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Comment: Re:Oh, really? (Score 1) 1255

by Door-opening Fascist (#44735581) Attached to: Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

Not supporting Public Schools is Child Abuse on a Mass scale.

If you don't like your grocery store, should you try to improve it by continuing to shop there? It seems to me that schools are not going to improve until they see their "customers" going elsewhere. My kids go to public schools, and their classes are mostly just fine. But there are a few atrociously bad teachers, everyone knows they are bad, and yet they keep their job year after year. That needs to change.

I shop at a coop, so yes, I do keep shopping at it even when I'm unhappy with it. I vote in every annual election, and feel free to contact the board when I have concerns. It works the same way with public schools - don't completely disinvest in them, but use the power of the ballot box and communication with publicly-accountable boards.

The analogy with privately-held grocery stores doesn't really apply here, since their board is accountable only for the profit of their shareholders.

Comment: Cars are dying, so... (Score 0) 236

by Door-opening Fascist (#44600433) Attached to: The Death of the American Drive-in
The rate at which 16-year-olds are getting driver's licenses is dropping quickly, so it makes sense that anything attached to the car industry is going to be in its end days (see WNYC report). Look at who's buying cars, too - baby boomers are far more likely than young adults to be buying cars (see NBC Business report). They have the money, plus they've had decades of conditioning that a car is a necessity of life. Young folk haven't been brainwashed, and are far more likely to structure their lives to use more efficient and enjoyable modes of transportation (walking, biking, public transit). Once the baby boomers are too old to drive, I bet this entire sector of the economy will shrink rapidly.

Comment: 10GbE doesn't solve other bottlenecks (Score 1) 295

by Door-opening Fascist (#43946775) Attached to: 10GbE: What the Heck Took So Long?
What's the point of having 10GbE if disk performance hasn't gotten much better and, at least in the US, average speed for Internet connectivity has stalled over the past decade? At $WORK we use 10GbE almost exclusively on the backbone, and a few hot-spot servers like tape backup systems. Gigabit speeds (and less) for other systems are completely adequate.

Comment: Re:Only true for a small portion of the world (Score 1) 417

I call BS, not polluting, According to the IPCC, both you and I are a pollution to this world, we all emmit noxious virulant chemicals.

I only emit "noxious virulant chemicals" when I've had that three-day-old left over burrito that's sitting in the fridge. Otherwise I'm quite pleasant to be around.

Comment: Re:Is TWC still capping bandwidth? (Score 1) 573

by Door-opening Fascist (#43055185) Attached to: Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet
That assumes you're going to re-read every byte you send. With backups, the likelihood of that happening is (hopefully) fairly low. That said, modern tape technology offers throughput several times greater than spinning hard drives. A single LTO5 tape drive (top-of-the-line commodity drive) has a maximum streaming rate (MSR) of 140MBps with no compression (2:1 compression would double the MSR). That's several times faster than a hard drive, and its bit-error rate (BER) is about 100x less than SAS drives and 1000x less than SATA drives. Oracle Storagetek drives are proprietary but have a MSR of 252MBps uncompressed, and a bit-error rate about 100x less than LTO5. If you did have to re-read that data, you could do it much faster than you could if you were reading it off disk, as long as you obey sequential access rules at the media level. You also probably could do it for many times less money than a fat pipe and spinning disk.

Comment: Re:No persuasion required (Score 1) 510

by Door-opening Fascist (#42542057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?

I feel true pity there - I've never owned a car, but it means I live close enough to work, grocery stores, and parks that I have the freedom to walk, bike, or bus. I never have to worry about the price of gas or where to park.

I take it that means you somehow have never changed jobs which often involves moving to a different city/state?

Or have you been lucky enough every time you change jobs and move to get that close to work again?

I mean...pretty much the only way one moves up in salary and position (if working the usual W2 job) is to change jobs every 3 or so years....is this maybe your first job out of school you're talking about?

Seriously, just curious...it sounds like you've not moved about a lot.

Nope, not my first job, but for my last job I again lived close enough that I could walk or bike to work (transit kind of sucked though).

I am happy where I am, so I haven't changed jobs in years. There's a lot more to life than money - I make more than enough to be happy, put food on the table, and pay the rent. I don't have to waste hours of my life being miserable in a car. What more is there to want?

If I really need a car, there's plenty of car sharing programs around. If I need to move across the country, I can rent a UHaul or (even better) get my new employer to arrange the move.

I think it's far more likely that I'd change jobs within the same city, or move to another city with good walking, transit, and biking. I think (and hope) the days of metastatized suburbs are over.

Comment: Re:No persuasion required (Score 1) 510

by Door-opening Fascist (#42514809) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?

Most of the rest of us out here, own and use cars as our primary means of transportation anywhere.

I feel true pity there - I've never owned a car, but it means I live close enough to work, grocery stores, and parks that I have the freedom to walk, bike, or bus. I never have to worry about the price of gas or where to park.

Comment: Re:No persuasion required (Score 1) 510

by Door-opening Fascist (#42514793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?
I work in Seattle and 65 percent of people bus, carpool, walk, or bike to downtown Seattle. I actually work at University of Washington (a few miles north of downtown), but of the people I know, only around half drive alone to work. It wasn't too long ago when driving was a luxury, and most people either walked or took public transit. Skylar

Comment: Re:Did they ignore the regulations at the start? (Score 1) 188

In Washington, many health providers are barely regulated (see Seattle Time's report Seniors for Sale). The state regular, DSHS, is notoriously incompetent and hasn't been nationally accredited since at least 2001. I imagine most of the oversight comes from the feds, who are pretty overworked. Skylar

Comment: Re:It works! (Score 1) 188

(You do know what a Hospice is, right? You understand that their clients could not possibly care less about a data breach?).

I'm sure the thing you want to be dealing with when closing down a loved one's estate is finding out that someone's opened up a bunch of credit cards and gone to town.

Be that as it may, fines are NEVER payable to individuals.

What about the $2.4 billion that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation received from BP as part of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill? That will have a direct, tangible benefit to the Gulf States. Skylar

Comment: Re:If the odds are against you (Score 1) 168

by Door-opening Fascist (#41199533) Attached to: What The Apollo 11 Crew Did For Life Insurance

99% disagrees.

FTFY - You don't see the 1% complaining that the poor don't pay their fair share, despite the fact that they pay 38% of federal income taxes, when they only earn 22% of total US income. Interesting that the bottom 50% of the population only pays 2.7% of federal income taxes. THOSE are the people asking for free money.

That's federal *income* taxes, not total federal taxes paid. If anyone in the bottom 50% has a job, they're paying 7.65% of their income (if they have an employer), or 15.3% (if they're self-employed). Payroll taxes are a burden the rich don't have - earned income above $100k is exempt, as is any non-earned income (dividends, interest, capital gains, rent payments, etc.).

Comment: Re:That's A Convenient Theory (Score 1) 1010

by Door-opening Fascist (#40810777) Attached to: Political Science Prof Asks: Is Algebra Necessary?
There are many of the social "sciences" that don't live up to the name. That doesn't mean all of them fall into that boat, or that all practitioners of the social "scienes" are not actually scientists, but anyone who approaches their field without placing the scientific method front and center doesn't deserve to be called a scientist.

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing viability of FORTRAN. -- Alan Perlis

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