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Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 223

by Greyfox (#48683221) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices
Well yeah. Why aren't we doing that? California's doing that, everyone else is like "No! We LIKE drunk driving!" or something. Hence my brave stand! I don't like drunk driving! I want to be able to drive home from a session in the wind tunnel (Which is in NO WAY a euphemism!) on a Friday night and not have to worry about getting T-Boned by some twat with 16 DUI convictions and a suspended license! I know that's really asking a lot, but by God that's what I'm asking for!

Comment: Re:Quality Vs. Quantity (Score 1) 149

by Greyfox (#48683209) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day
I have a limited sample size and haven't made a study of it. I can only draw conclusions from what I observed personally. The football obsession in the south really felt like a white culture thing. Most of the administrators and teachers were white, and they were the ones pushing it. But my point was that the academic focus of the educational system does have a significant impact on the students they produce. That system that I went through up north wanted its kids to go to college and it made that clear from the moment you walked into the building. Everything they did flowed from that, and it made a difference in a million little ways. You can add time to a system if you want to, but if the underlying system is bad, that will be pointless.

Race doesn't figure into it. The kids who had to go through the two southern schools that I attended were victims. We were all victims. I know there are plenty of good schools in the south. My sister got married and settled down in Alabama and made damn sure her kids went to good schools there. Just not the ones I went to. I've been successful in life not because of my time there, but in spite of it.

As for Michael Brown, I saw the story and thought to myself, "There can be no rest, as long as a mother must fear for her child's life every time he leaves the house." More recently I also thought, "There can be no rest as long as a wife must fear for her husband's life every time he puts on his uniform to go out on patrol." I used to think that humanity could outgrow these problems, but my increasingly-cynical view is that the only way humanity's suffering will end is when humanity ends. I still hope humanity proves me wrong. I assume this is because I was also brought up on Disney, and Disney princesses always get their Prince Charming. The rest of us probably aren't getting diddly.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 223

by Greyfox (#48682917) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices
I going to make a brave stand on the anti-drunk-driving side here, but I think that's a lot better than the alternative we have now of being powerless to stop them again and again until they kill someone. Seems like every few months I hear about a DUI fatality where the driver had multiple citations DUIs and for driving with a suspended license. At some point we should be able to realize that person is going to kill someone and do whatever we need to do to stop that from happening. I'm not necessarily suggesting that we lock 'em away for 5-10 years on the first citation, sometimes that's just the wakeup call someone needs to get their shit together, but I think the penalties should ramp up much more quickly and harshly than they do now.

Comment: Re:Quality Vs. Quantity (Score 1) 149

by Greyfox (#48680569) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day
Haha nope. Undiagnosed asthma and poor eyesight saved me from a few years of concussions. Years later Lasik fixed the latter and the former is mostly under control. Technically right now I believe I qualify as an extreme athlete. That'd blow the minds of some PE coaches from a couple decades ago, I'm sure.

Comment: Quality Vs. Quantity (Score 4, Interesting) 149

by Greyfox (#48679443) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day
I moved every three or four years growing up -- I was a military brat. Luckily for me, Dad was stationed at a post in upstate New York for most of the time I was in high school. I attended a very high quality high school there, so I have a first-hand basis for comparison between good educational systems and bad ones. The school in New York could get more done in a 40 minute class than the bad schools I attended down south could manage in an hour. We'd get in, get right down to business and get out before we had time to get bored. Class sizes were smaller and the teacher didn't have to spend 20 minutes getting everyone to settle down.

The difference in focus was apparent as soon as you walked into the building. The school in New York had posters for good colleges and educational awards on prominent display and had very little focus on sports. Despite this, they had a much better PE program -- they had an Olympic-sized swimming pool and offered elective options for cross-country skiing and archery, among other things.

The schools I attended in the South had larger, longer classes and were entirely focused on football. If your aptitude didn't fall into the range of something to do with football, they pretty much just wanted to waste your time until they could kick you out into the real world with a promising career as a gas station attendant to look forward to. You were either a future football player or a future football viewer. That's all they knew how to do.

What no one in any school ever told me was that I was the captain of my own fate. We all are. So if your school is bad and you don't want to grow up to be a gas station attendant, you'd better find some other way to learn the math and science that today's careers demand. The world isn't going to get any easier.

Comment: I Think We're Going About This Wrong (Score 1) 511

by Greyfox (#48677343) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In
Instead if replacing comparatively-cheap programmers with cheaper overseas programmers, why not replace expensive middle and upper management with cheaper overseas middle and upper management? For what our CEO makes, I could hire a couple hundred engineers. But I bet I could find a guy from India who'd be happy to be our CEO for about what one engineer makes. And he'd be every bit as effective at it as our CEO is!

Comment: Reading Between The Lines (Score 1) 32

by Greyfox (#48676701) Attached to: Net Neutrality Comments Overtaxed FCC's System
I'd guess they probably tried to dump several gigabytes of comments into one gigantic XML document, and their... lessee 18 years... I'm going to say, DG/UX system couldn't handle a file of that size. Is that about right? I don't even want to know what hokey solution they duct-taped to their system to get it to spit out XML.

If only there were some sort of magical agency that knew how to deal with communications and could actually design a decent transfer format for these guys. I bet that very same agency might know why it would be important that the people who provide access to the Internet should not be allowed to constrain those channels based on who you decide to talk to.

Comment: It Really Does Feel Like We're Going Backward (Score 2) 138

Since the mid 2000s I feel like I've been seeing a lot more BFI solutions, BAD BFI solutions, than I did back in the '90's. I guess back then you had to use some finessee in your programming to get the performance you needed out of the system. Either that or I'm working with more bad developers lately. I suppose that's also possible.

Comment: Ooh, I Have An Idea! (Score 4, Insightful) 189

by Greyfox (#48675231) Attached to: MIT Unifies Web Development In Single, Speedy New Language
What if, instead of doing that, we came up with a language that you could use to build your program without a browser? Now stay with me here, I know this sounds crazy, but it could work! Since you're not working with a fundamentally stateless protocol, this language wouldn't need to maintain state externally to itself! All its variables and state would be self-contained! But since you might want to pull data in from the network or a database or something, you could add interfaces to that functionality to your language! Wouldn't that be something? I know, I know, this suggestion has been made, like 12648430 times before, but I think it's a really good idea that could work!

Comment: Re:Old Guys? (Score 1) 234

by Greyfox (#48664641) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail
I listen to the ones who are from someone I actually want to talk to, the rest of them I just delete. If I'm listening to them without the visual voicemail interface, I just hit 7 about 4 seconds into the voice mail, otherwise I look at the caller ID on the VVS and hit the delete button. My phone is not someone else's tool for forcing me to talk to them. I get 3-4 calls a day from very low quality technical recruiters. I get a call every couple of months from someone I might actually want to talk to.

The only people who call me at work are IT people in response to online tickets. Then I get an E-mail from the phone system that they called me and I have to look them up and send them an E-Mail politely reminding them that, as I explained in my ticket, IT doesn't seem to be capable of installing a phone at my desk and that they're better off emailing me. Not to mention the fact that all my voicemails go to a null number and the size of that mailbox will eventually crash the corporate phone system. I also sit in a location they are incapable of finding or accessing if they do actually find it. I mostly just submit tickets for the comedy value, once or twice a week. I'm over 40, so I suppose they were probably talking about me.

A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start, and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim. -- Leibnitz