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Comment Re:The evaluations take this into consideration (Score 1) 557

Show me a report that shows a correlation between per student funding and performance. Despite what "seems" to be a common sense idea, it's not founded in reality. Same with classroom size. I'm not talking about how a classroom "feels" but how effective size is on determining student success. If size was important, then you wouldn't have mega sized Freshman Intro to Calculus at so many schools.

Comment Re:Won't someone think of the children? (Score 1) 557

If Special Education is so expensive, then it needs to be improved. There's simply no way for a school district to be able to afford to pay $250K/year in your extreme example for each kid with special needs. At that rate, you could hire a full-time nurse, a special ed coordinator, a speech pathologist, and a couple of interns from the community college looking for job experience FOR EACH KID. Of course, schools don't operate this stupidly, they spread the cost over numerous schools and SE students. That overhead is going to remain, even if a lot of students use the voucher system. So unless you can point to some concrete figures, your example seems a bit bogus.

Here's the deal that public school fans really have a hard time coping with: the fact that people want to take their kids out of such shining, well-functioning establishments.

Comment Re:iPad vs. all Android tablets (Score 1) 584

As I posted elsewhere, Apple is on selling roughly 45 million iPads this year. If their market share is down to 62%, who is selling the remaining 14 million? That's the best kept secret in the entire investment community. Your link points to an IDC report that confuses shipments with sales. I don't give a rats ass if Samsung, Acer, Asus, and your mother ship 1 billion tablets, all I care about is SALES. That's all anyone cares about. 'Cept those trying to confuse the issue.

Comment Re:Is that way their store is sparse? (Score 1) 125

Worked at B&N back in the late 90's. The computer books were expensive (costing B&N a lot of their credit line with the distributors), stolen quite frequently, and people would buy the books, read them for a couple of weeks, then return them for full cash or credit. Some stores have a great selection, others, depending on their demographics and sales patterns don't have much anymore. Can't blame them a bit for shrinking that section; it never generated much $$. And now that there's better, more accurate content online, all that will survive is the simplest computer books for novices.

Comment Re:What does PATRIOT stand for? (Score 1) 312

Doubtful. The Exocet was one of the most effective weapons deployed by the Argentinians. They weren't hampered by any "deactivation" codes (sounds like something out of a bad Bond film), but instead they only had a few in their inventory. Trust me, anti-ship missiles don't listen for "deactivation" codes once they're launched.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 402

Displaced? What is this displaced you speak of? At my company, we still run Netware, and just recently (3 months ago) retired OS2. Freaking OS2. And we're a large, large company. Thank God I'm a *nix admin.

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