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Comment: Re:Identifiable enough that Google targets ads (Score 3, Informative) 157

by Runaway1956 (#48599321) Attached to: How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Apparently, Ghostery is pretty effective at blocking doubleclick. I do not get those personalized advertisements. The ONLY place where "ads" are even somewhat accurately aimed at me, is Amazon. If/when I clear cookies, and browse without signng in, their limited accuracy disappears.

Comment: Imagine that! (Score 5, Interesting) 29

If the cops actually have to do their JOB to get the job done, they aren't so eager to infringe on your rights.

All nations who trace their laws back to English Common Law supposedly require warrants before they invade your privacy. Funny how many of those nations have been ignoring that requirement.

Comment: Re:Remind me again (Score 1) 289

by Runaway1956 (#48491409) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Really? Well - the funny thing that I see, is that liberals run the schools in the ghettos, and young black children get a substandard education. Outside the ghettos, conservatives have a stronger voice, and the schools improve. The best schools are almost invariably private schools, with very conservative ways.

Imagine that. No, the gap will never close, the way things are now.

Comment: Re:Remind me again (Score 0) 289

by Runaway1956 (#48487285) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

So, you see it as your mission in life to ensure that fuckups never get to fuckup? You see yourself as the saviour who can prevent anyone ever answering for their fuckups?

What arrogance.

Imbeciles like me? Isn't that interesting. I'm nearing 60 years old. I've changed careers multiple times in my life. I've changed jobs so many times I can't count them. I've mastered more than one craft, but I'm an imbecile - because I happen to disagree with Hognoxious? Yes - that is very interesting.

Tell me - are you into eugenics, as well?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Comment: Re:Remind me again (Score 1) 289

by Runaway1956 (#48486045) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

You don't understand that THIS IS THE WAY IT SHOULD BE!

If a school board chooses wisely, the people will benefit, and the economy will grow.

If the board chooses less wisely, less benefit, less economic growth.

If the board truly fucks up - the locals suffer, the board gets shit canned, and a new board takes a stab at getting things right.

There is no good reason for the monoculture we have in education today. There should be different approaches to things. Those systems that excel are likely to be copied in various was. Those systems that fail dismally won't be copied - they'll fall by the wayside.

Comment: Re:Remind me again (Score 2, Insightful) 289

by Runaway1956 (#48484865) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Well - the state shouldn't even be in the education system. Local school boards are supposed to run their own schools. This entire discussion should only be of local concern, and neither the state capital nor Washington should have any voice in the matter. Take away all those funds offered by the state and the feds - cool. LOCAL funds should be used exclusively. Local people pay local taxes, and decide locally where to build the schools, what to teach, and whether there will be sports, clubs, tutoring, and other extra-curricular activities. Of course, those extra-curriculars are totally unnecessary for an education.

Comment: Re:So, in essence, Uber's app is malware (Score 1) 234

by Runaway1956 (#48476165) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

"It doesn't have any future data."

You hope not, anyway. If they have an accurate image of you, and/or if you tagged any "friends" who supply information about you - you're a little bit fokked. It may not be necessary for you to maintain an account for Facebook to update your status - alive, dead, incarcerated, employed, unemployed, married, on the prowl, whatever.

As for actual future data - seen any good movies lately?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

Comment: Re: I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stre (Score 1) 186

$400k - equal to 8 years wages for the average American household. The AVERAGE worker today earns about 20-25k. His/her spouse probably works, and earns about the same. Total income for a working couple, about 50k.

I wish the hell that I were making a paltry 400k, and worrying about sending two offspring to college.

Comment: Re:Disaster preparedness (Score 1) 43

by Runaway1956 (#48301941) Attached to: Japan's Annual Nuclear Drill Highlights Problems

Gotta hand it to you - you've already come up with a better plan than the authorities. And, thank you for making my point. Alternative plans should be plentiful, and a little ad libbing might just save the day.

"Everyone go home, as long as you have a structurally sound home to go to. Everyone else go to the high school. When the seas are calm, we'll all come back and sail off into the sunset." Or, sunrise, as the case may be.

Comment: Re:Disaster preparedness (Score 1) 43

by Runaway1956 (#48301651) Attached to: Japan's Annual Nuclear Drill Highlights Problems

"If nuclear fallout is part of the picture, you may not want people exposed and crossing terrain on their own."

Sounds reasonable. But, since the water is to rough to sail, we're going to leave them there? The persons on scene need to see a map, and they need to determine whether their chances of survival are better if they wait for calm weather, or if they strike out cross country.

You may not want to deal with a nuclear disaster at all, but the reason for the drill is that nuclear disasters do happen.

Comment: Disaster preparedness (Score 1) 43

by Runaway1956 (#48301391) Attached to: Japan's Annual Nuclear Drill Highlights Problems

Disaster preparedness is NOT "a plan". Instead, it is being prepared to act in accordance with Plan A, or Plan B, or Plan C, as appropriate. It is also being prepared to ad lib in case none of the plans prove to be appropriate.

So, the whole operation began with an ASSumption that the roads were impassable? Maybe Plan B or Plan C should have arranged for these people to make their way BY FOOT and ACROSS COUNTRY to some other assembly point?

Hey - those ancient aborigines who settled the Americas came here by foot, right? What has changed? Has the human foot quit working?

Any idiot can make a plan. Even a committee can make a plan. The guy who makes the plan work needs brains on his side.

Comment: Where did the author go to school? (Score 1) 232

"Contrary to what we were sometimes taught in high school physics, the Earth's gravity is not constant."

I began my education in 1961. That's pretty far back, I guess. I learned a little about gravity before I left elementary school. Then, a bit more in junior high school. Junior high didn't teach me that gravity is constant on the earth's surface. I was exposed to the idea that gravity varies from one place to another, and we were taught that our weight might vary by a couple of pounds depending where we stood on the earth. Cool idea, we were moderately impressed. In high school, the idea was given to us again.

Now, I suppose that SOME schools might teach that gravity is a constant, independent of elevation, or anything else. I believe that most parents would want to keep their children far away from any such schools.

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