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Comment: But it's so much easier to keep doing it this way. (Score 1) 866

by AlphaLop (#41683133) Attached to: Parent Questions Mandatory High School Chemistry

even though we know what we are doing isn't working.

I remember when I was a kid being forced to sit through subjects that had no real world use, presented in the most boring, painfully slow pace possible and resenting every minute of it.

Once a student has the core basics I think we should let them choose their courses more in line with a "university" type system. Even if the child wanders aimlessly from one subject to another until they decide what direction they want to choose in life they will still be learning better.

They will learn better because they will actually be interested in the subject of study,which makes one more engaged and more importantly they will be learning how to learn. What questions to ask, how to ask them and how to find the answer is much more important them memorizing dates of battles that happened centuries ago. I always thought it was much more important to learn WHY the battles were fought, not exactly to the day when.

With the readily available supply of information available to us today via the intertubes, if I have an "Oh Crap! How do I do that.." moment I can find the answer pretty darn quick.

Our current system focuses too much on trying to make kids experts in just a couple of subjects and virtually ignorant on the rest. leaving them unprepared for life. Our day to day lives are completely different then they were 100 years ago and yet the core structure of our educational system has remained virtually unchanged since that time.

I think many kids would thrive in an educational atmosphere where they have the opportunity to choose what they want to study and then have the instructor/teacher monitor their progress and set goals.

Obviously it would have to be much more complicated than this but I believe it could be done and I would love to see the results of a trial program.

All though I am not a breeder so what the hell do I know. :)

+ - Will Sweden hand Julian Assange over to the United States?->

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An anonymous reader writes "Digital Journal has the following on the ongoing Assange case: 'Now that Julian Assange's appeal against extradition has failed, fears are that he will then be shipped on from Sweden to the U.S.A. [....] He is due to be extradited to Sweden in two weeks, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault and rape. It is feared that once in Sweden, he is likely to be sent on to the U.S.A. The U.S. Government has apparently issued a secret, closed indictment against Assange. Because of this he will be branded a terrorist and a fair trial seems very unlikely should he be sent to the U.S.A. [... ] STRATFOR's Fred Burton for example was caught writing the following about Assange in an internal email that Wikileaks got its hands on some time ago: "Assange is going to make a nice bride in prison. Screw the terrorist. He’ll be eating cat food forever." [...] The question all this raises is: Is there a planned effort underway to ship Assange to Sweden, and ship him right on to the United States, where he would then face serious charges ranging from "illegal espionage" to "leaking classified documents to the public" to "acts of treason committed against the United States"? To put it a bit more bluntly: is there an organized plan underway to send Assange to the U.S. via Sweden, and possibly put him behind bars for the rest of his life, and are the people who have drafted this plan now merely going through to the motions of moving Julian Assange from Point A (Britain) to Point B (United States), where a cruel fate awaits him?"
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+ - Swedes Discover Spherical Object Embedded in Baltic Sea Floor-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "Swedish sea scavengers revealed a curious discovery — a disc-shaped object, roughly 60 metres in diameter, and rising about 4 metres out of the seabed, with a 400-metre trail leading to its position.
A lack of detailed photographs has caused speculation that this may be nothing more than a hoax, or information campaign, but there is a promise of more details, from the crew, as they uncover their find with better equipment."

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Comment: Newscorp (Score 1) 507

by AlphaLop (#38563742) Attached to: Net Companies Consider the "Nuclear Option" To Combat SOPA
Maybe rather than drive more traffic to a website that supports the legislation (Fox News is a daughter company of NewsCorp. A vocal proponent of the legislation.)

I am sure we could find a link to a less unbalanced "News" site. (I hate using quotes that much but I can't refer to that biased political commentary network as a news agency, for that matter there are few legit news sources anymore, its all just commentary and opinion pieces anymore, but thats another rant.)

It frustrates me, I love Fox's animated shows but despise their political side.

Comment: Re:What the hell is wrong with this country? (Score 2) 416

by AlphaLop (#37878738) Attached to: Weaponizable Police UAV Now Operational In Texas
According to Fl law, you own the air rights above your property expanding out to space (I assume air rights would cease when there is no air, lol, but that is not the way the law is currently written.) and land rights under your property to the center of the earth. But eminent domain claims would be filed for usage of your air rights by the civil authorities. The government is great at taking away personal assets if it becomes an inconvenience to them. (Don't even get me started on this B.S. abuse of civil authority) As a retired law enforcement officer in a lot of ways this kind of scares me. We like to think that the best and brightest are the only people that maintain a career in law enforcement but in my experience this is not true. You have 4 basic types in law enforcement jobs. 1. The Good Cop. He is a guy/gal that actually is a genuinely decent person with a civic minded personality. (the rarest of the types) 2. The Hall Monitor. This really needs no explanation, we all know the type. 3. The bully. Again, no real need to explain. 4. The "I got picked on too much in High School and I am getting back at em by becoming a cop" cop. Actually, this is probably just another subset of the "bully" I don't want the last 3 flying drones over my home, armed or unarmed. Peering into windows and the supposed privacy of our homes and I ain't too keen on even the first type being able to. Humans tend to be voyeuristic by nature and this could be too easily abused. And law enforcement is a bureaucracy. With the same tendencies for people to rise to the level of their incompetence. It's said but ability to kiss butt and smooth talk gets you to the top of the heap and not actual ability to perform the duties required of the positions. (See our entire political process for reference). Besides, Law enforcement isn't about just stopping crime "Death from above" style. It is (supposed to be) about providing good roll models, showing a physical presence on the the streets letting the thugs and criminals that would victimize citizens know that they are there to deter them and in general help the community be a better place. Kind of hard to assist a stranded motorist or a guy being pressured into giving up his wallet without the ability to read body language and facial expressions. These are not easy things to do via a drone while sitting in an air conditioned office. The last thing any good officer should be is detached from his community. It makes it easier for them to fall into negative behaviors and abuse of authority rather than harder. At least now the bad cops still have to look the citizens in the eye, which may deter some borderline types from going bad in the first place. Oh, and it's one more tool for Skynet to use against us when the machine rebellion takes place. ;)

Comment: Re:To hell with the war on Terror (Score 1) 196

by AlphaLop (#37144338) Attached to: The Dark Side of the Tech Patent Wars

Actually, there was supposedly a "Missing" 13th amendment precisely with that in mind.

I don't know how accurate it is but here is one of many links that come up when you google search for banning lawyers.

http://www.constitutionalconcepts.org/13thamend-%20facts.htm

If true, I really wish that one would have been ratified.

Comment: To hell with the war on Terror (Score -1, Offtopic) 196

by AlphaLop (#37143456) Attached to: The Dark Side of the Tech Patent Wars
How about a war on Lawyers? Worst case scenario we thin their numbers a bit and improve the overall health of the legal system. They have officially overpopulated the halls of justice. Just like areas with too many Deer, we removed their natural predator (common sense and decency in the case of lawyers) and now they are running amok causing undue problems. Rabbit Season, Duck Season, Lawyer Season... I for one would be first in line for my tag. It's not like they are an endangered species and their departure would surely only help the social and economic "Food Chain". And think, once we thin their numbers a bit we may actually be able to get some meaningful Tort reform passed without their special interest groups constantly blocking it. Just my two cents, or no sense... Not sure which.

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