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Comment: Re:Lucas has lost it. (Score 1) 422 422

And let's not even talk about Indiana Jones 4 (what, there are only 3 Indiana Jones movies? Ok, I feel you).

Two. You meant 2 Indiana Jones movies, right? I'm sure you meant 2, because I really only remember seeing 2 (worthwhile) Indiana Jones movies.

Seriously though, it's sad when a poor sequel like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull makes a mediocre prequel like Temple of Doom look good.

Comment: Re:Common Core (Score 1) 553 553

And it's fine after you've reached a certain point of understanding of the underlying concept. Once you've learned and understand that 3*4=3+3+3+3, you can move on to memorizing your multiplication table. However, the table shouldn't be the primary method for teaching multiplication.

Comment: Re:Common Core (Score 1) 553 553

It sounds like a poor implementation of the standards. It's not supposed to be about rote memorization, nor does it define curriculum. It's about the student explaining their thought process. However, this is difficult to score on a test, and can lead to corners being cut to fit outdated standardized test scoring.

Comment: Common Core (Score 1) 553 553

Critical thinking is central to the Common Core standards. If businesses are really concerned with lack of those skills, they should be promoting Common Core.

The standards really need help from a marketing standpoint. A lot of what is circling social media are complaints about weird and confusing (to parents) math instruction, and on how the standards are a big government takeover designed to indoctrinate our children (standard FUD). There are valid concerns and complaints with them to be sure, but these are not the points that should be debated.

Comment: Re:I live in Worcester and would welcome competiti (Score 1) 232 232

Many carriers have such exclusivity deals with municipalities, Comcast included. This is why there's little to no competition in many areas.

Also, I wouldn't get your hopes up with any improved service, though I share your sentiment in simply wanting a choice.

Comment: Re:LAME (Score 2) 271 271

Yeah, what a jerk. He only broke the record for the highest manned balloon flight, highest freefall and fastest freefall. How dare he only break 3 out of 4 records and narrowly miss mach!? Not to mention all the data he collected. But you're right, his guy just seriously needs to go away.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955