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Comment: Good luck for now but ... Self driving cars (Score 1) 191

by butchersong (#49777487) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy
These protectionist type measures might work for now but the whole transportation field will be turned head over heels in next few decades. Self driving cars will mean few in the cities will need to own a car. You will just hit a button on your phone to summon one when necessary. All the space and resources tied up in parking lots, taxis, large scale public transport all might be seen as archaic soon.

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 0) 289

by butchersong (#49719695) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband
There is no hypocrisy here. As much as I am on the side of municipal broadband the FCC is overstepping itself here. I think even those in the NC legislature that would be in favor of municipal broadband would be against the federal government telling the state how to regulate its cities and counties.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by butchersong (#49683207) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love
We are in rural Kentucky so that is part of it. Even then I personally don't understand why the teachers put in the effort they do there for the pay they receive but... they do. They are really pretty selfless in their dedication to the children. The school itself just uses a local church for class space and calls itself a "homeschool academy". The kids all test very well and are very tight knit and supportive of one another -not at all my experience from public school. My nephew in third grade tested on a middle school to high school level in whatever categories the state tests measure.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by butchersong (#49682495) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love
What you are saying is true but my nephew for example attends a small private school with less than 40 children. The teachers there create their own curriculum from several sources and the school charges like 2k a year for attendance. I guess I would argue that if Texas wants to push for certain curriculum for their schools other schools should still be able to educate their children in any way they see fit either using other materials or creating their own.


I mean the a public school employees dozens to hundreds of people with degrees in education and specialty fields. Why do they need to outsource their curriculum?

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by butchersong (#49681805) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love
The nice thing about the US is that the states should be independent of one another when it comes to education and most other things. We can have some states institute a version of common core and other push solutions they feel to be more rational and see which yields the better result.

Comment: Re:What a load of utter shite. (Score 4, Insightful) 950

One might argue that structuring a boy's entire life in a such a way that every approved activity is completely at odds with their natural inclinations would have a predictable result of creating compulsive behavior around the few available activities that provide a release.

Comment: Seems the "industry" may be correct about this one (Score 2) 328

I'm not an apologist for the oil industry and I wouldn't want to have any of these wells near my place but I did grow up in it. It seems to me extremely more likely that the issue isn't the process of fracking but

1) a problem with the pipe further up near the surface. When you have an oil well (even a regular old one) you get all sorts of stuff that comes up water, the gases we call "natural gas", nasty deadly gases and "oil".

2) some other source of contamination completely unrelated to drilling which given their measurement of the concentration at parts per trillion seems likely..

Even if the problem is the first one I imagine there would be nastier compounds I would be more worried about.

Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.