Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology
> Our leader removed the minister for science!
The U.S. doesn't have a secretary for science either. Some countries do, others don't.
> He has reduced funding for our science organization [sic]* CSIRO
organiSation - Australian spelling. Yes this is very unfortunate, as are the ABC funding cuts. Hopefully it's a temporary situation - force an organisation to re-think priorities, then later review. It's an "easy" (for government) way of forcing an organisation to cut things it doesn't really feel are necessary - forcing it to "re-focus". Very clumsy and "blunt instrument" way of doing it (as opposed to an actual independent review) but that's government for you.
> condemned renewable energy
He's said a lot of stupid things, but happily Abbott has now rejected cutting the renewable energy target.
> promoted coal
Because other countries buy it. One can't really tell a country not to market their natural resources.
> destroyed our manufacturing sector
That happened a long time ago, not caused by the current government.
> and is pushing to make university only for the rich.
Not intentionally, but "deregulation" is what the Liberal Party has always been about, like the Republicans in the U.S. People should know that and vote accordingly. You can't blame a party for being what it is. Deregulation should be expected from them, it's not Abbott in particular.
However, Abbott lied through his teeth about all their policies prior to the election, and that you *can* blame a party for. There should be a law to invalidate an election when that happens - how can you have voting and Democracy when politicians do the complete opposite to everything they said up to the election? That's the *real* crime here. If they had been honest and up front about everything before the election, they would not have gotten in at all. That shouldn't be too much to expect in a modern country.
Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community
> I just graduated with a degree in chemical and biological engineering
May I ask what country you studied in? In the U.S (and now soon in Australia) it is very hard to just "go back to school", if not impossible for many people, purely from a financial point of view. For many people, in terms of study & changing careers, there are only 1 or 2 chances.
Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
> ....then get ready for your next pill.
Really? I'm still using my Galaxy S2 and *very* happy with it. Rooted, firewall, no ads, plays games, GPS. I can even call people. Why would I want to upgrade? Once my contract was over, I got another contract just to have a backup phone - Galaxy S3. I use it chiefly as a TV / multimedia remote in the lounge room. It doesn't even have a SIM card, that's how content I am with my S2 as a phone.
Admittedly 4G would be a bit nicer than 3G but I don't surf on the phone so who cares. It does everything I need. Oh and taking photos? WFT do you want to use a phone for taking photos? I have a little Canon S200 that shits all over any phone camera because.. well, it's a camera, that's what it's for.
Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store
That's a lot of stuff to say without backing any of it up with references. I'll take that rant as your personal opinion and move on. If you want people to take a post full of claims like that seriously, provide links to support them.
Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death
Lucky I'm on XP and don't have to worry. It's been 100% stable for months now.
Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"
Hooray for the Job Creators!
Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity
> They drill this into us all the time in martial arts. When fighting, you don't have time to sit and think about your next move, it just has to come naturally, like some kind of instinct.
You're talking about "reflex", not "muscle memory". I've done martial arts too, and found the problem with this approach is that, if someone has very reflexive, "automatic" defensive moves, it's very easy for an attacker to take advantage of that by baulking. Making the defender expect an attack in one place, then attacking somewhere else instead. Reflexes don't deal with that very well.
World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use
Drugs are made more dangerous by being illegal
Not really, it depends what you mean by "illegal". Bear with me... Personally think illegality sends a good signal for kids - drugs are bad, m'key? - but the *punishment* is the question. Allowing police to arrest a user means these things:
1. For young people, parents get to know what their child is doing
2. Police can get the name of the *dealer* from the user
3. The user can be placed in mandatory rehab as "punishment".
4. If rehab isn't necessary, then the only punishment is a small fine.
User gets a slap on the wrist (or rehab) but police get the info they need. What's wrong with that?
If it's not illegal, it makes finding the dealers more difficult for police. PLUS - and I think this is the worst aspect of making them legal - drugs suddenly become a *legitimate business*. And we all know how ethically business behaves once they can deal in an addictive product.
Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues
I find an easy solution is to make sure those sorts of emails all go to a single internal address which is then forwarded to *2 or 3 other people*. That way the IT manager gets it, the individual responsible for actually doing it gets it, and someone else as a backup.
This reminds everyone how important it is, and people communicate to make sure it happens. The manager or backup person gets it and goes "ah, that guy isn't here anymore, we'd better sort that out".
Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE
Firefox *really* needs forking to follow the original vision.
Already attempted. Try PaleMoon. http://www.palemoon.org/
California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"
Immunity is a collective endeavor. You're undermining it.
If you're responding to an American, it seems they're becoming less and less interested in "collective endeavours". I'm just waiting for someone to start calling mandatory immunisation "Socialism". The U.S. seems to have an enormous and growing number of people with an innate mistrust of science. Very different from the past, and very weird for a country who (briefly, it seems) became the technological powerhouse of the world.
California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"
yet the Slashdot Sheep are still defending this snake oil... Unbelievable.
Maybe you're a troll, I don't know. Others here have pointed out your misunderstanding of everything to do with 'flu, viruses and vaccinations. I'd like to point out why you're a hypocrite.
You're telling us we're "sheep" - for what? Following mainstream science which has given you everything you enjoy in the world, like TV, mobile phones, computers, the clothes you wear and the food you eat. You're criticising us for that? You don't see anything wrong with that mindset at all?
And secondly, following on from that, you're accusing us of having our heads in the sand - not seeing "the truth" as you see it. The problem with that attitude, is that you get your information from where - web sites, anecdotal stories from other people, heresay... and you obviously don't bother to fact-check any of it, otherwise you would very soon see the flaws in their logic, and yours.
So face the truth - people like you say you know "the truth", but in reality you DON'T CARE about the truth. You only care about what you WANT to be true. Real science, real facts, don't have attitudes or preferred opinions. Before you can even begin to understand facts and "The Truth", you need to shed your opinions and preferences. You have to stop wanting this or that to be true. Look at what you are being told, from all sides, with ZERO bias, and *check things for yourself*. That is what science is all about. Sure sometimes it is wrong, but the point is it's *self-correcting* because anyone who respects the process only wants to know what *is* true, not what they want to be true.
For your own benefit, for the sake of simple common sense... take a breath, leave your opinions at the door, and start really listening, reading and trying to *understand* what the issues are and what the truth is. Mindlessly repeating other people's opinions is not even letting yourself have your own opinion. Don't you want your opinions to at least be guided by your own thought and reasoning?
It comes down to what you want for yourself. A life lived in the shadow of bias and misinformation, like back in the dark ages; or a life where you're not afraid to question what you *want* to be true, and see the difference between unproven claims and proven claims. Demand proof from *both* sides of any debate.
Physical Media: Down, But Maybe Not Out
Call me crazy but I prefer to have the physical copy. This way I can watch it anytime I want and I don't need to worry about the inevitable loss of Internet connectivity.
Not at all. I have physical copies of all my music and movies, although the physical media - my hard drive - is far more space-efficient than an optical disk. In fact, even 2 hard drives (one as a backup) is still far more space-efficient and, protected as they are in the computer case, I never have to worry about scratches.
Physical media is definitely not going away, even if those shiny coaster things do.
Aliens and the Fermi Paradox
Even if someone had 100% proof of alien encounters, the signal to noise ratio is assumed to be no signal and all noise.
That's a complete contradiction. If someone had "100% proof", it would be seen as such, by definition. That's what "proof" is - the ability to prove something, beyond any reasonable person's doubt. To say anything important, which can be completely, irrevocably proven will be ignored, is simply ridiculous in modern times.
Aliens and the Fermi Paradox
You don't really hear about this, but it's part of what started Fermi along the way towards his paradox.
Strange you should say that, as I just heard about it.
I always smile when people say, "no-one ever talks about this, but..."
Thanks for including me in the incredibly small cabal of individuals this has been mentioned to. I feel so special. :)
HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs
> It proves that if you can give a corporation tax breaks and throw off the shackles of regulation, they will do better and want to hire more people. Oh...wait.
I was actually doing an Excel thingy the other day, simply looking at how company profits actually relate to employment. This information is freely available from companies' annual reports. For example:
Woolworths Limited (annual reports) graph: http://i.imgur.com/iNagiLN.gif
For companies like Woolworths, whose operations are fairly labour-intensive, profits do relate to employment though, as you can see, profits rise far more quickly than employment does.
Then take Comm Bank (I'm Australian): (annual Reports) graph: http://i.imgur.com/w6orwfi.gif
For Comm Bank, profits rise confidently, however the effect on employment is comparatively modest. Employment even drops for a period. Over the long term, the relationship between profit and employment is minor.
From the few I looked at, profits of major companies rise far more sharply than does employment, and sometimes there is little relation at all. I imagine there is a closer relationship between profit and employment in small to medium businesses. IMO, large companies should be more highly regulated (also so they can't off-shore their tax) while small-medium businesses are the ones who should be encouraged more.
HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs
They used to make really cool, quality stuff
True. I bought a HP 8510p, 5 years ago, and it's still my main work laptop. As a web developer, I use Visual Studio, Photoshop, etc. and have SQL Server, IIS and a bunch of dev tools running continually. It also plays Dishonored and Metro Last Light reasonably well. Amazing little machine, easy to open up and maintain. Not a single dead pixel, not single failed part. The only down-side is a limit of 4GB RAM, but even that's not too much of an issue.. on XP. :)
It was probably one of the first "good enough" laptops that didn't need to be discarded for something faster, but it also happened to never break down (crazily easy to open up and de-dust). My deep satisfaction, however, doesn't make a computer manufacturer any money. Which is another reason for pushing tablets and "laptop-replacements" like the Surface Pro - they're an emerging tech, which means the good-old, lucrative "upgrade cycle" starts all over again for these companies.
Google Testing Gmail Redesign
Then they change perfectly Gnome 2 with a half cell phone gnome 3/shell! Now office 365/office 2013 is all FREAKING WHITE IN ALL CAPS where I get a migraine looking at it. Then they change Hotmail.com to all blinding with blue. ,.. now gmail is changing too.
You forgot to mention the ever so popular UI changes to Visual Studio 2012/13. An utter UI train-wreck from MS, far worse in implication than Metro, as it is serious productivity s/ware used by Windows developers. And they haven't even backed down from using all-CAPS in the menus.
Anti-Surveillance Mask Lets You Pass As Someone Else
you're in *public*: everyone can see you, and what you are doing
But none of the people who see you in the pub are the same who see you in a shop and the same who see you walking down any other street every day. There's a BIG difference between being "in public" - where nobody knows you beyond the immediate space - and your life "being public knowledge", which is what it would be if everyone knew all your movements throughout the city.
Comparing public surveillance to "being in public" is a false equivalence. They're nothing like each other.
Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change
You're comparing scientists and engineers who publish in the open literature with spooks and security guards who keep secrets.
I thought his/her point was valid - they are all government. If someone says "I mistrust government", do you expect them to make an exception for certain departments? If so, then they wouldn't just say "I don't trust government". His/her point was that many people in the US distrust government. So whether it's NASA or the IRS, *they don't trust government*.
It's a fair enough statement, because, you know, it's true. There are lots of people out there like that.