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Comment Re:It's not the adverts in themselves (Score 1) 127

If content providers had some sort of person in charge of which ads were on there sites like tv stations and newspapers had in the early days (yes there was a time they considered their reputations) but all they care about is revenue gained and rely on automated scripts to supply appropriate ads for there site from the ad network, this however doesn't work very well. Additionally Organisations like Advertising Standards Bureau (Australia) have no reach on the web and can't enforce ads from other countries to disappear.

Additional reason for Adblock - Children I hate when my kids see an advert on internet or tv as most ads are not appropriate for them and when they inevitably click on them all sorts of crap happens to the computer coupled with the kids screaming, adblock is one thing I gratefully install.

Comment Re:the world was supposed to end years ago (Score 5, Insightful) 637

I also submit that Global warming / Climate Change has been ruined by the alarmists overstating there case rather than presenting clear and accurate statistics and claims. Note this has also made science as a whole less believable to joe public.

On the case of the article most humans have difficulty planning to the next pay cheque let alone their retirement and they don't give a crap what happens to the future after they die they are only self interested. So its not that they don't see threats they are either desensitised or simply don't care due to self interest and trying to survive to the next day

Comment Re:It doesn't matter matter who did it (Score 1) 144

Then why are we putting non-computer experts in charge of computer systems?

A fucking bag of dead kittens would appear to be sufficient.

The governments and big corps will say "but it will be really expensive to fix our problems"

Nepotism explains all the above

Yes its because the relative/friend thats hired to managed to string a few choice words they heard or read of news articles and looks the part. Expensive bit explains the large pay packet. This person would never get a job in private industry IT, who am I kidding nepotism occurs in private industry too,

Comment Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1) 529

better example. When I go to the doctor I want one who is actually passionate and talented not one who went merely because his/her parents said it would be a good money earner or social status of "my son/daughter is a doctor" and then memorised the texts without a true understanding of the content.

Comment Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1) 529

Came here to say exactly that Harvard is simply recognising what many employers are discovering someone tutored into a high score isn't someone who you really want and this is actually ruining high school and the university entrance system in not just the U.S. but other countries too. Where I am Asians and Indians fill the selective schools and you can watch them when school finishes walk to the tutoring centres that have sprung up nearby en masse

Comment Re:They don't want workers, they want robots (Score 1) 87

OTOH the lecturer/teacher who gets accused of inappropriate behaviour or the contractor who wants to prove the work was done correctly may want video/location evidence to prove their point of view. Used correctly these can help as cameras are already in workplaces checking on productivity and stupidity, this sounds more helpful to workers in environments they don't control

Comment Re:A smart phone is rarely convenient (Score 3, Insightful) 248

I have seen smart home implementations work very well when designed into a new home with all the required sensors and switches at all the right places. It is usually the retrofit ones that go poorly as the necessary cabling is to hard to install.

As for controlling it from your smartphone unless you have backup with other switches and remotes it will be difficult for those that are not connected e.g. children

Cool features that could be turned on remotely is heating a spa pool so its hot when you arrive home so yes there are very few items that are worth the long distance remote reguarly most like turning off the lights is used when you forgot to do it at home however a few sensors and that is automated too

Comment Re:The Cuban Miracle (Score 1) 690

Care to explain why Cuba is a failure when health care and education are on a much higher level (and much cheaper) than in the USA albeit being under a boycott and other sanctions from the USA the last 70 years?

I don't know, why don't we ask the hundred of thousands of Cubans who fled that paradise and decided to live in Miami instead? Just to be fair and balanced we could also get the opinion of Americans who fled the USA and went to live in Cuba (if you can find one that's not a wanted felon).

Correct me If I'm wrong didn't Castro empty the prisons and send them to Miami and the US just took them in creating a crime wave in Miami and reducing costs for Cuba

Comment Re:Can't eat what you don't grow (Score 1) 690

Socialism assumes that we will all work just as hard as the next person however this is not the case most people only work just enough to get by. You can see this with most workers once they have some money to spend it is difficult to get them to come to work. until they run out.

Democracy assumes we are all smart and will vote in the best leader however it fails in that most people are dumb and self-serving and vote in the person with the biggest promise.

Capitalism assumes that all people are smart and work hard and will generate wealth but most people are dumb lazy and self-serving.

In all 3 economic/political systems we didn't let Darwinism to work and eliminate weak, stupid, and lazy

Comment Re:This thread will be a sewer of misogyny (Score 1) 779

Women, for example, may select a career for its monetary benefits, as a way to command their own independence; while men may seek a career for a perception about women being hot under the skirt for doctors, lawyers, and executives. Overwhelmingly, the decision is based in what is interesting.

Interestingly the Chinese economy is reportedly 2% better because of this women in short supply men need to attract them however this is something that has been happening for eons males always tried to show they were bigger, stronger, faster and lately richer or smarter and women wanted these attributes as it would mean their offspring would be protected men could then have their pick, usually the most attractive. Lately women wanting to be independent or increase the quality of male they attract can take steps and go into a career or use the attributes to gain finances until they are attractive to a mate http://fortune.com/2013/02/15/... On the doctors lawyer executive this is for the money just ask any construction worker renovating their houses

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