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Comment: Re:Urgh (Score 1) 525

by srobert (#47760823) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Mostly the propaganda comes from the private sector rather than our government. For example, health insurance companies have Americans (or at least the stupid ones) convinced that a national health care system, or single-payer will result in substandard care and long waiting lines. My friends in Canada think we're chumps.

Comment: Re:Use FreeBSD? (Score 1) 430

by srobert (#47600375) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

The FreeBSD Handbook and forums are awesome. I use FreeBSD on my laptop, but also have Arch Linux running in a VM. Arch Linux is also incredibly well documented. On the Linux side of things, the fragmentation means that what you learn for one distro may not apply well to another. To the OP I'd advise, just focus on the documentation that applies to the distro that you're running. If it's not good or it's out of date, then choose a different distro.

Comment: Re:public employee unions poison (Score 1) 688

by srobert (#47066887) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

"The shortcomings of US public education is a joint effort of teachers, unions, government administrators, and politicians."
So what about the parents? Teachers aren't being given much to work with since people with 3 digit IQ's decided they don't want to reproduce anymore. They're getting blamed for failing to teach chimpanzees to do trigonometry.

Comment: Apprenticeships (Score 1) 367

by srobert (#46826901) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

I learned to weld, do electrical work, air conditioning and refrigeration repair, boiler operations, etc. through an apprenticeship. It's a good deal. You get paid to learn. There's a catch though. You've got to join a union. No knowledgeable journeyman is going to train you if you're someplace where seniority doesn't count.
These days I've moved on to being a licensed professional engineer. Working my way through college on union wages, I graduated without owing any student loans.

Comment: Imagine That You're a Biology Teacher (Score 1) 665

by srobert (#46222747) Attached to: South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Imagine that your a high school or junior high school biology teacher. Several times a day you are in a classroom in a rural southern state with an audience of 20 to 30 students. You know that more than half of the students in your class have been told by their parents and their pastors, that when the subject of evolution comes up, they should just tune out. Many of you keep saying that there's no controversy and nothing to gain by teaching the controversy. Well, for this class room full of skeptical students there's a lot of controversy. I guarantee you won't break through to them by ignoring it.

Comment: The Science will Remain Opaque to Ignorant People. (Score 1) 618

The purpose of the bill and the reporting being done on it from GOPNews is to frame policy debate within the myth that what the EPA is doing isn't ALREADY TRANSPARENT. At least it's sufficiently transparent to those who understand the science. It will always be opaque to those who are ill-informed about science. I've been researching proposed regulations in drinking water. An enormous volume of scientific documentation regarding the studies and methods that are being used were freely available at http://epa.gov./ Schedules for periods of public comment and dissenting opinion documentation are posted there also. So how much more do they have to do to be transparent in the eyes of clueless people.

Comment: "We" can Vote with our feet. (Score 1) 2219

by srobert (#46186725) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

The post says "we're a community", but otherwise uses the words "we", "you", and "the audience" in a way that indicates the author doesn't really believe it. When he says Classic Slashdot will be available until "we're" confident ..., I'm reasonably certain that I'm not a part of that "we". Rather I'm just a pair of eyeballs that's for sell to the advertisers. I never saw a poll where we,the community gets to vote on whether or not Classic Slashdot should go away. But "WE" are going to vote one way or another. Maybe we'll vote with our feet, the same way we'd vote a lousy restaurant out of business.

Comment: Fork Slashdot (Score 5, Insightful) 2219

by srobert (#46183143) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Yeah, I've been on Slashdot for awhile too. But I won't be back anymore when the classic site becomes unavailable. Since the community is the actual product here, let's just fork it and we'll all go somewhere else. Maybe we can't call it Slashdot, but who cares? Let's just start a new site for all the old Slashdot members with the classic look.

Comment: Re:This is bullshit (Score 1) 683

by srobert (#46075739) Attached to: VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

Yes I think they understood what they had agreed to when they moved in. But the circumstances under which they agreed to it should never have been allowed to occur. And they should evoke empathy among those who are still capable of such. Your comment reminds me of another I heard a short time ago.
"Are there no prisons?"
"Plenty of prisons..."
"And the Union workhouses." demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?"
"Both very busy, sir..."
"Those who are badly off must go there."
"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."
"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

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