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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Irate Engineer Nope, Ain't Going to Work, But Thanks! (949 comments)

So you are going to raise a generation of teenagers with no physical outlets except martyrdom for Allah?

Thanks for providing future targets for Lockheed-Martin products!

Sincerely,

A U.S. Taxpayer.

2 days ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Irate Engineer Re:so the story goes (221 comments)

Needs mod points. Well put.

2 days ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Irate Engineer Re:It's not really that bad (221 comments)

It's not the total count (but thousands of people dead sucks) but the *rate* of infection that is freaking people out. It is picking up speed. That's bad.

We're looking at 10^3 *reported* cases, and this is currently uncontained, so who knows how many are bleeding out of their orifices in single apartments, unreported.

The bigger an infection gets, the harder it is to stop. So yeah, you want to freak out early and try to put the fire out quick by putting a lot of assets on the scene.

And, by the way, there are regions of the U.S. (yes, 'Murika!) where washing of the dead is a burial ceremony. Don't say that it can't possibly happen here. It can if you tempt fate enough times.

2 days ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Irate Engineer Re:Assault? (221 comments)

Ewww...gross.

2 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

Irate Engineer Re:A cornal what? (151 comments)

At least he didn't spell it "cornhole".

about a week ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Irate Engineer Re:Oversimplification vs. overcomplication (352 comments)

I'm waiting for the Windows Knock-Off-The-Bells-n-Whistles-Bullshit-And-Let-Us-Get-Work-Done Edition myself.

about a week ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

Irate Engineer No Competition Here! (211 comments)

NASA would be very happy to let SpaceX build a heavy lift booster for them. Really.

The only reason SLS exists is to keep the congresscritters from the former shuttle supply chain districts happy. That's it. NASA is desperately trying to keep funding going, and they ain't interested in pissing that money away on designing big dumb rockets, but politics says that they must to survive. Rockets are rapidly becoming a commercial technology, which is a good thing.

NASA would be very happy to buy rockets from Elon Musk and/or whoever else can put up competing articles. NASA would much rather be doing and spending its hard-fought budget on things that they do well, pushing the envelope on technologies for hard problems, like getting our asses to Mars, and science missions.

about three weeks ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

Irate Engineer Re:No thought required (135 comments)

Exactly this. The culture that I have often seen (particularly in publicly traded companies) is that to actively think about and research a problem and kill it for once and for all is always perceived as too expensive and is frowned upon.

It's apparently far cheaper to just muddle along with a problem for years and years and years. Or at least until the company tanks.

In turn, this culture is a motivation killer, as initially ambitious employees will have their proposals shot down again and again, and so they either leave or just shrug their shoulders resignedly and Facebook all day, just keeping the illusion of productivity alive.

about a month and a half ago
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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

Irate Engineer Edward Snowden's Plan B? (167 comments)

Hmm,

Edward Snowden's professed mission in life is to enable secure, anonymous internet communications.

Edward Snowden's visa in Russia has expired.

Now this.

Snowden is on thin ice, I think. Where could he possibly go from Russia, except for a dark hole in GitMo?

about a month and a half ago
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UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test

Irate Engineer Cancer? (63 comments)

Cancer of the anus! I hope!

about 2 months ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

Irate Engineer Smoking Mothers are Smoking! (155 comments)

Probably why they are Mothers in the first place.

about 2 months ago
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

Irate Engineer But the Car Will Drive Itself! (119 comments)

Right Google? Right?

In Google's future, I should be able to buy a self-driving car.

In the post-peak oil future, my car will be electric, powered by summer breezes and sunbeams.

So...as a logical extension, I should be able to sit in the back of my Google shaggin' wagon with a case of beer and a bed, and happily stress test the shocks with my missus on a 800 mile road trip in my Electric Love Wagon without giving a thought about anything else.

Right Google? Well, hell with you Google, get your engineers on this pronto! I'll be a beta tester.

about 2 months ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Irate Engineer Re:Comcast should run for office (250 comments)

Nah, why go through all that bother of making speeches, kissing babies, and politicking? Just buy the candidates and then yank on their shorthairs so they vote for you, mischief managed!

about 2 months ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Irate Engineer Mushin no shin / The Mind without Mind (160 comments)

Japanese martial art traditions describe a similar concept of mushin ("no mind") where actions are achieved intuitively without active thought.

At some level, most* achieve this for basic tasks. You don't need to actively think about each muscle contraction and joint movement when you walk, or type on a keyboard, etc.. A lifetime of repeating these activities has trained the brain to minimize expenditure during these tasks.

The same goes for sports, martial arts, anything requiring extensive training to master.

* but some people do, those with sensory or physical impairments.

about 2 months ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

Irate Engineer Dr. Evil Says... (190 comments)

(holds pinkie to corner of mouth).."one *TRILLION* Becquerel!" (uproarious laughter from nuclear engineers)

about 2 months ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Irate Engineer Locking them into the Walled Garden early! (285 comments)

Yeah, iPads are something like $300-$400 new (I don't know exactly, but hectobucks for sure). Handing thousands of them out seems generous and all, even if they are sold at a discount.

Apple (and other companies) are smart to try to be the first one to have their technology put in front of young people. Once the kids get hooked on the brand, many will stick with the brand for life.

Take the OP summary and replace the word "iPad" with "pack of Marlboro cigarettes" and see how this all hits you. It really is they same type of "hook 'em young" advertising that Big Tobacco got slammed for doing.

Hopefully these future technology consumers are learning something through the process.

about 2 months ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Irate Engineer What Could Go Wrong? (205 comments)

Hmm, adding technology that allows the driver to focus their attention on what is going on in the back seat rather than the road? What could go wrong?

They need a "Sit Down and Shut-Up" package - 5 point restraints and ball-gags for the kids in the back seat.

about 2 months ago
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Australian Website Waits Three Years To Inform Customers of Data Breach

Irate Engineer Online == Stolen (35 comments)

Pretty much anything entered online == stolen.

Amirite?

Aw yeah, I'm right.

Ha ha, CAPTCHA is "redesign"

about 2 months ago

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