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Comment: Who's going to implement the racist policies (Score 0) 146

where once again, the white man is going to come in and tell the black man what to do with his land.

Yes. Yes, I know. It will be for his own good. He's too [stupid|short-sighted|ignorant|uneducated] to live his life correctly. The wise white man has to tell him what to do.

Even when you dress it up in left-wing causes, racism is pretty ugly.

Comment: Re:sage (Score 1) 352

by Dragon Bait (#49565487) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

Aren't you the pot calling the kettle black.

You racist prick!

More to the point: you can't read.

Since I was at work and could not see the person who he was responding to -- and he didn't quote what he was responding to -- then no. I didn't read it.

I only saw someone say how fucking brilliant they were and that the public school was falling all over itself to treat him like the second coming of Christ.

Comment: Re:sage (Score 1) 352

by Dragon Bait (#49565465) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

I realize that you're absolutely brilliant and have god-like powers (do you mind if I put on my shades, your brightness is blinding), but I could only respond to what you wrote and, as a mere mortal, am unable to read your mind. You only stated that the public schools were phenomenal.

Now, I realize that you're able to read minds (since you expected me to read yours), but I think you got the guy in the cube next to mine. I have re-read my post and I never found where I said anything about charter schools. Maybe I missed it and you, in your infinite brilliance, were able to spot it in some form of Da Vinci code. If so, it was completely unintentional on my part.

So I'm having a really hard time understanding the relevance of the search that you, in your god-like wisdom, suggested. So forgive this mere mortal thinker in asking what relevance the search has to what I stated -- except, perhaps, peripherally because I pointed out that some schools are not as awesomely brilliant as the ones that you originally described.

And obviously, based on your being marked up to high, one data point does prove everything statistically this week; silly me didn't realize.

Comment: Re:sage (Score 1) 352

by Dragon Bait (#49557203) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

Good teachers are much more than subject matter experts

What's with this dogma that teachers are subject matter experts? Yes, I have had some teachers that knew their subject and were enthusiastic about teaching it. But that wasn't the rule. I attended two different high schools, and my children attended a third. It varies. Some teachers are outstanding, some should be fired with prejudice -- and the quality of the teacher has no impact on the compensation that the teacher receives.

Comment: Re:sage (Score 1, Informative) 352

by Dragon Bait (#49557183) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

The people who put down public schools and experienced union teachers are "visionaries" but they don't have facts to back them up. If you want the facts, do a Google search for "Diane Ravitch."

Ah yes, a single data point proves everything. Sorry. No.

I have had exceptional public school teachers that cared about the students, knew their material, and provided a rich, learning environment. I have had hideous public school teachers that made it obvious that they hated the students, wished they were elsewhere, and only because thy had been on the job so long and were tenured that it was too late to change careers at that point. I have had public school teachers at almost every point in between.

I'm extremely glad that you had only exceptional experiences with public school teachers. But please, don't start pretending that you're representative of all public school students' experience or that your teachers were representative of all public school teachers.

Comment: Re:lol, Rand sucking up to the dorks (Score 2) 206

We do have a justice system, but only if you can afford it. If you can't, then you get caught up in the legal system....

I respectfully disagree. The person that I know who got off with the misdemeanor, time served, and parole destroyed two lives in the process of committing his crime. I would be really hard pressed to say that justice was served with the light sentence that he received.

One of the victims (I have the joy of knowing both perp and victims) is constantly, angrily pointing out that the life of the person who attacked her is now completely back to normal while hers and the other victim are still dealing with the aftermath of the crime.

Perhaps justice is a myth.

Comment: Re:lol, Rand sucking up to the dorks (Score 5, Insightful) 206

If he wouldn't have received 35 years, then why the hell were they threatening it? This stuff affects people, guilty or innocent. They should be required to determine a reasonable set of charges and stick with it - they're the experts, and having them act as henchmen is demeaning to the process of justice.

Unfortunately, that's not how the current system works. The current system is designed to avoid expensive, nasty trials where someone might actually have to work to put someone behind bars. The current system has the D.A. pile on as many charges as she can remotely sound plausible to scare the defendant into plea bargaining regardless of their guilt or innocence.

Someone I know recently had this happen. 95 different charges were made with effectively "You'll never see the light of day again" thrown at him. His fist (incompetent) lawyer said "you better take the deal for 5 years." His second (competent) lawyer got a plea down to a misdemeanor, time served, and parole.

It's probably good to remember we don't have a justice system, but a legal system. Justice has next to nothing to do with it except by unexpected coincidence.

Comment: Feature Request (Score 1) 276

by Dragon Bait (#49505645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

I numbered my "features", but they really are in random order.

1. Don't assume that I entered a partial word or that you "know" better than I do what I want to search for. Specifically, if I use the search term "ord" I do not mean "order".

2. Give sufficient context into the results that I know how the page uses the terms. Having the context be part of the links going off the page is of very little value. Specifically, back to the "ord" search above, returning "http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/%sitename%/blog;pos=%pos%;ord=123456789?" is useless.

3. Only index relevant stuff. See above ad.doubleclick.net example that should never be counted as a hit when searching for "ord".

4. Use https

5. We're addicted to speed. Results need to be returned in a reasonable time frame.

6. If I type in my search results and hit "Enter", take that as hitting the submit button.

7. Renaming the "reset" button "clean" seems like a needless change in terminology.

8. Advertisement that is relevant to the search THAT DOES NOT TRACK ME is tolerable as long as it is clear that it is advertisement. If I type in "tents for sale" I'm kind of asking for advertisements.

9. Don't track me. Don't remember me.

Comment: Re:Forensic evidence should not be subjective (Score 4, Insightful) 173

You might be able to solve the problem(at the expense of a great deal of additional workload) by larding the caseload with samples specifically constructed to be non-matches; but then blinded and packaged the same as any other sample, to identify people who just lean positive; but that would probably require a lot of additional work to do in enough quantity to counteract the obvious pressure.

Add in that on a random basis you don't have any legitimate suspects in the collection being analyzed. The goal isn't to find best match. The correct answer has to be none of the above on a regular basis as well.

Comment: Re:Forensic evidence should not be subjective (Score 2) 173

The only acceptable solution (if you care about justice) is to stop putting so much weight on fingerprint evidence. It's basically worthless. The weight applied to DNA evidence needs to be scaled right back too.

I'm not questioning that you're correct, but since eye witness testimony is even worse evidence than either fingerprint or DNA, what sort of evidence do you think should be accepted?

Comment: Re:shit (Score 1) 173

If the client is dead, and you're only appealing the criminal portion, exactly what do you intend to do?

Doesn't it usually happen that after an innocent person is released from custody the state gives them a big fat check and a "We're sorry. Don't sue us." agreement? The person's heirs could still get the check if its proved that good old Dad really didn't commit that crime.

Comment: Re:Varies, I suppose (Score 4, Insightful) 533

by Dragon Bait (#49505315) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

NG has the contract for fixing the lines in the region and is the main energy broker, unfortunately.

This is the ultimate problem: having the power lines and the energy broker/provider be the same entity. The power lines are an obvious natural monopoly. The supply of energy across those power lines is not a natural monopoly. The lines should be owned by one company and the power selling/brokerage should be by a different company.

Comment: Re:Typical Misdirection From White House (Score 1) 271

by Dragon Bait (#49500577) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Yeah, I'm in the Secret Service, and I'll just let good ol' Pres handle his own affairs while I'm on the shitter.

Because every secret service agent is checking his voice mail every 10 minutes ... just in case. Even while they're sleeping.

Sorry, leaving a voice mail and expecting any sort of action within an hour is pretty stupid.

+ - Who is Discouraging Women From STEM Careers?->

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue writes: Having worked in a STEM field (computer programming) for over a quarter of a century, I have found the idea that girls are discouraged from entering STEM fields to be curious. It certainly didn't line up with my experience in the industry. Schools have been pushing girls into math and science, not discouraging them. In my experience technology companies have been bending over backwards and jumping through hoops to get more women into IT (information technology). From programs aimed at getting high school students involved in technology to hiring decisions, there has always been a blunt, out-in-the-open emphasis on getting more women into IT.

So, if it's not “the patriarchy” pushing women down and denying them a chance to enter technology fields, what does account for women being underrepresented in technology fields? After a little research into personality types and career fields, I think I found the answer.

The Myers-Briggs personality test places people into 16 personality type categories. One researcher surveyed computer programmers to determine what personality types were represented. I compared how common the personality types were among programmers compared to how common they were in the general population, and although there is always room for error, a clear pattern emerged from my analysis placing programmers, men, and women, into a clearer picture for me to understand their under-representation.

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