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Comment: Re:edu-babble (Score 5, Insightful) 184

by plopez (#49557011) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

God save us from educational reform. We have had 30 years of it and things only get worse and worse. Less relevant course work, too many tests, talent driven out of the system, destruction of decent school lunches, no PE, etc. All that is left is sports and tests. The last 30 years has been an exercise in how to destroy an educational system.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 208

by plopez (#49495943) Attached to: Social Science Journal 'Bans' Use of p-values

Psychiatry is a medical profession where the practitioners go to medical school and then train in the profession as per other medical professions. Psychology is not medicine. Psychologist study human emotions, thought, mental illnesses and disorders (overlapping Psychiatrists) but cannot prescribe unless they also train as a doctor or a Psych nurse. Psychologists do more counseling and group dynamics. Psychiatrists are more focused on drug treatments, but often work in tandem with Psychologists.

Psychological is training based on both medical and Psychological research.

Comment: Re:I blame sales (Score 1) 131

by plopez (#49474923) Attached to: How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio

" In smaller companies where IT is a support, I can understand when CEOs and Execs who don't know IT make the mistake over and over again."

No, it doesn't matter. Though I sometimes think smaller companies are better than large companies as you can button hook the owner/CEO in the hall and talk to them. While in a large company the CEO may neither be a technical person, perhaps even starting in Sales, or accessible. There is no special wisdom in large companies.

Comment: Re:We have already figured most of this out. (Score 3, Interesting) 363

by plopez (#49469833) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

Diesel engines were originally designed to run on vegetable oil and the Model T was originally designed to run on alcohol fermented from agricultural waste. So two prime movers could exist without fossil fuels. Burning oil and alcohol can also run steam engines. As could chemical batteries. Evidence suggests the Greeks and even Egyptians used available metals to build batteries. So we could have electricity, cars, trains, and ships. Perhaps even airplanes. At that point you can boot strap up. Most of the Science used in Engineering these days is hundreds of years old. So while it may be slower it is plausible.

Diesel died under mysterious circumstances, some people suspect assassination by oil interests. The Model T's ability to burn alcohol was killed by US Prohibition. Some people say Prohibition was at least some what driven by the oil interests trying to kill off alternative fuels.

Harrison's Postulate: For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.