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Comment: As someone with a physics degree... (Score 1) 495

by black hole sun (#31800924) Attached to: Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From NSF Report
No, again, and this kind of fallacy has already been discussed. _Everything_ in science is a theory. Taking your own analogy, disagreeing with a theory means you don't understand it. With that kind of logic, everyone who doesn't "believe" in string theory doesn't understand it.

Scientific "fact" does not exist; you just point out something most scientists believe to be true but is still, in fact, just theory.

Comment: Theory versus reality. (Score 5, Interesting) 1324

by black hole sun (#30940132) Attached to: US Grants Home Schooling German Family Political Asylum
You can quote all the studies you want, but speaking as someone who was ACTUALLY home-schooled from 6th through 12th grade, I can tell you that whatever efforts the parents make simply can't compare to being in a school for 8 hours a day.

I can of course only speak to my experience, but let me tell you my social skills suffered dramatically because of being home-schooled. Through those 6 or so years I was frequently lonely and had perhaps one or two friends throughout all my time there, whom I would see once a month when my mom took me to the school's teacher, who would evaluate my work and my education. My parents made some effort to help - I was on a baseball team throughout my time at home, but it was glaringly obvious how immature I was compared to others my age and so I made few friends.

Now, about those visits to the district education office (required in Riverside County at least); I looked forward to these less and less because most of the kids there were worse off than I was; shut-ins who didn't know how to talk, or attention-deprived obnoxious kids, and, call it a stereotype if you will, but there were plenty of crazy "fundie" parents keeping their kids out of the public schools whom I actually met. In one very poignant case I remember, the mom stepped in and refused to allow her son to read "Beowulf" because it contained "demonic ideas."

Of course, not all the parents were like that. But the kids more adapted to the environment would simply get away with not doing their work - usually by copying out of the solutions (we graded our own work - there would be spot-checking by the teacher but it was easy to get away with small inflations of one's grade).

I regret every year I spent in the program. When I got into college I was naieve, socially-shell-shocked and had trouble adapting. Perhaps it just wasn't for me, but in my opinion the majority of kids taken out of the schools learn less about life than necessary.
The Courts

+ - Mom Sues Music Company Over Baby Video Removal 8

Submitted by penguin_dance
penguin_dance (536599) writes "A Pennsylvania mom is fighting back, suing Universal Music Publishing Group for having a home movie taken down off of YouTube. The movie, featuring her 18-month old bouncing to Prince's song, "Let's Go Crazy," was cited for removal by the Group for copyright infringement. Mom Stephanie Lenz was first afraid they'd come after her — then she got angry. She got YouTube to put the video back up and now she's enlisted the help of Electronic Frontier Foundation and filed a civil lawsuit.

"I thought even though I didn't do anything wrong that they might want to file some kind of suit against me, take my house, come after me. And I didn't like feeling afraid," she continued. "I didn't like feeling that I could get in trouble for something as simple as posting a home video for my friends and family to see.""

Comment: Sigh. (Score 1) 755

by black hole sun (#21028819) Attached to: Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" Is Out
Acer laptop: Suspend to ram - broken Sound - an intel HD audio card - I get sound artifacts (snap cackle pop). Display - NOT using fglrx yields a broken X server. I have to boot into safe mode and change xorg.conf. This is all on Gutsy. :( Linux isn't ready for primetime. Certainly not for laptops - and this one is 2 years old mind you.

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