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Comment Re:Houston-New Orleans-Austin (Score 2) 270

Unfortunately they better stay away from Texas. The Lege is currently working on legislation meant to restrict the ability of transportation projects, specifically high speed rail, to use state funds and emminent domain to complete the projects. If they were building an pipeline, that would be great. The state government has not problem in stealing peoples land and giving it to a foreign government. But if these bills get passed, it is going to be pretty easy for a land owner, or a municipality, to go to court and block the project.

For years, researchers have identify Texas as the best place to prototype a high sped transportation system, specifically between houston and dallas, becuase so much of the right of way is already owned by the state and there is a great deal of traffic between the two locations. However, the politics has never been amiable to this happening. The other issue is that lack of ancillary public transportation. Megabus can get you between cities pretty fast, but what do you do when you get there? In cities like San Antonio you have to get a Uber. In Houston you can take light rail to get to a few places, but Austin you are stuck on unreliable busses. It is not like Portland and Seattle where you can hope on another train and basically get anywhere you want..

Comment Re:Even if my job isn't replaced, I still lose (Score 1) 99

So somehow we have all lost over the past hundred years? Our quality of life is worse? You don't like the fact that you can go out by cheap toilet paper?

There are things that are worse. Due to the much lower standard of living, when I go out of the country I buy wool, handmade on a loom, handmade into all sorts of cool stuff. Again, this is possible, because of a low standard of living, where not everyone even has a video game console. True, the food better, the product are better, the air is better, but I don't know if that is what we want for the US.

A valid point was hit at the end. The problem we have is that efficiency gains have not been equitably distributed. There has been so many gains in my lifetime. We don't need to work more than 30 hours a week. Minimum wage should be $20 an hour. But count on this. Your job will be replaced or majorly displaced by robots. Ask any typewrite sales person. The question is whether you will be unemployed or educated.

Comment Re:Class sizes versus curriculum (Score 1) 239

There are many variables the researches may not controlled for. Being published in an 'educational psychology' journal I am not confident of the results as many metastudies have shown that educational research more often that not is rigorous. In one metastudy they found that 80% of the articles could not be used due to basic flaws in design or statistics.

The immediate flaw I though of was controlling for teachers. I have seen math teachers who work with everyone, but there are still too many that only teach boys. Cultural effects cannot be ignored. This is consistent with one result which has been widely verified with good research, that programs are very difficult to put into production. Most strategies work well for a group of students and a group of teachers. Pushing the strategy to everyone generally fails. This is why any program, even something as simple was more math and science, has to be flexible.

Comment Re:Bullshit! (Score 1) 89

According to this argument, nothing that is used in the design cycle works because it does not work individually. Brainstorming is one tool that you can use in design or engineering work. Like any tool, it is not intended to be used on it's own. So you brainstorm, design, brainstorm, design, build, etc.

One big benefit of brainstorming, when it is done right, it that it gets the bullshit ideas out of the way so the group can dig deeply for good ideas. If there is one person, working on one thing, an entire year might be spent building the dumbest thing imaginable. And while that sometimes leads to a profitable product, I don't think it is the most reliable method

Comment Re:Sure, if they had the willpower... (Score 1) 566

Most Trump supporters are probably not worried that immigrants are coming from India and taking the jobs from IT workers. most of these workers are in the 'liberal' coastal cities that did not vote for Trump, and as such, are of no consequence. Trump campaigned on closing the border to immigrants that are taking low wage hard jobs that Americans do not want.

On the other hand Trump has asked for visa for over a 1000 foriegn workers over the past decade of so. These are for the type of jobs that should be easy to fill with US workers. Cooks, golf caddies, picking grapes, etc. These are not high skilled jobs, and the only reason to import workers is because of the potentially lower pay or ability to deport workers if they refuse to work, or complain about the condition, of violate confidentiality agreements.

Comment Re:Wonder why (Score 1) 207

In the cities talked about in the article, i.e. Austin and San Antonio, one is not spending $4,000 a month for a shoebox apartment. That much money would rent a very nice apartment, or buy a modest house in a desirable part of the city.

But many people are looking for a house that is about a maybe two or three square foot for every dollar of their monthly mortgage. That can be hard to find in the city. While one can find a very desirable house at very reasonable costs in the city, it is often in locations where there are diverse people.

The other item is similar to when people moved into the city. More young adults are used to living in the suburbs, and while may move to the city when they are young, are inevitably going to move back to their childhood norm, which increasingly is the exurbs.

Comment Separate Data from interface (Score 1) 234

I would think that the first thing a modern software develop should know is to decouple interface and logic and data. This is nothing new.

Composite/Structured Design was published way back in the late 1970' and detailed how rules should be in one place only as well as touching on the interfaces to access data and rules. Apple used the MVC structure to separate data from the viewer and methods. OO programming made this much easier to do. Computers are so fast any penalty, in most cases, is irrelevant.

My suspicion is that most software people now simply are connecting widgets to interfaces, and there is no actual knowledge of development or process. this is fine because the frameworks we have are so sophisticated that we can pay people to solve problems rather than figure out arcane error messages on why the code won't compile.

Comment Re:Relax... (Score 4, Insightful) 188

It is much simpler. Trump uses an unsecured easily hacked phone, so every spy agency on the planet is monitoring it. Which is a stupid waste of money as all they need is a twitter feed, a tv, and a membership at his golf course because he tweet everything he thinks, he releases classified information on tv, and public ally classified information during dinner on his every weekend vacation.

Comment Re:On our way... (Score 1) 295

What makes America great is immigration. No one wants America to fail, no more than conservative actives wanted America to fail when they born the birthed movement or blocked Obama at every turn. Conservatives really believed that Obama was key an and progressives really believe that Trump is going to turn the US over to Putin.

We want democracy and an African dicta actor like Trump who is going to block all immigrants is not going to help democracy. By your argument if we elected a lemur who just wanted to party, we would hate democracy if we opposed his plan to use taxpayer money to build free water parks in every town.

Frankly the guilt driving the US is that somehow we are not doing enough to placate the radical religious minority, not real fiscal conservative values. Honestly I y]think most policy is fear that we are going to see a resurgence in Christian terrorism like Eric Roudolph and the sovietiegn nationalists that went around killing cops.

Comment free software (Score 1) 71

I remember the first time I had to deal with satellite telemetry. While I had to write code to process the data, I used GNUPlot for visualization. Saved a ton of time. Of course there is no free software. Someone pays for it, to someone donates the time. In government we pay for it, just like we pay for everything. This is why the freedom of information act makes so much sense, and should not be ignored arbitrarily. We pay for the work, and we have a right to know if and how that work is being done.

Comment Re:Remember when Apple went full USB? (Score 2) 332

Or when Apple supported SCSI instead of parallel port. For me that was a good thing as SCSI was easier to set up for somethings rather than parallel. Even further back support of RS-422 made life easier. Firewire was faster for a long time than USB.

The key with the headphone jack is the same as with legacy ports on MS Windows machines. Some ports cost more than others, so one fills up the computer with cheap ports to make people feel like they get a good deal. Ports cost money, so use cheap ports to allow cheap expansion. The only Android phone, as far as I know, that generates profit, are those from Samsung. Everything else is sold a very low margins to a cash strapped population, a population that has $5 to spend on legacy headphones, but often not $50 for wireless or USB headsets.

Comment Re:There might be light but it is not the big pict (Score 1) 166

Weight is a factor, and highly processed carbohydrates are very efficient at delivering excess calories. One has more trouble eating a pound of butter than a pound of sugar. The first thing a type two diabetic does is lose 7% of weight.

The simpler more processed a carbohydrate is, the more Gloucester it will deliver. Eating minimally processed carbohydrates with lots of fiber and good fat is key. The problem with our diet is that we eat fat with no fiber, like meat, or sugar with no fiber, like potato and no skin.

And a lot of this is genetics. I suspect this would be helpful to someone who is at risk of diabetes.

Comment Re:Never heard of it... (Score 1) 67

UF is certainly one of the oldest web comics and one of the few to support the artist. If it had not been for plagerized it still would be running.

I would also point out that the old web comic I know about is I PhD, running since 1997 with almost 2000 strips.

I guess in this post factual world, no one will care.

My opinion is that since around 2000, it has been a renesance in newspaper style cartoons as the barriers to entry are non existent and for those who got in early, quality was all that mattered. Even late comers, like XKCD do much better by some metrics than early entries and popular sites like SMBC.

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