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Comment Re:Just like Teacher "Grades" (Score 1) 245

"Any teacher who strays from the "prep for the test" subject matter and uses inventive ways of helping their students learn is going to have students who might know more, but who will perform worse on the tests."

Teachers may think this, but is there any reason to believe it's actually true? Near as I can tell from following the coverage, this is mostly a concern that circulates among lower-quality teachers. Really good teachers have never had any issues with their students' test scores.

Comment Re:Right vs wrong (Score 1) 165

In spite of the setbacks felt by the lower economic classes in the U.S., where we are today is the richest country in the world with the highest standard of living, and (aside from our ghastly treatment of drug users/dealers, who are really the lions share of our incarceration problem), a country that places a high premium on freedom. It's not a perfect country. It no longer holds the the moral high ground it once held. But it's still quite a great place. And the way we'll keep it from slipping further is for people to stand up for what's right.

Comment Right vs wrong (Score 4, Interesting) 165

Unfortunately, I often find myself in the minority on points like this. But here's where I typically come out:

Everyone has a responsibility to report wrong-doing, when they see it. Even if this is not a legal responsibility, it is a moral one. Certainly, one can take this too far, and become a nitpicker. It's not one's responsibility to be a nitpicker. But it is one's responsibility to set a reasonable line in the sand, and when one sees that line crossed, then act accordingly.

I get the sense you wouldn't be asking the question if you thought this fell into the category of nitpicking. The fact you feel the need to ask the question in the first place probably provides the answer right there. I believe you have a moral responsibility to not just look the other way. And this might involve risk to you. But where would we be as a society if people were afraid to take such risks in order to fix wrongs?

Comment Re:But, the alternative was.. (Score 4, Informative) 24

Previously, there had been a dearth of evidence of very young (i.e. newborn) Mosasaurs in both open ocean and coastal deposits. That made people think perhaps they used land nests far up rivers, such that newborns would be found in riverbed/riverbank deposits instead of ocean deposits. And that we simply haven't found the right river fossil bed locations for them, yet.

This new study shows that some skeletons that had originally been thought to be birds, were in fact young Mosasaurs. This reverses the whole thought process, as they now have evidence of very young individuals being found out in the open ocean. Young enough individuals, and far enough out in the deep ocean, that the most likely explanation is that they were born there.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 53

I'm not posting to discredit your opinion, only to voice a contrary one.

This was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Terrible plot. Terrible dialogue. Terrible fx. Terrible acting. Incomprehensible ending. No one should ever see this movie, as long as there is a blank screen they could be staring at instead.

Comment Re:so, the key to amnesty... (Score 1) 322

In fact, cashing out is never where the money goes. If you own a stock, and you sell it to me for $100, then nothing changes. No value created or destroyed. There's still $100 out there, and there's still the stock out there. Where value is destroyed is when no one is willing to pay $100 for the stock anymore, which can happen for a variety of reasons. But the $10 that gets lost when the $100 stock goes down to $90 doesn't actually go anywhere. It just disappears from the ledger.

Comment At work vs at home (Score 1) 765

Haven't read every comment, so maybe this has been covered. It just seems like few of the comments on here are really differentiating between what kinds of humor are OK in the workplace setting versus what might be OK in a non-workplace setting.

I don't think the existence of this "project" reflects on tech-workers and tech jobs at all, as long as people are only accessing it and laughing about it on their own time. At work, though, there's really no place for this kind of humor, even if the jokes embedded may be pretty funny (although somehow I doubt most are).

Why is this not acceptable at work? Because some people are offended by such jokes, even if others are not. And work isn't someplace one should have to put up with being offended just because one happens to have different sensibilities than their co-workers. It's just a question of respecting that fellow employees may feel differently about something.

But if someone wants to tell dick jokes on their own time... there's no reason anyone else should be taking the position that it reflects on their occupation as whole.

And, furthermore, I even have a hard time connecting this to occupation even if people are accessing the site and talking about it at work. This would hardly be the first occupation where people told off-color jokes at work. I don't condone it. And I would hope/expect that someone at a leadership level puts a stop to it. But the existence of such jokes in the workplace, unfortunately, does not put tech occupations in a different category than most other occupations.

Comment Re:As if we needed another reason to not use Hertz (Score 1) 188

Depending on what you don't like about one of the companies, though, it may still make sense to switch to a sister company.

For instance, I hate renting from Enterprise. They have a very cloying, hands-on approach to customer service that I find fake, saccharine and overall annoying, but that other people seem to like. No, I don't need you to walk out to the car with me and show me how the windshield wipers work. So I prefer renting from National, which is basically the completely opposite customer service approach. You go to the aisle for the type car you rented and pick out whichever car you want. The only time you have to talk to an employee is the guy that checks you out at the parking lot exit. There's no conflict, in my mind, created by the fact they are the same company in the background.

On the other hand, if I were to feel defrauded by National or Enterprise, then I would make an effort to not rent from the sibling company.

Comment Re:No plans ... (Score 1) 188

Of course it gives them wiggle room to make plans later. That's kind of their whole point.

When they do change their plans, though, they'll tell us what the new plan is, and we can decide whether or not we like it. If we don't like it, then we stop renting from Hertz. There are a half-dozen other national rental companies to choose from.

It just seems silly to get worked up today about some potential thing Hertz may or may not decide to do later. It doesn't make sense to punish them for what we imagine they might do in the future.

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