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Comment Re:Donna Ford (Score 0) 445

She is a whining because Whites (and Asians .. but we won't mention that) actually do homework and prep before taking the exams and makes it out like it is cheating. Families are actually using strategy!!! God forbid.

And Ford worries that because the whole selection process is point-based, some families can strategize to get their kids in the program. "Knowing the system, working the system, using that social capital, it does advantage you," she says.

Parents in the know can find tutorials online. Some even spend $150 for test materials. Meanwhile, other families have no idea the gifted program even exists.

Her words are the words of a racist. Since blacks and Hispanics are not competing (I did not say "Can't") , it then must be racism. She is basically making the argument for affirmative action for the gifted program basically because it should be based on the color of your skin rather then your abilities.

Comment Re:Must be discrimination (Score 1) 445

Correct ... could not at all been because of this ...

Aguilar is stretched thin between his job building servers for a software company and finishing his college degree in statistics. So, getting to spend time alone with Isaac is really special, but finding time to get involved with his son's school is difficult. Aguilar knows the gifted and talented program exists at Herrera Elementary, though he wasn't aware the school was testing Isaac.

Best example NPR could find?

Comment Re:Of course the Air Force didn't adopt it (Score 5, Informative) 320

Seriously ... WTF!?!

An A-10 has a hourly maintenance costs of roughly $12,000 per hour flown. The F-35 is already sitting at a guess-ta-ment of $32,000 per hour flown.


To quote.
the A-10 Thunderbolt II is the cheapest aircraft to operate in terms of both flight hours and individual procurement costs. The A-10's low costs are due to the plane's rugged but functional structural designs.

Lets not talk about the $148 million a piece price tag for the base F-35 model. A-10's start at around $30 million each. You let me know when one F-35 can out compete four A-10's for air to ground combat.

Submission + - All Hillary Clinton's Private Emails For $500K (

TheViffer writes: Just as email-gate looked to be winding down, has exclusively learned a person claiming to be a computer specialist has come forward with the stunning news that 32,000 emails from Hillary Clinton‘s private email account are up for sale. The price tag — a whopping $500,000!

Promising to give the trove of the former Secretary of State’s emails to the highest bidder, the specialist is showing subject lines as proof of what appear to be legitimate messages.

Submission + - Wikipedia blocks 381 user accounts for "black hat" editing

jan_jes writes: Wikipedia have announced that they have blocked 381 user accounts for “black hat” editing after weeks of investigation. The reason to block is that the accounts were engaged in undisclosed paid advocacy—the practice of accepting or charging money to promote external interests on Wikipedia without revealing their affiliation, in violation of Wikimedia’s Terms of Use. Every day, volunteer editors make thousands of edits to Wikipedia: they add reliable sources, introduce new topics, expand articles, add images, cover breaking news, fix inaccuracies, and resolve conflicts of interest. In addition to blocking the 381 “sockpuppet” accounts—a term that refers to multiple accounts used in misleading or deceptive ways—the editors deleted 210 articles created by these accounts.

Comment Re:I don't get it.. (Score 1) 446

Screen name is one thing, payment option is something completely different especially if you are using your own credit card.

Even when using PayPal, there would be a means to trace that back to the original person even if you used a PayPal Wax account (using a CC through PayPal without actually having a PayPal account).

Only the smart ones would use a prepaid visa card or something of the likes.

Comment Should have seen something like this coming (Score 1) 95

David Marcus left PayPal last year to go work with Facebook in the mobile messaging division of Facebook. Honestly looking at the screen shots it almost looks like the PayPal app.

David Marcus letting the cat out of the bag

Grab some popcorn and cross your fingers. Would be nothing more enjoyable in seeing Facebook vs. PayPal in a drag out legal fight including similarities in look and feel of the app, patents, and most specifically non-compete agreement that Marcus should be bound too.

Comment Re:3720:1 (Score 1) 117

This has great meaning here. Lets be truthful. He survived and that is what counts. Reading the posts here I can truly see there is a sigh of relief from many people that he did live in the humor present. I can only imagine the sorrow and grief that we as other would have felts if he would have perished and none of this would have been funny.

"Han crashed first!"

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 703

you'll never see a republican suggest free school (unless its a 'jesus is god' school, of course).

Tennessee Governor Urges 2 Free Years of Community College and Technical School

Looks to me like Obama stole a Republican's idea.

this is one of the first good ideas obama has shown, and one that is much more linked with the democratic party.

If it was his, I would agree, but alas, looks like even 6 years in, he has not had one single good idea.

Comment Re:Zero details (Score 1) 197

What I would love to know is: Why does eBay need 4000 VMs ?

Taking the scope of eBay, PayPal, or any of the other company under eBay and then adding up the total number of developers and quality assurance it should be very apparent why a system is required in which a VM can be created and deleted for testing and development purposes in a very short amount of time.

Time is money

FORTRAN is not a flower but a weed -- it is hardy, occasionally blooms, and grows in every computer. -- A.J. Perlis