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Comment Vocational training for young kids is a waste. (Score 5, Insightful) 175

Who knows what jobs will be available in twenty years, between AI and offshoring? Coding doesn't look like a sure thing at all.

If you are going to focus on a skill, focus on ones that serve in that kind of future environment: being able to pick up on human context and nuance; to decode, no just the literal level of communication, but implicit levels of communication. Because even if AI and foreigners take our coding jobs, somebody is going to have to lay out specifications, and that take imagination and subtlety.

And you know what would be really, really good for developing those kinds of skills? Reading and discussing books.

Comment Re:don't be too quick to judge (Score 1) 278

yes India has terrible controls on their antibiotic use, but remember that US farmers are using large amounts of antibiotics too keep their overcrowded livestock from dying too soon.

India is a country with a median annual income of $616. With 1.2 billion people, well, a lot of things like providing medical care are going to be tough. We're headed that way too. While per capita GDP growth has recovered from the Great Recession, median income has declined.

Comment Re:No Gut no Glory (Score 1) 66

This is kind of an oversimplified view of affairs as they now stand.

The newer players aren't competitors to NASA; they're competitors to NASA's traditional vendors. They probably wouldn't exist were it not for government policy to encourage and support more independent, entrepreneurial approaches to launch system development and management.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 517

I agree. I also think we should make successful completion of an H-1b term as an automatic qualification for a green card. If the talent is so important to bring in, then talent plus experience is even more important to keep here, and eventually naturalize.

The program as it now exists simply primes the pump for offshoring and overseas tech transfer.

Comment Re:Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 1) 474

I'm a boomer and trust me, we had our share of functional illiterates, innumerates, and all-around ignorant people. Look at the 60-ish people you know. Allowing for greater life experience (e.g. remembering Dr. King rather than having just read about him), do we seem as a group so uniformly wonderfully educated to you? I thought not.

I think millennials are on the whole just a little better educated than we were. The problem is that they need to be a lot better educated.

The world is changing faster. Information sources are more varied and less reliable. In an era where it has never been easier to surround yourself with crackpots you need to be a more independent thinkers than boomers, who despite our counter-culture pretensions are as big a generation of sheep as this country has ever produced. When we entered the workforce there were lots of good-paying jobs we could do with just a three R's education. For millennials those jobs have gone overseas or are being lost to automation.

So in the current environment, the average person needs capabilities that would have made him elite in past generations. That's why so many more Americans go to college: 68% in 2014 vs. 45% in 1960.

So it's no surprise if the average college graduate isn't as impressive as the average college in past generations:you're looking at a different sample, one more representative of the population as a whole.

Comment Re:In this economy? (Score 2) 562

Speaking as one who lived through the period you are talking about, 8 track never really took off, except in cars. Cassettes were already big deal when I was in high school, and I graduated in '79. They just hadn't peaked yet.

In the 70s Chromium Dioxide tapes and Dolby started to appear on home stereo cassette decks, and by the end of the decade 8 tracks were largely displaced in cars by cassettes.

The thing that really made cassettes take off, however, was the Sony Walkman. That made it possible for the first time to listen to your choice of music, with reasonable fidelity, any time you wanted to. Around the same time boomboxes came in.

Comment Re:Nice Job HTC (Score 1, Insightful) 205

I have a Samsung Galaxy S6, and I hate it. And it's not the UI tweaks, which are minor but generally actually pretty good. And the camera is astonishingly good. No the problem is that the battery life is so bad I have to keep it on Ultra-battery-saving mode unless I'm certain to have access to a charger later in the day. Reviews said battery life was "unimpressive", but what they should have said it was that it was disastrously bad.

Samsung's had to have known this would be a problem. So what does that tell you about Samsung's attitude toward users?

It tells me that Samsung isn't a company I want to deal with in the future, because their interest in user experience ends with what happens on the showroom floor.

Comment Re:This is insane behavior. (Score 1) 130

What makes you think doing better than existing studios is the goal? I think the goal is to find some way to extract more revenue out of their iTunes customers. The result doesn't have to be artistically better than what's out there (although that is one strategy). It doesn't have to be financially more successful on its own than Netflix or Hulu. It just has to turn a new profit.

There are basically three ways to grow profits. (1) Get in on the ground in a new and growing market; (2) become more efficient; (3) become larger and more complex. Figuring out the next big thing is tricky. Becoming more efficient is hard. Becoming larger and more complex doesn't benefit stockholders all that much, but it's an easy way to make your senior managers richer.

Comment Re:They still haven't landed ONE by want to land 3 (Score 1) 101

Not one single Falcon has landed without mayor damage today. But they want to push without fixing the problems they already have.

Which is normal for rocketry when you're trying anything new. Every program either (a) re-uses proven components or (b) deals with early very high failure rates or both. It took ten years to go from the first firing of the Saturn V's rocket engine (the Rocketdyne F1) to it's firs successful use, and there explosions along the way.

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