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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

gtall Re:We have one in the US, too (228 comments)

What is it specifically you object to about the ACA? Covering more people? You do realize the whole idea behind any health insurance is that healthy people support the unhealthy. My main objection to it is that it let the health insurance companies and their "death panels" ("actuaries" to you) live. It has only been since the 1960's that insurance companies have gotten into health insurance in a big way. And we can mark the cost rises for health care to them.

2 days ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

gtall Re:Waste (276 comments)

Or distorted his view of computer systems.

3 days ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

gtall Re:This is what the Free Market is for (322 comments)

"We could, perhaps, use a bit of enlightened self interest and work on the Ebola epidemic, work on the virus that is decimating the crop, work on creating an infrastructure in those countries so they can move themselves out the shithole that everyone has managed to create over there."

The U.S. is already doing this as well as the Western nations. Even China has anted up a pittance. You know it is serious when China decides to fund something with no immediate payback.

4 days ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

gtall Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (322 comments)

I can totally see most people not having the jack to pay for $15 candy bars. They'll use something else for their sweet tooth. The high end producers might survive if their current market is small enough and well enough heeled. The rest go bye-bye.

4 days ago
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Mathematics Great Alexander Grothendieck Dies At 86

gtall Re:Genius /Insanity (49 comments)

More like the line between religion and insanity is a thin one.

about a week ago
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Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

gtall Re:Step one. (162 comments)

What I'd like from Microsoft is suicide. They are unreformable. This latest push into open source is merely another attempt at sinking opposition to their malware.

about a week ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

gtall Re:One problem solved, now the other... (693 comments)

Yes, that's true, but it isn't easy to spot someone going over the edge. And if you get pushy about it, the ACLU will show up and tell you in no uncertain terms that the mentally disabled have rights.

about a week ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

gtall Re:Lol. (693 comments)

Or....use a fraction of the money to inform parents that if their kid comes to school with one of their guns and no mitigating circumstances, the school system will sue them for everything they have ever owned and everything they will ever own. Proceeds go to the victims.

about a week ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

gtall Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (693 comments)

You forgot to include the cost of approx. $80K/yr for the individual needed to watch the cameras...and that's if you get someone with no training and you only need one.

about a week ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

gtall Re:Sounds like what Sun did (524 comments)

So you are saying they want to do to the Mac and Linux ecosystem what they did to the MS ecosystem. Hmmm...no, I'll pass.

about a week ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

gtall Re:City life (458 comments)

"part of the aversion to doing "white people stuff" (where that aversion exists) is the result of disbelief at the prospect of actually becoming accepted among white people"

While that may be part of it, another part is that doing "white people stuff" means you are not doing black people stuff and hence are not black enough. I tend to think it has a heavy does of socio-economic bias built into it. If you are brought up in a poverty stricken area with a majority race, that race and poverty are seen as part of the same thing. So doing anything outside of the run of the mill things for that area will brand you as "other". In black inner cities, you are acting white. In white Appalachia, you are branded effete or thinking you are better than your peers. It is the same thing, but it gets colored differently depending upon where you are.

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

gtall Re: Yeah, right... (458 comments)

And for management, it also helps if you are 6 foot or taller male and glib. Bonus points if it looks like your hair will turn silver over the years (Dilbert reference).

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

gtall Re:You heard it hear (129 comments)

"We always suspected that Big Brother was going to subcontract the work; now we know who got the bid!" Let me guess, you also believe WTC was an inside job.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-founder Arrested In Northeastern Thailand

gtall Re:He must pay for his crimes (189 comments)

Try this, leave your home and car unlocked so that others can have free access to your stuff. Your stuff wants to be free, let it go.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

gtall Re:Terrible (430 comments)

"Indifferent" is not quite the right word for the American media towards Russia. It is more actually phrased, "who gives a flying rat's ass about Russia?".

about two weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

gtall Re:Terrible (430 comments)

Personally, I think it comes down to whom you can fall in love with. The mechanics of sex is secondary.

about two weeks ago
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China Plans To Build a Domestic Robotics Industry

gtall Re:Riots? (67 comments)

What's animating China's zest for robotics is the realization that robots in other countries will put their millions out of jobs just as surely as them doing it to themselves. They just figure they would rather do it to themselves rather than have someone like the U.S. take it all away from them. Were that to happen, the fellows running the Party there can kiss their future take over of Taiwan goodbye. They just figure that if they can retake Taiwan, their toy government will finally have an air of legitimacy. Personally, I think it will always retain that unmistakable stench of Mao.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Hackers Mess With Texas By Attacking Fracking Firms

gtall Re:Who will get the cocktail first? (104 comments)

Well, if it is any like what Chinese industry has done to China, then I'm fairly sure we don't want them doing it here.

I agree, we should demand full disclosure of the chemical oil/gas companies are using or shut them down until they do disclose, with inspectors to be sure they aren't lying. However, to expect the Chinese to disclose what American companies are doing is a fools errand. They will use it as trade secrets for their own industry.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Hackers Mess With Texas By Attacking Fracking Firms

gtall Re:The reverse is also true. (104 comments)

and you have evidence to back up this assertion that you'd like to share with us?

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

gtall Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (739 comments)

I see, so instead of constructively engaging to modify a plan built on a Republican plan, they decided to take their ball and go home. That's so mature of Republicans.

about three weeks ago

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Microsoft To Educate North Carolina High Schoolers

gtall gtall writes  |  about 4 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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