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Comment: Firefox vs Apple? (Score 1) 764

by allonoak (#48279883) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"
So the CEO of Firefox got fired for voting a certain way (I honestly don't remember the specifics, only that it had to deal with his vote on an sexuality issue), but the CEO of Apple is applauded for taking a stand on the other side of the issue in a way he believes is right. Is the only difference the public's opinion of whether the guy is a bigot or a hero? Or is there more to it than that?

Comment: Re:Three times less = negative number! (Score 1) 171

by allonoak (#47893119) Attached to: Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed
While technically correct in a literal sense, the phrase is colloquially understood to also mean reduced (fractionally) by a factor of 3. When they say three times less, they are in fact trying to communicate a third, and it's generally understood.

You might as well argue the semi-anually vs bi-annually case. the semi and bi prefixes have lost meaning because of continued colloquial use.

Even one textbook I teach from defines semi-monthly as twice a month and semi-weekly as once every two weeks. The terms have less of a literal meaning and more of a context-specific meaning.

Comment: Re:Every Inch of A Jail (Score 1) 643

by allonoak (#47778611) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras
Except that only those in possession of recordings are able to bring the truth to light. This means that bad things can still happen, but only those with the recordings get to do anything about it. I agree, though, that prisons should have pervasive recordings that are audited by an external source.

Comment: What about MY rights? (Score 1) 643

by allonoak (#47778571) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras
Am I the only one worried by the fact that I'm not perfect? That is, the more cameras we have, the more likely someone will have a recording of us doing something that, though maybe not illegal, might be damaging to our reputation. As much as I like the idea of police having record of altercations, what happens when I do make a mistake and someone recorded it? There are so many rules and laws, that if a person is recorded constantly, their imperfections (real or perceived) can be recorded and then selectively used against them.

Comment: The answer is... (Score 1) 663

by allonoak (#45320599) Attached to: A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core
D) 1. The test is clearly dealing with subtraction and parts missing vs the whole. That said, why they use the vocabulary they chose, not sure. Can't you teach the word 'equation' to first graders :P. #12 is lousy, though, since the solutions are not represented as equations that use subtraction. The test is TRYING to emulate different ways of saying and encountering subtraction, but still has room for improvement.

Comment: Re:Don't have to be perfect, just better (Score 1) 352

by allonoak (#43473487) Attached to: Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road

. Driverless technology becomes workable when it is better than the average human driver.

The bar has always been set higher than individual responsibility because of liability lawsuits. Traditionally, if someone besides the 'victim' can be even remotely blamed, they will be held jointly responsible. This means that a vehicle that is faulty less often than a human driver will still be subject to numerous lawsuits unless they can prove the catastrophic failure was due completely to the abuse of the system by the driver. The system must either be near-perfect, or have enough failsafes built in that the car cannot be blamed for failures.

Comment: Re:Ha, you threaten teacher jobs and see what happ (Score 1) 570

by allonoak (#41820719) Attached to: Are Teachers Headed For Obsolescence?
The biggest opposition is that it was completely legislated without teacher input, and without a clear plan of how any of it would work and whether it would be funded 3 years from now. I'm a teacher who is opposed to it on those grounds, but not entirely opposed to all of the ideas. It just reeked of dirty business (like the way the online classes have to be done). On a side note: student motivation has always been one of the biggest hurdles for any educational system. If students can be motivated to take online classes, they very well may work, but that's been one of the biggest advantages of in-class lessons, is that the learning time is set aside, and there is someone there to help clarify concepts.

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson