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Comment Re:Wrong kind of diversity (Score 1) 246

They spend all their effort focusing on ethnic and gender diversity with almost no effort for economic or cultural diversity.

Sounds like capitalist feminists - the problem with Wal-Mart for them isn't that they pay so little that their employees qualify for state aid, it's that the top positions at the company aren't filled by women.

Comment The no-win situation for the poor. (Score 1) 246

Want to be more than a burger flipper - you best embark on a self-improvement project, years before you can walk into an R movie, to get educated. Get a degree in a field that pays a real wage, or get comfortable flipping burgers.

Unless that field collapses, or gets offshored, or there's a glut of other grads, or you discover you just cannot do linear algebra no matter how hard you try - well then you're an idiot for taking out student loans you couldn't afford.

Comment What does surprise have to do with it? (Score 1) 246

If you're among the 1-percenters' offspring whose parents either went to these elite institutions or can afford to donate something substantial to get you in, why is it surprising that elite schools have more well-off students?

No more than it is "surprising" that the wealthy live much longer than the poor, another statistic that is in need of dramatic adjustment. Bring back 91% marginal tax brackets while providing universal health care and education.

There's basically 4 factors that determine where you end up in life -- how smart or successful your parents are, how wealthy they are, how much raw potential you have, and usually a whole lot of dumb luck.

The "dumb luck" is to be born to a rich set of parents. The poster children for this example is George W. and Neil Bush. The one kept getting handed multimillion dollar businesses to run into the ground, and the other "just happened" to have a couple of women knock his his hotel room door, looking to have sex with him.

Poor kids who do everything right dont do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

Comment Re:How is this news? (Score 1) 246

This also means that you should not have any effect on the ability of your children to get a higher quality education.

Straw man alert. Even if private colleges were banned and the rich were forced to go to public schools, the Trump's and Romney's can always higher private tutors to give their kids a leg up over others.

Comment Re:Devil's advocacy (Score 1) 114

First, though Steam has sales. PlayStation Store also has sales. Second, console games have historically been more likely than PC games to support same-screen multiplayer with two to four gamepads, and if you have more than one gamer in the house, one copy of a $60 game that supports multiple gamepads is cheaper than three copies of a $30 game that requires a separate copy per player. Third, if everybody were to wait for the sale instead of buying in release month at full price, publishers would have no money to continue to fund development of high-production-value games.

Not to mention the fact that, unlike PC games, you can often find dirt-cheap used physical copies of console games on Amazon and other sites. A while back I bought a used copy of Battlefront for PS4 for $10 on Amazon. Good luck getting it for sale on PC for that price.

And even if you could, big Steam sales only come a few times a year and many devlopers don't even support Steam (including big names like EA and Ubisoft). By contrast, cheap used copies of console games can be found anytime.

Comment Re:so what? (Score 1) 114

Since PS4 and Xbox One have both adopted similar x86 architectures this generation and have similar hardware specs, the issue is largely moot now. Developing a game designed for both systems is pretty easy and so a developer would just be throwing away money if it just developed for one or the other.

Now as for Nintendo, on the other hand....

Comment Re:Hands on Whell? (Score 0) 120

I've never felt like I needed "assistance" to keep the car in my lane.

Then you're probably not realizing just how bad your driving is.

After observing other people's driving for about a quarter-century now, I can safely say that most humans just aren't very good about keeping their car in their lane at all times. They can use all the help they can get. If you've *ever* gone over the lines while you were driving, then this includes you too. Somehow I doubt you have a perfect record of this.

Comment Re:I don't want Clippy on my phone! (Score 1) 82

Trying to embrace and extinguish your competition (like what they're trying to do with linux as we speak) is only going to encourage the creation of yet other new alternatives to your authoritarian garbage OS.

This sounds like something out of a movie, not real life. In real life, we've had Linux for over 20 years now, yet almost no one uses it unfortunately. In fact, desktop Linux usage seems to have dropped significantly in the last 5 years or so, with a lot of people going to Apple.

Seems to me that MS is doing the right thing: figuring out new ways of milking more revenue out of Windows users, who aren't decreasing in number at all.

All ventures must end, and Microsoft is no exception. They are only hastening their own demise.

How so? From what I've read, MS's financials are very, very good. Seems like they're doing the right thing for their profitability. Maybe you don't like it, maybe it's Orwellian, but too bad. *No one* is being forced to use MS and their spyware-laden OS; everyone who uses it does so voluntarily. If people don't like their OS being intrusive and authoritarian, then they should stop using it, but I just don't see that happening, ever. People are too short-sighted and stupid. MS might as well take advantage of that.

Comment Re:Since they determined autopilot wasn't to blame (Score 3, Interesting) 120

The problem is that, human nature being what it is, a lot of drivers will come to rely too much on autopilot and will stop paying attention just like this guy apparently did. That will cause a lot of crashes just by itself. This isn't DIRECTLY the fault of autopilot, but is rather an INDIRECT consequence of having it (combined with human nature).

Submission + - Zuckerberg sues hundreds of Hawaiians to force property sales to him. (msn.com)

mmell writes: Apparently, owning 700 acres of land in Hawaii isn't enough — Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has filed suit to force owners of several small parcels of land to sell to the highest bidder. The reason? These property owners are completely surrounded by Zuckerberg's land holdings and therefore have lawful easement to cross his property in order to get to theirs.

Many of these land owners have held their land for generations, but seemingly Mr. Zuckerberg can not tolerate their presence so close to his private little slice of paradise. Landowners such as these came to own their land when their ancestors were "given" the land as Hawaiian natives.

If successful in his "quiet title" court action, Mr. Zuckerberg will finally have his slice of Hawaii's beaches and tropical lands without having to deal with the pesky presence of neighbors who were on his land before he owned it. Who knew that Hawaiians were just another kind of Native Americans?

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