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Chinese Court Fines Apple For Copyright Violations

MYakus What the heck? (102 comments)

China enforcing copywrite laws? Are you kidding? Since when? Did you pause to consider this might be simply preditory? A large part of China's economy and most of China's military is based on copywrite/patent violations! When China starts enforcing intellectual property rights, it will only mean that it has stolen enough.

about a year ago

Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code

MYakus Re:Critical thinking before coding (265 comments)

I wish I'd read this post before posting, you've stated the problem better than I.

about a year and a half ago

Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code

MYakus Teaching kids... (265 comments)

Watching a friend teach kids Java in high school is just painful. They spend way too much time debugging quirks in the languange than debugging their logic. Teaching kids to program in high school/elementry school should be taught differently than teaching kids to program in a particular language. The demographics I've read is that we are having problems getting kids into STEM let alone Computer Science. Teaching kids to program at a younger age should be a good thing, we just aren't doing it right. Did I just say "LONG LIVE PASCAL"? Not yet,....

about a year and a half ago

Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

MYakus Gun bans. (812 comments)

Why is an administration who has been militarizing police forces so interested in disarming civilians?

about a year and a half ago

Why Girls Do Better At School

MYakus Environment versis..... (690 comments)

It could have something to do with the predominance of women teaching kindergarten through eighth grade. My kids didn't have a male teacher until they got into eighth grade and only one. Most reading assignments tended to be biased towards the girls, little to interest the boys. Schools are reducing physical activity time (recess), so boys tend to be a lot more restless and disruptive in class.

I have both girls and boys, and these are observations from just two schools; but I believe the observations to be descriptive of the problem with boys. I haven't looked at the stats for college entrance in 2012, but last time I looked the percentage of young men entering college as Freshmen nationally was only around 35%. Boys are definitely being under served in schools.

about a year and a half ago

With NCLB Waiver, Virginia Sorts Kids' Scores By Race

MYakus The Slashdot denizens actually agree on something! (622 comments)

Mark the date! Almost everyone seems to agree that the Virginia Board of Education are either idiots or racists. Maybe NPR too since they didn't post the objection until the last paragraph.

about 2 years ago

When Continental Drift Was Considered Pseudoscience

MYakus "He was, of course, right." (214 comments)

The arrogant phrasing of that statement is no different from anyone in the past who made similar statements. Anyone foolish enough to make a categorical statement about a theory (even one that the evidence suggests is true) is open to derision in the next century. Now, let's get back to global warming, global cooling, and the Mayan calendar.

more than 2 years ago

From MIT Inventor To Tea Party Leader

MYakus Hoover was a great engineer. (815 comments)

Engineers tend to look to using the government to solve things, because that's the tool at hand. When all you have is a hammer, the world is full of nails. The problem with that approach is that it grows government and centralizes power. Engineers may be the least capable of legislators, but this gentleman may be an exception.

more than 2 years ago

High School Students Sue Federal Gov't Over Global Warming

MYakus There is no "pro-bono". (491 comments)

Does anyone really believe that these lawyers or any scientist willing to support their cause is really working for free? This has all of the legal ethics that you expect from a class action shake-down, the government will pay the lawyer fees plus expenses. This is just a political scam.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Hack Turns the Green Building Into a Giant Game of Tetris

MYakus Bravo! (65 comments)

The fellow should have practiced the game before going online in front of the whole city though!

more than 2 years ago

Up To 1.5 Million Visa, MasterCard Credit Card Numbers Stolen

MYakus Re:Recourse? (189 comments)

Most often the cards get canceled and their owners get issued new cards. Any charges on the card that were fraudulent have to be fixed, but at least there's an expiration date on the cards KNOWN to be compromised.

more than 2 years ago

One Sci-Fi Author Wrote 29 of the Kindle's 100 Most-Highlighted Passages

MYakus That's only because... (239 comments)

..."The Notebooks of Lazarus Long" isn't in the Kindel store.

“Being intelligent is not a felony, but most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor.” - L. Long

more than 2 years ago

Science and Engineering Workforce Has Stalled In the US

MYakus Complicated. (433 comments)

We are educating kids to be users of technology, but not developers or inventors. Every time I've taken a computer or a disk drive or other electronics apart for a demonstration to the Scouts or just kids, they are always amazed. They are never taught beyond a mouse click. A lot of kids coming out of college are no better these days. Another problem is that in our zeal to bring girls into higher education, we are losing boys - those who would be most interested in engineering ( see Carpe Diem website archives for all the graphs and tables on subject preferences, Prof J does a great job of laying that argument out from high school on ).

more than 2 years ago

Using WikiLeaks As a Tool In Investigative Journalism

MYakus News From the Hard Corners of the World. (39 comments)

Getting information out of the hard corners of the world is difficult. Reporters would rather be trashing a civilized society than go some place where they could get killed! That's just the sorry fact of journalism. Look at the number of women reporters who were sexually assaulted in Egypt during the "Arab Spring". Now go somewhere the government really hates you (because you are a westerner, or worse yet - an American)!

Truth be told, he should have come with better sourcing; but the story does match up with some of the problems reported recently about sexual assaults from within the Peace Corps.

more than 2 years ago

Google Donating $11.5M To Fight Modern Slavery

MYakus Re:Easy to do (302 comments)

The article was more about national problems where slavery is illegal, but seems to overlook international problems where slavery is ether condoned or allowed by law.

more than 2 years ago

USPS Ending Overnight First-Class Letter Service

MYakus What a great idea! (713 comments)

Reduce service to your customers when you are having financial problems? Of course, those are more related to pensions and health care than operations, but who's going to care that there letters will be intentionally delayed? What could go wrong?

Only the government thinks this way.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Data Remanence Solutions?

MYakus Don't ditch that drive. (209 comments)

If it's the same project, you can the the project office to waive the requirement in the prior contract.

more than 2 years ago

The Future of Protest In Panopticon Nation

MYakus Priced out of an education. (566 comments)

When I went to a state school in 1977, I had to work roughly 11 hours to pay for 1 credit hour. In 2011, a state school education costs on the order of 20-30 hours of labor depending on the school. That represents a decline in the real worth of labor; it’s not just currency inflation.

In the meantime, administration and professor salaries have gone up, a lot. Schools have nice new buildings with landscaping. Dorms are nicer and roomier than my first three apartments. Carpet has replaced linoleum tile and electronic white boards replaced chalk.

How was all this financed? Government subsidized student loans of course. The banks can make the long term loans at reduced rates of interest because the government subsidized and insured them. Of course, the government now OWNS STUDENT LOANS eliminating the middleman. How is that going to make an education any cheaper? It won’t. There isn’t any reason for a university or college to reduce anything. The money spigot is going to keep pouring dollars into the system.

People should remember that a student loan is a voluntary contract. You aren’t required to get a student loan to go to a school you can’t afford any more than you are required to buy a car you can’t afford. You can choose to go to a less expensive school or pay your own way by working or saving.

BTW, an earlier video cut shows the police warning the protesters that they were going to get pepper sprayed and the protesters agreeing to it. The occupy movement isn’t a civil rights movement. Berkley isn’t Atlanta.

more than 2 years ago

Debt Reduction Super Committee Fails To Agree

MYakus Re:you try to be even handed, but... (954 comments)

Just read the two statements in the summary. Nothing else is necessary.

Republican: "Our Democratic friends were never able to do the entitlement reforms. They weren't going to do anything without raising taxes."

Democrat: "The wealthiest Americans who earn over a million a year have to share too. And that line in the sand, we haven't seen Republicans willing to cross yet."

I mean, one of those is clearly a bald-faced misrepresentation: this is made clear within the statement itself. In the first sentence he flatly claims that Democrats would not "do the entitlement reforms". In the very next sentence he makes it clear that this is simply a lie: Democrats were entirely ready to do entitlement reforms, but on the condition that they were accompanied by tax increases. You know, compromise. That thing two sides who don't agree are supposed to do for the greater good.

The Democrat, by contrast, simply states that the Republicans would not agree to anything that included tax rises - whatever entitlement cuts were involved.

I just don't see where's the room for interpretation or greyness there. From their own statements it's quite clear that the Republicans are a) fundamentally dishonest and b) utterly unwilling to compromise.

This is called making a straw man and then beating him with his own arm.

more than 2 years ago


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