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Comment: Re:Faith in God (Score 5, Insightful) 299

by RockClimbingFool (#47375651) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

The only religious people I know of that have their beliefs disparaged are those who wish to impose those beliefs on others through the force of law.

You don't like gay marriage? Don't get gay married. Don't like abortions? Don't get one. Fully fund pre AND post natal care. Provide free contraception. Stop trying to force a reading from certain religious to start every government open meeting. Stop trying to keep people from buying alcohol on Sundays. The list goes on and on.

Its ok to hold beliefs those things above are bad or immoral. Don't get the government to enforce your morals on others.

Comment: Re:FP? (Score 4, Informative) 173

See this Slashdot Story.

The Supreme Court has already ok'd anonymous tips to police as grounds for stopping a searching without a warrant. So what happens is that they track you illegally, someone calls in an anonymous tip and you are arrested with the contraband they already know you have.

So while the constant tracking is illegal and can't be entered into court records, they will still do it. If you haven't noticed, police departments across the country are acting more like the DOD everyday. They classify things as secret and inaccessible to FOIA requests. When parts of the machinery get close to disclosure, the Feds come in and swoop it away, like what happened recently with the cell tracking device usage records.

Comment: ICO Global Communications (Score 2) 170

by RockClimbingFool (#47146705) Attached to: Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

A few companies have proposed this type of system, most notably ICO Global Communications. It hasn't ended well.

Granted, Google is a much more established company than some collection of venture capitalists, but manufacturing, launching and managing constellations of satellites is extremely complex. You can't do it alone and at least one company along the way will over-promise and under-deliver. That stalls the overall program and problems just snowball from there.

Google obviously has experience managing some mapping satellites, but scaling up to dozens and hundreds is not straightforward.

Comment: This will sound mildly offtopic but... (Score 3, Insightful) 552

... you need to contact a lawyer. You need to support her and find ways to communicate as well, but finding a good lawyer is, sadly, almost as critical.

Everything you will want to try is going to require enormous sums of money, money the insurance company is not going to give you willingly. They may provide her care, they may pay for some baseline therapy, but they are not going to pay for exotic therapies.

Money from a lawsuit can help pay for these therapies. Money from a lawsuit can get her home renovated to handle her expected condition for the foreseeable future.

Someone messed up. You wife's sister should not end up in a closet, bankrupting families in the attempt to improve her life.

Get a lawyer.

Comment: Re:danger will robinson (Score 3, Informative) 688

by RockClimbingFool (#47066771) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

I don't like this method of adding or subtracting, but they added one step to make it look even that much worse.

Every child should be taught what numbers are needed to get to the next or previous ten. Counting by tens (or hundreds, thousands, etc) needs to be ingrained because we are base 10 people. They need to memorize those simple additions and subtractions (going to the next or previous 10).

This particular example should have been taught as you need 8 to go from 12 to 20, you need 10 to go from 20 to 30, and you need 2 to go from 30 to 32. So, 8+10+2=20. 32-12 = 20. It gets them thinking about both sides of the equation now, instead of reinventing the equals sign when you get to algebra.

Yes, you need to understand conceptually what 32-12 physically means, but you also need to be able to just do simple math automatically as well. That is where quality teaching comes into play. You need to make sure that point is driven home, both concepts are needed. If teachers are on auto pilot, and saying, just do it this way (the conceptual way) because that is what is going to be on the standardized test, and completely ignoring ingrained automatic addition and subtraction, then they have gone too far on the other side.

TLDR, It seems educators got hammered for the "old way" of teaching math that produced little calculators, but some are correcting too far on the conceptual side now, and handicapping children by not giving them tools to quickly add and subtract in their day to day lives.

Comment: Re:This has to be a troll post (Score 1) 173

by RockClimbingFool (#47038445) Attached to: AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion
My experience with DirecTv has been fine. I have been a customer for 4 years now and only lose the signal when its absolutely down pouring outside. After your two year contract is up, call them back and ask for a discount for another year commitment and you get $20 off per month. I have done that twice now. I hope that discount doesn't go away, but with AT&T, I have a feeling they will clamp down on all the super secret best friends discounts available from DirecTv Maybe its because i have newer equipment than older customers of DirecTv, but in general, the picture is very clear and way higher quality than the crappy cable company alternative (Knology, now WowWay). I have whole home DVR and it works well.

Comment: Re:Breaking news (Score 2) 335

by RockClimbingFool (#46999661) Attached to: Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

They don't do any worse than public schools, even though they kick out bad performing students and don't have to handle special education students.

They remove funding for the public school facilities, which are mostly fixed.

So if they are not any better, even cherry picking from the student body, why have them at all?

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.

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