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Comment: Re: Predictions (Score 1) 280

by Pumpkin Tuna (#48564765) Attached to: Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables
Agreed. I used to have power service from the for-profit Duke Energy (the same folks that dumped coal ash in the Dan River). Outages were frequent, service was poor and they were constantly appealing to the State power commission to raise rates so they could fatten the purses of their stockholders.

Then I moved 1 mile away into an area covered by the local rural electrical co-op. In two years, my power has gone off a total of 2 times. Each time for under an hour. Customer service is excellent. When Duke (from which my co-op buys power) got a rate increase, the co-op lowered a fee to keep our effective rate down.

If that's socialism, Yay socialism!

Comment: Re:A Plan without a Plan (Score 5, Insightful) 229

by Pumpkin Tuna (#48511979) Attached to: FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents
Good points. I'm a former classroom teacher whose job now is to help integrate technology into the classroom. We do it slowly, deliberately and with a lot of thinking and planning. We never roll out anything to every kid at once. We study, pilot, review, pilot again if needed and then implement. When I first heard about LA's plan, I was horrified. It was too big, too fast, and not well planned. It was doomed to fail, and at the time, I figured that the fix was in, probably with Pearson. They scare me. Technology in the classroom should be used to create, to collaborate, to innovate. Instead, Pearson and other companies like them want to use it to drill and kill while making a mint off of taxpayer dollars.

Comment: Nobody wants this (Score 5, Insightful) 326

by Pumpkin Tuna (#47899927) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

See, here's the thing. Fuck Scott Tibbitts.
I don't want his technology. There are so many scenarios where this would unnecessarily screw up my life. What if I'm driving and my wife wants to use my phone to answer a call? That's just one.

More importantly, my car has a built in hands free that I can operate by voice. Why should I not be allowed to use it.

If we really want to make the roads safer, give me the power to arrest the dipshits that fly around me on the Interstate doing 20 miles above the speed limit and changing lanes like they are at Daytona.

Comment: Congratulations! (Score 5, Informative) 131

by Pumpkin Tuna (#47607843) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

I work on the instructional side of technology in K-12. I would suggest the yearly ISTE conference. It rotates around the country in late June. Next year it will be in Philly, I believe. It is massive and has sessions on instruction, administration and pretty much anything else you can imagine. The vendor area usually draws the latest heavy hitters in software, services and hardware.

You may also want to check and see if your state has an ISTE affiliate group. They often hold quality state conferences as well. Here in North Carolina, we have NCTIES in March. It's good for a state conference.

Comment: Re:ugh (Score 3, Insightful) 552

by Pumpkin Tuna (#47458069) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

"And every time we have an unusual hurricane, the people who were saying 'weather is not climate' point at the hurricane and say 'see, proof positive of global warming!'

No, actually we don't. The most anyone credible will say is that a warmer climate might mean more intense and more frequent storms.

Comment: Re:What a joke (Score 2) 113

by Pumpkin Tuna (#47341257) Attached to: Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

Your kid doesn't bring home the standards. Your kid brings home crappy worksheets and crappy books. These are made by companies trying to take over education. The Common Core standards themselves are overall better than what they replaced. We need more freely shared teacher-created lessons, units, books and projects so we can ditch the for profit companies making garbage resources.

Comment: Re:Common core changes history (Score 4, Informative) 113

by Pumpkin Tuna (#47341211) Attached to: Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

Wow. You are an idiot getting information from other idiots. There's a reason the Common Core standards don't mention Christianity or the Civil War. Common Core is a set of English/Language Arts and mathematics standards. They AREN'T history standards. They don't address history because they aren't history standards!

The second link is about a history textbook. It's not a common-core aligned history textbook because there are no history standards.

The closest they come is talking about what reading and literacy skills kids should have in the context of reading historical works, for example, they say students should "Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10)."

Do yourself a favor and actually go read the standards instead of reading right-wing hit pieces that have to lie because they don't have any legitimate arguments.

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