top The Poor Neglected Gifted Child
I totally agree that US should fast-track high performers. The rest of the world does it. Because we do not appropriately reward performance, unemployment is increasing.
That said, I can understand why some feel no love for the gifted. Successful kids turn into successful adults. The top 0.1% make bundles of money which does not trickle down enough. We need to put big taxes on the rich, not to punish them, but to keep our society functioning. The alternative will be social breakdown, which could get very ugly.
top A Climate of Violence?
The science is clear: Climate crisis is coming; We're making it happen; Onset may take only decades from now. Desertification, devastation to agriculture, habitat loss, ocean damage, increasing competition for resources, violence (and quite possibly wars), and billions of human fatalities. We choose to put CO2 and methane into the atmosphere. We superstitiously reject the technology which has the most power to save us: nuclear energy. Nuclear energy emits no greenhouse gas. Nuclear "waste" is a fallacy; current reactors burn their fuel only 4%; the rest can be burned by fast reactors. And if you think nuclear is expensive, think about about a carbon tax, and stop NIMBY litigation. A vote against nuclear is a vote for climate crisis.
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top Survey Shows How Stupid People Are With Passwords
Who can remember "aL8+4#ys!Gk=^" ?
Should I write it down somewhere?
And I should use a different password for each of the 50 services/sites I use?
And I should change my password in each site every month?
And never repeat a password?
top How Good Software Makes Us Stupid
Jared Diamond, in "Guns, Germs and Steel" argues that an "advanced" society makes its individuals weaker re: performing on their own without the coddling of society. If you were released alone in the remote wild, how long would you survive? What would happen if the electrical grid in North America suddenly terminally failed? By the way, I used this page's built-in spelling correction to write this.
top Researchers Say Happiness Costs $75K
What about regions of the world where almost nobody make $75K? Is everybody sad there? For example: India. Anyone there could be poor but could belong to a loving family with reasonable health but earn "only" $20K. Maybe all they can afford to do in the evenings is go for a walk, tell stories, or sing songs. But what's so bad about that?
Many kinds of goods are cheaper now that they were historically. What % of Americans have indoor plumbing? What fraction of people had indoor plumbing 500 years ago? Don't people with indoor plumbing have a reason to be happier? Back then you couldn't buy good dental services for any price. Even poor Americans now in many ways live more comfortable lives than royalty did a thousand years ago.
I suspect that 99% of humanity have no real identity of their own. They are not capable of focusing on their own lives, doing what they can do to improve, and enjoying what they have. Instead, people judge themselves by comparing to those around them, "Keeping up with the Jonses". There's no surer way to make yourself unhappy.
top Nmap Developers Release a Picture of the Web
The amazon icon is so small, it's hard to find. You need to zoom in. From the facebook icon look to the lower left for the white s on an orange square. Below that is a small red HT. Right below that at the right is amazon, a black a with an orange curved arrow under it.
top Building the Zero-Fatality Car
So we'll cocoon ourselves in masses of materials designed to make us safe? You can talk about light materials but the overall trend is the opposite. Cars used to be under 2000 pounds and now they are 3500+ pounds, even with the materials technology gains we've had. Weight is the number one factor in determining fuel mileage. So we may avoid crashes, but then we will die from air pollution and other environmental footprint due to cars. We will feel safe driving air conditioned cars through globally-warmed deserts. Until gas is $30 per gallon, people (Americans especially) will slurp gas like there's no tomorrow.
top Dell Ships Infected Motherboards
many parts are sourced from china. would it not be distinctly possible for that government to experiment with such trojans? most likely the evidence trail would be hard to track.
top Study Says Targeted Ads Gettin' a Lil' Creepy
Tastes and cultures change over time. As more advertisers practice targeted advertising, the more we will get used to it. I'll bet at some point, we'll even start to get offended by ads that should be targeted but aren't. You can say now that you abhor these ads, but all things change with time. Not too long ago, americans weren't comfortable with top-level athletes wearing logos. We used to think rock music was edgy. We used to think NPR was ad-free.
top When We Finally Meet Aliens, They Will Probably Be...
top When We Finally Meet Aliens, They Will Probably Be...
Alien life/intelligence do exist, but we will never witness them, because we are going to exterminate ourselves before that can happen.
top Considering Cheaper Pico-Projectors As Standard Equipment On Cell Phones
It needs to be a holographic projector, or don't bother.
top Did We Lose the Privacy War?
Every time you take some action to protect your privacy, someone does a +1 on your suspectability index in their database.
top Interview With a Convicted 419 Scammer
Dear Mr. Interviewer,
I am Director of Research at The International Anti-Scam Association. Your interview of John is an excellent start toward uncovering the truth about these scams. There is so much more potential for investigating committed crimes and preventing future crimes. I would like to offer my services toward further interviewing John and his ilk. Let us cooperate toward this goal. The first thing we need to do is pretend to be scam victims. We will have to put up a little money at first to establish this, but this will open doors into dens of iniquity, providing ample opportunities for interviews. If this plan sounds good to you, please wire $1000 to my account (#2476-02) at The National Bank of Angola.
Bruce L. Norris
top Political Affiliation Can Be Differentiated By Appearance
Do politicians morph their appearance toward a targeted stereotype?
top FTL Currents May Power Pulsar Beams
We know the speed of light in some mediums is less than c (see cherekov radiation). Is it possible the speed of light is greater than c in some mediums? You have to admit that a neutron star is pretty exotic stuff. What about negative-index metamaterials? Beyond that (and this may be non sequitur) maybe a concentration of "dark energy" has properties we don't understand.
top Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes
...and I'll bet he lowered his. Asylum reports Backus has had a girlfriend for six months.
Or maybe his GF *is* an ET alien. Did you ever see Laliari in the movie Galaxy Quest?
Backus asserts he is "mostly a heterosexual male". Why the ambiguity? Is he pondering that he's a lesbian trapped in a man's body?
Woody Allen understood the Drake Equation: "The good thing about being bisexual is that it doubles your chance of a date on a Saturday night."
top 8% of Your DNA Comes From a Virus
We should expect viruses to be a large source of our genetic material, simply because they have access to it. Viruses are all about penetrating into DNA and modifying it. If the host subsequently reproduces, those modifications could be passed on. Each such modification could:
* Be useless junk dna
* Be generally useful. Does it matter where good ideas come from?
* Be harmful, maybe even make descendants more susceptible to attack from the original virus.
* Allow descendants to better identify and defend against that attacker, AKA counterintelligence.
top Would You Rent a Song For a Dime?
LaLa started up several years ago as a used CD trading business. When a member receives a CD they request, the use up a credit. When a member ships a CD to any requester, they get a credit. LaLa gets $1 fee (+$0.75 shipping) per trade. LaLa provides all the envelopes and cardboard sleeves. It's a great service. I've traded hundreds of unwanted CDs for CDs I do want. Of course, nothing stops you from ripping a CD before passing it along. I guess that business model wasn't as profitable as LaLa hoped, so they switched to offering a rent-a-song-music-locker concept. Now they only market the rent-a-song and don't even admit they still run the CD trading service. I suggest you join LaLa, but don't pay a dime for rental. Opt in for trading CDs, rip away, and screw the RIAA.
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