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Comment Re:Let it die (Score 1) 510

It would help if you didn't conveniently quote. =)

I never inferred that erroneus' comments were racist or discriminatory; simply that he presents his comments as a known truth. Just like the poster after him who was keen to toss out "AHA! RACISM!"

I also note that there are commonalities, but those commonalities do not lead all those others would consider to be a member of said group into groupthink (that would be me admitting certain (read ALL) groups or cultures have commonalities).

My point? Avoid doing it altogether (conveniently grouping).

Comment Re:Let it die (Score 1) 510

He wasn't making an accurate observation; he was providing a deliberate and presumptive conclusion. I'm not accusing him of being racist or bigoted or any other loaded term people seem to toss around because they need to have their point of view out shout the next man. I'm simply saying that what you see from individuals (which is what we all are) does not apply to everyone you deem fits in that spectrum.

I gather all deaf people do not think alike.

  I don't know this for certain but I can get some insight from deaf people I know. Even then I can only tell you what is their individual perspective, because no single person speaks for an entirety.

. I can tell you first hand all Blacks/African Americans do not think alike although we may for the most part have similar societal experiences in the US. This is the fourth time in at least two days I've seen the same type of comments deriding some social group (or gender if one includes the thread regarding women and programming).

Black Culture... White Culture... it's American culture that's at play here; where the individual meets society, and what that individual values.

My deliberate and presumptive conclusion? It's starting to look like the Yahoo article comments section in here.

Comment Re:Why are there so few black engineers? (Score 1) 397

That's interesting. Considering I am "Black", all I can remember my culture rewarding was self reliance, equal opportunity under the law and intelligence. Maybe that's because I'm a child of folks who counter-sat, but I don't know about that. A good number of the fellow African Americans I went to high school with ended up in careers in IT or engineering.

It is almost like saying "White culture tends to sum up all things they don't fully comprehend in a blanket of fear." That's about as inaccurate as the above.

Now, if you were to say that the present American popular culture does not reward intelligence I might be inclined to agree.

That said, I don't think Rev. Jackson's efforts are in the right place.

You want more "minority engineers", then you have to cultivate that at the primary school level. If you find that your are generating people sufficiently tooled, but lacking opportunity, then you have a problem at the higher levels.

This isn't just a problem for African American and Hispanic youth (or women for that matter), it is a problem for the United States that the skills required to fill these positions are not valued socially (a strong belief in scientific principles; mathematics; problem solving, etc.).

Comment Re:so how will they earn a living (Score 1) 370

The example you are using to make your point involves members of the same species which says more about who we are when we have power versus how intelligent the represented other is.

Those championing American slavery for the most part knew full damned well that what was taking place was morally wrong, but had no intention of giving up the free labor/industrial power and freedom it provided.

Being members of the same species with the same verbal communication capacity (with formed language being the only barrier, not significant biological difference) a Frederick Douglass was never required; remember, free Blacks had been in America since its founding and some were slave owners themselves.

Once you factor in biological differences, you're stacking the deck against a species who cannot verbally communicate with you. Considering that there are members of some of these species that apparently can communicate with us via other means of language (sign/symbol), maybe this silliness regarding the burden of proof will die.

Comment Re:3D-Printed Revolver? (Score 1) 521

And you don't think that the number of women who engage in violent crime would not increase? I'm not sure I like this thread because it has stereotypical gender based roles all over it.

In reality the solution is not simple. As long as government spends its time trying to put restrictions on long guns er... "assault" weapons when the vast majority of crimes committed with firearms is done with handguns... as long as we can dig up the non-existent tax dollars to intercede half-way around the world yet not fund mental health in a substantial way.... as long as we engage in these sharp divisions and definitions regarding politics and beliefs....

It is far from simple.

Comment Re:iterative dev, no docs, took us to the moon... (Score 3, Insightful) 221

The saturn V was not production, was only reliable with great effort, and with incredible highly skilled and trained people.

I agree with the majority of this sentence, save for the first section.

The Saturn V was launched ten times as part of a mission, which would make them all "production". That's a total of fifty F1 engines (5 per each first stage). If I'm not mistaken, two unmanned tests were scheduled; I cannot remember if it was tested on those after the engine became flight rated. With a usage window for the engine in production from 1968 to 1973 (Skylab).

I believe the OP was referring to the process to get the engine flight rated with all the nuances noted, which means his initial heads up to the managers of today accurate.

Comment Re:Guns don't kill people; bullets kill people! (Score 1) 1719

Kind of late to the discussion, but regulating and restricting bullets sounds easy, but no.

In order to remain proficient with a firearm, you're going to have to practice shooting. If you're the sort to prefer a certain type of ammo, you might buy 100 rounds or so (50 per box for 9mm, .380, on and on.).

You can easily go though 100 rounds at a range in one day.

Hell, you can easily go through 500 rounds in a trip to the range (.22LR) using ONE firearm. Heaven forbid you have two that use the same caliber, or multiple that use different calibers.

Now, if I take a 22LR caliber competition target pistol, and say, a 22LR rifle to the range to practice say once a month, then have to explain to someone why i'll buy another 500 rounds by ACCOUNTING for every bullet I just fired at a range (by filling out a form? By saving every expended shell? By justifying why I need to practice my marksmanship once a month?), that makes no sense.

It is almost like my boss asking me to account for every paperclip I use in the office.

I'm not attempting to belittle your question; You might not be someone who uses firearms. There's enough bickering going on here.

The reality is that Gun owners in the United States, and people who shy away from it are going to have to stop making budgetary decisions based on greed.

There is no reason we can't have background checks on every gun transaction that takes place (although I can actually think of exceptions to this rule, but it doesn't matter). Hell, I'm for a one time tax in which the proceeds go either towards prevention of gun violence efforts (supporting the apparatus that keeps guns out of the hands of those who should not have them), or as a "tax" that goes toward supporting mental health budgets in states.

There is no reason why we determine our budget cuts by undermining the weakest in society. (Healthcare, physical, mental or otherwise is not an "entitlement"; the ability to provide it universally is an extension of technological and societal progress, and if we have to pay for it so be it).

Quit the "I know better than you, My values are more important than yours." bit. On both sides. If you live in a urban area or if you live in a rural area, your lifestyles might be significantly different. It doesn't make your values any less. Quit thinking you know more that the other guy.

Comment Re:Apple is already doing it all (Score 1) 282

Office compatible suites? Check.
One Note? Check.
Businesses employing MDM for iPads and using them intensively in the corporate sphere? Check.

The iPad (or any other tablet I'd imagine) was not designed to replace your notebook or desktop, but still has a powerful place as a corporate asset. For most execs, being able to access email and look at documents (while taking a few notes) without having to lug around the laptop is a plus. Is it a novelty? Yes. Can it play a significant role in business? Indeed it can.

Comment Re:yet more biblical contradictions (Score 1) 916

I always though of the forbidden fruit was not just a parable regarding knowledge, but consciousness/self awareness... That once Adam ate, death became a reality for him in that he could interpret what it meant (or to be naked, or note time passing).

  He was going to die regardless, but now he was aware of what was going to happen. After he had that snack with Eve, the party ended.


Zynga and Blizzard Sued Over Game Patent 179

eldavojohn writes "Thinking about developing a game involving a 'database driven online distributed tournament system?' Well, you had better talk to Walker Digital or risk a lawsuit, because Walker Digital claims to have patented that 'invention' back in 2002. The patent in question has resulted in some legal matters for the makers of 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 and 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: World at War, Blur, Wolfenstein, DJ Hero 2, Golden Eye 007, World of Warcraft and its expansions, Mafia Wars, and many others.' Walker Digital (parent company of said it's not sure how much damages are going to be, and requested that through discovery in the court. If you think Walker Digital is not a patent troll, check out their lawsuit from two months ago against Facebook for using privacy controls Walker Digital claims to have patented. It would seem that any online competitive game that uses a database to select and reward contestants in a tournament could potentially fall under this patent — of course, those with the deepest coffers will be cherrypicked first."

The Grown-Up Video Game 152

Phaethon360 writes "Now, more than ever, we're seeing many Mature ratings (M+, 17+, 18) being distributed by various national media regulators. But that isn't the only indicator for a game's intended audience. It doesn't take a thousand swear words, scantily clad women or gratuitous violence to differentiate a ten-year-old's game from a twenty-year-old's. The spectrum of human emotions encompasses a wider palette than just revenge, fear, and loss, but the games that shy away from these are frequently mistaken as being for a younger audience. From the article: 'The human experience is one that is made up of great hardship, pain, loss, death, and a multitude of experiences seemingly designed to destroy a person. However, that same experience is also filled with joy, love, laughter, family and friends. ... These so-called “grown-up” games need not be relegated to the category of niche gaming. In fact, at times we find that these video games are capable of reaching mass popularity among the gaming community. It is here that we find one of our generation’s outlets for the expression of conflict.'"

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