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Comment: Re:Highly supported? (Score 1) 573

by Grisstle (#48746943) Attached to: Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol
I would suggest you read my post again. I said I'd be hesitant to visit any state where open carry becomes too prolific. I did not say I feel that is the current situation. So in fact I did NOT say it is a problem let alone a big problem. If I choose to visit Texas, open carry is not as prolific as the news makes it out to be, I can still avoid open carriers should I choose to and it's still easy to do so. As for your last rant about the constitution, I don't care. You can read my posts, I have no issue with gun ownership, you're creating a bit of extra drama here where there shouldn't be any. It's your right to own guns, and if you open carry in Texas as is your right, it's my right to avoid the hell out of you. If I see you, I'll just duck into a Chipotle so I don't have to be around you.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 2) 573

by Grisstle (#48745227) Attached to: Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol
Concealed carry also means lower powered, lower caliber and lower capacity weapons. I'll take my chances with my preference. I'm not a gun control advocate, I'm not a gun rights advocate because I just don't care if people own guns either way. I support limited gun control but I don't advocate it. If normal, sane people want to own guns for lawful purposes, I don't care either way. I don't want to see all the long gun carrying peacocks strutting and getting in my face to remind me of my rights that I don't care about. I don't want to own a gun, but I don't want to stop other people from owning them if they want one and can own it responsibly.

Comment: Re:Highly supported? (Score 1) 573

by Grisstle (#48745099) Attached to: Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol
I don't look nervous, I look suspicious. Your comment implies that nervous people are a threat. Some people are just nervous all the time, it doesn't mean they are up to something nefarious. At the same time, the cold blooded killer may be cool as a cucumber. You can see how identifying the threat isn't so easy.

Comment: Highly supported? (Score 3, Insightful) 573

by Grisstle (#48745047) Attached to: Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol
It seems to me that there has been a lot of media and public backlash against open carry. I'm not personally affected by open carry at the moment, but I'd be hesitant to visit any state where open carry becomes too prolific. My opinion is simply that when everyone open carries, I will have a harder time discerning who is a threat and who isn't.

Comment: Re:and for students that don't want to be tracked? (Score 1) 168

by Grisstle (#48318901) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?
You're missing my point. We do what we can with what we have. Of course we don't have the kids create their own profiles, we do it for them using bulk create from csv. Parents like you who have a legitimate concern about privacy, but you have to weigh that concern against your kids ability to participate in what we are going to go ahead and do anyway. I'm not trying to sound adversarial, but when the higher ups want us to implement new technology, my family depends on me to just do my damn job and ignore interfering parents. Since my board is underfunded, parental interfence isn't really an issue since the parents that care don't live where our schools are. Office 365 isn't free and as other posters have pointed out, advertising is disabled in GAFE. Let me repeat that since you don't seem to be getting the message. GAFE has advertising disabled.

Comment: Re:and for students that don't want to be tracked? (Score 1) 168

by Grisstle (#48314887) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

School isn't a democracy

School boards are elected.

Plus as a publicly funded, attendance is essentially mandatory (private and homeschooling alternatives aside), AND it involves children.

It should be held to the highest privacy standards.

A public school absolutely should NOT be loading advertising companies with profiles of our children. As a parent and as a taxpayer I am against it on both fronts.

I absolutely should have some say in whether my kids are served up to google.

And schools are generally pretty upfront and careful. I get asked for permission for pictures of our kids to appear on the school website (declined). We had to sign permission for our kids to be setup on Office 365 (as that's what their school is trying it out instead of g-apps). After a lot of consideration we elected to allow it, but monitor the kids on it closely, and are using it as a 'teaching opportunity'. But we could have declined it.

I do know of some parents who have hyper stances against their kid using the internet etc; and as far as I know the schools have always made allowances to accomodate these. Just as they allow parents to opt kids out of sex-ed, biology dissections, field trips, and any other topics that a subset of parents may find objectionable.

Your assertion that schools can ram google or anything else down our throats and we can only say, "thank you sir, please, can i have some more?" or pull our kids out of school entirely is just ridiculous.

In some cases this assertion is apt. I supervise the IT dept. for a board serving 12 schools. We are chronically underfunded and use what we can get our hands on. We use donated computers in the schools, donated servers and GAFE. Anything we can do that has no monetary cost goes into the schools. If your kid went to our schools, we honestly have no interest in catering to parents like you. Your kids get what we give them or they do without and get left behind, it's as simple as that and we can't afford to apologize. You suggest it is a democracy, but I'm telling you it's not. Even when you elect your board, we still do what ever we have to do to get these kids through school and get them exposed to the tech they need to know.

Comment: Re:What the hell (Score 1) 168

by Grisstle (#48314839) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

Students don't create their own accounts

Gah. The point isn't about who pushes the button to create the damn thing.

Think again. If my child was in such a system, I would not allow a creation of an advertising-firm account on their behalf, regardless of who actually pushes the final button. It's the account that is unacceptable, not the specifics of who creates it.

Well, school boards like mine don't have much cash, you're kids would get what we give them or they can do all their work on paper. GAFE does has advertising disabled.

Comment: Abused Women (Score 1) 171

by Grisstle (#46212533) Attached to: Old cellphones, in my household ...
Locally, my old personal cell phones and surplus work cell phones get donated to Sasktel (local telecom) who refurbish the phones or strip the good parts for re-use and the 'new' refurbs go to battered women's shelters to help women escaping domestic abuse. Having a phone is crucial to independence and getting a job.

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