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Comment: Disproportionate funding (Score 1) 306

by rsilvergun (#46829253) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance
Infographics like this sorta ignore that in the US (unlike Finland) funding is not evenly distributed. By Design in the US funding for schools comes from property taxes. So the Lion's Share of that funding is going to rich kids.

That said, large sectors of our school system are being privatized for profits, so is it any wonder the numbers are going to hell? If I'm running a school and getting $2k per kid it's in my best interests to keep as much as I can. Coincidentally private schools have a much higher proportion of "Administrative" costs (too lazy to google the Study, do it yourself).

Comment: Because you want to make games? (Score 1) 306

by rsilvergun (#46829203) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance
and the only way you can make a living is to live somewhere the cost of living is low enough you can survive off your meager sales? In the 3rd worlds they mostly leave you alone if you maintain your citizenship in the origin country. There's several developers that left London for Eastern Europe.

Comment: Re:X Miles IS a standard for me (Score 1) 384

Now that's a neat idea hidden behind your words.

What if you had a serial hybrid, with a decent navigation system (that included such things as terrain on route) and *intelligent* battery charging based not just on taking care of the battery (like in a Prius) but also predictive (based on navigation system route). So for a 10 mile trip full charge from wall, it doesn't bother, but for a 20 mile trip battery charging kicks in after the first 5 miles of driving.

Comment: Re:Not really needed anymore. (Score 1) 353

Yes, well, maybe. Might it be that where you live matters when it comes to voting time? If most blacks live in higher density areas rather than out in the country (with respect to whites), then there is going to be a longer wait. How about you track blacks and whites that live in the country and then blacks and white in the cities. But then that would obscure the conclusion you were aiming to draw.

Comment: Re:Not really needed anymore. (Score 1) 353

Correcting for economic status and family structure, Asians who are here 3 generations or more do no better or worse than other generations of Americans who have been here at least that long.

The reason seems to be that to come to the U.S., you have to really want to succeed and hence the kiddies are pushed harder, and they feel they have make up for their immigrant status by trying harder.

And this makes affirmative action even trickier to make work. The problem, in my eyes, are we are pushing at the wrong end. Starting by fixing grade school and high school education. That's easy to say, it is not easy to do. Some cultural pressures denigrate scholastic success by labeling it "white". Think about that, how perverted is the notion that scholastic success is associated with a racial group. That's racism.

If bankers can count, how come they have eight windows and only four tellers?