isolationist America- afraid of the world.
reminds me of isolationist/feudal Japan back in the days, closed themselves off from everyone else. Later 1800s they realized they have to get themselves out of the 6th century or they will be overrun by other countries.
It seems that as we stand right now, our education system is not working, right?
I think in general the public education system is inadequate in preparing people for technical careers (technical meaning engineer, technician, scientist, coder, whatever). While the Right blames the Left and the Left blames the Right, it seems to me not many high school grads can endure engineering college. Then there are technical professions like electricians, machinists, where it requires extensive training that is time consuming and expensive. I've heard engineering students are mostly foreign nationals (I guess domestic students prefer business and law) but also first year is mainly review for many of these foreign nationals that were taught much of the math and science in their high schools. Getting back to technicians, if you don't have much money difficult getting quality technical training.
... And saying we can't find Americans with the skills!
I heard public school system in general does not sufficiently educate young people, and definitely nothing in the high tech field unless additional education after HS. Only two options after high school, minimum wage job or college. But if cannot afford college then have to take whatever job. There financial aid options but do many of these HS grads have what it takes to endure college or tech schools (if any)? I know there are many excellent high schools and their grads are quite capable. There are also many particularly inner cities where it is pretty grim.
DVD? is that?
from some info I found (I forgot who the originator is) and kept in my diatribes folder:
All of the following have been proposed as the words behind the letters DVD:
- Delayed, Very Delayed (referring to the many late releases of DVD formats)
- Diversified, Very Diversified (referring to the proliferation of recordable formats and other spinoffs)
- Digital Venereal Disease (referring to piracy and copying of DVDs)
- Dead, Very Dead (from naysayers who predicted DVD would never take off)
- Digital Video Disc (the original meaning proposed by some of DVD's creators)
- Digital Versatile Disc (a meaning later proposed by some of DVD's creators)
And the official answer is... "nothing." The original initialism came from "digital video disc." Some members of the DVD Forum (see 6.1) tried to express how DVD goes far beyond video by retrofitting the painfully contorted phrase "digital versatile disc," but this has never been officially accepted by the DVD Forum as a whole. A report from DVD Forum Steering Committee in 1999 decreed that DVD, as an international standard, is simply three letters. Nevertheless, Toshiba —the maintainer of the DVD Forum Web site— still confusingly prefers "digital video disc." And after all, how many people ask what VHS stands for? (Guess what? No one agrees on that one either.)
One fun thing Trump could do to get back at the screeching entertainment industry going after him; halve the current copyright expiration period.
well that would be interesting. I wonder what other "fun" stuff will come about in this new administration? i.e. for every one new movie, two old movies have to be eliminated? (quick! save those VHS and DVDs!)
. . . from Mr. "640K is all you'll ever need" (grin)
(and yes, I go back to DOS 2.x and Windows 1.x)
I was thinking perhaps go back to those days when United States was the United States ain't so bad after all. Hey there was usenet and a simple DOS machine is perfectly adequate for us to get on the forums and tell others what we really think.
I have to admit, I pegged Wheeler wrong.
me too. An interesting read was Wheeler talked about when cable tv started, there was a huge outcry and pushback from legacy OTA broadcasters. Wheeler said at the time OTA broadcasters limited new providers and and CATV will provide opportunities for new "channels." He then implied nowadays cable companies are limiting new providers and opportunities. Wheeler presented this better than what I wrote here but hope I got my point across.
...emotional American commenter.
hey, we're good at making highly charged comments like we're an authority of the subject matter even though we ain't got a clue what it is.
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