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Comment: Re:Cursive (Score 1) 298

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?

Comment: Re:Quote by Karl Popper (Score 1) 509

by thoughtlover (#48783479) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

In short, I'm pretty sure the U.S. government is doing almost everything it possibly can to encourage extremist behavior. What I don't understand is why.

I'll tell you why... Weapons sales. Basically, that. Then Cheney's old buddies at Halliburton were given all the contracts to provide troop-support services and rebuilding contracts.

Are they trying to bring about the end of the world, or are they really that clueless?

I'd not say clueless, but shrewd. Since the inception of 'central banks', it's been the mission of the moneylenders to own every government they can. They finance both sides of an election. Those paid-for politicians are just talking heads that spew corporate FUD anywhere they can with talk of nameless, faceless people who will wage a continual war on Western nations. Who cares about the world when you have the modern-day's equivalent to 'bread and circuses'... Cheetos and YouTube.

It's pretty easy to fulfill 'prophecy' (all that end-of-the-world crap) if you already have a roadmap written out for you!

Comment: Re:Don't go to school for languages... (Score 1) 149

by thoughtlover (#46248599) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?
I agree with the parent. You already have knowledge on low-level programming and many basic concepts firmly-grounded. School is only going to cost you more money, in the long run. It sounds like you have the propensity to self-educate and there are many free, online courses for you to choose from --even be graded on. Don't waste money on what you can learn in your free-time.

Comment: Re:Web Dev easier (Score 1) 167

by thoughtlover (#46165223) Attached to: Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

I can say that my request FINALLY made it into FF!

When using the "Inspect Element" function, all colors in the 'Rules' column were expressed in 8-bit RGB --a pain which forces designers/developers to use another app to convert the values to 8-bit hex. Now all values default to 8-bit hex and have a small 'swatch' filled with the color. Very handy!

Thank you to all the people that worked on this feature 'upgrade' --I read all of your posts on Bugzilla and stayed as active with it as needed.

Comment: Re:Sign the petition (Score 1) 277

by thoughtlover (#46147393) Attached to: Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

Sometimes dredge waste is called "silt" or even "mud".

Oh well, the Great Barrier reef will be dead in a few decades anyway from rising sea temperatures, some no real harm done.


The real harm is the lowering of the pH. NOAA says the ocean is responsible for nearly 50% of the oxygen on this planet where others say it's up to 80%. Regardless, it's been belching CO2 back into the atmosphere instead of processing it in warmer areas near the equator. Too much CO2 and carbonic acid forms and the ocean gets more acidic. Bad for zooplankton, invertebrates and fish, but good for jellyfish and bacteria. As of 2005, there were something like 170 known dead zones around the world. We're losing the greatest diversity we will never know.

Comment: Re:Reminds of this from the late George Carlin... (Score 1) 92

by thoughtlover (#46063077) Attached to: Bees Are Building Nests With Our Waste Plastic

The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth.

The same can't be said of seabirds and turtles.

Indeed. Chris Jordan's Midway Atoll filmshoot made me rethink using disposable plastic *anything*, especially bright colors: On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long