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Comment Re:Almost (Score 2, Insightful) 203

I think the better generalization is that colleges are being used as prep for employment, and teaching us the loads of data required to function in a corporation in a particular discipline. Most of that work is not creative or intellectual at all and requires knowledge to perform, but not necessarily make judgement calls. I guess thinking is optional, being the right cog is required.

In reality very few people even would be allowed (funded) to use critical thinking in anything more than a trivial capacity, there simply isn't enough to go around...unless you can afford to go out alone, which very few of us can.

Comment Re:Government should just drop the product. (Score 2) 459

Or the government should just invalidate their patent and open the ball-game. Basically tell Mylan they can go fuck themselves, and they will soon have plenty of time to do so. Patents aren't natural rights of man, they're arbitrarily granted government monopolies created to encourage R&D, not to be abused in the name of greed.

Comment Re:...and like life it varies (Score 1) 359

analysing particle physics data is a technically complex programming task but raises no ethical issues

Someone could use this data to devise a new super-weapon.

Everything is ethically complex if you really want to be neurotic about it, and TFA seems to be very focused on being neurotic about all the things. I mean someone seriously took a Hollywood representation of a coder seriously, when any of us who do this work for a living know that person resembles as much our job as Riggs and Murtaugh represented detective work.

Using your example exactly: the kind of coder analyzing particle physics data is probably a very disjoint personality and skill-set from someone doing javascript for Facebook. He probably has a degree in math or physics, he uses code as a tool to solve a larger problem in physics. In fact the diversity of people who code for a living is apparently not even comprehended by the author. I "code" for a living, but I am actually doing semiconductor design, I consider myself an engineer not a coder, but I write more code than many software engineers I know. I work with people who build compilers and do systems programming, these people mock the "code like a beast" crowd vigorously (and don't get them started on the "C is dead meme", everyone in these fields uses C exclusively).

What I think is lost most in TFA is that coding is actually fun, and the technical challenges are what make it fun. First, the process of decomposition is a creative task, there's often no one right solution but shades of good. Then there's the catharsis: building this elaborate machine that fulfills a complex task, spending days/weeks/months getting it how you want, and letting it rip is better than many drugs. All of this does require intense focus (many people abuse Adderall to acquire this), and it does require rigor...but then a painter who is sloppy in his work does not produce great art either.

The ethical stuff...I'm not denying that it is there sometimes, but often that decision is not ours to make.

Comment Re:Apple trolling (Score 0) 53

Nobody who wants high end anything at all, will buy Huawei instead of almost any other brand.

If I want to give up my iPhone, I will probably get a Samsung. If I want to give up my macbook pro, I will probably get a dell xps. If I want to give up my Mac Pro or iMac, I will build a DIY (which in fact, I have to do anyway for VR).

There is no room in the world for Huawei, they need to go find someone who loves them, preferably somewhere in the convection zone of the Sun.

Comment Re:Business as usual (Score 1) 108

It would make sense for a government such as China to try to protect its data with its own "security measures".

China should make its own operating system to their own spec, and no one can buy it, and no one can pay their engineers who worked on it, and they can suck it.

No one should be catering to their government's needs, it should be free to fall on its face.

Comment Re:Nanny state ... do you remember the US History? (Score 1) 483

You have a lot of misplaced anger and I think a bad comprehension about why things are like they are, and who precisely is to blame. You blame this "government" a lot, not the people who elected the government with the intention they would enact the rules you so vigorously dislike. You aren't going to be happy anywhere on planet earth like that, because every square inch of land is claimed and governed by some organization. Focus instead of curbing the laws to make sense, and understanding that your freedom is mostly about being able to contribute to that directly and indirectly. Also consider how to make the laws accomplish their goals without unnecessary or poorly thought out restrictions which are orthogonal.

Laws about car performance have no place in the USA. I'm ok with limiting emissions, provided performance isn't touched.

If you want to be reasonable, I'm OK with this statement. However emissions is not the only problem, energy consumption is the other problem you're ignoring. And by virtue of physics, any attempt to limit energy consumption, either via progressive taxation or outright upper limits is going to impose a performance limit. If people flock to these cars in large numbers, it is likely this will need to be done.

Even professional race leagues, both NASCAR and F1 impose performance limits on the vehicles professional drivers, on closed courses can operate their vehicles. The reason is different, but the NASCAR limit at least used to be 725HP, less than what these cars are touting. NASCAR has very few drivers and few events, I don't even know how to calculate the number of how many people are on the roads every day commuting, shopping, travelling, whatever. When you start talking about bad things hundreds of millions of people do on a daily basis, then you have to look a lot more closely at the effects and how to curb them.

I agree curbing performance on street cars is not solving a problem that I am concerned with, but energy efficiency and emissions are problems I worry about.

I think the NFL should remove all pads and switch to touch football. We should have a law. I think the NBA should change their rules so that fouling isn't part of the game. There should be laws for all these things, because they teach that breaking the rules is part of the game.

You are welcome to purchase the NFL or NBA from its owners and change the rules however you like. Maybe give the defensive line pikes and let the offense run around with swords? Go nuts. But, expect that the citizens of whatever country you choose to infest to hold you financially and possibly criminally responsible for whatever happens on the field. Provided the laws exist to ensure that the NFL and NBA have to be responsible for the players, both during and after their usefulness, it seems like no extensive list of laws is required. But if someone gets paralyzed after a really awesome backflip that didn't end well, I expect the NFL is going to pay for him and his family for the rest of his life, and if they don't, you're damned right, we should get in their business. By virtue of this, reasonable businessmen are going to want to ensure their money makers are profitable, that means fewer injuries and they're free to come up with any rules they feel necessary.

Comment Big market of nothing (Score 2) 57

The number of companies that bow to pressure to enter the Chinese and Indian markets because of volume, is precisely the same as the number of companies who have declining margins and increasing obsolescence and who get their asses kicked by companies local to (mostly) China. Yes, there are many persons in those country, but they are not rich and they are not good for high margin, premium products. At the same time, I do not know of any company who can simultaneously feed the premium product and the value product efficiently: they either sacrifice one for the other creating mediocrity, or else function as two companies in both technology and business (marketing, sales).

These markets should be avoided at all costs, once you let them in the door they will bleed you dry. If Apple wants to enter China as a value product line, they need to bifurcate and create a lower end product line with a unique brand. Wealthy Chinese will continue to prefer Apple because they know better, whereas the masses, whom Wall St. interests want to cater to, want it but will by the fake Apple brand (Fapple?) if it can deliver superior value to evil bastards like Huawei.

Under no circumstances should any concessions be made for Huawei or products like what they offer. Like Microsoft they are a company that needs to stop existing, be chopped into many pieces and buried at equidistant locations on the earth, no less than 1 mile below the surface with eternally vigilant hell hounds guarding all exits, lest they break free and condemn us all to an eternity of hellfire.

Comment Re:An unfortunate use of technology (Score 5, Insightful) 483

Then the question is who gets to decide which choices are "bad" -- which is generally the government -- which is chosen by the people who would generally like to make there own choices...

Bad choices are those that hurt everyone for the gain of a few, and driving more fuel efficient vehicles is necessary for the long term success of the country in terms of keeping us out of expensive wars, having us destroy our own environment to pump more oil, reducing emissions and just to keep prices down to avoid gas becoming too expensive in a country where not being able to drive may lock you out of employment. When it comes to adding more HP to a car, and the public flocking to those horses rather than fuel efficient vehicles, then it may come time to make a law to stop it (or I'd advocate, make it expensive but not illegal). However, since even here in Texas those cars still represent the vast minority, maybe there's no need for someone to step in.

The reality is that even here, with the highest speed limits in the US, a 180hp coupe can go fast enough to get jail time on an 85mph road, people are buying these purely for vanity reasons. A few teenage boys and overgrown teenage boys, including one guy in my neighborhood with the license plate "808HP" care but most people tend to make smarter choices.

Comment Movie Astroturfing is Getting Painful (Score 2) 206

While there may be some truth that we prefer to know the movie genre ahead of time (begetting genres themselves), the idea that we're afraid of being pleasantly surprised is asinine. We almost never are, that is the problem. Absolutely no effort is made to hook us in with a genre, and deliver us with more than we expect, at best we get a marketing checklist of included sequences. It makes a bit of sense then that audiences will at least decide which spreadsheet they wish to be party to, verify their assumption via trailer, and then commit $20+ to see the thing. $20 will get you substantially more hours of (and usually better) entertainment for the dollar than a movie theater, you have to be convinced that at least you won't hate it.

Or, we stream it on something for $5, or get it via Netflix DVD or Redbox and toss it back when the nausea subsides.

The movie industry is failing itself, blaming millions of people for not appreciating it isn't good thinking. I personally think the movie industry would do way better with a $10M budget cap and some creativity, rather than $150M explosionfests and absolutely no creativity at all.

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