh I'm for personal freedoms - just not your (idea of) personal freedoms ;)
lol
That too, would be a joke :P

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