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Comment: Re:well, why wouldn't they? (Score 3, Insightful) 195

by sonicmerlin (#49534329) Attached to: House Bill Slashes Research Critical To Cybersecurity

The typical conservative response is that we're protecting the world. How that translates to wasting truly historic amounts of money- a degree of expenditure never seen before in human history- on utterly useless pork projects for the military... well that's beyond them.

Comment: Re:Only need one Steve Jobs (Score 2) 397

by sonicmerlin (#49379985) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Actually according to the New Yorker's Jony Ive profile, Apple requires that all its employees, engineers included, have an eye for design. They won't hire you if you're borderline autistic. And when a designer (one of Ive's team) walks into a meeting it's like a high priest has graced the peons with his presence. Everything at Apple is done with deference to form and design. For example, this is probably why the original Macbook Air (and now the new Macbook) had only one USB port, until widespread criticism led to them adding another.

Comment: Re:Who would have guessed male dominance? (Score 1) 356

I'm not the one claiming a multi thousand year culture is inferior and oppressive. You think pointing out that Americans have the arrogance to dismiss other societies as cesspools without knowing a god awful thing about those people, is somehow painting them as "inferior"?

What culture is yours, then, Marc? Because I'm American, born and raised here, but I've spent a lot of time travelling to different countries and living with people there. I've met a lot of different people from different societies with completely different value systems, some that I didn't agree with- but I learned to open my eyes and realize I couldn't be an arrogant douchebag and dismiss their way of life as "oppressive" and "violent" without trying to understand who they were and why they were.

e-credibility: the non-guaranteeable likelihood that the electronic data you're seeing is genuine rather than somebody's made-up crap. - Karl Lehenbauer