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Comment: Re:Translation (Score 1) 866

by DrSlinky (#41688029) Attached to: Parent Questions Mandatory High School Chemistry

Knee-jerk reaction detected! Didn't RTFA to boot! No wonder slashdot's moderators love you!

That's not what he's saying at all, but the poorly worded ./ summary and article set up so people, like yourself, can flame him easily without actually understanding what he's saying. He's not talking about his kid sucking at chemistry, nor is he blaming anyone for it, or even saying his kid should be good at it. What he's saying is that a distinct lack of variation in public education will only harm students in the long run. Perhaps high-school is a long time ago for you, but looking at the current American curriculum shows a very distinct lack of variability. For a personal example, the only time I actually got to choose a class I wanted to take in high-school was around senior year, every other class was part of some 2, 3, or 4, year plan that every student had to go through in order to graduate. 3 years of science, 4 years of English classes, 3 of a foreign language, 3 for history/civic involvement, etc. There was barely any time to do what I wanted to do.

First period: Science (Bio, Chem, Physics)
Second period: Math (Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Pre-Calc)
Third period: History (Civics, Western Civ, US History 1 and 2)
Fourth period: Foreign Language
Fifth period: English
Sixth period: Lunch
Seventh period: Gym/Phys Ed
Eighth period: Elective

This was the setup at my high school. That meant every year, we were guaranteed at least one electives. Some students ditched lunch for a second. Some students wasted their elective to take a study hall.

Now keep in mind, state requirements vary. I'd finished my foreign language requirement after sophomore year, giving me an extra elective for my junior and senior years. I also took some BS introductory courses in science and math, and if I hadn't, I could have not had needed to take them senior year, or taken advanced placement classes instead.

And this doesn't include the imaginary Ninth period, which was used for detention, tutoring, extra-curricular activities (non-sports), and even a few classes (I remember our JROTC could be done 9th period). And this is before the sports programs started.

Maybe this is the exception to the rule, but if it is, looks like something was done right in NJ for a change.

Comment: Re:"Commission"... right. (Score 1) 698

by DrSlinky (#41627353) Attached to: US Election's Only VP Debate Tonight: Weigh In With Your Reactions

Commission on Presidential Debates

a.k.a. the Republican and Democratic parties. They will never allow a third party to debate; if they happen to meet the criteria, they'll simply increase the threshold(s).

This is one of the major issues preventing any real change from happening in the US federal government, simply because new ideas are being suppressed by the incumbents.

I'm sorry, but have we forgotten Ross Perot so soon? He was up there between Bush and Clinton in 92. His VP was also in the VP debate, which many newscasts have been playing back as an example of how a really bad VP pick can submarine a candidate.

Comment: Re:Lost Channels (Score 1) 451

by DrSlinky (#38018716) Attached to: Failures Mark First National Test of Emergency Alert System

The local cable broadcaster here lost approx 10 channels after the test, including CNN, FOX, and DISCOVERY. They all switched to the NAT GEO channel without audio for upwards of an hour after the test ran.

In addition, the test video was jumpy, kept blacking out, audio kept dropping out, etc.

All in all, if it had been a real emergency, losing the 2 major news channels would have been real motivation to start loading ammo and supplies and gassing up the bug out mobile. ;)

Wait... Discovery is a news channel now?

Comment: Re:how to use best buy warranties (Score 1) 543

by DrSlinky (#37215774) Attached to: Do You Want Best Buy Opening Your New Laptop?

Lesson: if there is more than one thing wrong with the camera, do NOT mention anything else wrong. Gives you more leverage when they try to send it back saying that repair is not covered, and you can say, "What about this here thing wrong? Did you cause this?"

Maddening.

No, the lesson is if you're willing to make a spectacle of yourself inside their stores, most managers will replace your warrantied item with store stock, just to shut you up and get you out of the store. Works at Best Buy. Works at Apple stores. Worked in Circuit City. Squeaky wheel gets the greasing, and such.

Comment: Re:Relinquishing Internet? (Score 1) 462

by DrSlinky (#36709074) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Internet At-Home Access?

Stage one, preparation. For this you will need one room which you will not leave. Soothing music. Tomato soup, ten tins of. Mushroom soup, eight tins of, for consumption cold. Ice cream, vanilla, one large tub of. Magnesia, milk of, one bottle. Paracetamol, mouthwash, vitamins. Mineral water, Lucozade, pornography. One mattress. One bucket for urine, one for feces and one for vomitus. One television and one bottle of Valium.

That's a big list. Can you point me to a website that can offer a one-stop shopping experience for listed items?

Comment: Re:Future Shop does it too now (Score 1) 664

by DrSlinky (#36668094) Attached to: Retailer Calls Rivals' Bluff On "HDMI Scam"

After Future Shop in Canada got bought up, they've dumped their non-monster cables and stuff. "Oh, you want an HDMI to go with that TV? That'll be $80. Do you want a fucking $400 god damn power bar? It cleans the power gremlins out of your filthy filthy wall socket. Without the filter the gremlins will take a hammer to the inside of your TV, and eat all your bags of chips. It also somehow makes the sound one hundred times crisper because resonance waves from your dirty power account for a huge portion of the signal noise from home amplifiers and receivers. It also has a display to show the current voltage, so you know just how dirty your power was before we made it sparkling fresh!"

Mock the $100-200 Monster surge protectors all you like, but at least educate yourself first.

All surge protectors they try to sell you as accessories when you buy TV have different numbers on the box. Some of the numbers are actual specifications, but the number most people want to see is the liability coverage. Liability. A monetary value. It's the reimbursement value the company will pay you if your equipment is damaged, and their surge protector didn't prevent it. Having quality surge protectors is basically a form of insurance.

Formers coworker at Circuit City went all out on his home theater, and that includes the cables. I'm willing to bet you've never seen what a Monster Cable surge protector looks like after lightning strikes a pole on your road. You may not be old enough, but the surge protector looked like over cooked Jiffy Pop; the non-microwavable kind. Charred, huge hole in the center, plastic curling away from the crater... It's XXXXing AWESOME. And nothing that was hooked up to those surge protectors took any damage. Worth every penny, even without employee discount.

Comment: Re:Life in Prison (Score 1) 359

by DrSlinky (#36658082) Attached to: If WikiLeaks Suspect Manning Is Legally Guilty, What Punishment?

Here is the list of charges http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Bradley_Manning#Listing_of_charges:_First_set

He won't spend another day as a free man.

Sure he will.

If he gets convicted, and has to serve time, I guarantee you he'll get a presidential pardon, from a Democrat leaving office with an incoming Republican.

Comment: Re:Blue Water Comics (Score 1) 119

by DrSlinky (#36469626) Attached to: Steve Jobs: the Comic Book
Oh, these comics don't sell because they are ridiculous and crap. There's no denying that. What I'm saying is that because these books are so bad, the only people who might buy them are members of the "Cult of Jobs." And I just don't see those people walking into comic stores often... well, at least not at the store I work at.

Comment: Blue Water Comics (Score 2) 119

by DrSlinky (#36445574) Attached to: Steve Jobs: the Comic Book
All Blue Water publishes, with the lone exception of their license for the Logan's Run series, is celebrity profile/biography books. Last week, Howard Stern's comic hit the shelves. We ordered two copies. Those two copies are still on the shelf. Even most "indie" titles we'll order a dozen off, and the average big name title can be as high as 100 copies.

Simply put, we can't sell Blue Water's crap. The only way this publication will become newsworthy is if the issue actually sells. Too bad the most devout Jobs fans fear the potential damage to their hipster image to walk into a comic shop.

Comment: Somewhat Confirmed By Previews (Score 1) 292

by DrSlinky (#36315008) Attached to: DC Reboots Universe
I went to the shop today to pick up my books, and tell my boss about reading this. Naturally, being a pro-DC, anti-Marvel guy, he didn't believe me at first. I showed him the article, and he was still skeptical.

Luckily, new issue of Previews came out today. And although DC is pushing a few titles twice in August, to complete storylines, there is only ONE issue confirmed for august 31st: Flashpoint # 5.

Interpret as you like, but that looks like confirmation to me.

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