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Comment fake articles on just Donald Trump? (Score 1) 294

Fake articles seems to be a new "approach" in Internet media that is becoming increasingly common. A title that is either favorable or unfavorable to a particular party with an article that says whose contents are the exact opposite with facts that are based on celebrity quotes or opinions rather than facts. This approach may have been used during the political process in 2016, but I have seen this style of writing growing. It seems to be turning Internet media into a supermarket tabloid across the board. I came across very few articles or videos online for Trump during the campaign. But there were a TON of them for Clinton. Maybe I fit the Clinton demographic rather than the Trump one, I don't know. The Youtube videos were particular frustrating because they would show up every two or three minutes and I couldn't skip any of them even though I had watched them like 100 times (30 second ads!). I was in high school and college in the 90s when Bill Clinton was in office. So I remember the Clinton presidency well. I didn't come across any Clinton ads that were complete fabrications, but quite a few were what I would call "factish". They would present something she did but omit some important details which were very misleading. This only made them more annoying to watch. I hope that both parties have learned their lesson and will stop deciding who is going to win the primary BEFORE people vote. They have picked John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Hillary Clinton and all three have lost their bids. You can spend $1 billon dollars running Youtube ads that I can't skip all you want, but in the I am going to vote for who I think is the best candidate, period.

Comment changing the rules got us here in the first place (Score 1) 1081

Abolishing the electoral college makes sense if you had 100% voter participation. Otherwise, the electoral college system is a better approximation. The Republicans in the last three presidential primaries tried to quell dissatisfaction with the party leadership's candidate choices (John McCain, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush) by changing primary rules in violation of their own rules and policies. They did this in order to achieve a false sense of party solidarity around their candidate choice. This in the end turned out to be meaningless since they all lost. This dissatisfaction with party leadership is what allowed Donald Trump to win the Republican primary. The Democratic party did the same thing in the 2016 primary. The primary race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton was very close right up until the end although it was not portrayed that way in the media. Hillary Clinton had the same kind of superdelegate advantage over Barack Obama in 2008 but most of the superdelegates moved over the Barack Obama once he edged ahead in delegates. For the 2016 primary, the Democratic party leadership decided that Hillary Clinton was their candidate choice regardless of what the voters wanted and did everything they could to help her beat Bernie Sanders. Hillary had to spend a good deal of money from her campaign war chest just to beat Sanders. I tend to believe that their is a lot of truth to the Wikileaks revelations since so many heads have rolled shortly after the releases. Heads don't rule if it is all made up. Clinton was given primary debate questions ahead of time, had favorable media coverage over Sanders her whole primary campaign, and had inside help from several members of the party. Bernie Sanders had the whole party and media against him and still nearly won. I believe that the Democratic party leadership has made the same mistake in this primary that the Republican leadership has in the last three primaries and that Hillary Clinton is their John McCain/Mitt Romney/Jeb Bush candidate. I also believe that this is why Clinton was so soundly defeated by Trump. I believe that it would have been a whole different race if Bernie Sanders had won the Democratic Party Nomination. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are both evidence of a dissatisfaction by the voter base with party leadership. I think that discussing changing the rules to get the result "we" want is just a continuation of the thinking that has led to failures in both parties. If you want to replace the electoral college with a 100% voter participation system, then we might have a discussion. Otherwise, the electoral college is their for a reason and we should leave it as is and work on the real problem, the disconnect between party leadership and voters. The other thing I like about the electoral college is that it is a reminder that we are a republic and not a democracy. Just my opinion. :)

Comment $7.6 billion write down = profit (Score 1) 249

Remember, Microsoft has been suing droid phone makers and makes a tidy annual profit from those deals. It also pushed Google over the edge to buy Motorola and develop its own arsenal to help defend droid phone makers. Also, while a write down is usually not a good thing, it does carry with it some tax benefits in the present as well as years to come.

Comment Might be a good move for Microsoft (Score 1) 293

Putting the man in charge of the most successful division in recent years seems like a good move compared to the other options.

Also, reducing Gates influence over the company should help them to make better decisions. Gates has been more concerned with share price stability (since he has been selling large blocks of shares for the last decade) rather than growth and transformation which are essential for Microsoft to survive let alone thrive in the new environment. New classes of devices are changing the way we learn, work, and play and the majority of those new classes of devices do not run a Microsoft operating system. Microsoft needs to make its applications and server platform relevant to these new device classes rather than trying to own-it-all, which is a strategy that has failed for the last decade and depressed its share price.

Comment The Coal Irony (Score 2) 259

The California climate changers have been working to drive coal power out of the United States which is driving up the cost of electricity which in turn drives up manufacturing costs both in the short term and long term. This has created low coal prices in the short term and in the long term causing China to double down on coal power to keep its energy costs low and to make its manufacturing base even more competitive in the international market. This means more manufacturing will be done in China which ironically will actually make the air quality in California much worse (better air quality for the eastern US though). I also think that it would be ironic if this ultimately kills US manufacturing to the point where the US becomes a third world country where all the wealthier nations of the world come to plunder the natural resources that many conservationists have fought hard to protect. But in protecting our natural resources, it has been taken to such extremes that it ultimately weakens our economy and in so doing our government and world influence. People forget that it takes strength to defend what you cherish (ideas, people, etc.) and that there are no given rules that all uphold. People cling too tightly and take for granted that things will remain as they are now. We must find a balance to remain strong.

Comment Water - Hydrogen - Space (Score 0) 479

I believe that using hydrogen for a fuel on a large scale is a terrible idea since it is usually extracted from water and some of it will undoubtedly escape in to space. Over time, all of those leaky vehicles will bleed off more and more hydrogen into space reducing the amount of available water which is essential for weather patterns and life itself.

Comment battery life and virtual memory subsystem (Score 1) 558

The Windows virtual memory subsystem swaps pages to disk regardless of physical memory availability due to facilitate the memory dump facilities used for storing crash reports and sending those reports to Microsoft. This would mean that the hard drive is being used a lot more than other operating systems and therefore would draw more power. Shutting off the swap file in Windows typically provides a 30% performance increase (assuming sufficient physical memory). It would be interesting to test if shutting offers an improvement in battery life.

Comment Intelligence versus Self-Motivation/Self-Control (Score 2) 659

I see a lot of people talking about intelligence and laziness. I have studied a number of inventors from the 19th and 20th centuries. My favorites are Philo T. Farnsworth and Nikola Tesla. Based on my own investigation of the topic, I found that self-motivation and self-control appear to be much more important factors in success and accomplishment than intelligence. The issue isn't that the educational system fails to accommodate prodigies, the issue is that the educational system isn't very good at teaching students how to motivate themselves. This applies to any student, not just those that are gifted.

In terms of raw academics, smaller schools provide a better quality education to the overall student body. In terms of social climate, smaller schools tend not to have as many of the large scale social problems experienced by larger institutions.

As a consequence of No-Child-Left-Behind, some school systems have really been struggling for financial support. Lately they have been using gender-segregation to improve test scores with dramatic results. There appear to be a lot of negative social mores influencing student achievement in mixed-gender situation (junior high/high school level). A lot of students intentional under-perform to avoid certain social stigmas, especially those related to the perception of the opposite gender.

I agree with a lot of the other posts that demonstrate concerns about the prodigy not being able to handle social and societal interaction beyond their prodigy. Based on my understanding of such matters, I would say that a small same-gender school would be the best way to proceed. It allows them to learn the rules and experiences of social interaction and society while limiting some of the academically detrimental factors.

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