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Comment: and you wonder why CA is f***ed (Score 2, Insightful) 268

>> initiative...launched with funds gathered under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GCRF), the state's cap-and-trade program ...and you wonder why California has no money for the basics.

>> London had wanted a solar array for years, but couldn’t afford it...

And I'd like a pony. Please Santa?
(Come to think of it, a good 10% the readership of this site probably REALLY does want a pony.)

Comment: Er...what's the "tech" story? (Score 1) 232

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#49776195) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

This is pretty much how a lot of small private schools get founded. Rich dude and/or his wife decide they need a special school for their snowflakes, and they will it into existence. Other wealthy people pile on, and suddenly the wealthy dude's pet project has an endowment, a decade of history, some experienced teachers and finally, some of the upper middle class find that they can afford to put their kids through it.

So...what, exactly is the tech angle? (This has been going on for hundreds if not thousands of years.)

Comment: Re:"auditing" courses (Score 1) 47

>> do you not have to go back and it take the class over again for credit?

Yes, you do, but the typical pattern seemed to be to stick with an audited course for six weeks or so (the "trial period"), decide you want to take it for real next semester, and then buckle down on your real courses for the rest of the semester.

Comment: "auditing" courses (Score 2) 47

>> schools be willing to deal with higher MOOC failure rates, and allow large numbers of students to try — and possibly drop or fail — AP CS without economic or academic consequences?

This used to be called "auditing" a course. It's pretty rare to do today, but when college was affordable it used to be a way to try out a course and an instructor before you committed academic consequences.

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