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Comment: Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (Score 1) 529

by Gryle (#46506149) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child
That's all well and good if the school allows it, but there's a great deal of emphasis on everyone following the same program, particularly in the lower grades. I was never part of the gifted programs at my school (I'm only marginally more intelligent than the norm), but I finished my classwork a lot quicker than my classmates in elementary school. I wasn't allowed to do anything aside from read ahead in the textbook or read whatever library book I had to fill the extra time between lessons. The first approach simply exacerbates the amount of time you have between assignments so I ended up doing an enormous amount of reading. I love reading but I sometimes wonder if that time could have been better spent doing some kind of hands-on projects or studying topics not covered by the standard curriculum.

Comment: Re:Startups Aren't Really Job-Creators In Practice (Score 1) 303

by Gryle (#46445097) Attached to: Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

And just TRY to allowing the government to force unemployed people to show up to government work camps to collect their dole. OMG the "progressives" would shit their pants.

Which is unfortunate because I've long thought the Civilian Conservation Corps is an excellent model for unemployment benefits for the able-bodied. Interestingly there are a handful of similar state-run programs in California and Washington but these are generally limited to the 18-25 age-group. I think with a certain amount of "leave days" for job fairs and the like it would be an excellent program for Congress to resurrect. However I can see someone screaming about exploitation of minorities as they have a disproportionately high unemployment rate nationwide (12.6% unemployment as opposed to the 5.7% national average).

Comment: Re:First blacks, (Score 1) 917

by Gryle (#46345667) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

I did not oppose a Federal gay marriage law out of hate for gays. I opposed it because marriage is none of the Federal government's f*ing business.

This is an instance where it has to be because of the full faith and credit clause of the US Constitution: "Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof (Article IV, Section 1)." If it's allowed in one state another state must recognize it by constitutional law (note that this doesn't apply to state-specific certifications for things like teaching, civil engineering and so forth). One of the more puzzling aspects of the Defense of Marriage Act was, to me, why the Supreme Court ruled in the act unconstitutional based on Section Three, not Section Two which blatantly contradicts the full faith and credit clause.

Comment: Re:tl;dr (Score 1) 712

by Gryle (#46301057) Attached to: Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

My thing is, why do we complain at all about who makes how much?

In some (not all mind you) cases it's because a person struggles to make ends meet working 80 hours a week and sees other people who work 40 hours a week taking home three times his/her pay and wonders why he or she isn't getting the same breaks.
Now, we can unpack that last sentence until Hell freezes over but at the end of the day most of us in the US are tied to this idea that life ought to be fair (or at least unfair in our favor, to quote Bill Waterson).
Personally I don't object to bankers making a great deal of money. Unless of course they were those bankers who managed to crash the national economy and put a decent-sized dent in the global economy and not serve any jail time because the Justice Department decided these pricks were too valuable to prosecute.

Comment: Re:Not imposing common carrier status (Score 1) 235

by Gryle (#46290405) Attached to: FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality
Actually the FCC tried to reclassify ISPs as common carriers in 2010. There was a partial vacuum created in the ISP buildings as their lobbyists vacated the premises at record speeds in a race to Congress to bribe, er petition, their pet congresscritter to put pressure on the FCC until it decided to leave things alone. (I can't find the original story but it's been referenced in several stories about the JAN2014 debacle) In all likelihood the FCC is trying to figure out ways around the reclassification scheme since it blew up in their face last time.

Comment: Mostly Older Games with Newer Mods (Score 1) 669

by Gryle (#46286529) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
I tend to cycle through my older games and apply newer mods for a tweak here and there. I play through the entire BG saga once every two years or so, with added quests or rules changes from third-party individuals. I've got a mod for Oblivion that strips out the main quest and turns the game into a wide-open sandbox and I have a few characters. As for recent games, Torchlight II is my current crack. Yeah, yeah, yeah it's really similar to Diablo, but who doesn't want a pet alpaca that can summon the undead?

Comment: Re:Skyrim (Score 1) 669

by Gryle (#46286019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
I had just the opposite happen. I bought Skyrim when it first came out and it was buggy as hell (crashed after I finished the first quest, repeatedly). Months later after all the patches had been pushed out, I still can't get the damn game to get past the first point without crashing. Oblivion runs smoothly, cleanly, and once I added a mod that stripped out the main quest (damn Oblivion portals!) it equaled Morrowind in playability.

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