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Comment: Re:Just in time for another record cold winter (Score 1) 196

The climate change folks set the public expectation with the original wording of this discussion. There is a significant amount of the population who don't understand the issue any deeper than the two words "global warming." You can rant and rave about the idiodicy of people, but until you actually tackle the grammer nazi issue then you won't make it anywhere with policy changes.

Comment: Re:Ah, how heartwarming... (Score 2, Insightful) 157

by internerdj (#47825257) Attached to: Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia
Yep. It is an availability bias. We only hear about states rights when in completely screws something up. You can't seriously say that a uniform code of law works best across the country, can you? What is best for California is best for New York? Or what is best for Arkansaw is best for New Jersey? Or what is best for Hawaii is best for Montana? Different attitudes, different resources, different population densitities. We are strong because we are different but united, granted when we screw it up the we screw it up monumentally.

Comment: Re:Any bets on how long before the plug is pulled? (Score 2) 142

I've done some work with human factors evaluation of HUDs for aircraft. Some information just needs to be text. It takes a bit longer to process but it is better to have critical text available near the field of view and refocus than to have to hunt for it at my knees and lose my reaction time. BTW, a well designed HUD isn't in focus at the optic. It looks like this one is focused a bit in front of the vehicle. A really nice one will be focused at pseudoinfinity and is mostly in focus anywhere you look.

Comment: Good news (Score 1) 177

by internerdj (#47622005) Attached to: Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time
Despite all the (partially true) snark. Isn't this a good thing? Shouldn't the highest court of the land be producing rulings that are predictably consistent with previous rulings? Unless a case is truly novel, past performance should be a good predictor of future performance here, since case law is cumulative.

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.

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