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Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 2) 717

by thedonger (#48634693) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Proper skepticism promotes scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims. It is foundational to the scientific method. Denial, on the other hand, is the a priori rejection of ideas without objective consideration.

That's funny. The first definition on Google states "a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.", which seems to be a good fit for those who are denying global warming. If anything, it seems as though the Fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry should call themselves something different.

The Fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry are Google Deniers.

Comment: Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (Score 1) 141

by thedonger (#48628785) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

While I pretty much agree with everything you say, I'd like to add one (completely subjective) detail: I don't think egotistical types are limited to government. I've seen people rise in corporate power structures as a result of ruthless and aggressive behavior. It's almost a tautology that those who crave power, who are willing to shove others aside, end up near the top of the heap. There probably aren't many auto dealerships, for example, who are run by introverted, accommodating people.

Again, it's just my opinion.

I agree. What I meant to imply is only that we don't want them in government. To reach the top level of business requires at least a little psychopathy.

Comment: Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (Score 2) 141

by thedonger (#48626731) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

Actually it kinda does. The ability to constantly abuse the system means there is a massive flaw in said system.

The flaw is how we use it. Freedom and liberty are hard to maintain, and we have allowed government to become something other than "we the people." It has become an entity unto itself, and as such it strives first and foremost to ensure its own survival. We have recast the role of statesman to celebrity, which guarantees ego rules the roost. Regulatory agencies within the executive branch are de facto law making bodies, and in the end we hinge our hopes on Supreme Court decisions, who amended their charter - at least in practice - to include filling in the legislative gaps left by Congress, who are too busy running their reelection campaigns.

If our government is car, we're passengers who are allowing a bunch of drunks to drive it. We are getting what we deserve, so long as we choose to not take the wheel.

Comment: Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (Score 1) 141

by thedonger (#48625341) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

When looking at a five-year-old article by Nate Silver that looked at political donations by car dealers, fully 88 percent of those donations went to Republican candidates, and just 12 percent to Democrats. That possibly suggests a propensity among Republican state legislators to support the interests for car dealers over those of electric-car buyers. Is the small bit of evidence enough to make a case?

But we have the best democracy you can fine anywhere. It doesn't matter if our legislators are being bribed indirectly, or get embroiled in obvious conflict of interest matters.

Welcome to the USA!

Ohh wait, let's preach to the world about free markets.

The fact that we don't use our government correctly does not make it inherently bad.

And maybe that Nate Silver stat just means that Republicans are more likely to be business owners, and that local politicians are more likely to listen to business owners.

If someone doesn't support Uber then they are acting against the principles of small government and the free market, and therefore not accurately representing Republican values.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 5, Insightful) 277

by thedonger (#48516425) Attached to: Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

I was wondering what languages I should learn myself. I have some experience with C++, but that's over 10 years ago, and only as a hobby. I've been thinking about picking it back up, but wasn't sure if there were better options. Since I'm an adult and looking to be able to support my family, money certainly is one of the leading factors as to which language I want to get into.

A more relevant question than money may be what interests you? Automation, mobile apps, database, web, etc.? You may have the potential to make more money as a Python programmer, but will a few thousand on average more per year make the job itself more worthwhile? Would, say, only $95k per year to program C++ -- if the specific job was more to your liking -- be a deal breaker?

Another way to look at it: If you are happier doing the job, might that make you perform better and therefor out-perform the industry average?

Comment: Re:Trust (Score 0) 481

by thedonger (#48448495) Attached to: Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

It sounds like cops hate anyone who is not a cop.

Hate is probably the wrong word for most cops but it would be fair to say cops don't trust anyone who isn't a cop. Cops tend to (understandably) have an us versus them world view and see everyone's actions as those of a potential suspect. Apply a bit of low grade racism and you have a real problem with police distrusting a minority population and the minority population growing to distrust the police.

If computer repair technicians had even the remotest of chances that when they worked on certain types of machines that said machines would purposefully electrocute them, they would necessarily grow to not trust those machines or machines that looked just like them, and treat them differently than other machines.

Or, if you prefer, it is easy for us to sit back and judge when our job is never actively trying to kill us.

I'm not saying I agree with stop and frisk, nor am I saying that cops are above criticism. But the public seems to hop on the anti-cop bandwagon pretty quickly. Maybe they are victims, too; a product of how we have let society evolve?

Comment: Re:Most of Facebook is moms reposting the same jok (Score 1) 206

by thedonger (#48337703) Attached to: Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

That hasn't been my experience. These days, my Facebook feed seems to be filled with people posting Buzzfeed links to "20 sexy historical facts that will blow your mind!" or else it's a link that says "You won't believe what happens in this video!" without giving any explanation as to what's in the video.

In other words, it's mostly tedious, useless advertising for something or other.

They thought this comment was pointless, but they never saw this coming...

Pohl's law: Nothing is so good that somebody, somewhere, will not hate it.