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Comment Re:Certified dumb for school use? (Score 1) 245 245

Will this be a "certified dumb enough for school use during tests" device?

I don't think this is actually a leak. The units were on display at the TI booth at a math teacher conference this past week. What I've heard is that they will have a "Press-To-Test" feature, and so will be able to be hobbled for ACT and state tests that require dumb calculators.

Comment Re:I disagree. (Score 2) 479 479


..., in California, a teacher gets tenure after two years. How do you fire a bad teacher after that? ....

Your question does not follow from your premise. After a teacher has tenure, the termination process is fairly simple, as with almost any employee working under a contract. The employer (school district in this case) simply has to document the ways in which the employee is failing to live up to the contract, and they terminate him. Or her. Tenure is not, and has never been, a guarantee of lifetime employment. Tenure is simply a promise of due process. Nothing more.

Comment Re:at least firefox sell check gets learn right IE (Score 1) 126 126

at least firefox sell check gets learn right. Does IE even have a sell check?

are you using your own posts (e.g. "learing," "leraing," "respec," "sell") as ironic confirmation of FireFox's abilities? or perhaps you are using IE and blaming it for your failings? please clarify, as your horrendous orthography renders your argument turgid.

Comment Re:Third blast? (Score 1) 691 691

I suppose people should exercise caution relaying information from newspapers in a language they don't understand. The opening sentence says the events they are reporting on happened on the 14th at about 11 AM. In Eastern Daylight Time that's March 13, 10 PM. This is the same, second, blast which is already being reported in English language US papers.

Comment Re:i like dvorak but stick with the standard qwert (Score 1) 663 663

... Qwerty is a romance language specific layout geared towards english. ...

... Other romance languages have different letter combinations that are not ideal for qwerty.

You seem to be confused. English is not a Romance language. It's more closely related to German.

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