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Comment: Re:old tech (Score 1) 165

by thedonger (#46750701) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Kids today or from not too long might not remember specific hardware, but will remember software that they first learned on. A lot of people remember specific hardware because at the time there was either a lot of difference between features they cared about, or more likely because the software they used was tied to it. So now there won't be so much as remembering a specific piece of hardware (unless someone is learning on something like the Pi, or some other system on a chip or embedded system), but will still have nostalgia for the language of platform they learn on.

But keep in mind the ubiquity of said hardware in software in today's world. I cut my teeth on the Vic-20 and later the C64, but back then I was one of the only kids in school who had a computer. That is what makes this type of nostalgia so, er, nostalgic. 30 years from now a kid who is ten today will not have been the only kid on the block with a computer. Shit, they got toddler laptops these days.

Comment: Re:Freebreeze to the rescue (Score 1) 124

by thedonger (#46357977) Attached to: Pine Forest Vapor Particles Can Limit Climate Change

Why? An analogy I have seen is climate as a car speeding towards a cliff, and that waiting to get more data isn't enough. The suggested solution have been to remove the foot from the pedal and eventually the car will come to a halt. If I were to agree with the analogy I wouldn't just release the gas, I would hit the brake. That would be an active solution. Actively trying to prevent global warming by releasing chemicals that reverse the effect of greenhouse gases would be like braking.

The problem is that there is a political movement that is more concerned with reducing human impact on the environment than with actually saving it, they give fuel to the other side that doesn't care about the environment but just want the hippies to leave their back yard.

If people were really concerned about the environment then it would be irrelevant if global warming was man made or not, if a natural climate changed with lead to catastrophic consequences we would still have to do something about it.

Too bad the environment is not so discreet a system as your car. If we are brilliant at one thing, it is underestimating the unintended consequences of our actions. So no, let's not rush out an fill the air with pine forest vapor.

Comment: Re:3 people vs 250 million (Score 1) 294

by thedonger (#46357719) Attached to: Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

Yeah, when you're arguing for a drug that effectively adds another abuse risk to society at large, maybe you want to cite more than three people who benefit from it? Does anyone with liver failure need this drug? About how many people suffer from recognizable chronic pain and liver failure together?

They are trying to humanize the issue, much like when a politician drags Grandma Winnie on the stump circuit as his example of the frail, old widow who can no longer afford her Depends undergarments. One would think that if they are a month away from FDA approval then they provided more than anecdotes to support their claims.

Comment: Re: Level the playing field (Score 1) 715

by thedonger (#45944617) Attached to: How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

Yes, those dark-skinned ghetto-raised individuals could work hard and improve their situation, but they have to work a lot harder than their fair-skinned neighbors to see the same benefits.

Very few people are granted a free pass. A "dark-skinned ghetto-raised" individual doesn't have to work any harder than I to achieve the same level of success (let's just pretend for a moment that I am the definition of some level of success) with regard to the path I took (high school, then military - which paid for college - which got me a job that in almost 13 years of employment started me at $36k and now pays me almost $100k per year). The only extra friction along their version of that path comes from the losers in their community who are uncomfortable when one of their own becomes successful, or from within themselves due to the self-doubt instilled in them by their community leaders who have a vested interest in their presumption of failure.

I agree with you about the welfare system. One hits a certain level and realizes that half the job and an extra child will give them more free time and more money...That's apparently a hard handout to pass up.

Comment: Re: Level the playing field (Score 1, Insightful) 715

by thedonger (#45939383) Attached to: How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

The "ghetto" culture will never change because they by-and-large believe themselves to be victims of a system gamed against them, and their only hope for change must come from some external force (the government, Al Sharpton, etc.). Their victim mentality is reflected not only in the poor quality of their schools, but also in the poor quality of the neighborhoods, their homes, and their parenting.

I was raised poor relative to many of the people around me, but my parents told me I could accomplish anything I put my mind to, they continually improved the living environment for my siblings and I, and they never once implied that our problems were anyone's doing other than our own. That is what creates success; not white skin.

The government can't stop those with the mind to provide a better education to their children from finding a way. Close the inner-city schools and force so-called "desegregation" on charter schools, and while the inner-city kids fuck up new schools, those with the means will move on. And then repeat. Always repeat.

Comment: Re:We've been here before many times. (Score 0) 182

by thedonger (#45184669) Attached to: Building an Opt-In Society

Didn't we already do this? A new nation that subverts the existing structures, even has a system built-in for making sure we don't have stagnant hierarchical power structures? I believe it was called "the United States of America."

Don't kid yourself into thinking you're "special" and "not like those guys." Please learn from previous generations and previous attempts. "Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it" is not just a clever bon mot to be dismissed.

Yes, and we did a fabulous job of corrupting it by turning over the power to the few so we could have more leisure time. And now when talk of "Utopianism" comes up the ignorant think it is the same as Libertarianism, and they go on blissfully thinking that there is no way their socialist welfare states could ever turn against them. Worse, they think that what works on the scale of Sweden can work on the scale of the United States. Maybe on a given state.

Comment: Re:no thanks (Score 1) 182

by thedonger (#45181441) Attached to: Building an Opt-In Society
I agree that this sounds like a ridiculous experiment. Of course, it can work while shielded within another system guaranteeing the security of those within as they ponder their quantified selves and hope the power doesn't go out or the network down, leaving them without a form of payment, data to tell them to eat more or less of a certain food, or a machine to make stuff for them. On a grand scale, however, it sounds like a voluntary prison. I feel the same way about your universal welfare state. For the record, the problem with the United States' form of government is that we failed to run it as intended. We the people - the many - turned over power to the few, and they abused the hell out of it. At least Walmart can't force me to buy their products. Well, not yet.

Comment: Re:and what % of the US does not speak english? (Score 0) 562

by thedonger (#44786711) Attached to: 400 Million Chinese Cannot Speak Mandarin
If a feature of AAVE is that a Rolex is called a "rollie," then I call bullshit. Not that Wikipedia is always correct, but reading that page doesn't convince me that speech patterns of ghetto punks in the 21st century represent a dialect of American English. Please don ax me ta swallow dat.

Comment: Re:Idiocracy (Score 3, Insightful) 628

People vastly overreact to the threat of peanuts. My little sister is extremely allergic to peanuts and has been since she was a child. So allergic that a peanut touching her skin raises a welt. She grew up in a house where 6 other people ate peanut butter all the time like it was liquid crack. The real stuff, too - Teddy - not that Jiff or Skippy hydrogenated junk. She went to public school. She lives a normal life, but with an Epipen in her purse. As with damn near everything else a vocal minority have created a huge scare over something that while potentially deadly is easily avoidable.

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