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Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 134

by Greyfox (#48683221) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices
Well yeah. Why aren't we doing that? California's doing that, everyone else is like "No! We LIKE drunk driving!" or something. Hence my brave stand! I don't like drunk driving! I want to be able to drive home from a session in the wind tunnel (Which is in NO WAY a euphemism!) on a Friday night and not have to worry about getting T-Boned by some twat with 16 DUI convictions and a suspended license! I know that's really asking a lot, but by God that's what I'm asking for!

Comment: Re:Quality Vs. Quantity (Score 1) 149

by Greyfox (#48683209) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day
I have a limited sample size and haven't made a study of it. I can only draw conclusions from what I observed personally. The football obsession in the south really felt like a white culture thing. Most of the administrators and teachers were white, and they were the ones pushing it. But my point was that the academic focus of the educational system does have a significant impact on the students they produce. That system that I went through up north wanted its kids to go to college and it made that clear from the moment you walked into the building. Everything they did flowed from that, and it made a difference in a million little ways. You can add time to a system if you want to, but if the underlying system is bad, that will be pointless.

Race doesn't figure into it. The kids who had to go through the two southern schools that I attended were victims. We were all victims. I know there are plenty of good schools in the south. My sister got married and settled down in Alabama and made damn sure her kids went to good schools there. Just not the ones I went to. I've been successful in life not because of my time there, but in spite of it.

As for Michael Brown, I saw the story and thought to myself, "There can be no rest, as long as a mother must fear for her child's life every time he leaves the house." More recently I also thought, "There can be no rest as long as a wife must fear for her husband's life every time he puts on his uniform to go out on patrol." I used to think that humanity could outgrow these problems, but my increasingly-cynical view is that the only way humanity's suffering will end is when humanity ends. I still hope humanity proves me wrong. I assume this is because I was also brought up on Disney, and Disney princesses always get their Prince Charming. The rest of us probably aren't getting diddly.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 134

by Greyfox (#48682917) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices
I going to make a brave stand on the anti-drunk-driving side here, but I think that's a lot better than the alternative we have now of being powerless to stop them again and again until they kill someone. Seems like every few months I hear about a DUI fatality where the driver had multiple citations DUIs and for driving with a suspended license. At some point we should be able to realize that person is going to kill someone and do whatever we need to do to stop that from happening. I'm not necessarily suggesting that we lock 'em away for 5-10 years on the first citation, sometimes that's just the wakeup call someone needs to get their shit together, but I think the penalties should ramp up much more quickly and harshly than they do now.

Comment: Re:I automatically disbelieved this post (Score 3, Funny) 97

by PopeRatzo (#48681399) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Of course, I have my own opinions but I won't share them because they reflect my own biases.

That may be the single stupidest sentence in the history of stupid sentences on the Internet.

You won't share what you think because it's what you think. Everything you see and think and say and do reflects your own biases. If you decide not to share a single bit of data that is floating around in your head if it happens to reflect your biases, that means you will spend the rest of your life mute, which come to think of it might be best for everyone.

I've just re-read your entire comment and it doesn't seem to say anything at all about anything. Are you a Markov bot? If so, your maker forgot to put in the AI.

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (Score 1) 97

by PopeRatzo (#48681365) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

One way or another, you pay for your free Internet services.

It's not "one way or another". It's ONE WAY.

Where do I sign up to pay for Google and Twitter and other internet services directly instead of via my private data? I've been to Google thousands of times, and I've never seen a "subscribe" button.

No, there is no "one way or another". You can ONLY pay for your internet services by letting companies upskirt your private communications and personal data. That gives you some idea of just how valuable your private data really is.

Comment: Re:FFS just keep the Warthog (Score 1) 238

by 91degrees (#48681323) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

I don't think the great-grandparent grasps the degree of specialization the various sub-components of and individuals in the services have.

It's more that I don't see how the Army can have the level of generalisation enough to have an air corps, and an engineering corps, but somehow running their own A-10 division is suddenly out of scope. The division seems arbitrary.

Comment: Re:Quality Vs. Quantity (Score 1) 149

by Greyfox (#48680569) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day
Haha nope. Undiagnosed asthma and poor eyesight saved me from a few years of concussions. Years later Lasik fixed the latter and the former is mostly under control. Technically right now I believe I qualify as an extreme athlete. That'd blow the minds of some PE coaches from a couple decades ago, I'm sure.

Comment: Re:FFS just keep the Warthog (Score 5, Insightful) 238

by 91degrees (#48679777) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets
Given the variety of types of equipment and roles needed by the modern armed forces, I wonder if it makes sense to have different services rather than a combined armed forces. When a plausible mission is a sea launched ground attack with tactical air support I have to wonder why we're trying to get three services, each with historical antagonism towards the other, to work together rather than simply have a force with ships, planes and armoured cars.

Comment: Quality Vs. Quantity (Score 4, Interesting) 149

by Greyfox (#48679443) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day
I moved every three or four years growing up -- I was a military brat. Luckily for me, Dad was stationed at a post in upstate New York for most of the time I was in high school. I attended a very high quality high school there, so I have a first-hand basis for comparison between good educational systems and bad ones. The school in New York could get more done in a 40 minute class than the bad schools I attended down south could manage in an hour. We'd get in, get right down to business and get out before we had time to get bored. Class sizes were smaller and the teacher didn't have to spend 20 minutes getting everyone to settle down.

The difference in focus was apparent as soon as you walked into the building. The school in New York had posters for good colleges and educational awards on prominent display and had very little focus on sports. Despite this, they had a much better PE program -- they had an Olympic-sized swimming pool and offered elective options for cross-country skiing and archery, among other things.

The schools I attended in the South had larger, longer classes and were entirely focused on football. If your aptitude didn't fall into the range of something to do with football, they pretty much just wanted to waste your time until they could kick you out into the real world with a promising career as a gas station attendant to look forward to. You were either a future football player or a future football viewer. That's all they knew how to do.

What no one in any school ever told me was that I was the captain of my own fate. We all are. So if your school is bad and you don't want to grow up to be a gas station attendant, you'd better find some other way to learn the math and science that today's careers demand. The world isn't going to get any easier.

+ - A new technology for astroturfing (and the same old Union corruption)

Submitted by sam_handelman
sam_handelman (519767) writes "New Voice Strategies (N.V.S.) has developed a technology which takes astroturfing to a new level: VIVA Idea Exchange(TM). You give them a message, and they will find you stakeholders whose input, using "proprietary algorithms", will then be molded to reflect your message. The former President of the Mass. Teachers Association (MTA), Paul Toner steered a contract to purchase N.V.S.'s services for the National Education Association (parent of the MTA). Who would have expected, the leaked preliminary N.V.S. NEA report shares action items with the report that Arizona Charter School Association purchased. In comments on the report, the teachers who wrote the N.V.S. NEA disclose that they were pressured, but still wish to pursue their algorithmic appointment as spokesmen, so the technology works to that extent. In other surprising news, Paul Toner, having lost his bid for the NEA board, is now President of N.V.S.."

Comment: I Think We're Going About This Wrong (Score 1) 508

by Greyfox (#48677343) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In
Instead if replacing comparatively-cheap programmers with cheaper overseas programmers, why not replace expensive middle and upper management with cheaper overseas middle and upper management? For what our CEO makes, I could hire a couple hundred engineers. But I bet I could find a guy from India who'd be happy to be our CEO for about what one engineer makes. And he'd be every bit as effective at it as our CEO is!

Round Numbers are always false. -- Samuel Johnson