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Comment Re:Lost decade (Score 1) 417

I think you are correct. Human history has been through many cycles of rapid invention and innovation, followed by periods of "calm" while people adjust to all the new technology, or just wait for something to spark the next cycle. This can be influenced by economic and social trends. The fall of Rome had a great economic impact on the world. There was little time to invent, because people we just trying to survive. The Renaissance was a period enlightenment, where people felt free to try new things and explore different concepts. The inventions of 1940's and 50's were heavily influenced by WWII and the Cold War.

We may not be in a period of great invention (using a narrow definition of the term) but inventors (using a broad definition) are certainly hard at work, building on the work of others. You could argue that there is nothing being invented right now because society is still busy exploring some of the greater inventions and ideas of the last 60 years.

Comment Re:We also have crazy checks (Score 1) 427

I see a strong social safety net as a great benefit to our society. However, a parent post discussed people receiving a benefit equal to almost 100% of their earned income. Assuming this is a long term (near permanent) benefit, this can be detrimental to the individual as well as the community. This is not a solution, any more than saying "get a job you bum."

Comment Re:We also have crazy checks (Score 1) 427

This is an argument that can just keep going in circles then. I for one would prefer the simpler system of just taking home what you earn, rather then listening to politicians argue over which group is "poorer" and how much they need to be given, so as to compensate them for what they don't have because they world is not always "fair".

Comment Re:Another Big Impediment (Score 1) 457

It is challenging to manage the schedule and requirements for even a small code release. While it can be satisfying to fix that ugly ball of code, it can be a real time sink, and introduce some risk to the schedule and functionality of the system. I can't speak to the culture of the office in your example, but I personally prefer that my developers stick to their assigned requirements. Developers should be free to make suggestions to improve the system, but unless there is a compelling reason, it would prefer to defer even simple changes to a future release, when we can devote time a resources to realize the full impact of the change.

Comment Re:If a Medical Doctor was involved in the collect (Score 3, Insightful) 99

You are correct, doctors do this all the time, so they can share case history so that others may benefit from your treatment. However, I believe the concern is with devices that your doctor is not equipped to handle in-house. I believe there are devices that send data automatically to a central location. The data is stored and forwarded to your doctor for review. The question is who owns that stored on the central server? I don't mind the company using that data to monitor the health of my implant, or to improve the device, but should they forward that data to R&D to create new devices? Sounds good, but how about marketing? Now I am a little concerned.

Comment Re:Did Zuckerberg ever have to get past HR? (Score 1) 716

A college education is an investment in becoming an educated human being trained in disciplined critical thinking and broadly knowledgeable about the world. It is not job training. While being an educated human being should help your job prospects, if that is all you focus on you have missed the point.

But it may be that, in turning our economy over to the aristocrats, the "1%", we have created a situation where educated human beings are no longer in demand in the job market.

Through cheap government backed loans we have made education "affordable" to a great many people. Unfortunately students are not asking how will this education benefit them in the long run.

I am astounded at the reasons people give for choosing a college. In my experience, most students make their decision based on quality of college life, rather than future life. They are often wowed by gourmet cafeterias and great athletic facilities, but they rarely evaluate what kind of a job they will get after graduation. When they do, they have not looked much past the college's total placement rate, rather than one specific to their program.

The original poster makes the same mistake as many other people when comparing the earning of people with college degrees. I suspect the reason he is earning more money is because he is working in a technical (computer) field, not "art history". I believe you are crazy if you choose a school without doing a cost benefit analysis comparing the program of study to the available jobs in that field.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 235

FTA: ... and the researchers believe they would be blasted outward in a cone directly in front of the ship. Anyone or anything waiting for you at the other end of your trip would be destroyed. ... The researchers are beginning a new round of number crunching to see how bad the problem is. It’s possible the deadly particle beam could be projected in all directions, making Alcubierre drives unworkable.

If I read the article right, they don't know if it is directional or not, or how bad the discharge could get.

Comment Re:As someone who lives in the NYC tri-state... (Score 1) 469

I agree with your sentiment. Where do companies, like Apple, go to raise cash to build the next big thing? There are many people on Wall Street who go to work everyday and just do their job. They buy and sell stocks for our IRA's, and balance the books for the bank so our pay checks will post to our accounts. Yes, there are some who game the system, but is that any different from a spammer who uses his knowledge to rip people off?

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1) 179

When do you decide that you are throwing good money after bad? I believe the DoE's role should be to help fund and develop new ideas. They should stick with the research until they can show the potential (or lack there of). 20 years is a long time, and the conclusions seem to show that there is no value. If some private organization wants to pick it up, so be it, but the public money could be put to better use developing other alternative energy sources.

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