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Comment Re:The DNC overlords always get their way (Score 1) 644

I am not a fan of Hillary, but pretending that she is as bad as Donald Trump is just insane. Bernie Sanders is trying to influence the party platform and trying to prevent the disaster that would be Trump. I don't think that is unprincipled. If you think that is, the rest of the house and senate are crooked as hell.

The US system doesn't have the possibility of coalition governments and you can't really do a protest vote unless you want to risk Trump. Maybe one decides to bide the time until the next election or move to a different front in the senate / house races.

Comment Re:Robert Heinlein said it best... (Score 1) 908

This post is insightful?

Firstly, where is your evidencce that mathematicians don't wear shoes, bathe or keep a tidy house?

Secondly, the quote in question says that "Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house." Not that a person who can cope with mathematics needs to wear shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house.

Comment Re:It's a lose lose (Score 1) 352

Give India a break, it *is* a democracy and it is only 60 years since it has gained independence from Britain which left it in not-the-greatest shape. It is true that there are problems of the lower castes, etc, but something is being done, albeit slowly, in terms of reservation in education and government jobs for the lower-castes. Why it was only 50 years ago that afro-americans in the US were second-class citizens.

Comment Re:Once again, Apple shows themselves to be Evil (Score 1) 541

I don't think it's so much "A Good Company" as "A company that makes well designed, albeit expensive, products." If I had the cash my PC would be a mac and my phone would be an iPhone... at least, if I could use anybody but AT&T with the iPhone. That's a bigger hurde than the cost.

I don't dislike Microsoft because of their business practices; I dislike Microsoft because I don't like the way they design most of their products. YMMV as always.

Well I don't like Microsoft not because they make bad software, but because they make it difficult for my OS of choice (Linux) to function well and compete on an even footing with their anti-competitive practices, sabotaging of truly open standards, etc. If they just make bad software, I don't have to use it. Unfortunately, if I need to edit an MS Office document cleanly I need MS Windows.

Comment Re:It's so very odd..... (Score 1) 1376

I think there is much confusion about the term agnostic. Since one cannot disprove the non-existence of any god, agnosticism is the most logical stance one can take. However, the fact that one is agnostic should mean that one is equally agnostic about Zeus, the christian or any other mainstream god, and (not to ignore the pastafarians) the FSM as there is little evidence to support any of them. I am, strictly speaking, agnostic, but for practical purposes, I'm an atheist.

Comment Re:I find most Indians incompetent (Score 1) 1144

A comment with the heading "I find most Indians incompetent" is "interesting"? It doesn't matter if you replace "Indians" with any other country, it is a patently stupid generalization. I am an Indian and I didn't go to IIT, but I can tell you that most of the guys who get into IIT every year are some of the smartest 2000 guys in a country of 1 billion people. True, some of them have an attitude but they are rather raw because they are undergraduates, but they are definitely very talented.

Comment Re:Much ado about nothing... (Score 1) 770

Really? I hold a Phd in Electrical Engineering from Maryland and I have several good friends who got their PhD's in the US (all of them had their tuition paid and stipends) and are now in India. Their average age is around 30 as well. Some of them worked here for a couple of years. I still think that the US attracts a lot of students who want to excel in engineering and science. Getting a suitable job in India for these highly qualified people is difficult because of the competition and the scarcity of good jobs, but that is fast changing.

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