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Comment: It's the management tools (Score 1) 320

by Radical Moderate (#49489689) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan
You don't just hand a kid a tablet and wish him luck. Apple has done quite a bit of work to allow central administration of app deployment, security, and OS configuration that, to my understanding, Android can't match. They're far from perfect, two years ago they had next to nothing, but it's evolving pretty quickly. But as bad as iPads are for this use case, Androids would be worse, albeit cheaper.

Comment: And that's why we have pilot programs, kids (Score 5, Insightful) 320

by Radical Moderate (#49487433) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan
I work in education, and the idea that you'll just roll out a new tech to hundreds of thousand of kids is just asinine. Start small, work the bugs out, then go big. Especially if you're deploying tablets, trying to manage them is like herding cats. Apple's made some progress in that area, but they're still a huge PIA to manage. I hope there's a serious, ie external, investigation into who drove this fiasco. While incompetence on this scale isn't unimaginable, I suspect shenanigans. Follow the money.

Comment: Re:Crappy set of rules. (Score 1) 440

by Radical Moderate (#49467141) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality
Are you saying that Comcast can rid itself of bureaucrats?

Or are you saying you can't rid yourself of bureaucrats, but you can rid yourself of Comcast? If so, let me in on the secret. My options are Comcast or very crappy DSL or satellite. Thanks for those great choices Free Market!

Comment: Kapu was horrifically elitist... (Score 1) 228

by Radical Moderate (#49432475) Attached to: Amid Controversy, Construction of Telescope In Hawaii Halted made the various Game of Thrones societies look like communist utopias. And according to Wiki, (Hawaiian word BTW), it was abandoned by Kamehameha in the 19th century. I'm all for protecting burial grounds and historic sites, but 'violating' prime real estate reserved for royalty in order to advance mankind's knowledge of the universe strikes me as a win.

Comment: Please God no. (Score 2) 34

If you drink enough MS koolaid, putting metro in Windows 8 sort of made sense, in a "everyone will love it and buy our phones!" way. But putting it on a server OS was just mind-numbingly stupid, I just can't see how anyone thought it was a good idea. I cringe every time I have to log in to our 2012 servers.

Comment: Sorry to burst your bubble, but... (Score 4, Interesting) 330

by Radical Moderate (#49405651) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think
there are no reserves of pure hydrogen. It has to be 'cracked' from molecules, typically hydrocarbons (nat. gas and oil!) or water, and getting it from water takes a lot of electricity...hello Mr. Coal! And once you create it, it has to be shipped. So it's no cleaner than running batteries, and has some serious downside.

Comment: Nice strawman (Score 2) 215

by Radical Moderate (#49399161) Attached to: The Dystopian Lake Filled By the World's Tech Sludge
"I've always been concerned about people who can't see the negative side of all the "green", modern technologies today."

And I've found such people exist primarily in the imaginations of the people who complain about them.(I'll concede there may be some exceptions, see Einstein and the limits of human stupidity) Look, anyone with grey cells knows that windmills don't magically spring up from the ground, they have to be manufactured, and manufacturing creates pollution, especially in countries that find it inconvenient to regulate it. The question isn't "are windmills perfect?", it's "Do windmills have a smaller carbon/environmental footprint than using coal to create the same amount of power?" The consensus seems to be yes, they do.

As for the Prius, its environmental impact has been debated to death and yes, it is greener than your pickup.

Finally, "green" and "modern technologies" aren't equivalent. I'm pretty sure the president of Exxon Mobil owns a cell phone, and just as sure he couldn't give two farts about being green. The fact that tech creates pollution is not a blanket indictment of green tech. I do agree that replacing your phone every two years is wasteful, it would be nice if phone carriers provided an incentive to keep your old phone instead of the 2-year churn. They may be getting there, when my two years with AT&T was up I got a new contract that gave me a break for using my old phone.

Comment: Chewbacca has very obvious human traits (Score 1) 360

by Radical Moderate (#49386567) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars
Seriously, it's amazing how much the actor was able to communicate without speaking while wearing a ton of makeup. His smug satisfaction after C3PO says "Let the wookie win" in ANH is just brilliant. Anthony Daniels gets all the love, but Peter Mayhew's performance is in the same league, in my opinion.

Comment: Regarding the state law about municipal providers. (Score 3, Interesting) 536

Seems like this would be a great case for getting that law stricken or amended. Most of those laws are justified so as to provide a level playing field for corporate ISPs, but since they're not interested in serving him the law shouldn't be enforced in this case. Maybe the EFF would be interested?

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe