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Comment Face a jury?? (Score 1) 608

What bullshit. This is NOT Land of the Free. We're all guilty until proven otherwise. Just stand accused and see how much of your money and resource is required to buy justice regardless of whether you're guilty or innocent. Snowden is a hero fighting a totalitarian regime and if we're very lucky, someday his statue will stand on the DC Mall.

Comment Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 1) 292

The debacles are fewer bet when the nuke disasters come around, they're impressive; Chernobyl. Fukashima. ...and when you compare nuke deaths to coal, are you counting the deaths from nuclear contamination related health problems? When nuke power proliferates I suspect we'll have much worse problems than coal mine collapses. The Germans have already figured all this out but the lure of the money is strong in the USA.

Comment The Federal Government is the evil AI (Score 1) 421

The Federal government is unlikely to ever put itself in a subordinate position to any computer system because computer algorithms don't like bad bookkeeping. Our government has all the worst attributes of an evil AI and none of the disadvantages for those humans at the top who seek power and money.

Comment Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 327

Money is not speech. Corporations (And I include Unions in there) are not people. This is not a 1st amendment issue. Why are you OK with letting large organizations bribe our elected officials with campaign donations?

Exactly. ...and there is a distinction between corporations and unions as far as speech is concerned; corporations don't generally give a hoot about the political agenda of their workers whereas unions might. Also, a lot of corporations have offshore workforces whose rights aren't even covered under the US constitution at all. Not so the unions. I recommend that as an extension to Citizens United, any corporation with offshore workforces should be stricken from making campaign contributions either directly or through any PAC.

Comment Double-edged sword (Score 1) 247

Historically, tech developments like gunpowder, splitting the atom, air flight and GPS are double-edged swords and it's rare that they don't entail some risks to human society. Once the tech is invented, fighting it with an axe is pretty much pointless. There's no putting the toothpaste back in the tube. The best thing to do is promote the beneficial uses and try to take the edge from the destructive uses. All the guy with the axe did was cost the taxpayers some money.

Comment BS (Score 1) 231

Pardon my cynicism but this is just another opportunity to confuse children even further. 'Math teacher' is generally an oxymoron. The real problem in math education is that the system requires math teachers to be 'math people'. Nerds who do math but can't communicate worth spit. In the elementary grades, we need artists who can teach math. They're rare but they do exist.

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"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982