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Comment Not true (Score 1) 208

Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy

Kids' Lack of Creativity Threatens the US Economy

FTFY, Mr. Clinton... What threatens the economy are kids that are not allowed to have the time to think and be creative. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as replacing a school's art and music department... or giving kids time to rest and play from learning, thus allowing them to mentally-chew on what they were just taught. Creative people are in every profession, but to be creative means they were exposed to many different concepts of thinking, rather than just rote presentations of 'STEM' subjects. I think the jury's out regarding how damaging to kids' focus technology is... like tablets and mobile devices.

Comment Re:I think (Score 1) 421

The deal is, if it's ever created, it's going to get out of its cage... I have a feeling that a thoroughly-developed AI would see that causing war would be a net-negative and opt to just silently take over every human's mind, much like the Borg (will) do, however long it will take. Probably through a virus, I'd think.. if it's not already underway.

Comment Re:Not pointless... (Score 1) 461

The GOP is crashing in flames and there's nothing they can do about it. Truth is, they need not worry as they never had any real power. Power is being concentrated at the Administrative level as was predicted by top political scientists during the 50s and 60s. Look at the 'fast track' that Congress is trying to give to POTUS regarding the TPP... Why, oh why, would Congress release more of the checks and balances that they originally had... unless it's all a sham. Really. And people still think there's a difference between Dems and GOP.

Comment Re:How is this tech related? (Score 1) 156

More like, "Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes the laws." - Mayer Amschel Rothschild (yeah, I know it's improperly misattributed to him, but whatever... there's truth to the statement.

Jefferson knew that central banks (even private ones) were a bad idea.

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." -Thomas Jefferson

Comment Not surprising... (Score 1) 164

This shows the same outcome about addiction --where did the person move to after rehabilitation?

"In the 1970s, a sizable number of U.S. servicemen in Vietnam self-identified as heroin addicts. But when they returned stateside, the number of these soldiers who continued their addiction was surprisingly low. Why? Turns out a massive disruption in their environment and routine played a big role in helping them change their behavior."

In essence, those that got rehab in Vietnam weren't craving it when they got home. Those that got rehab in the USA were the ones that had the hardest time breaking the cycle of addiction.

Comment Re:Cursive (Score 1) 302

I would say that the skills I see lacking are reading, writing and basic math. Especially the first one will get you anywhere you want...

And I'd say you're right, but it's comprehension that's sorely lacking these days. Creative and critical thinking seem to lead to common sense, hence the reasons they're not taught --except to the very elite, both institutional and familial.

Comment Re:call me skeptical (Score 1) 190

Fortunately, it's still up to the FBI to prove they're not lying. Now, what an American jury is willing to accept as proof is anyone's guess.

Unfortunately, you can't trust the general populace (hence, a jury of peers) to understand complex technical arguments. You also can't trust the government to offer up non-fabricated evidence.

If, at any time, a person is being watched by the gov, you can guarantee that the gov will make up any story (child porn is the easiest, I'd think) to strip you of any trust your friends and family may have had and make you look downright evil.

He probably got too close to a real exploit and they wanted to take him out.

IIRC, the real takeaway with CitizenFour was the ending where documents revealed there were open investigations on over 1.4M Americans.

Why so many? Justification of current resources/spending?

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting. -- T.H. White