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Comment: Re:edu-babble (Score 1) 352

by MooseTick (#49568853) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

Yay for you. You were so smart reading, writing, and doing long division at kindergarten age. If only everyone else was so brilliant.

The reality is, many parents don't have those basic skills. And many more don't have the skills to teach that knowledge. Does that make them bad people? Does it matter? Should their kids be taken away from them for not (or not being able to) teach a 5 year old long multiplication (???)? I would say not. They should be giving a chance to learn basic skills needed in society even if their parents are incompetent, lazy, idiots, or god forbid, can't code. Otherwise, they will be out on the streets when they are older begging for change, selling pencils, or sticking a knife in your kidney and grabbing your wallet.

Its not natural or obvious how to use the three seashells. School is there to teach that.

Comment: Re:What is possible vs. what is useful (Score 1) 117

The ability to make a clear plastic door could be handy, except you said it "came loose, feel on the floor, and cracked beyond repair". How would you take a picture of that to create a replica? Or would you take a picture before you break any/every random object in your life?

Comment: Re:call the library ? (Score 1) 246

by MooseTick (#49415633) Attached to: Watching a "Swatting" Slowly Unfold

If they are police and not librarians, how would they know what question to ask and what the correct answer would be that only a librarian would know? And even if they had that prepared ahead of time, what if the original call came from a hospital, or a Best Buy, or Taco Bell? Should they ask what are the ingredients in a Nacho Bell Grande? Then when the terrorists get it wrong, they will know to go in guns a blazing!

Comment: Re:With Uber at least there is tracking and identi (Score 1) 82

by MooseTick (#49302045) Attached to: Taxi Companies Sue Uber For False Advertising On Safety

You say Uber " Drivers are NOT trained or licensed"

I'm not 100%, but I suspect "legitimate" taxi drivers don't have any special training either. If they do, what would it even entail? Providing customer service?

Also, you say with Uber "you don't know if that driver that picks you up isn't some serial killer looking for the next victim, just drank a 5th, or just is out looking for a few bucks"

Not to berate the average cab driver or service, but I just don't believe they are the cream of the crop of society. I don't think they are alcoholics or murderers, but neither are 99.9% of everyone else.

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

by MooseTick (#49301843) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

"election day should be a national holiday"

You could have even less voter turnout if you did that. A lot of people take vacations around holidays and would purposely leave town if they had the day off and could make it a 4 day weekend.

"no for-profit business should be allowed to be open"

That can't ever work. You still need hotels, hospitals, and some other essential services open no matter what.

Comment: Re:Death traps. (Score 1) 451

by MooseTick (#49293425) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

"And who pays for the insurance? Why should I pay for it if the accident will not be caused by me, but by some programmer who forgot to take some variable into account when writing the software for my car?"

What if insurance for a SDC is 1/10th the cost of insurance for you driving the exact same car? Will you still complain, or just drive yourself (and pay more) because you don't trust the software?

The decision doesn't have to be logical; it was unanimous.

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