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Comment: All of this focus on girls (Score 4, Insightful) 181

by MikeRT (#49782799) Attached to: Clinton Foundation: Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy

It says all you need to know about the culture of the political class that encouraging middle class girls to pursue STEM jobs is higher on their list than ensuring that boys in the inner city and the sticks are getting educational opportunities anywhere near what is accessible, but often avoided, by middle class girls. Maybe Tyrone in the hood would love to make a solid salary working with computers as a sys admin or developer? Jim Bob in bumblefuck, Nowheresville might like to have choices beyond working as a low skilled worker or working minimum wage retail.

Reminds me of a joke about a SJW approved version of Game of Thrones. Sansa Stark starts a social media campaign to highlight the difficulty of being a high lord's daughter and spends most of her day on Twitter telling peasant boys to check their privilege. That is, more or less, where are now with "equality" in America. We let the privileged put on the airs of being proletarian because heaven forbid we tell them to shut up and use their privilege for the good of society and the less fortunate.

Comment: Two quick fixes to mass replicate (Score 2) 230

by MikeRT (#49776329) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

1. Change the laws that tie public school funding to the number of enrolled students so that schools only take a modest hit if they see a large decrease in the number of students they teach.
2. Abolish compulsory education.

I bet within a decade, you'd even see non-asian minorities' test scores in the inner cities shoot up as 50% of the "students" just walk out and the school waves goodbye.

Sure, plenty of kids and teens would not get educated, but they're probably not get anything now either. You can't make a student that won't learn educated anymore than you can make a morbidly obese person who refuses to eat right healthy. Sometimes society is better off with such people being allowed to make themselves into warnings for others.

Comment: Lives up to a lot of the hype (Score 3, Interesting) 382

by MikeRT (#49750021) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

In the years I've done Java development, the only times I've never had a problem building on Windows or OS X and deploying to Solaris or Linux was when someone used hard-coded paths or didn't make the program's deployment properly configurable for deployment to the target OS. Write once, run anywhere is more or less true with Java.

Comment: Want some controversy (Score 4, Insightful) 81

by MikeRT (#49744901) Attached to: Take Two Sues BBC Over Drama About GTA Development

Do a bit on the hypocrisy of most of GTA's critics who went apoplectic over the possibility of violence against women versus the mandatory violence (in myriad forms) against men.

(Sorta like how the reaction to what Ramsay Bolton did to Theon Greyjoy just made him a "bad, bad man" but coercing Sansa Stark into consummating their marriage made him Worse Than Hitler)

Comment: Not how they express themselves? (Score 1) 387

by MikeRT (#49724837) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

I'm a millennial. Many of my generation express themselves with less eloquence on social media than you'd find among third world students where English is a third language. What they need is someone to tell them that they don't give a fried-in-the-sun rat shit how they express themselves-that if they want to be treated like they have an opinion more valuable than that of a coked out hamster-they'd better shape up.

Comment: What can you do about it? (Score 3, Insightful) 333

by MikeRT (#49720353) Attached to: Genetically Engineered Yeast Makes It Possible To Brew Morphine

At this point, anyone who uses hard drugs in the US is doing so after years of being told all of the nasty things they do to your body. There's no curing that level of stupid. There's a percentage of the population that in the absence of morphine, will abuse bath salts and model glue. No law can fix that complete lack of long term thinking.

Comment: Why is anyone surprised? (Score 3, Insightful) 124

by MikeRT (#49719401) Attached to: Prenda's Old Copyright Trolls Are Suing People Again

This sort of abuse is rampant with the ADA. It's designed to be abused because it allows private parties to sue in a weird not quite Qui Tam type lawsuit to get people to fix up their buildings. In fact, there are disabled people who make a living by parasitically going from store to store suing the Hell out of small businesses like this.

Is greater accessibility good? Yeah, but it should be brought about through tax credits and government officials initiating action. The money recovered should go into coffers to fund tax credits for businesses that want/need help complying, not lining some disabled, lawyer-loving parasite's wallet or writing a private attorney's paycheck.

Comment: Or how about this (Score 1) 78

by MikeRT (#49697621) Attached to: College Board Puts In Charge of AP CS Program board member Brad Smith, Microsoft's General Counsel, proposed the idea of "producing a crisis" to advance Microsoft's "two-pronged" National Talent Strategy to increase K-12 CS education and the number of H-1B visas.

We identify all students with "leadership potential" and put them into either a class on business administration or JROTC. What could possibly be the objection there? Don't we also have a shortage of good management? Classes on leading and managing civilians or getting a taste for being a NCO or commissioned officer would do wonders to make more young folks ready to lead others in the business world!

What's that you say? That would dilute the wages of management/make a lot of competition for upper management?

Shit, son, why do you hate America? If diluted wages are good for engineers, how much better are they for the people who lead them!

Comment: America is a rich, decadent country (Score 1) 866

by MikeRT (#49680591) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

Rich, decadent countries always face a decline in their traditional religion. On an international level, the picture is quite different with Islam and Christianity rapidly gaining adherents throughout the developing world.

This isn't the first time that the public started moving away from Christianity. Reports from the time before the black plague spoke of the irreligiosity of the average person and there were similar events in the 5th and 6th century. When the US's foreign policy and economic chickens come home to roost, I suspect you'll see a lot of people turning back to religion instead of consumerism for meaning in their lives.

Comment: Re: 23 down, 77 to go (Score 0, Troll) 866

by tempmpi (#49680557) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

There's no reason to be religious in this modern world. People who are religious are idiots and should be treated like second class citizens.

And you are proving that "Religiophobia" can be a religion on its own. You apply exactly the same kind of mechanism that has caused religious wars and other crimes: You want to treat people as second class citizens because you disagree with their world view. You overgeneralize and make a whole population group responsible for the problems caused by some of their members.

Comment: More than you probably realize (Score 1) 950

Philip Zimbardo isnt doing science on this, hes regurgitating talking points from evangelical american christian leadership. porn addiction, insufficient masculinity, and "the vidja games" are all bitchcraft perfected by the likes of James Dobson and focus on the family as surrogates for their collective concern that america is "changing" and they dont like it.

Believe it or not, many of us who are orthodox (not Eastern Orthodox, just tradition-focused conservatives) Christians would more or less agree with you here. Focus on the Family actually puts out some rancid garbage on relationships, basically encouraging young men to be simpering "nice guys" who act like they're unworthy of the woman in their life. They can't stand the idea of men standing up, having a mission (which may genuinely never include marriage and a family) and living how they want to live within the limits of morality.

MGTOW and other reactions are actually not controversial among orthodox Christians because unlike modern Evangelicals, we understand that there's nothing contrary to God's plan about men not getting married. In fact, we would tell many young men that it's better to not get married at all than to get married to a woman who is not willing to be a real wife (whether she has a job or stays at home). The reality is that many, many women do not want to be wives today so it's better to simply not get married than to be shackled to that.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy