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BForrester Re:the whole things an editor if you're brave enou (114 comments)

I agree entirely with the sentiment, but there is a massive psychological difference between virtual problems and real ones.

With virtual problems, the rules are known and consistent, and the only potential barrier to success is the limitations of the user's abilities. If the user can accurately assess their own skill level, they can know if the problem is solvable, and possibly the time frame in which this can be done.

Big, real problems are awash in variables far beyond the control of any one person. They may not be solvable given current restraints. Many of the "best" governments in the world, led by the most educated and intelligent people, and backed with enormous budgets are undercut by the chaos of global economics, damaged by misinformation and false intelligence, aggravated by the stupidity of other actors, and in turn conduct their own activities that damage the prospects of peace, or health and security for all.

I might commit my life to a cure for cancer or world peace, and thus squander the next 60 years away because the world, as a majority, is not ready for those things. The Sudoku puzzle, on the other hand, I can solve before I finish breakfast.

about three weeks ago

AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and Singapore

BForrester Re:Developing Story (275 comments)

All of the examples you've given here are relevant, pressing issues, but they aren't news.

about a month ago

White House Touts Obama's 1-Liner as 2014 Tech Highlight

BForrester Re:Turtle art (65 comments)

Clinton could have used LOGO's turtle to draw the first presidential digital dick pic

I'd think that a LOGO rendition of President Nixon would actually be pretty impressive.

about 1 month ago

Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

BForrester Re:Semicolon (275 comments)

Also "too," while we're at the GN thing.

about 6 months ago

Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

BForrester Re:YAY US (55 comments)

Dearest representatives of the corporate interests of the United States of America:

It behooves me to request that, as we collectively drop the rears of our trousers, would you kindly bend down and kiss our asses? Only if you please, eh?

With tender, gentlemanly affection,

Your friendly neighbour,


about 6 months ago

Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

BForrester Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

java was only "the most popular" because it was force fed to people who didn't want it.

I don't think you understand how schools and their curriculae work. Nobody is holding a gun to the collective and independently-operated heads of CS departments to demand which language they use for beginner courses.

Java was historically chosen because it was a safe option; used widely in industry, decent documentation and tools, it supports good programming practices, and it provides reasonably powerful options while being relatively beginner friendly. Java largely replaced C and C++, which are not beginner friendly.

about 7 months ago

Google Acquires Curated Music Service Songza

BForrester Re:What? (45 comments)

What is Songza?

I don't know how popular it is as a browser-based service, but it's a very popular mobile app. Particularly when linked through home media systems, it allows a user to very quickly jump to a playlist based on a desired genre, activity, or mood.

Activities examples:

Breaking Up
Driving in the Left Lane
Getting High
Making Out
Unwinding after work

about 7 months ago

Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

BForrester Re:Are you getting it yet? (206 comments)

Correct, and though you can pretend you don't know what they will be used for, if you sell military vehicles, punch-card tabulators, or cucumbers to the Nazis, you're still doing business with the Nazis.

about 7 months ago

Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

BForrester Re:In civilized countries... (169 comments)

This, exactly.

The US entry into WWII had just as much to do with incurring minimal damage as it did with ensuring that the allied nations were sufficiently depleted that they would need to lean on the US for their recovery.

The trope that the US won WWII is ridiculous and myopic. They won the entire post-war long game.

about 7 months ago

Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

BForrester Re:In civilized countries... (169 comments)

Why do people from all over the world keep coming to U.S. universities?

See the parent post: prestige. Attendance at those institutions is one of the shiniest resume items that can be earned/bought/bartered.

When someone tells me that they attended an Ivy League institution, I immediately think, "Wow. You must be really smart and/or rich and/or connected."

about 7 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

BForrester Re:Sweden (1040 comments)

It *should* work both ways, if we want to be honest.

We shouldn't draw conclusions about socialism from the USSR without considering present-day Northern Europe.
Similarly, the recession-inducing, wealth-consolidating potentialities of capitalism do not erase the benefits of incentive and economic mobility.

There are benefits from both systems - proven by history - available as long as there are counterbalances to the unchecked accumulation of wealth and power.

about 8 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

BForrester Re:Sweden (1040 comments)

To be fair, representative democracy is a great first step in terms of avoiding absolute, termless power accumulation. The system just needs additional development.

The problem with capitalism is that it just adds more layers of corporate parasites and concentrates power in the hands of unaccountable plutocrats.

about 8 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

BForrester Re:Sweden (1040 comments)

You're confusing the term "socialist" with "greedy opportunist." The latter exists in just about every political/economic system.

"Never judge a philosophy by its abuse."
    -- Saint Augustine

about 8 months ago

Estonia Urged To Drop Internet Voting Over Security Fears

BForrester Re:Self Auditing and independent auditing (116 comments)

...Online voting is pretty much demanding that some evil person runs our government.

So... status quo?

about 8 months ago

Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

BForrester Re:well (557 comments)

Exactly this. Virtually all invasions are justified, at least according to the invader.

about 9 months ago

College Grads Create Fake Tesla Commercial That Elon Musk Loves

BForrester Re:Yes (100 comments)

Class isn't defined by heredity.
Attaining wealth is not the same as earning it.
Wars are rarely declared by the instigators.

about 10 months ago

Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

BForrester Re:And in other news... (625 comments)

No, they think "axe" is something you do with a question.

about a year ago

Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

BForrester Re:Poor English (375 comments)

I didn't get past the poor English in the summary.

1 year,11 days

The Post-Lecture Classroom

BForrester Re:Ugh (169 comments)

You're being prepped for the real world.

In all seriousness, your impressions of the flipped/inverted model as a student are the same as mine as a professor. There are classes in which this can be very effective, but it relies very strongly on the motivation, work ethic, and time management skills of the students involved.

about a year ago


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