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Comment: Re:Apples and Oranges (Score 1) 272

by lptport1 (#37823788) Attached to: Bill Gates On What Business Can Teach Schools

Parents are also a handicap if they feel that their child put in the effort to make the grade, and that they deserve appropriate marks for the effort.

I'm of the opinion that schools need to maximize the number of C students, not A students. If you push the bell curve of scores toward the middle, then you are challenging the majority of the students, and not neglecting the people who should be at the high end of the curve. People need to stop thinking of them as an statements of worth, and start thinking of them as an evaluation of challenge. Winning all the time does not lead to success. Even video game designers know that.

(I would probably be somewhere in middle of that curve, honestly)

Comment: Re:In other words, we should give up. (Score 1) 2247

by lptport1 (#37777382) Attached to: Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

A faster way to balance the budget and promote small government would be to prune back social security and national healthcare (including Medicare and Medicaid). Throw in a reduction in defense spending and you could easily redirect 30% of the budget toward paying off our debt.

Political suicide, true, but probably the right long term solution. We're screwed, as far as I can tell.

Comment: Re:In a year? (Score 1) 331

by lptport1 (#37616652) Attached to: Samsung Seeking Ban of iPhone 4S in Europe

I actually look at it like I do many product cycles: the first version has problems, the second has fewer. If you look at the issues listed on Wikipedia between the 3G and 3GS, two were dealt with between revisions.

I imagine the 4S also has fewer problems than the 4, on top of improvements overall.

I joined the iPhone cult during the 3GS cycle, so upgrading to a 4S seems reasonable to me. I'm not looking for the shiniest or the newest or best. I'm looking for a phone that I won't be sick of in 2 years time.

Heard that the next Space Shuttle is supposed to carry several Guernsey cows? It's gonna be the herd shot 'round the world.