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Comment Re:I'll wait for service pack 1 (Score 1) 313 313

This isn't really true anymore. I think a lot of companies used this technique to decide when to roll out Windows versions, so Microsoft started putting out SP1 sooner to increase sales. There doesn't really seem to be an industry metric for determining stability either. I guess the best option is really "when all your friends say it seems stable."

Comment Local authority the greatest (Score 1) 298 298

If the Federal government tried the things local government can get away with, there would be mass revolution. In many places you can have a lien put against your property because your lawn was too high and you didn't pay the fines. Imagine if the Federal government tried that.

Local government can pretty much shut any event down based on zoning, noise ordinances, permits, incorrect paperwork, or any other number of technicalities. There's really no such thing as free speech when it comes to the city level of government. Maybe in principle, but in practice they have so many tools to shut you up it's sheer luck if you ever get your message out.

Comment Re:Paper (Score 4, Interesting) 162 162

The biggest problems in the school system can't be solved with technology. Technology won't make parents care about their kids. Technology won't stop politicians from playing games with school system tax money. Technology won't stop the textbook publishers from price gouging schools. Schools aren't screwed up because of lack of good algorithms. Remove all technology from schools and revert to pen and paper. The good schools will still be good and the bad schools will still be bad.

Comment Re:Technology to deliver personalized lessons (Score 1) 162 162

Because solving this problem needed 8 core powerhouses running on solid state drives with 32 gigs of ram. Any education problem that couldn't be solved on an Apple IIe is not going to be magically solved by modern computers and programs. This isn't a queuing algorithm that can be optimized with enough thought and manpower. We've known how to run well oiled classrooms for hundreds of years. Problem is too many greased palms and politicians playing games with tax money.

Comment Re:Open content (Score 3, Interesting) 162 162

It's amazing we are still paying for algebra and physics books. These subjects haven't changed up to the undergrad level in many decades. Textbooks should be getting simpler and more streamlined, but they're actually getting way more complicated. The books are crazy thick with thousands of practice problems that contain errors and most don't look anything like real world problems. Let's slim down and create a small set of GOOD problems that are error free. Won't happen though. The book industry is too big.

Comment Old people are more susceptible to scams (Score 4, Insightful) 176 176

Old people in general are more susceptible to scams. I remember a story awhile back that a university professor fell for a dating scam where someone pretended to be a model. He was an accomplished physicist.

I'm not sure what to do with that information, but this lady wasn't an isolated incident. The entire population of old people as a whole are more susceptible.

Comment Pareto principle (Score 1) 165 165

I've noticed that at least 95% of my searches can be answered within like 5 or 10 popular sites. I've set all my defaults to duckduckgo and in the rare case I need to find answers that aren't on wikipedia or stackexchange (which duckduckgo finds well), I'll use Google. It's not so much Google is vastly superior, you just have to decide your privacy is valuable and be willing to make small tweaks such as exhausting a less complete search engine before moving to Google.

Comment If it's important maybe it shouldn't be taught (Score 2) 69 69

K-12 school made me hate math. It was presented by people that didn't understand it or it's implications. They followed a workbook created by the book industry who's main motivation is profit.

On the flip side, I learned to program in high school through resources on the Internet (late 90's). They were usually created ad-hoc by real programmers and computer scientists. When I got into college and was taught math by professionals, I gained interest, but the damage was already done.

Modern education is a business. Teaching something in K-12 school is pretty much a guarantee it's going to be taught poorly and make students hate it. I'm not sure the alternative, but I do know what the answer isn't.

Comment I would be too (Score 1) 285 285

I'm not a millennial, but I've definitely seen their struggle. I can attest that they have to work twice as hard for half what their parents had. I look at all the opportunities to prove myself I was given as a borderline gen-x before 9/11 and the financial crash and there's not a snowballs chance anyone would get that today.

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. -- Poul Anderson