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Comment: Re:Wow total distopia (Score 1) 176

by AK Marc (#49557927) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher
Last I looked, the taxpayer paid about $3 for every $1 spent on education. Unfunded mandates like NCLB and such take most of the money. The rest of the non-classroom money goes mainly to facilities.

The problem isn't price, it's value. Public education is cheaper than most private education. All the conservative studies that show it expensive look at education-only schools (the ones that have the facilities provided out of a separate budget, and no government oversight, so almost no compliance costs). When you look at it with those constraints, private should be about 1/3 the cost of public. But it fails even then. Public is more effective and cheaper, in most cases.the government is always cheaper and more effective (like the IRS and Social Security), but the complaints are with the conservative legislators who saddle the department with stupid rules, not their ability to execute them.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 365

by AK Marc (#49555759) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead
I've seen the same in the "general population". The issue isn't intelligence, but that women are trained that "smart is bad" and "gossip is good". So, they conform, as do most people. When I've looked harder (say, the graduate level at a local university, when I went back for a degree), I've found that the intelligence is equal, but women are essentially trained to hide it. That you can't find it is your failure, not theirs. That they feel the need to hide it is society's failure, not yours or theirs.

Comment: Re:Why send it back to the same judge? (Score 1) 96

by AK Marc (#49553927) Attached to: Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls
The appeals courts are not supposed to re-try facts of cases. They look at procedural errors, and errors in application of law. Once those errors are identified, then it should be sent down to a lower court for a re-trial. That's how it is supposed to work, and how it does work in most cases. Sometimes the points of law changes the outcome of the individual case, sometimes the don't.

For example, in Roe v Wade, Roe "won" at the Supreme Court, but lost the case because the delays in being granted the right to have an abortion took so long the baby was born before any retrial could have occurred (I don't know the timing, for all I know, Roe gave birth before the Supreme Court decision that would have allowed an abortion). But the individual case, and the points of law are not related, other than the one case to trigger the appeal is obviously in the set of cases affected.

Comment: Re:Always felt silly for doing that (Score 1) 212

by AK Marc (#49551893) Attached to: Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password
All "legal" is sophistry. Pretty much by definition. And it works in places that are police states that pretend to not be (the USA, for one). They will pretend to give you an option, durring the torture designed to elicit a confession, regardless of guilt. And when you make a choice, they'll hold it against you. Either way. Professing innocence is proof of guilt. That's what Martha Stewart went to jail for, not confessing (called Obstruction). When your choices are to admit guilt or go to jail for failure to confess, then you live in a police state.

Comment: Re:Always felt silly for doing that (Score 1) 212

by AK Marc (#49550427) Attached to: Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password
They won't let you touch the device, so if you gave a duress password, it would be the police, not you, that would be destroying evidence. And if there was evidence they were so sure was there, they can subpoena the evidence against you that you hold. They don't have to open the safe if they can compel you to provide the contents.

Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 1) 212

by AK Marc (#49550235) Attached to: Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password

Most people don't commit crimes for fear of punishment, not because they morally object.

Every person I've ever heard say that also said that they'd not commit murder if it were legal.

So I assume everyone who says that is a hyporite. How about you? Are you a murderer, restrained solely by fear of punishment?

Comment: Re:Delivering the Mail (Score 1) 327

by AK Marc (#49522359) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

I myself find your standpoint pretty stupid.

Why is it stupid to use the most accurate technical term for the location under discussion?

When I talk to friends outside the US, I will give units in metric. When I talk with friends inside the US, I use US/Imperial units.

Your argument is that if I'm talking with a US friend while outside the US, and someone overhears and complains about the terminology, that I'm "stupid" for using US/Imperial units.

I find that stupid. A US event on a US site being discussed mainly by US residents, I'll use the US term, even if that term is used differently elsewhere.

When submitting an editorial to the Canberra Times, I'd use different and locally relevant terminology.

The flush toilet is the basis of Western civilization. -- Alan Coult