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Comment: Please come back, Michael! (Score 1) 581

by macbeth66 (#46726663) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

I am so sorry I maligned you and villified you for taking a third term when we had term limits. I'll even burn my Big Gulp jug. I see the error of my ways and that error has a name; Bill de Blasio. I know you left us, just to remind us how truly awful government can be. Now that we've learned our lesson, please come back!

Comment: Two years and counting (Score 1) 287

by macbeth66 (#46429325) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

My mother will be 80 this year. She's been on Kubuntu 12.04, loaded on a retired laptop, for the last two years and does just fine. Of course, everything she cares about can be done with a web browser. The occasional Word or Excel document can be done with OpenOffice. ( Hey, Ma? Is that Open or Libre? I don't recall at the moment ). She has poked around some other stuff, like playing mp3 of her favorite music. She hooks up her camera and pulls her latest pictures over. The machine is all she needs or wants and its free. She still remembers her Windows stuff and helps the other seniors with their computer based needs.

Comment: Re:Turning away student (Score 1) 715

by macbeth66 (#45939475) Attached to: How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

Actually, they can. Here in New York City, as part of the "no student left behind" initiative, the schools are given the opportunity to do that every year. The student provides a list of schools they want to attend and the school then picks from the pool of candidates that want to go there. Unfortunately, the 'progressives' that have a choke hold on the schools and control the teacher's union won't allow students to be picked based on merit. They actually use a bell curve; 1/4 from the top, half from the middle and 1/4 from the bottom. This is to ensure that they have a well-rounded and diverse student body. This method was specifically devised to undermine the initiative.

And two years ago, there was a mini-scandal, never made it to the papers, that the higher-ups in the union made sure that their kids got accepted at the better schools.

Ever heard of 'Bronx Science'? Their reputation is gone as they as they prescribe to the bell curve.

Peter Stuyvesant on the other hand, thrives. They are too well known for the union hacks to touch them. But they circle.

Comment: Re:So private control is fine? (Score 0) 135

by macbeth66 (#45727893) Attached to: Academics Should Not Remain Silent On Government Hacking

There is a difference between over-sight in terms of how money is spend and that the research was done according to accepted practices versus threatening a researcher with reprisals if the results don't come out as desired.

Increasingly, IMHO, researchers are sactioned if the results are not in line with a particular ideology, even when the research was done properly. No, I am no longer in research, but my opinion was developed based on conversations I've had with associates still in the mill.

Comment: Re:They're living on the government teat. (Score 5, Insightful) 135

by macbeth66 (#45727229) Attached to: Academics Should Not Remain Silent On Government Hacking

Well, if you want to see research done without government (public) funding

He didn't say that. He said;

I want nothing more than to see academia liberated from government control

The idea behind public research, was to fund worthwhile research that would not otherwise get funding and then back off and let them do their ting without fear of reprisals. You know, independent. A noble ideal, that sadly, in this severely bifurcated society, is almost impossible.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun

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