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Comment: Re: Sanders amazes me (Score 1) 265

by ShanghaiBill (#49602703) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

He strikes me as a moderate on the world political spectrum: free education, universal healthcare, strong privacy protections, support for unions, regulating financial markets and banks: all things that are considered 'normal' in the developed world.

Yes, he would be considered a moderate in France, or Italy. Unfortunately, he is running for president of America, where his chance of winning is infinitesimal. But he could have a big impact: by steering the Democratic primaries sharply to the left, he may compel Hillary to take positions that will make it harder for her to win the general election. We may end up with Jeb in the White House.

Comment: Re:More religious whackjobs (Score 4, Insightful) 223

Native Hawaiians had the misfortune of living on one of the most strategically important pieces of land on the planet.

How is that a "misfortune"? They are better off than anyone else in Polynesia, and have one of the highest standards of living in the world. If they want to stick to the old ways and try to eke out a living by trying to grow taro in volcanic ash, they can still do so. Yet for some strange reason, few choose to do that.

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 2) 488

by ShanghaiBill (#49601869) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

With the same reasoning, schools in Europe are taking the holocaust out of the history lessons, to avoid nasty remarks from muslim kids in the classroom.

That is a false analogy. The holocaust is an important part of history. Using images derived from porn is not an important part of learning about image processing. Using a different image would not diminish the lesson in the least.

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 1) 488

by ShanghaiBill (#49601503) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

If the boys can't control themselves, they should be disciplined.

So instead of teaching image processing algorithms, the instructor should spend class time monitoring the boys to make sure they aren't muttering crude jokes under their breath, all instigated by the actions of the instructor himself? Or he could just use a different image and avoid the issue entirely.

Comment: Re: She has a point. (Score 1) 488

by ShanghaiBill (#49601287) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Which is a concern, except the imagine isn't pornography. It is a picture of the face of a woman wearing a hat.

You are missing the point. Of course the image itself isn't offensive. But everyone in the class was aware of where it came from, and there were lots of jokes and snickers about that. At worst that creates an environment that many would consider hostile, and at best, it is a distraction from learning. So why use it, when there are at least a billion other images that could be used?

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 2, Insightful) 488

by ShanghaiBill (#49601251) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Well at some point these girls will have to learn those hard lessons that reality doesn't nor shouldn't revolve around them.

Yes, at some point they will learn that. But high school CS class is not the appropriate place. The instructor should focus on image processing algorithms, not teaching the (few) girls that, hey, the world is sexist and they should just get used to it.

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 0, Flamebait) 488

by ShanghaiBill (#49601173) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Teenage humans are fans of pornography sites.

When did you last leave your mom's basement and talk to a real woman? Next time your mom brings your dinner down, ask her what she thinks about porn sites. If you seriously believe that porn is equally popular with both men and women, you need to get in touch with reality.

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 2) 488

by ShanghaiBill (#49601091) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

That same bullshit happens no matter what you're looking at. They're teenagers.

Yes, teenagers will engage in adolescent behavior. That does not mean it should be initiated and encouraged by the instructor.

What do you think is the probability, that because an image associated with pornography was used, that the (few) girls in the class were subjected by their male classmates to jokes about tits, asses, pussies, etc? My guess is about 100%. Even if you disagree that this creates a hostile environment, it is still an unnecessary distraction from learning about image processing.

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 2) 488

by ShanghaiBill (#49600899) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Honestly it's pretty tame.

"Pretty tame" is not the same as appropriate. The image itself is not offensive, but the comments, jokes, and snickers from the teenage boys will be offensive, and will happen. There are plenty of alternative images available, and there is no pedagogical reason to raise the issue of pornography in a high school CS classroom.

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score -1, Troll) 488

by ShanghaiBill (#49600857) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

You must have conniption fits when you go to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Or the Los Angeles County Art Museum's Egyptian section.

Those are not for children, and they don't require mandatory attendance.

Think of the children (TM)....Er... no

I understand that "Think of the children" is a popular meme to dismiss any concern about inappropriate content, but when designing curriculum for children, then thinking of the children is actually the appropriate thing to do.

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