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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

nucrash Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

This is the same sex discrimination as a scholarship aimed at single mothers or getting women into STEM fields. There is a lack of women in STEM fields. Offering incentives to get people to work in areas out of their comfort zone or to get people to teach others so they can enter an area out of their comfort zone should not be discouraged.

That would be like offering free housing to police in a slum area to bring attention to problems in the inner city.

If we were offering incentives to women to become nurses, I would have a problem with this. We need women in these fields. I say we do what we can to balance the gender inequality in the IS and IT areas.

While there are some social issues that people would argue about, I would consider you to be in the same vein as the person griping about having a ladies night at the bar.

about a week ago

A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

nucrash Re:The second coming of tech-crash (180 comments)

While we have seen a lot of products that lead us astray, even the worst products had some sort of hint of what was coming.

Steve Jobs would deceive many people about a product through various ways, "People don't read anymore?"

Still, there as been enough momentum inside Apple to indicate that there is some sort of wearable technology coming from Apple. This might be a while yet because Apple will want to get the technology correct.

The original iPad wasn't that great, but the apps that followed made it great. The original iPhone wasn't that great, but the apps that followed made it great. The original iPod wasn't that great, but the music catalog with iTunes that followed made it great. They are all devices that open up a new world and revenue source to Apple.

Nobody doubts the potential of wearable technology. We have seen so much through science fiction as we used to see the PADD back in the star trek days. People have jumped into the market and flailed around. If you study every market that Apple has ever dived into, you would notice the same pattern. They aren't out to capture the market share, they are out to succeed where everyone else fails. If they wanted market share, they would have built the crappiest computer they could and raced to the bottom to get the largest market they could. Instead, they build a respectable machine that performs well. Overpriced? Perhaps, but steaming pile of crap? I don't think so.

Watching Apple in the past, they look like they are ready to pounce on the market.

about two weeks ago

A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

nucrash Re:The second coming of tech-crash (180 comments)

The iWatch will be the precedent to decide if Apple is Apple without Steve Jobs. There are many factors to what Steve did which made their products something to be a part of a person's environment. Wearables have to provide a service that people really want. While the submitter and the article mentions about how 50% of the wearable market is sitting on the shelf, people should take note of every other market before Apple entered it.

Anyone remember the Tablet PC in 2003? That thing was a giant pile of steaming crap that people bought into, but barely used.

Smartphones were alright, but passable. I didn't see much of the advantage and waited until the technology matured. Microsoft nearly killed it, Blackberry saved it, and Apple allowed it to flourish.

Anyone remember the first MP3 players? I had one. They were terrible. I didn't see the point of having a 64MB device that was a nightmare to use. Apple introduced the iPod and everyone else followed suit.

People can trash wearable tech all they want, but I am not going to write it off until Apple fails at it. This will prove that the magic of Apple is truly gone, or ... there really is no point to wearable technology.

From what I see of the leaks though, Apple is doing what they do best so far. They are making the technology simple, small, unobtrusive to one's lifestyle. My iPhone to me is the same way. I don't have the device latched to me in such a way that it feels like an anchor. It's either there or not, but if it's around, I want to use it. Some of the wearable tech that I have seen so far appears to be large, clunky, has a terrible battery life and while might have a lot of functionality, requires too much effort to get anything useful out of.

about two weeks ago

The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

nucrash Re:Niggers and Jews (529 comments)

My best student would qualify as on the street in the AC. He may very well end up that way. He is no doubt my best and brightest student that can't make it to class. When he does, he's straight A, all the way. Yet because he's working extra hours just to get by, because he doesn't have backing to focus on school without having to have two jobs to get in, he's struggling to make it to class.

While I know you are just trolling, I do want to point out that I have some of the best and brightest who just can't seem to get the assistance they need and because of that they are struggling with the basics. The bigger point is that we aren't seeking out these bright few and culturing them to become the best and then we wonder why our advanced college programs only have a select few from other countries in them.

This argument, tried and true boils down to the following:
1. We don't have the support infrastructure in place to culture the best and brightest
2. Society is too busy with bread and circuses to care about those of innovative talent. As long as we are fed and entertained, we are happy.
3. We focus on people who use the existing infrastructure to get ahead as leeches.
4. We do not respect hard work at all levels. Ditch digging is hard work, and I don't think you could get a CEO to do that for a day. (A new show idea.)

about 1 month ago

43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

nucrash Re:Shouldn't they start out small first? (187 comments)

I have to admire the technology behind cloning, but to clone a dead chicken is one thing, but cloning some dead mammal would be a better example. Whether this be a rat or something of that nature, we need to consider what we are doing. How do we gestate that clone? Japan is working on technology to carry a human fetus to term, this should be adapted to larger creatures.

Yes, I know a seeded comment says that size is irrelevant, but I have to counter that point and say, "Size is very important."

If we spend millions on a clone and have no way to carry the thing to term or care for it when it's out of the womb, we just blew more money than the idiots who programmed the Mars Climate Orbiter.

about a month ago

Diamond Suggests Presence of Water Deep Within Earth

nucrash Re: This should be amusing. (48 comments)

Considering how many communities live in coastal areas, I could easily logically deduce that after a great ice age, communities in this area flooded which lead to them being abandoned and left under water today. Some such communities are thought to have existed and some have even been found. A great flood doesn't have to cover the entire earth, just enough of it to affect were civilization exists.

This is not that foreign of a concept to me. I am surprised that others seem to have a problem with it.

about a month ago

Japan Marks 3rd Anniversary of Tsunami Disaster

nucrash Re:Dwarfed? yeah right (77 comments)

That's be cause while 20,000 died as a direct result of the devastation, and and billions upon billions was lost and millions lives were displaced because of the matter, there is an end in sight for those people where they can rebuild. There are no concerns in the long term for their life. That doesn't make their loss any less insignificant, just their loss will not linger as long as those of the Fukushima area. Look at Chernobyl 28 years later. We still have concern for what happened there.

While I am over here in my comfy world of the US, my life was altered because someone near and dear to me was only a few miles(20) from the nuclear power plant. She continues to live there today while Japan still continues to resolve problems with the reactors. The cleanup continues. She still remembers and talks of the Earthquake she survived when she was a little kid on another part of Honshu. While we focus on Fukushima, we don't forget the Earthquake and we don't forget the tsunami. I don't forget the weeks afterward where I didn't know if I were going to talk to her again. I tried every form of communication I could. I couldn't sleep, tried to work, barely functioned. Yet what I when through paled in comparison to what she was going through. Even so, what she went through paled in comparison to people at ground zero trying to clean up the mess.

Off of my great many tangents, I will say this, we don't forget. Some might, but those who were so tied into it will not.

about a month ago

Nanomaterial May Be Future of Hard Drives

nucrash Re:Hard drives have no future. (82 comments)

You know nothing!

You especially know nothing about Crypto. You have lots of bit brains that won't abandon their beloved spinning platters because they are wanting an SSD. Crypto doesn't work the same way on said SSD. Simply spinning platters are where they exist and where they will stay. Don't expect your hard disk drives to disappear from the world entirely. Also, 4 TB SSDs are a bit hard to maintain. I have 9 at home. I don't expect to ditch them for SSDs any time soon.

about a month ago

SXSW: Edward Snowden Swipes At NSA

nucrash Re:What exact laws were broken? (116 comments)

They don't seem to have a problem swapping data with GCHQ, nor do they have a problem having GCHQ taking on tasks that are out of the NSA's jurisdiction and vice versa. What's Canada but a good ole offshoot of the UK to swap data with?

about a month ago

Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

nucrash Re:You keep using that word (479 comments)

I am sure people will eat that word up after it was originally found defiled and dead on arrival.

about a month ago

Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

nucrash Re:You keep using that word (479 comments)

Thanks for all of your financial data. You sound like a person who most likely uses a password that is derivative of your personal life. I am sure Facebook will hold that information for me.

about a month ago

Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

nucrash Re:You keep using that word (479 comments)

You can control GMail. All you need is a good firewall policy. ;-)

about a month ago

Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

nucrash Re:Also time to stop (479 comments)

scientists never get respect.

about a month ago

3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

nucrash Re: Jeez has it been 3 years (148 comments)

I have four on at home right now to think of it. Well, four desktops and two laptops.

You know, I might just turn one or more off tonight.

about a month ago

Why We Need To Teach Hacking In High School

nucrash Re:Yes another thing to teach highschool students (124 comments)

I think the biggest thing is that we need to focus on how to make the students learn rather than trying to initiate them into a bunch of subjects they may or may not be interested in. I know students who will never love math, English, history, or science, but if we can pique their curiosity in such a way that they begin to dig for information outside of school, then we have done more for a student than shoving a curriculum down their throat ever will. This is fundamentally what good teachers are for. They take an existing curriculum and try to drive the student to find information out rather than provide the students with answers to questions on a test.

Hacking is a great skill to have. Is it a life skill? Not really. Having the desire to hack is far more important because the students will seek the knowledge.

about 1 month ago

Rolls Royce Developing Drone Cargo Ships

nucrash Re:until someone hacks it (216 comments)

It's not like a company with a bulls eye for the logo wouldn't possibly be chosen for malware to pull tonnes of credit card data. Didn't see that one coming either, but it happens.

They probably have some concepts, but generally R&D loves to sell an idea so much that they sometimes forget about the immediate consequences because the benefits are so damned cool.

about 2 months ago

NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

nucrash Re:I wonder (347 comments)

The problem with this is that mistrust has already been seeded for one party and once that occurs, full blown paranoia is only a couple of steps away. We already have a culture of anti-government rhetoric building. While many are chaotic, and completely lacking organization, there might be enough just to start trouble across the board. In short, they will probably end up reaping what they sew.

about 2 months ago

White House Responds To Net Neutrality Petition

nucrash Re:People That Cite The Debt/Deficit (245 comments)

You mean the network that spent the entire time talking about the visit from the president of France's reason for showing up single last week instead of his actual agenda for visiting? That Fox news? Oh wait... That was every American station except Al Jazeera. There is a reason why getting involved in these arguments is futile. Our major news networks spend more time covering a drag race by Justin Bieber or if Bill de Blazio ate a pizza wrong rather than in depth factual reporting about what is actually going on.

In short, our news stations suck, so don't bother telling anyone which one they should watch unless you have an actual link with actual news to back it up because more often than not, I nor anyone will probably place any stock in what you say.

about 2 months ago

Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

nucrash I bet I know the source of this (430 comments)

If this wasn't some punk from Time Warner or Cox or even Suddenlink, I can almost best this is from someone butt hurt in Overland Park who screwed themselves out of Google Fiber because they weren't smart enough to accept Google's Terms.

Basically negotiations went like this,
Google) Hey we are going to give you blazing fast internet if you agree to these terms.
OP) That's all nice and dandy, by how about you give us a few concessions?
Google) We are Google, and giving you fast internet at low prices if you give us some specials on using your utilities.
OP) But what about we get a Kickback?
Google) Negotiations over, see you
OP) Wait, wait, I love you! Come back!!
Google) So sorry, but you waited too long.

about 3 months ago

Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

nucrash Re:See what happens when leftists are in Charge? (383 comments)

If I hadn't finally found this comment, I was going to say something very similar to this.

GOP is big business in general, mostly your war profiteering. The Democrats are into Big Media. Biden is a prime example of that. They are all fighting over their own little cut and no one, not one person at all really gives two squirts about the guy without money.

about 3 months ago


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