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Comment: Re:Supporting Students / Kids (Score 1) 268 268

I really, really like this idea. Community colleges and smaller universities in particular offer scholarships to needy students and will allow donators to specify the criteria. I served on a scholarship adjudication committee once and it was so fun to find people who needed the funding to continue their education.

Comment: Re:Two things (Score 1) 261 261

Ever read the book "One Minute Manager?"

It's core thesis is exactly this point. A good manager shouldn't try to make all the decisions or be involved in all the work. The manager sets the standard, praises employees who are doing things right (as soon as possible) and reprimands the employees that are doing things wrong (as soon as possible). The manager actually manages the work and people, they don't do it themselves...

Comment: Re:Missing Option (Score 3, Interesting) 307 307

This. Does it qualify as curing my ills? Is the terminality of the human condition an "ill?"

I really hope there's something interesting after we die, but I kind of suspect not, so I'd really like to take part in this universe for longer than my ~100 year human allotment.

If consciousness is just a sum of the parts, we should be able to create it in a machine... Again, I kind of hope not, but it would be pretty interesting.

Comment: Re:Possible with control over both ends (Score 1) 174 174

I have used Talari, it rocks. Multiple Internet path aggregation between Talari appliances and instant failover when links have problems. I haven't really seen anyone else do this, but I've heard that Fatpipe and possibly Riverbed are playing in this space now.

Comment: Re:Is minecraft really 'creative'? (Score 1) 174 174

One other thing I liked about Minecraft for my kids was that it's not as polished and easy to use as most modern games (and console games especially). The players actually have to struggle and figure it out and tune their settings and figure out how it works behind the scenes a bit. This is so much better and they learn so much more than just sticking in a disc and having the game run!

Comment: Re:For mixed-age crowd: Pictionary, Bananagrams, S (Score 1) 382 382

Bananagrams is the most age-independent word game I know;

We have a good time with bananagrams as well, I just have to remember not to be too happy when I do better than my kids.

Set: as above.

I absolutely loved it when my 9 year old daughter would beat me at set. Well, after the initial pain of losing went away.

Anyone else like Rummikub? Similar to these games, anyone can play and do well, it just takes a little bit of a different way of looking at games when you can re-arrange the tiles to suit your needs...

Comment: Re:Dominion & Munchkin (Score 1) 382 382

My family and friends have had quite a bit of fun with pandemic. It's nice not to have only 1 winner (when you win), it can reduce the stress imparted by games like settlers of catan (which we love so much it gets hyper-competitive). Agricola is almost a middle ground, there's slightly less direct competition, so it doesn't get quite as heated.

We've only played the base version of Pandemic. I would appreciate feedback on the expansions. Has anyone played those? Are they worthwhile?

Comment: Re:The death of leniency (Score 1) 643 643

This may sound odd, but that's actually a good thing. In short: If laws are enforced consistently, then bad laws are eventually removed. If laws are enforced selectively, they are used to punish those who don't have the political power to change them.

Which is why tax rates on the wealthy are dropping, but not so much for everyone else. Those with the political power to get things changed, tend to make changes that favor themselves. Currently, financial power is strongly correlated with political power, ergo, the financially wealth pay less taxes.

"I don't believe in sweeping social change being manifested by one person, unless he has an atomic weapon." -- Howard Chaykin

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