This is why we cant have nice things

Progressives Try To Help But Hurt Others For Their Ideas

Wow, that is a title! This story starts a few years ago when I was studying Computer Science, and I was reminded of it from some random thing in the news today about a group suing a school district because they were collecting toys for kids for Christmas and they were atheists, so it made them sad that others were having fun without them. Our story is about the removal of thousands of college lectures that were on YouTube because a group sued the school in California because these free videos had no subtitles.

So, this school in California was doing the cool thing at the time of recording lectures and putting them online so people who could not get to the school or afford it would be able to learn the same information. It sounds like a super progressive thing to do. I got into Computer Science because of the free videos produced by CS50 of Harvard explaining programming basics. In my school, we had teachers who would show these videos from more prominent schools. Some would play a new one every lecture, which did cause students to bring the issue that they were paying to learn this stuff but would watch YouTube videos instead.

Well, progressives are never happy. All those free videos were unedited and just uploaded to playlists on the school’s YouTube page. The cost of recording them was already something, but it was seen as a good cause. But a group found that there were laws in California that stated the schools must provide accessibility of all the school’s resources. Probably another good meaning progressive rule to make sure people could learn things while in school. But this new group used it to force the school to either remove all the videos or add sub-titles in something like a month.

The school figured it was easier and much less costly to delete all the videos than comply. It may have been out of spite. I think they were trying to help people, and the group comes in and craps all over their work. I found this bad that they would delete it, as that does not help anyone, only hurts people.

I found a news story about the removal of all that information and posted it to our CS group chat. Many people thought it was a bad idea to remove the content as they agreed that it was more important to provide the information to the many than cater to the few. It was also pointed out they could allow the people of the internet to help create the subtitles because people like to do that for fun. Then comes a progressive teacher who I was friends with until 2016. He would not see that the information was more beneficial to society, even if it was not perfect for everyone. He argued that it must also benefit the few no matter what.

Looking back, this is what makes progressives so bad. They want to help people so much that even if it hurts people along the way, they find it to be acceptable because they think they are helping a small portion of society, which they have deemed to be important. In this case, the videos were free. They existed to help people, and the judge who ruled over the case should have grandfathered all the existing content but required that the school have at least a good faith effort to add the additional subtitles in future videos. It should have also been set that the school should organize systems for others to add the subtitles. But because the court was not informed, the progressives did not care about everyone. The world lost a lot of information.

There was a guy Jeremy Kauffman who found this to be ridiculous that they would delete the videos. He set out to build an archive of the videos using blockchain so no one could technically delete them. I do not know precisely how it works, but now you can use the platform to host videos and view videos called LBRY.tv. The newer site is called Odysee, and they are trying to take on YouTube to prevent censorship. Anyway, check it out. We know progressives hurt everyone because they think they are always right, and the only way they can be taught is to never give in to their ridiculous demands. I did not know how to finish this and was getting sidetracked.

Broke The Blog

So I thinking “I haven’t logged in to my blog in a few I should see if it needs updates” then I was getting errors with some cache plugin or the built in one, not really sure but I was also having problems connecting to DreamHost sites at work and then all I could pull up was a white page for everything. Of course WordPress has had many “White Page” errors some have to do with plugins, others with memory, or database problems. Ether way you get no error message even with error reporting on. Finally traced it down to just needing to disable the WordPress cache in the config and everything came back up, with a few problems with my Theme, just had to reinstall it and now its back.

I would love to dump WordPress, but it just kind of works. I did lose some of my interest in blogging, its not the “cool thing” for a lot of people. But I think I want to get back into it. I also have noticed that since most of the “how to sites” no longer link to my post on how to fix handbrake and they just took my steps almost word for word, traffic is way down to the site. So moving the important posts to something new wouldn’t be too bad they would get re-indexed and still show up when people look for them.

This could be a good opportunity for me to take some of my CMS tools I have build for my works site and move them into my site. No more broken WordPress, with its vulnerabilities and slow performance. But its a lot of work getting my system built up and not as just drop in some images and bang out a few paragraphs when I want to add something. The text input isn’t too bad, but I haven’t built a great solution for uploading images and files just things that get a simple job done.

Another thing about building my own solution is that I like using PHP and MySQL, and that is what my CMS starter code is in. But I would like to learn ASP.net Core and build a site with it, but my hosting is LAMP. Anyway I will just leave it like it is and hopefully get motivated sometime to make something new. At least start posting once a week would be good.

Writing Code

At this point in my degree I have finished all my Computer Science course and am just left with some math and science classes, so close to the end yet a little bit left. I would consider myself a well-rounded coder with experience writing simple console apps, to websites, to complex website content management systems, to Windows apps that use databases. I have participated in robot challenges, startup competitions, added and worked existing code for production applications, converted vital databases, and worked as a group to develop web applications.

All that being said I find the act of writing code for an application fun and exciting at times. You have to figure out the problem, find ways to deal with data, and then output something useful. This can be a challenge at times because there is never any two problems the same, yes there are things you can reuse but almost never has someone written code to do exactly what you are doing. I think that’s part of the reason I enjoy it.

But some times you have to be in the right place to really let things come out, environment can have an effect on distractions, comfort, availability of resources, alertness, and even mood. Another thing that seems to drive some coding is truly having something you want to work on, I have had lots of things that were interesting to me, but I didn’t have the drive to work on them when given the opportunity. I have also found I want to work on something but don’t because other things come up. This doesn’t mean when I need to get things done because I have responsibilities to get it done or there is intensive to do so that I can’t or don’t always find a way to get what I need to do done.

I guess what I am saying there is times when it is easier because I am really interested in something or I want to solve a problem, and I can buckle down and get lots done in a short amount of time. Writing code is a real mental process, you have to think about logic, how things are given to you, the users, the task to solve, and how to get it all done. You can get stuck in your mind working on the problem and it will stick with you night and day until you solve it by writing the code. Sometimes it seems like your avoiding the problem but it will be stirring around in your mind.

Starting to ramble now, I guess what I am saying is that I have found something that can really drive my brain to solve problems, and keep me interested. I just now have to finish up classes and see what opportunities come my way to give me a place to use my abilities and enjoy doing it. I think it is closer than I even know but that wait is what makes it hard. Every thing I get involved with I do see some value in helping me see more of the world both in code and with others. That’s all for now, I shouldn’t blog so late at night…

PS: WOW my number of visitors has dropped over the past year, Handbreak must have passes its usefulness and I really haven’t been adding much content but once every 6 months. I should (like I always say) add more posts, guess I should actually try that with code blog posts.

6th Healthiest Isn’t That Good

6th isn't goodSo I saw this “News” item in Google News today and just thought I would point out a few things. First off the title stating that Connecticut is 6th healthiest state in the nation, OK that’s nothing to be too happy about its not like they are first or second or even third so why waist our time with this? Second if they are “Healthy” why have a photo of a bunch of fat women walking down a street that doesn’t show they are all that healthy. And finally this is the real point of this story “high number of people who get immunized”!

What this is, is a story that was paid for by drug companies to promote that being healthy means you get immunized! But why do they care all that much, its because you cant sue them if you get sick from any immunization, they get you to take there drugs with out even being sick, and they are all putting a lot of money in new immunizations as there new money makers because the patents on expensive medications are starting to run out giving other companies the ability to produce generic versions and let people who need them not have to play a large amount of money for them because one company controls the formula that may save some ones life but only if they are willing to pay!

I’m not saying that all immunizations are a bad thing, most of the ones that you can get for free from a heath office when you were a kid and have been given out for a long number of years should be safe but the ones that are advertised to you on TV and have big budgets you may want to look into what it relay dose, or even better why should you even need it before you get too excited on what it may offer.

This is just something that I noticed and just had to write about, its not my normal thing to bring up but something I want people to understand. May start adding more of this stuff if I feel like writing it up.