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Comment: I think he is mainly right. (Score 1) 224

by spads (#49776085) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School
It seems a bit unfortunate not to try to expose students to the main store of human knowledge, but maybe that just isn't practical anymore.

My old college liked the adage: "learning how to learn". Perhaps if students are taught basic research and problem solving, they will be able to investigate other/general topics as needed or desired.

Comment: Honestly, I think the "challenges" you are... (Score 1) 267

by spads (#49746229) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?
...facing are a lot of hype. The age factor is a lot of hype and the new languages are a lot of hype. Anyone who has good core programming skill (of any flavor) is still going to have to address (on a new job) finding themselves in a wilderness of complexity. Anyone who can dig in and eat fire will always find a place, and the only path to this is experience. (There goes the age factor.) (Think of a steel blade tempered in a fire.)

Comment: WTF is with all this sensitive, new age jargon... (Score 1) 80

by spads (#49051667) Attached to: Unearthing Fraud In Medical Trials
...suggesting the "FDA is in a co-dependent relationship with the pharmaceutics industry and need strong legislative support to end this bad behavior"? Is there no such thing as accountability anymore? Are we all so hopelessly helpless we need some great (HIGHER-KNOWING/wise) ~~group~~ to come along and help us wipe our A$$ES? My guess is the TF Author simply ~~wants~~ to be ~~reamed out~~.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 719

by spads (#48635107) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
The function for reccommending caution contains more than just a member for truth vs falsehood. It also contains a member for risk. If the coefficient of truth is high, but the coefficient of risk remains low, the reccommendation for caution still might be low. However, if the truth is moderate and the risk is very high, caution well might be reccommended.

Comment: Sheesh, this is a no-brainer! (Score 1) 221

by spads (#48634929) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that the Obama Administration is viewing the Sony attack as a "serious national security matter" and is considering a range of possible options as a response, which could turn things into a contest of U.S. Superpower vs. Coding Superpower.


Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.