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Comment: Re:Not everyone (Score 1) 140

by umghhh (#49366811) Attached to: NSA: We Mulled Ending Phone Program Before Edward Snowden Leaks
Those technically ignorant are the ones having passive and active election rights and they are in majority, This means nothing has much changed except now NSA has to claim their programs are beneficial so that the colossal amount of money spent on them does not look like a incompetence or outright corruption.

Comment: Re:uh huh (Score 2) 59

by umghhh (#49353931) Attached to: Facebook Successfully Tests Laser Internet Drones
Till we have effective replacement organs growing technology we still could use some replacement organs grown naturally. Besides especially poor people are of interest to security agencies and as state run operations are usually not very efficient one can outsource that spying and localizing to private sector, it is win-win.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 1) 221

by umghhh (#49353591) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

I recall there have been conditions to telecom service availability in continental northern Europe before - the providers had to provide a service in defined areas within certain time limits or face fines. It worked quite well actually. Sometimes regulation helps customers. In places where free market is worshiped the result of avoiding general regulations (communism!!! tyranny!!!) are a mess of less general regulations often conflicting and lacking in other places. I guess I am a commie or?
The funny thing is - I lived in a country that worships the American way and there I was waiting for a land line in my appartament 10y - when I left the country I still did not have one. I guess it is the same with ISPs today. Not sure if this is me or maybe there is indeed a pattern but judging on the constant flow of complaints from the land of the free there seems to be a problem there or?

Comment: Re:It has an acronym , so it will fail. (Score 1) 149

by umghhh (#49320889) Attached to: Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM Education
It is not watered down but adjusted to reality in which kids will grow into workers that need to have basic skills in operating a computer and nowadays some idea that there are issues with security esp. when you get a mail from a widowed old lady from Nigeria needing a means of investing millions in charity etc.
This is not watered down stuff but basics on which if you want to you can build more. Assuming there are still cohding jobs in 20y from now there will be courses doing just that for a minority exactly as today.

As for cohding again - not sure what the fuss is all about - the companies I worked for so far had always a mix of workers from different backgrounds which more or less resembled the society in which they lived. It was similar in every country and company I worked for with exception of one sorry place in Germany where there was not a single local engineer. I also hear from my colleagues in US hat where they are there is indeed skewed racial balance among workers - almost no whites for instance: 3 whites in 100 of workers mostly of East Asia, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladesh origins. One may of course claim this means I have contact people with low pay companies in US. That may be but they still work in IT. So where is the racial problem Obama is addressing then?

Comment: Re:BINGO (Score 1) 213

by umghhh (#49318693) Attached to: Finland's Education System Supersedes "Subjects" With "Topics"
I doubt that this is true actually. I base that on the fact that stupidity was with us as long as we have ever been. We still succeeded because we were plenty and were adapting (which is to say - we were adaptable for the events that were like Toba explosion etc). The intelligence played a role but it is not always the exacting brain of a scientist that saved the day in narrow points like the one suspected when said Toba went booom. This is the nature's way - sent quazillions out for only one or two to succeed. Fittness is needed and luck too. OC it helps to have more skills but that is sometimes a burden too - ask any engineer who was so good in his work that he was kept with perks etc at one place for say 20y and then fired when his skills were not needed anymore - how many of them did recover from that to the previously enjoyed level of prosperity. I am sure for some it worked for most esp. if they crossed 50yoa it would be unlikely event. Which again is not all that bad. They are replaced by newer generation and that is good so. That is the life perpetuating itself so to say. When one reached certain level of maturity one sees that the best what one can have is the life or Big Lebowsky.

Comment: Re:I fail to see how this is a bad thing (Score 1) 213

by umghhh (#49318263) Attached to: Finland's Education System Supersedes "Subjects" With "Topics"
That parent post is marked troll (23.03.2015 0910cet) is a sign that there are a lots of idiots around. It should be marked funny at least if not insightful. It is for instance not uncommon to see grownup educated people having problems with basic application of counting to their small business. Yet they can count and know all the rules. Maybe this is just them or maybe some broader view at what the actual skills can be used for could help. The again there will always be pupils that would be terrible bored by this low level - story oriented approach as focused training on key subjects is much better at studying foundations of say nuclear physics or microbiology. Yet there is nothing stopping both methods being applied where they are best. Topic like approach to some and focused course for some other. TFA seems to depict the situation where only topics are used which I doubt is working for all areas of science and technology and for all pupils. OTOH we probably need much more communication and negotiation skilled people as we move from producing things into servicing things.
In my professional life I would actually enjoy more software specialists with social, planning and communication skills but instead I have either socially inept geniuses or morons that know nothing but know how to network themselves out of trouble and layoffs. I guess that is another story.

Comment: Re:And the almond trees die. (Score 1) 417

by umghhh (#49313043) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought
There have been making movies about water problems in California 40years ago. Surely in this many years many almond trees could be planted, grow up and be harvested and commercially used paying back the investment and be replaced by less thirsty crop. or do you think there is a chance for a sudden change in California's climate ensuring sufficient water for huge cities, unlimited irrigation of crop and golf fields?

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