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Comment Re:How is it malware then? (Score 3, Funny) 75

Sure thing. Just post your address here along with the times when you will be out of the house with the doors unlocked and I assure you that everything will be cleaned out by the end of the day.

Up. I meant up. You can totally trust me on that. Have I ever lied to you before?

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 4, Interesting) 295

Note that in the case of Vorbis Stallman actually endorsed the BSD license because he understood that there was no other path to wider adoption. FLIF is the same - it'll remain nothing but a little-known oddity unless they decide to use a BSD license that will allow Microsoft, Opera, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari to use the code.

Comment Re:If this is winning... (Score 1) 107

They financed Cuba's cable? Doesn't sound like much of a win to me. Who better to set up the authoritarian Cuban network than the Chicoms?

We have a winner. My assumption was that China will get the deal by default since they know how to set up a censorious and more easily spied upon network.

Comment Re:O Rly? (Score 1, Insightful) 107

They were also an invaluable electronic listening post, an embarrassing counter-example to American and western democracy's political claims against communism

You're kidding, right? The only embarrassment here is that somebody would suggest that Cubans have a good life. As has been noted elsewhere, you can read up on slaves' rations in the writings of Frederick Douglass (as I have) and you'll find that slaves in the antebellum American South ate better than modern day Cubans.

Well, except for the Castros. I'm sure they're eating well.

, and a critical exporter of communist ideology to all of Latin America.

Then they Soviet Empire went bankrupt, and the economy tanked.

In other words, the "economy" was simply a sham that was exposed when the Soviet Union quit pumping money into the island. The Soviet Union - with the Castros - spent as much money destroying Cuba as the US spent on the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after WWII. Think about that.

But they've still managed to avoid the boom-bust and destructive mismanagement of Haiti, and the third class US protectorate status of Puerto Rico, and they've managed to survive the devastation to their most critical trade good, tobacco, as worldwide smoking habits shifted. They still have one of the highest literacy rates in the world and lowest lower infant mortality rates, both notably better than the USA or Canada. They're making do with an economy that is stretched very, very thin, but give credit where it's due. They've avoided the murderous puppet governments of other desperate Caribbean islands such as Haiti and Jamaica.

Yeah, they've avoided "murderous puppet governments" while maintaining what simply a "murderous government". Lovely. I'm sure the dead people are grateful that the word "puppet" wasn't in there.

Comment Re:Donna Ford (Score 3, Interesting) 444

She is a whining because Whites (and Asians .. but we won't mention that) actually do homework and prep before taking the exams and makes it out like it is cheating. Families are actually using strategy!!! God forbid.

The article didn't even try to explain this but actual gifted education programs don't look at your SAT scores or your third grade report card. What they should be doing is looking at scores from WISC (or WPPSI for younger students), Stanford-Binet or something similar. These are basically IQ tests which cover a variety of cognitive functions, but they must be given individually and can take several hours to administer and analyze. While it is possible to "cram" for an intelligence test, and it can skew the final results, it is difficult to cheat your way to a higher score. As the test is given one-on-one, a competent examiner should be able to spot that anyway.

From what I can tell most US school boards prefer to use CogAT, which is a simpler and cheaper test which can be given to an entire class at once and then automatically graded by feeding the answer sheets into a Roomba. Okay, I made up that last part but it's a multiple choice test, with all of the budgetary benefits that entails. There are a number ethically questionable test-prep services who will happily slip you a copy of the latest CogAT in exchange for a few portraits of Andrew Jackson so yes, it is comparatively easy to cheat at this test if you have the connections to know what is coming up and the cash to buy the answers. Poorer or more naive students, who may actually believe that this is a test of cognitive abilities or that admission into a "gifted" program is based only on ability, would be left behind.

Comment Another toy... (Score 0) 321

Another toy for the liberal elite to spend money on to somehow absolve themselves of all the guilt they feel for having money to spend on such toys, whilst simultaneously allowing them to look down their nose at the rest of us 'proles who have to drive these nasty, earth-killing, bunny-murdering cars that run on fossil fuels.

Get back to me when I can drive something that will carry me, my wife, and five kids 300 miles without have to stop for a 12-hour "refill" and costs under $40K.

Comment It's useful to consider the source. (Score 5, Insightful) 444

Look up Donna Ford's bio at Vanderbilt and you get this as her "Research Area":

Gifted with emphasis on minority children and youth; recruitment and retention of diverse students in gifted education; underachievement among diverse students; equity issues in testing and assessment; multicultural education; issues in urban education.

So basically Ford's entire area of expertise depends on FINDING bias in these programs. Perhaps she should acquaint herself with Confirmation Bias. If you look hard enough for anything, you'll find it whether it's there or not.

Further, the bias is explained by Ford as a fault of the gifted program, but she completely neglects CULTURAL FACTORS that also bias gifted involvement. There is, generally speaking, a cultural bias in the black community AGAINST academic excellence. It even has a name: "acting white." Blacks who use proper spelling and grammar are called "Oreo's," a derogatory term indicating they're "black on the outside but white on the inside." This is especially bad in poorer neighborhoods where "leaving the hood" is considered akin to being a racial traitor. Act like a thug, dress like a thug, eschew education in favor of "hanging out" and you're accepted. Anything else and you're ostracized.

Don't believe it? Ask around. It's common knowledge. Nobody wants to say it but everyone knows it's going on.

Comment Re: Without government... (Score 1) 465

A large part of the cost of housing in the US these days is due to codes. Yes, that is a big drain on the economy and a big obstacle to housing affordability.

You said it. If only big government would let people who clearly know what they are doing take care of hooking up their own gas lines, stop having so-called inspectors shut down private homes because they "smell funny", not harass honest builders over which materials they use in construction, and allow small busineses to take care of maintenance on their own, then life would be much better.

Think of all the money that could be saved!

Comment Re:Without government... (Score 1) 465

>tax evasion I don't mind paying taxes, because it is for common good and supports the really poor. But when the traitor government starts giving welfare to everyone, starts brining immigrants here and gives them more than poor local people have, ... then I say: screw government.

I'm pretty sure that marinating immigrants in salt water would be a serious problem.

Do you have any evidence to support your allegations of brining?

Last yeer I kudn't spel Engineer. Now I are won.