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Comment: I'm done with /. (Score 1) 2058

by ProteusQ (#33821256) Attached to: Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

Since I can't delete my account, I thought I'd let this be known in this forum on the slight chance that anyone would notice -- because if I've had enough, others probably have had enough, too. I've had enough of socialist geekboys who mod everything they disagree with as either Flamebait or Troll. It's not funny any longer. You simply can't take criticism even as you pretend that you are more mature than those you disagree with. Can't you see that that's just an extension of the masturbatory universe you've created for yourself? You act as if you were still 15, angry because no girls will touch your penis, nursing passive-aggressive tendencies, and rant that your political enemies are somehow beneath you.

And the best I can hope for in response from those of your ilk is a snarky, sarcastic, 21st century version of: "I know you are but what am I?!"

At least for me, I'll get my news elsewhere. What a rotten site this is sometimes.

Comment: Libertarians get blamed for this? (Score -1, Troll) 2058

by ProteusQ (#33809344) Attached to: Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

It was an arm of the government, that very government that the Left wants to see grow bigger and Bigger and BIGGER every year, that refused to be compassionate and waive a fee in a time of distress.

And some of you want to blame the Right for this? Seriously, put the Kool-Aid down and open your eyes!

Comment: Political rant (Score 0, Troll) 495

"This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to."

The military earns this right by its members being killed or maimed to protect their country, while the academic left earns this right by publishing papers cloaked in double-talk, rousing their students to protest some issue that they've helped to blow out of proportion, and yelling at anyone who dares to disagree with their views, their opportunity for tenure, or their parking space privileges.

Comment: Mod parent up! (Score 3, Insightful) 711

by ProteusQ (#33291188) Attached to: A Million Kids Misdiagnosed with ADHD?

I mean no disrespect to parents trying to raise a child who legitimately has ADHD or to teachers trying to teach such a child, but the idea of:

1) Segregating students by age
2) Expecting them sit all day

may work for girls, but it doesn't work for boys. I can remember clearly my first grade teacher (in the late 70s) talking with another teacher about which of us were quiet (=good) and which were loud (=bad). And she went through _each student by name as we were forced to listen_. And guess who was good? Nearly all of the girls and a minority of boys, the ones who were quiet by disposition. Why? Because those of us who were normal didn't want to sit still and be quiet all day.

As for age segregation, if boys see older boys modeling good behavior, they tend to do so as well, either because they 'want to grow up to be like them' or they know they'll get smacked if they don't.

Now, take an extreme version of a 'bad' kid coupled with the willingness to drug said kid for the sake of classroom harmony, and you have an obvious explanation for this report.

Comment: Mod parent up! (Score 1) 450

by ProteusQ (#32811638) Attached to: Prince Says Internet Is Over

As someone with a degree in math, all I can say is... he's right! Numbers are like... ikcy! And there's so many of them! Why waste our time? Get the plastic out so we can order the complete "Twilight" on DVD. (Read?! As if!!)

Still, I'm glad I have these math books. If the power ever goes out, I'll need something to keep me warm besides the thought of Prince singing "Batdance".

Comment: Re:As long as it's not a federal tax. (Score 1) 276

by ProteusQ (#32785524) Attached to: Internet Sales Tax Gets a New Champion

But the politicians who promote universal (i.e., federally run) education and health-care send their kids to private schools and have their own separate, premium health-care system (which we pay for, BTW). Just from a practical POV, there's no way that any federal run [insert program name here] will be worth its while when those who run it are not on it.

And the politicians know that they are being hypocritical and don't care (R's and D's). That's the first counterargument I think of when someone wants the government to take over more services, because the situation is practically omnipresent now, but it's rarely mentioned. So, honestly, if we are going to talk about top-down systems, there has to be a way to force every government official to participate in what they create with the threat of losing their job (even if that means impeachment) for even once going outside the system they created. And since politicians would have to enforce that system, this too would end up unworkable.

(Sorry for the doom & gloom. If this were a pub, I'd buy the next round.)

Comment: Two things come to mind (Score 4, Interesting) 706

by ProteusQ (#32705042) Attached to: Women Dropping Out of IT

1. I recently taught an upper-level undergraduate math course with an exceptionally bright female math major and an above-average male math major. For a while, they both did less work than they ought to have (and knew it -- they both had advanced Senioritis); but in the end, the male kicked in to a higher gear and earned a high B. The female did some triage just before the end and earned a low B. This, and similar situations, has made me wonder if females by-and-large react differently to work-related stress than males, i.e., the male will allow the pressure to motivate him, while the female will attempt to escape. If this is true (and I freely admit it may not be), the opposite may occur domestically. Personally, I'd rather spend a 12-hour day "at the office" than spend eight cooking, washing, cleaning, child wrangling, etc.

2. My wife worked at a company that was, indeed, sexist. There were multiple instances of this, although it was mostly irritating rather than soul-destroying. At one point when we were discussing whether she should move on, I asked what she wanted. "To be treated as one guy treats another", she replied. I responded, "Machiavelli wrote a book on how guys should treat each other 'in the workplace'. Is that really what you want?" That turned the lightbulb on. In the end, she made the correct call and left, but she was no longer suffering from the effects of wearing rose-tinted glasses. I would not be surprised (although, again, I could be flat out wrong about this) if one reason for what's being reported in TFA is that women just don't enjoy working in a social setting where male rules of interaction dominate. I can't say that I blame them at times. But the male perspective has its advantages -- I've worked with female professors who are unable to distinguish between students who should go forward and students who should be encouraged to change their major. This is especially an issue when a bad student is an elementary education major.

Has anyone else had similar experiences?

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