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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

gtall Re:Not really needed anymore. (361 comments)

Yes, well, maybe. Might it be that where you live matters when it comes to voting time? If most blacks live in higher density areas rather than out in the country (with respect to whites), then there is going to be a longer wait. How about you track blacks and whites that live in the country and then blacks and white in the cities. But then that would obscure the conclusion you were aiming to draw.

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

gtall Re:Not really needed anymore. (361 comments)

That does appear to be changing now that Michigan finally got pissed off enough to pay attention to the problem. And the grand parent is (in my view, incorrect). Detroit's biggest problem was corruption and the stupidity of the car companies, not racism.

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

gtall Re:Not really needed anymore. (361 comments)

"Very few of them are actually very intelligent." How do you know this? There are thousands of CEOs in the U.S. Somehow, very few of them are intelligent yet the U.S. is THE country in economic clout in the world?

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

gtall Re:Not really needed anymore. (361 comments)

There is a little read Mark Twain book, Puddin'Head Wilson. Two babies were swapped at birth, one raised "white" and one raised "black". Neither could escape the culture they were raised in.

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

gtall Re:Not really needed anymore. (361 comments)

Correcting for economic status and family structure, Asians who are here 3 generations or more do no better or worse than other generations of Americans who have been here at least that long.

The reason seems to be that to come to the U.S., you have to really want to succeed and hence the kiddies are pushed harder, and they feel they have make up for their immigrant status by trying harder.

And this makes affirmative action even trickier to make work. The problem, in my eyes, are we are pushing at the wrong end. Starting by fixing grade school and high school education. That's easy to say, it is not easy to do. Some cultural pressures denigrate scholastic success by labeling it "white". Think about that, how perverted is the notion that scholastic success is associated with a racial group. That's racism.

yesterday
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

gtall Re:Anyone else notice (190 comments)

Yeah, 'cause science and tech hasn't advanced in 50 years.

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Our Education System Is Failing IT

gtall Re:Philosophy is the opposite of mathematics (292 comments)

I see the results of a single course in philosophy. You are aware that Newton was a philosopher...had something to do with calculus, maybe you've heard of it.

Ever hear of Jon Barwise. Did seminal work on philosophy of language. Helped develop non-wellfounded set theory which we use to produce models of security for....get this, security problems in engineering systems.

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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

gtall Re:Difference between erratic & erotic (543 comments)

I think it is more accurate to say, "...because some men, allegedly holy, interpret a 1700 year old book to say a sky man created the earth in 7 days".

One thing that religious people fail to recognize is that society didn't lock up or medicate people 4000 to well under 1000 years ago for hearing voices. One aspect of these people (yes, even today) is that frequently they are very "religious" and fixated on the holy book du jure. Hearing voices from unseen entities could only mean for these societies that they were hearing angels, devils, saints, G-d, but not Allah...apparently Allah is so "other" that he doesn't communicate directly, he's got himself an escape clause (isn't is always the way) that allows him to use angels as intermediaries. And let's face it, which nice Muslim wants to be stoned for claiming to hear Allah on the line, an angel though is acceptable.

Angel: I command you to perform jihad against apostates.
Guy: Err....why?
Angel: (Allah, what'll I tell this guy....tell him, tell him, it is Allah's will) It is Allah's will.
Guy: Well, that settles it! Allahu Akbar, praise Allah and pass the ammunition, gonna kill me some apostates!!!

Guy: Are you an apostate?
Guy 2: Who wants to know?
Guy: Allah. Now are you or aren't you? I gotta kill me an apostate.
Guy 2: Nope, not me...but that fellar down the street who I think nicked my camel, he's definitely an apostate.

yesterday
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

gtall Re:And yet birds die in it... (330 comments)

Who's worried about the birds, it's the bears I worry about. Ever see one of them piss? Niagara Falls would blush. And they are pissing in our reservoirs.

3 days ago
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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

gtall Re:CCHR has made some valid points... (185 comments)

Before we absolve the sainted American people of medication, who's taking the illegal drugs, binge drinking, etc.? A good segment of the American people is predisposed to self-medication for whatever they think ails them.

3 days ago
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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

gtall Re:The Harsh Light of Day (185 comments)

He's a funny G-d!! Men pee out of the same organ they use to have sex. Yeah, it might optimize the plumbing but I rather think quite a few Heavenly jokes get cracked about that one. The Universe periodically tries to kill us. Gamma ray bursters, asteroids, comets, Madonna...these are not the acts of a vengeful G-d, this guy has a sense of humor. Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, Paris Hilton...c'mon, it's a dead giveaway. Shopping malls AND Karl Marx, the mind boggles, G-d is funny guy.

3 days ago
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Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

gtall Re:Texas needs water, not oil (199 comments)

Yep, and where would this water come from? The Great Lakes perhaps...not on your grandmother's grave. The Great Lake states will not allow you to decrease the water level of those lakes because they need them for shipping. Aquifers? The farmers in Nebraska, Oklahoma Arkansas, and Texas are already draining the Ogallala Aquifer. And due to the drier conditions in those states due to increased temperature lately, the aquifer is not getting replenished as it should. The Mississippi River, see the Great Lakes.

3 days ago
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Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

gtall Re:after november... (199 comments)

Hey, cut him some slack, he's evolving. One doesn't evolve overnight, it requires mediation time, time to kick the can down the road, time to figure out how to procrastinate in the hopes the current problem will go away all by itself due to magical influences such as pixie dust and clicking one's glittering slippers while uttering "We're not in Chicago anymore".

3 days ago
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Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

gtall Re:What would Jesus do? (199 comments)

I think he's saying Jesus will return to implement pre-existing conditions and be very involved with the health care debate.

3 days ago
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Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

gtall Re:Irrelevant... (199 comments)

Self-correcting is relative to time. Many make the assumption that the time base is short and so destructive policies will have relatively immediate consequences. This is what confuses the global climate debate and the argument that when it gets hot enough, we'll switch to something non-carbon based. If the time base is short, that might work. However, if what we pump now means a runaway greenhouse effect 20-30 years from now, then we're screwed 20-30 years from now and no amount of "market forces" will fix that.

Clint Eastwood had it right, "Do ya feel lucky...?"

3 days ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

gtall Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (397 comments)

If I had to guess, it the problem isn't selling the used grain to farmers that the FDA is worried about. There's nothing stopping the breweries from selling it to anyone.

That said, it is rather stupid. Presumably, there are rules and regs for the breweries to use the grain. Those are sufficient to protect the beer swilling population. Given the heating process, it is probably safer after use than before. So this sounds like there is a use not captured in an FDA rule, and hence the regulators feel the need to fill the vacuum.

This is probably another aspect of the current state of the U.S. where every misdeed must be regulated to that it can be litigated. I heard a program on NPR that seriously considered micro-slights. Those are slights where some one inadvertently says something like "you people" when referring to one of the sanctioned victim classes. Everyone don their mental condoms now and head for the home on the range...where nary is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day. Soon, Garrison Keillor will be President and we'll all be above average.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

gtall Re:HP Calculators (694 comments)

And it better have RPN, I still cannot use anything TI ever produced.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

gtall Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (694 comments)

My HP-45 from 1974 still works fine.

5 days ago
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

gtall Re:It's Not Really Oracle (161 comments)

Yes and no. If you aren't careful, you'll wind up with a dirty snowball which wasn't so much designed as it was congealed. Modularity will not save you. If your site won't scale, then you are going to need a new design.

I agree with starting small though, as long as the tradeoffs are understood and management doesn't cough up a hairball when a redesign is necessary.

5 days ago

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Microsoft To Educate North Carolina High Schoolers

gtall gtall writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gtall (79522) writes "From the article: "Microsoft said Tuesday that North Carolina has become the first US state to implement Redmond's Microsoft IT Academy Program for its public high schools — 628 in total. The program offers students and teachers the latest Microsoft software for classrooms and labs, Microsoft e-learning materials, discounts on courseware, access to Tech Net, and marketing resources to help promote the institutions' association with Microsoft, along with certification in Microsoft technologies."

Has education come to this where a company can decide the curriculum to turn out drones tuned to its products?"

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