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Comment: Re:Blame the Players, not the Game (Score 1, Troll) 127

by bidule (#47492363) Attached to: Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

Most people I know who shit on D&D either never played it, or had a lame experience in a lame campaign.

Your friend the Computer disagrees and reminds you that D&D is a gateway drug into secret societies revering Cthulhu, mutants calling themselves "superheroes" or knowledge of the Outside such as "mouse" and "vineyard".

Comment: Re:There is no "safe" amount of ionizing radiation (Score 4, Insightful) 230

by bidule (#47492259) Attached to: EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

I'm sick and tired of the notion that it's OK to pollute, as long as you don't pollute "too much."

If it isn't "too much", it isn't pollution.

In a sense, breathing and pissing are polluting but as long as the ecosystem can handle it you are in a sustainable pattern.

Comment: Re:Gee Catholic judges (Score 2) 1330

by bidule (#47356839) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

While I am not religious, I do respect the rights of religious people. It is unconscionable for them to be forced to provide benefits that are in opposition to their morals. However, I am in favor of ubiquitously available contraception (for everyone, not just women, I'm egalitarian that way...).

I don't know. They are forced to pay for many things through taxes, which includes blood transfusion and the like.

If we define a minimum set of benefits for all citizens, noone should have the right to forbid them. It's not the corporation's right to decide how its employees will behave, it's the employee's right to decide not to use those benefits because it goes against the employee's religion.

Should an atheist be penalized because he works for a religious corporation?

Comment: Re:You make it... (Score 1) 519

by bidule (#47209411) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

The simplest way to do this is to remove assessment from the teacher's responsibilities. Let teachers teach, let section, unit, quarter, and semester tests be a function of the school district or the state, and use curriculum services to ensure that what the teachers are asked to teach actually matches what the district or state expects them to do.

Homework and exams are used to discover which part of the curriculum is well understood and which require a detailed explaination. You cannot blindly talk to the kids, you need to assess where are the weaknesses.

Of course, when you start the year you expect those kids to be at a certain point, and when it ends you should hand them out to the next teacher far enough that he can carry them further. You also have to drag the lower tier back up and keep the higher tier interested.

But the first job of teachers is assessing their kids. That's the foundation on which they are building.

Comment: Re:Books aren't special (Score 1) 211

by bidule (#47116693) Attached to: Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Books aren't some Unique And Sacred Category Unto Themselves; but the characteristics listed above are pretty significantly unlike those of, say, consumer appliances.

Yep, if only because literature is the sole mean to save the masses from analphabetism. It is a source of self-education that allows to understand the difference between principle and principal, capitol and capital, affect and effect, and all those weird ways to expand your vocabulary beyond the 1000 mark or the 10,000 mark.

Not that Hachette helps in any way there.

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