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Comment: Re:Not need, but useful (Score 1) 235

by rsborg (#48925651) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

So now you know why they don't put telephony capability into tablets - people won't buy both a smartphone and a tablet, but opt for just one of the two.

Amusingly the original Samsung Galaxy 7 released in 2011 (?) did require a phone subscription for their european offering. I kept thinking to myself, now that's a big phone!

Though manufacturers figured out the above - tablets will consistently be data-only devices, so they can sell you another unit just for voice.

Comment: Microsoft has never been unprofitable recently (Score 1) 371

by rsborg (#48908641) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

the start menu still contains a mini start screen. George Lucas pulled this shit in the prequels by wedging jar jar binks into the last one, and you know what it has in common? Lucas and Microsoft are doing it as a big "Fuck You" to their respective audiences for refusing to accept what everyone but the author knew sucked. Saying "continuum is the future" is a strange way of saying, "Listening to your fucking customers is a novel approach microsoft is begrudgingly accepting piecemeal after a blinding 2 years of profit loss"

Huh - 2 years of profit loss eh?

I'm no friend of MS, but you really need to work on your facts. The rest of your comment I can agree with.

Comment: Real Reason: Industry's fear of hybrid and electri (Score 1) 808

by rsborg (#48879339) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Electrics and hybrids simply require less service. They die less often, they require less parts and can last longer between servicing. All this means the supply and service chain for automotive industry will take a big hit, and the non-replacement problem will impact the auto manufacturers to lose sales as well.

Solution (from their point of view): Remove one of the biggest selling points of electric motors: zero noise. Force the limitations (i.e., noisy) of gas-only cars onto the nascent electric industry. Create a hubbub about it and make it an issue even if the opposite may be true (people generally like quieter cars).

The Auto industry isn't going to go quietly like the HDD industry did when SSDs appeared (like SSDs, electric-motor vehicles are quieter, faster and have lower failure rates) - they plan on fighting tooth and nail to keep their profits up even if it takes buying legislation.

Comment: Re:The Dangers of the World (Score 1) 783

by rsborg (#48832189) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

I have had the equivalent agency in my state threaten to take my children. They have never been abused, neglected, or mistreated in any fashion. However, in my state, it is illegal for you to have more than one child. Well, effectively anyway. It is illegal for you to be on a different level of your house than your child, and we had twins and another girl a year older. In order to obey the law, you would have to carry all three of them with you when you put one of them to bed.

Sorry for your experience.. could you share your jurisdiction so I can avoid living there?...

Comment: Is Uber a big government straw man? (Score 2, Insightful) 299

by rsborg (#48817373) Attached to: Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

Because that's how you get legislation.

I have no idea why Uber would be so blatant/stupid - any legal advice or even common sense would have told them that this kind of behavior gets a lot of attention very fast - and not the good, loving kind of attention either.

Unless they are really trying to get governments to make it hard for smaller "ridesharing" companies to compete. Burning the bridge after you cross? Does that make any sense?

Comment: Re:Money talks, electric car walks (Score 1) 181

by rsborg (#48815765) Attached to: Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

The electrical infrastructure to deliver 'fuel' to just about any corner of the continent is already in place. Basically, you charge your car wherever you park it. A gas station is a destination

Not only that, but a gas station is future super-fund site waiting to happen. Why do you think gas companies don't own stations anymore? The EPA would put them out of business actually cleaning up their messes.

Comment: Re:More EVs = More Infrastructure = More Sales (Score 1) 181

by rsborg (#48815531) Attached to: Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

GM has a crap Volt and a concept car Bolt which wont even be selling for another two years.... GM is not a competitor to Tesla - Teslas competitors are BMW, Audi, Lexus and Tesla is destroying them

While I'm not sure why GM can't sell many of their Volts I think that'll change once their newer model can seat 5 and has higher EV range and total range. It seems like Prius++ - not sure why folks aren't buying it.

Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 1) 388

by rsborg (#48812423) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

This is based on my personal experience with the California special education system in the 1970's and 1980's. Also based on personal observations while the school districts don't have money for school supplies and reducing classroom size, they have no problem finding money to build a brand new football field in recent years. From my conversations with other people across the country, this seems to be the norm for public education.

So essentially pulled out of your ass. Teachers aren't allowed to talk about funding figures with parents or students, you know... so how do you get any of your 3x figures?

Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 1) 388

by rsborg (#48808415) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

The state pays the school district a certain amount of money for each student who attends for a full school day. For this example, let's say $1 per day for a normal student. The state pays $3 (3 x $1) per day for a special ed student to compensate for whatever special needs. Most often or not, the school district will keep the $3 and have the special ed student shoved into a regular classroom (sometimes that means having a desk outside of the classroom). With the public education system, collecting the money was the primary educational objective.

I understand what you're saying but where is your citation? Does this apply across all states? I find it hard to believe.

Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 1) 388

by rsborg (#48806253) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

I was misdiagnosed as a mentally retarded in the first grade due to an undiagnosed hearing problem in one ear. My teachers were routinely surprised when I blew out the annual evaluation exam on the genius side, calling it a stastical fluke. Nothing was more prized in the special ed classes than a well-behaved idiot who brings in 3X funding.

You gotta tell me - what do you mean by 3x funding?

Comment: Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (Score 1) 388

by rsborg (#48806157) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

I'm pretty sure I knew math, science and sometimes English better than my teachers through high school. Experienced teachers know how to deal with students like us - how would this be any different?

The really good teachers know how to *use* such a valuable resource - let the student lead or advise. Engage the knowledgeable student by growing their ability to lead and teach. Just because it's math doesn't mean that's all that there to be learned.

Comment: Re:Android is not Chrome. (Score 1) 629

by rsborg (#48797361) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

I despise Facebook but it's something of a necessary evil when you have friends scattered all over the world.

This is bullshit. Teach your friends how to interact with you and keep up your end of the bargain. Email is perfectly sufficient unless you're an attention whore or voyeur.

Facebook is a drug and you can live without it. You might even find your life more fulfilling without it.

Comment: Re:Free? (Score 1) 703

by rsborg (#48777453) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

That is a lie. Why would you pick classes that wouldn't transfer?

When I taught at Tri-County Tech, nearly all of my student's credits would transfer to real schools. Our classes were stupid easy and you got credit for some very hard college classes. It was a great scam for the students.

The real scam is that all this free and easy money doesn't go to education. It goes to educators -- educators all too willing to just take all that extra money to provide classes that are "stupid easy".

The students are just mules that move the money from tax payers to professional educators.

s/educator/educational institution/g

Seriously, you think the teachers aren't part of the "ones being scammed"? They get paid peanuts while the "administrators" keep growing their budgets and salaries. The institution however...

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre