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Comment: Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (Score 1) 367

by sysrammer (#47726557) Attached to: Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

Hah! Good reply. But I understand where the OP is coming from. Unfortunately, that seems to be the way humans work. Nobody paid much attention to the previous 20-30 years of work on climate. It wasn't until things passed a certain point, then everybody started jumping on the bandwagon. Politicians follow people. And then they swing the pendulum too far in the opposite direction.

Comment: Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (Score 1) 367

by sysrammer (#47726517) Attached to: Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

What a great explanation! I try to explain what science is sometimes, albeit not so eloquently; I'm not sure elegance would help with some people anyways.

I have a relative that was shocked when I mentioned scientific research about the parting the Red Sea in the bible. I tried to boil it down to "science is about what, and religion is about why". Not sure it helped. Maybe I'll try your spiel.

Comment: Re:in other words (Score 1) 194

by sysrammer (#47683821) Attached to: The Billion-Dollar Website

Sorry, the 'pubs have tried to kill Obamacare dozens of times. When faced with a relentless enemy one has to put up a relentless defense. Yeah, the 'pubs were right; anyone with an IT background would have known the same. But delay was also a political move, defended by another political move.

So, yeah, sucks, but any big IT project has major problems. It had to be rolled out everywhere at once else there would be charges of political favoritism.

Comment: Re:A long time ago in a land not so far away ... (Score 1) 81

by sysrammer (#47680263) Attached to: Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

Good post, valid points. I do want to comment on "would we go around praising the merits of pencil based learning?" because it's nice turn of phrase.


I remember reading something about the history of pencils, and there were benefactors out there singing the praises of pencils, and producing funding to provide "a pencil for every child", or something about that.

I have to get to work now, else I'd look it up myself for the details in the Font of All Knowledge.

This of course, takes nothing away from your comment, as eventually, every child did have a pencil, and they had to move along to using them effectively.


Comment: Re:And yet (Score 1) 268

Interesting suggestion. It would solve some problems. Of course, it seems every time we solve a problem we create a problem.

Junglee has a point in his reply. Governments can be just as perverted as corporations, just as can be people.

Business owners won't be happy because they won't be able to pay less-than-minimum wage. To them, this will be the evil govt taking their rights (profits) away from them.

Unless the workers were somehow subsidized. Maybe they can work out some kind of business welfare system like the corporations and farmers get.

"The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was." -- Walt West