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Comment: Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (Score 1) 440

by WileyC (#46620185) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

I don't agree. If the people who get the peanut butter weren't going to buy through Costco anyway (either the institutional or charity organizations), it'd have little to do impact their bottom line so you undercut your own argument in your last sentence. In fact, I'd rather think that the prison system, for one, would consider strongly their next food purchase contract if they had good feelings toward Costco.

No, it all comes down to lawyers, greed and money. It's been a tragedy for the past 40+ years that businesses would rather throw away rather than give away because of lawsuits. That's why the bulldozers are out there, so no one can pick it out of the garbage and start a class-action lawsuit.

Comment: Re:Similar to most studies (Score 1) 427

by WileyC (#46396225) Attached to: All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

The biggest difference in male/female pay is that women, as a group, value things like family life and health more than money. I think that's a perfectly rational choice and it's really demeaning to women when people are spouting claims that they are being paid so much less. Women know their worth as much as men and they get it! But what they are getting is a healthier, happier lifestyle. =)

Comment: Re:Features != UX (Score 1) 129

by WileyC (#46084801) Attached to: ChipSiP Smart Glass Specs Better Than Google Glass?

This isn't exactly 'spec stuffing' when all of these things can be found in your typical cellphone (other than temperature) and even that it can be argued is a USEFUL feature. For anything worn against the temple, I'd also like it to measure heartrate would be a nice addition as well. Sensors are cheap, why not load up on them?

Comment: We eat our own dog food... (Score 1) 715

by WileyC (#45951857) Attached to: How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

My wife teaches at a charter school but has also taught at both good and bad non-charter schools. Our kids go to the same charter school and we wouldn't have it any other way. The truth is that the teachers unions (and non-unions such as the NCAE) are political entities. Period. They don't care about students and they barely care about teachers, frankly. Here's another hard truth for charter school haters: Charter schools ARE public schools in that they take public funds. But they are universally CHEAPER per student and outperform non-charters on average.

Comment: This is why monkeys can do it better... (Score 1) 165

by WileyC (#45818103) Attached to: Not All Bugs Are Random

As others have pointed out, this ain't rocket science. I was a tester (and programmer) for years and the number of programmers I encountered that a) refused to do range checking properly or b) failed to use well-tested libraries were legion. I really thought that hooking electrical 'reminders' to them every time they did something like this would have improved their code dramatically.

Comment: Wow, I mean wow... (Score 2, Interesting) 602

by WileyC (#38827817) Attached to: Candidate Gingrich Pushes a Moon Base, Other Space Initiatives

I'm glad y'all weren't advising President Kennedy when he planned to put a man on the moon. Unlike the pie-in-the 'investments' of the current administration (that were payoffs for campaign kickbacks), the space program has a proven record of spinoffs that have been good for the country and of all humanity. The computers you are reading this on, the satellites that move countless terabytes of information, even the fuel cells that might power the next generation of MacBooks all had their genesis from NASA research.

Not to mention that the BEST place to get experience with a serious Mars trip is our own moon... at least convenient to Earth. If you want it to pay for itself, read The Man Who Sold the Moon. How many of those dreaded 1% would shell out big bucks for a piece of the ACTUAL FRIGGIN MOON. Plus, you could probably pay for it with the rounding error from the pork barrel programs we should cut anyway, heh.

Comment: Writer was kind of a moron... (Score 1) 473

by WileyC (#38574726) Attached to: Edison Would Have Loved New Light Bulb Law, Says His Great-Grandson

I don't dispute his claim that Edison was 'green' but this comment was beyond stupid:
How can inventor-entrepreneurs like Edison make a profit if every time they try to make a technological advance some nut in Congress pulls the rug out from under the them and their breakthroughs?

Basically, what he's saying is that inventor-entrepreneurs can ONLY succeed if someone bans their competitors. WTF? If you have the better mousetrap and assuming no one gets government help of any sort, you'll win. If you aren't winning, then go back to the lab and make it even better.

This is something Thomas Edison understood well but his Professor-of-English great-grandson obviously doesn't get. Hey, Prof, leave economic theory to people who understand it and stick to poetry or whatever it is you do.

Comment: ALL subsidies are bad (Score 2) 435

by WileyC (#38514164) Attached to: Prospects Darken For Solar Energy Companies

Subsidies distort the market and are, let's be honest, just a way for corrupt politicians to use our money to pay off their big supporters. Funny how so many of those companies going bankrupt were big Obama supporters... and got juicy loan guarantees.

I'll be straight with y'all: no political party or politician is smart enough to properly apply a subsidy even if they do it from the noblest of motives. We need to remove the ability of our government to do it in any fashion and we'll all be better off.

Comment: Think differently (and teach differently too!) (Score 1) 349

by WileyC (#38503386) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is E-Learning a Viable Option?

All the technology COULD work better, but not the way it's being used now. You can't throw one of the coolest toys around at kids and say, "Okay, now only use this for schoolwork."

My wife's a teacher and I'm a tech guy and we are both passionate about this subject (pros and cons). Here's how an effective model could work:

1) Lock out almost ALL functionality during school hours. Specific functionality (perhaps to research a paper online) could be enabled on a 'as needed' basis.
2) Make teacher monitoring of usage integral to the 'in school' experience.
3) Offload rote activities (on the devices) to homework and have automatic tracking and reporting of usage for (perhaps) automated evaluation/grading.
4) Only use technology in-class for things that are enhanced by the technology (quizzes/test with automatic grading...heck yes!).

You notice that turns pads on the school grounds into basically glorified e-books+pencil+paper. This is the RIGHT answer... for now. Sure, some novel apps will be invented that could enhance certain topics but the vast majority of those could be used as easily off-campus. School time should be about talking with the teacher and getting specific 1-on-1 help as necessary. And I can easily envision some fun stuff that could be done in a teacher-directed environment, but those programs haven't been invented yet.

Comment: reminds me of a joke... (Score 1) 145

by WileyC (#38449132) Attached to: India To Cut Out Animal Dissection

During my travels, I came upon a culture with an interesting custom: Each time a doctor's patient died, they were required to hang a plaque with the patient's name on it. As it happens, I took ill and went in search of a physician. I passed up a doctor's office that had 35 plaques out front, and another with 40 until I spotted one with only 10.

The waiting room was crowded with fellow foreigners but eventually the physician was able to see me. When I asked him how business was, the harried man said, "Great! I've only been open two days and I can barely keep up!"

The Motto: Don't be the first patient of a 'doctor' that has spent most of their training using computers.

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