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Comment Re: Illegal product? (Score 1) 181

The answer is simple: the editors aren't as smart as the nerds that previously frequented this site.

I've never met them, but my guess would be thst the current owners just found people who "like computers" and hired them, rather than searching for the more intellectual types who sometimes were involved in the past (not always, though: remember Jon Katz?).

Comment Re:Somehow I'm reminded of Kirk (Score 2) 114

Not really.

Kirk was in a manufactured no-win situation and the test was therefore faulty: it doesn't matter if you don't know how to lose if you can find a way to still win. Winning is fine.

But this was a paper to test how well he learned his subject. He doesn't want to find out how dumb he is, therefore he cheats. And really that's all this is. It's no more original thinking than working out how to steal the papers or someone else's answers. Someone who finds a different way to steal the papers before issuance isn't thinking originally in any worthwhile and meaningful form. Original crimes are not laudable. They're just original.

Well, that's a complete failure to understand the purpose of the Kobayashi Maru scenario.

Comment Re:Biased Institutions FTW (Score 4, Informative) 784

but even so it demonstrates how in the west we treat children as far less capable than they actually are. It's not just respnsibilities and safety either, they consider children's emotions to be genuine and to be respected, rather than trivialized and ignored or even punished like the west does.

Don't mistake the US for the entire West. Here in Switzerland, very young schoolchildren get on the train by themselves, ride to the appropriate stop, and walk in small groups between destinations on both ends of the route. No adult supervision.

On a side note, kids here are usually bilingual and often trilingual, too.

Comment Re:Found something you can't buy? (Score 1) 273

A collection of obscenely wealthy guys are upset that life won't let them get their way. Maybe if they at least admit they're scared shitless about it they can get their way.

Or a collection of obscenely wealthy guys make a low-cost (to them) investment with a potential return of increased longevity. You have no insight into their motivations, and your post sounds petty.

Comment Re: I never have understood (Score 1) 265

Not really. He clearly fails to understand some key points, as evidenced by his comment on the franc. The Swiss are uncomfortable with losing their already restricted ability to export goods due to an incredibly over-valued franc. Being a "reserve currency" is hardly worth destroying their ability to export!

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