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Comment: better education (Score 4, Informative) 334

by harvey the nerd (#49556943) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher
I got such a "super teacher" module for one of my high school kids (Kentucky Educational TV) with some great demos too. AP Physics B all in one year without the usual introductory Physics course. It was great. The kid worked hard, and switched from music and languages in high school to physics in college.

However she also had a great physics teacher to help her during lunch. I think it might reduce the local teachers time requirement per student 1/2-2/3, but not the skills. Ultimately the kids may have more equal opportunity to determine their level of education by their own interest, ability and effort in such a system.

Comment: it's not "only" (Score 1) 200

by harvey the nerd (#49423057) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?
"only records..."
There no only here, it's just one brick in a big shithouse.
"...or even forwards...actual crimes" DA's have bragged for decades about their ability to indict a ham sandwich.

Various less advertised provisions for "collection" and "sharing" already make broad surveillence an internal US affair. We already have internal checkpoints under various sweeps and searches of the public e.g. Immigration and Customs broadly stopping interior highway traffic without probable cause, wanting to see everybody's trunk, or illicit FEMA home searches and gun confiscations during Katerina. Another thing about police states, people inside the sphere often have a hard time to admit it, perhaps even to themselves, until close to a general breakdown, naked power displays, or open gunfire in the streets.

Comment: vs iatrogenic; rationalizing nothing (Score 1) 447

Homeopathic medicine often had an advantage with respect to iatrogenic medicines. Many diseases are self limited and may clear themselves or at least stabilize. Many medical treatments were outright injurious (e.g. mercury, arsenic, war gas based based) and homeopathy could actually produce head-to-head better results. Even now many mainstream cancer treatments and last ditch medical treatments will have fearsome adverse effects that people have to decide when doing nothing **IS** better.

Comment: how about 10 yrs for execs (Score 5, Insightful) 284

How about 10 yrs in the slammer for execs guilty of corruption and bribery? Like creating retroactive changes to the laws, raiding the public domain, and making perpetuities out of basic, limited copyright in faster world of the internet. My contention is that copyright for ephermera, like news, TV and movies, should have been SHORTENED from 28 yrs to a lower number !

"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich." -- Looney Tunes, Ali Baba Bunny (1957, Chuck Jones)