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Comment: Re:Why even have a class ? (Score 1) 198

by Opportunist (#49571685) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

Their loss.

In my experience, people from "lower class" are not only far cheaper to hire (because to them 2000 bucks is actually "serious money"), they will also work pretty hard because they fear they'd lose that job and it's far less likely that they have some kind of feeling of entitlement. Kids born with the silver spoon are far more likely to grow up to be spoiled adults who went through one of those "everyone's a winner" feelgood-bullshit education systems that rewarded them like showing up is some sort of accomplishment.

Seriously, people who worked their way to their position and their knowledge are BY FAR superior to everyone who went to what's considered some sort of prestigious school.

Comment: Re:It's finally time (Score 1) 223

by PopeRatzo (#49571403) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

Thing is, they can afford it whereas the US cannot.

That's horseshit. Remember, the US, the largest economy in the world has been spending a significantly larger percentage of their GDP on health care than the other countries prior to 2012 (last statistics I could find) and getting poorer outcomes.

Comment: Re:It's finally time (Score 1) 223

by PopeRatzo (#49571379) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

It's nice that you did your Wikipedia homework, but have you actually USED the service in any of these countries to know for a fact that it works to your satisfaction?

Yes. I've gotten various types of health care services in Finland, Italy, the UK and Australia over the course of the past 30 years. No complaints.

However, if you'd like a list of complaints regarding my experiences with health care here in the good old USA prior to 2010, I'd be happy to oblige, but it's a long list.

Comment: Re:You can't control the class, so you've failed. (Score 4, Insightful) 198

by Opportunist (#49570473) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

All it takes for this strategy to fail is that the most disruptive students being in some way "special". And I'm not even meaning that they're retarded or belonging to some minority and failing them could get the PC crowd breathing down your neck. All it takes is that the parents of such an asshole student are "important" because they donate money into the school's coffers, basically buying their precious little dud a degree.

Comment: Re:Brilliant! (Score 1) 85

by Opportunist (#49569923) Attached to: Kerbal Space Program 1.0 Released After 4 Years of Development

Actually, hardcore is WITH mods. If you think you have done everything in KSP and it's too easy, try Realism Overhaul. I dare you. A realistic representation of our solar system (including a real sized "Earth" rather than the 1/5th or so of the stock one), engines that don't throttle, engines that only ignite once, various different fuel systems, far weaker (i.e. more realistic) solar panels, more realistic "reaction wheels" for attitude control, Life Support (along with its nasty side effects of weight and, well, being out of air kinda sucks), radio signal travel time and associated delay for unmanned missions (and if you want to have a burn on the other side of the planet, you better either have a relay network running or have some kind of programmable board computer to do it, for you will not be sending any signals there)...

If you think stock is "hard mode", you ain't seen nothing yet. KSP has one of the most active, most awesome modding communities of any game I ever have put my eyes on. There is literally a mod for anything you might want to have in the game.

Yes, there's even a coffee maker.

Comment: How about NOT? (Score 1) 470

by Opportunist (#49569811) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

Or rather, why bend over backwards just to have more female engineers? For what? For ... uh ... well ... to have more female engineers.

There is no reason whatsoever that we "need" female engineers. Or male ones, for that matter. I don't give a shit about the gender of an engineer I work with, I want to screw together a project, not screw out their brains.

What's with that craze of getting more $underrepresented_demographic engineers? What's next? We need more black engineers? Or more lefthanded ones? Or do we need more gay engineers? What the fuck is this shit about?

People will choose the profession that they want to choose. You know, back when I was young (before the PC-craze set in), we had the same. People would tell their kids that they HAVE TO GO into a certain set of professions because they were of that gender or that color of skin. You're male, you have to be a mechanic because that's a "manly" profession, you can't be a hairdresser, that's for girls and sissies! And lo and behold, it's the same shitty gendering again, just the other way around. You're female, you have to go into engineering because women HAVE TO get into these professions, don't go into a profession that's typical for women to choose because that's so backwards.

Why the fuck do you think you can force people into professions they don't want to go into? I know a few female engineers. Some of them good, some of them bad, pretty much like their male counterparts. And they all chose that profession because they wanted to, because they enjoyed it. Nobody will EVER be good at something if he is pegged into the slot because that's "the right thing to do" or other PC (or non-PC) bullshit.

Take yourself. You. Yes, you there. Why do you have the job you have? Probably because you CHOSE to have it. You became an engineer, a PR manager, a KAM, a project manager or whatever else you went for because that's what you wanted to do. Hopefully. I really, really hope for you that you didn't listen to some bozo trying to tell you that you HAVE TO go into this or that field, neither because "it's what $your_gender does", nor because "it's what $your_gender has to break into". But because YOU WANTED TO.

And that's how it should be!

Comment: Re:It's finally time (Score 5, Informative) 223

by PopeRatzo (#49569559) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

It's amazing to me the number of people who think the government, who can't seem to run anything well, should be running healthcare and dental care.

Tell that to the people of Norway,New Zealand,Japan,Belgium,United Kingdom, Kuwait, Sweden, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Netherlands, Austria, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Denmark, Luxembourg, France, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, South Korea, Iceland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland and Israel, all of whom have had government run health care for at least 20 years, some going back as far as 1938.

And most of those countries have higher-rated health care systems than the US and eleven of those countries have greater levels of economic freedom and social mobility than the US.

So you might want to take your tired tropes to the back yard and put them out of their misery.

Comment: Re:Furthe proof that men and women think different (Score 1) 470

by PopeRatzo (#49569099) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

You won't find a male engineer that became an engineer to feel better about himself and the 'societal good' he can do, that's for sure.

No, they became engineers because their math scores weren't good enough to get into a science program.

Engineers are the chiropractors of technology.

"Thank heaven for startups; without them we'd never have any advances." -- Seymour Cray