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Comment: Re:Hard Balls? (Score 1) 319

by Kabuthunk (#38091856) Attached to: Toronto School Bans Hard Balls

That was my first thought.

My second thought was "Time to buy me some stocks in Nerf... their value is about to skyrocket"

Course... they tend to be form-molded, which has edges that can be kinda scratchy sorta. Perhaps I should go back a step and get stocks in sponge manufacturers instead.

Or both... can't hurt *ducks*

Comment: You get to do what everyone else gets to do (Score 1) 298

by Kabuthunk (#37810872) Attached to: Universal Uses DMCA To Get Bad Lip Reading Parody Taken Down

And if so, what recourse if any is available for artists who are caught in this situation?"

You roll over and take it, and cross your fingers that somewhere down the line these groups attack someone by accident with the resources to fight back. It doesn't matter what's right and wrong. What matters is who has the most disposable money.

Comment: Re:Except that... (Score 1) 434

by Kabuthunk (#37662656) Attached to: Putting Emails In Folders Is a Waste of Time, Says IBM Study

Oh god, don't go there. When I was tech support for the government, I can't count the number of times someone would say they've had email sitting in the 'deleted items' folder for months, if not years.

Then they call us when the system is upgraded or reset or something, and Outlook is once again set to automatically delete everything in their deleted items.

Why in the WORLD would you think that 'deleted items' is a good place to save important emails?!? Honestly?!?

Comment: Re:Education (Score 1) 406

by Kabuthunk (#37662130) Attached to: High School Kills Color-Coded ID Program

This. The whole 'impossible to fail' thing is the worst thing to ever happen to education around here.

A fail frickin' encouraged me to try harder in the classes I sucked at! Course, my parents actually helped as much as they could, and encouraged me and whatnot... so as per usual a lot of it comes down to parenting too.

But otherwise... there was a number of students in my grade that generally didn't care what their test score was, or if they failed something. A few were held back, a few dropped out, etc.

Hell, those guys would have LOVED the no-fail thing. That way their parents can say their kid passed, they go into the workforce with an unearned diploma, and they didn't show up for more than 3 classes.

I just had a terrible thought. Maybe that's deliberate. Maybe that's why companies nowadays are pretty much requiring university or college degrees to hire anyone. Because the diploma is worth less than toilet paper with this 'no child left behind' system, they can't rely on a high school diploma indicating someone is capable of learning, doing math, fractions, etc, etc. Those 12 years are entirely meaning less to a company looking for someone "good", so they have to kick it up a notch to university level to filter out the useless wastes of money that will do nothing but steal from the company. So for that, kids are forced into debt further and further, because everyone and their dog has to go to college after high school.

I hope to hell I'm just being paranoid.

Comment: Re:So, jocks and cheerleaders to the front again? (Score 2) 406

by Kabuthunk (#37661948) Attached to: High School Kills Color-Coded ID Program

I've never understood this, but I grew up in the country. Where I was, your location on the bus was dictated by age. And you looked FORWARD to being at the back of the bus. Back seat was basically the grade 11's and 12's, and it worked its way younger until the youngest at the front.

Comment: Re:Those that don't do well should be embarassed (Score 1) 406

by Kabuthunk (#37661930) Attached to: High School Kills Color-Coded ID Program

That's exactly what I was figuring.

You have a handful of kids that are in the "smart" line. Generally speaking, all of the jocks, assholes, bullies, and whatnot will be in the "dumb" line.

Who do you think they're all going to pick on? Those smart kids better damn well hope they're built like brick shithouses, or got some serious connections to keep themselves from getting the shit beaten out of them daily.

Comment: Re:Those that don't do well should be embarassed (Score 1) 406

by Kabuthunk (#37661888) Attached to: High School Kills Color-Coded ID Program

There's also the problem that in schools nowadays, you have a metric ton of students per classroom. They'd have to be given these points based on measurable things, otherwise I can't imagine a teacher being able to monitor and distribute points fairly when there's a hundred kids or whatever in desks in front of them.

I like the idea of handing in early, or perhaps 90 on a test or assignment or something.

Course, it'd also have to be easy for the teacher to put points on (since even teachers can be useless and lazy, and a lazy one just won't bother giving out points), but basically impossible for the "really" smart kids to find a way to put thousands of dollars onto their account.

Comment: Re:EXCELLENT news (Score 1) 1239

by Kabuthunk (#37007204) Attached to: United States Loses S&P AAA Credit Rating

I can't find a source to cite it, but I've seen repeatedly posted on slashdot to refute this that the USA is already one of the largest producer of products on earth.

What the USA needs to do is stop friggin' spending. And tax a little bit! Taxes aren't evil... they kinda tend to solve problems like this.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354