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Comment: Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (Score 1) 285

by internerdj (#47517051) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads
Well I buy their argument that figuring out which teachers are truly bad teachers is exceptionally hard. Stakes are high, evaluation is tough, results play out over a long time, and there are really important corner cases for any evaluating. Parents should have a say but not too much. Peers should have a say but not too much. I guess it falls on administrators but that is our current scheme.

Comment: Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (Score 1) 285

by internerdj (#47507753) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads
If a teacher is one or maybe two standard deviations then skill doesn't matter that much. However, a bad teacher can traumatize a kid against learning and a good teacher can inspire a kid to pursue education beyond what they would have. My wife and I are trying to undo the harm that my child's kindergarten teacher did to his perception of education. He does math above his grade level for fun but he isn't interested in stepping foot in school again. I probably wouldn't be starting my dissertation now without the influence of my high school Chemistry teacher way back then.

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 2) 533

by internerdj (#47467239) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate
I know a lot of folks who are genuinely irritated with the day to day affairs of the federal government. They aren't out to limit anyone's rights and are quite convinced that your rights will be expanded, but the potential for abuse is pretty high given history. Even worse, a more local focused rule doesn't seem to historically offer as strong a protection against powerful corporate abuse. We will live with corporate abuse but we won't stand for abuse by the state.

Comment: Re:A shift in economic metrics (Score 1) 509

by internerdj (#47460221) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
I used to think this way, but we are already doing that organically. If you look at the overall inflation numbers, it is getting easier and easier for people to afford things. Even conservatives are complaining that the poor have things that are too nice for their social standing. But the kicker is that the things we don't have a good grasp on automating are the very things that are core needs. We aren't seeing the same trend in food, energy, health care, and education.

Comment: Re:about time (Score 1) 47

by internerdj (#47430909) Attached to: FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases
Since the only time this happened to me I got a script answer about how they would fix it just this once, I've wondered could I do a credit card challenge if Amazon refused to refund. Essentially, to me the consumer, Amazon is charging my card without authorization. Since Amazon refuses to resolve the situation after the first occurance, isn't that grounds for me to pursue it with my card company or did I sign that right away in a EULA somewhere?

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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