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Comment perhaps, my point stands and geniuses blither (Score 1) 663

Perhaps Pearson is full of blithering idiots. A course I took with Pearson content suggests they don't train people in writing quiz questions.

MY point is that Pearson didn't write common core, so Pearson's bad qquestions in no way reflect on common core. Common core may be bad because most things dictated from on high aren't great, but TFA's examples of Pearson questions tell us nothing about common core.

As for idiot mistakes, maybe Pearson is a bunch of idiots, but maybe not. I consistently score in the top 0.1% on any test, and I make idiot mistakes more often than I care to admit. I took a programming certification exam recently. When I gave the certification agency some feedback, they hired me to go through the entire test bank and improve it. When I was done, they paid me a bonus for doing a good job. So I'm a good programmer, right? Yesterday I completely screwed up the fire school by making a dumb programming mistake after my boss had already warned me about the problem. So even the best of us produce crap occasionally.

Comment Love of country vs. cubicle job (Score 1) 400

I believe the point is that the people near the top of the NSA, those managing major projects, do their work with a (sometimes misguided) sense that they are protecting their country.

Someone outsourced to cobble together a hundred archaic government systems for some other country is more likely to be simply punching the clock. They COULD do better work, and probably would if they believed their job was essential to protect their nation's freedom.

Comment best you can say "even aweful Bush was governor" (Score 0) 400

You know we're in trouble when the best that can be said about the sitting president is to compare
him to a top 5 worst president and still Obama comes out worse. "He has less experience than Bush" isn't a compliment, my friend.

The top five worst presidents would include Filmore, Harrison, Bush, Obama, and another of your choosing. In many ways, including executive experience, Obama is the worst of the "worst five". Compare him to a good president like Kennedy, Reagan, Lincoln, Eisenhower ...

Comment Obamacare is billion+ too. Evolved over decades (Score 1) 400

"Billion+ dollar data center"
Well it's certainly not suprising that government spent a lot of money. They may well have spent a billion and ended up with a DC worth $10 million. As far as we know, their DC capacity may be the same as what Amazon and Google build for 94% less money

Most likely, though, people with experience in similar signals intelligence speced out a project that would actually meet their expansion needs, probably part of a ten year plan to reach X capacity. That's a different beast than politicians saying "my next election depends on building a giant federal bureaucracy in no more than three years".

Comment "within 20 to solve word". No thanks. 2 solutions (Score 1) 663

> "within 20 to solve word" ..
> DOE should have more say

The people who wrote that should have MORE control over elementary curriculum? No thanks.

Over the last 60 years, DOE has had more and more involvement. As their involvement has increased, US scores have fallen further and further compared to other countries.

On the other hand, if students and parents could choose between two or three nearby schools, the schools that suck wouldn't get any students. There would be an incentive for each school to improve.

For optimal results, those two or three schools would be able to try slightly different methods to find ways that work better. For teachers compensation, one might focus on seniority, another on subjective evaluation of teachers, and another on results of standardized testing. Parents could send their kid to the school that works the best. To have the flexibility that optimal results require, DOE's role would be limited to providing parents with guidance on choosing the best school, such as by reporting graduation rates, test averages, etc.

Comment TFA leaps to strange conclusions. A bad question (Score 4, Informative) 663

Someone at Pearson came up with a bad question.
They meant for that question to coincide with the standards which say subtraction should be taught. How the heck do you leap from "Pearson has some bad questions" to "curriculum standards are bad"? Common Core may be bad, it may be good, TFA gives no reason to believe either. They only show that Pearson's implementation has some errors.

We teach firefighting, construction safety, and other topics that have specific codes and standards students need to learn. When we realize we have a bad question we don't say "construction codes are bad and students shouldn't be expected to learn them", we say "this question is bad and we should rewrite it so it better gauges the student's understanding".

There are a couple of statistical calculations test makers can use to find and fix bad questions. It doesn't appear that Pearson used those (yet). If they run the calculation, they'll see which questions are bad and can fix or remove them.

Obviously if fewer than half of students get a question correct, it's probably a bad question. There are other calculations which are similar but more advanced. Look at a properly designed quiz covering the same subject, one with well vetted questions, and I bet it looks a lot better. Questions like "Imagine you had four cookies and gave one to your sister. How many would you have left?" also meet the common core standards, and that's probably a good question for a certain grade level.


Comment checked. nope, not happening (Score 1) 330

Every day millions of open source users violate patents, many of them legitimate patents. They don't get sued. That's been true for many years. Theoretically they COULD be sued, but it just doesn't happen.

Every few years, one suit will be filed against an open source company like Acacia and Novell sued Red Hat a few years ago. Red Hat won handily. If you researched enough, you might be able to find a dozen patent suits involving open source software. While you were digging up those few cases, another million people would be ignoring Microsoft's patents.

Comment 35 great years followed by 6 bad (Score 1) 204

He had some trouble in the early 1990s, AFTER he'd already made three and a half billion dollars. I'd trade places with him. He was extremely successful in the 1960s, 1979s, 1980s, had a downturn in the early 1990s, then more success.

Successful projects? His very first building was a grand success. Trump purchased a run down,half-empty building for $3.7 million with his father, a moderately successful real estate guy. Trump renovated it very nicely do it had a 100% occupancy rate and then sold it for several times what he bought it for.

He's a blow hard. He's annoying. He's consistently successful. I look at that and ask "what can I learn about how to be successful, and how not to be annoying?"

Comment 1 endpoint, 8 devices with relay / dimmer pack (Score 1) 116

You make a good point about current standards assuming each controlled device is an intelligent endpoint. In stage lighting, where you may control over a hundred lights, it's typical to have a few intelligent end devices and several relay or dimmer packs that control many "dumb" lights. Typically, one smart pack control power to eight lights. Most lights are dumb and cheap - just bulbs in sockets. Only a few lights, the moving, color changing spot lights, have any electronics in the end device.

Comment No. "war on poverty" 50 years old, zero results (Score 1, Insightful) 216

The war on poverty began over 50 years ago and we've spent trillions of dollars, your dollars. The poverty rate is higher today than it was when the federal government started spending money on it 50 years ago.

So the answer is "no". The government should leave your money with you. You'll spend it, and the stores where you spend it will hire people. More jobs = less poverty.

Comment I have this lovely bridge for you (Score 1) 204

> "[He] doesn't know how to do that task nor understand the technical issues but doesn't think it should take or cost that much!"

So you just pay whatever someone asks for? We should talk. I have some wonderful solutions to sell you. I don't know exactly how to make toilet paper, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't cost $84 million per roll and I'm not going to pay $84 million per roll.

Beyond that, he was probably right - accomplishing the business goal should not cost that much, as you somewhat admitted ...

> I wish I had told him that he needs to buy a copy of MS Word and his problem is solved.

If that would have solved the problem for 90% lower cost, you should have, and he was right to reject your proposal.

Then you say you think people who are successful are just lucky. Let's think this through. Did you successfully make breakfast this morning? Are you consistently successful when you attempt to pour cereal? Can a two-year-old say the same? Why are you successful at making breakfast and the two-year-old isn't? Because you're lucky, every single time? Or because YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING?

Trump keeps being successful at putting together $xxx million real estate deals because he knows what the heck he's doing. He's annoying as a TV personality, yes. That has almost nothing to do with the fact that he keeps building successful hotel / casinos because he knows how to build a friggin casino. He knows how, and he works 60+ hours a week doing it. That's why successful people keep on being successful while lottery winners are normally broke within a few years.

Successful people know how to do something that works and they keep doing it. Unsuccessful people keep doing things that don't work and keep being unsuccessful, EVEN IF YOU HAND THEM $50 MILLION.

For you, you can choose to be jealous and angry, or you can pick up any of many books in which Trump and others lay out exactly the principles they follow for success, then apply those principles to whatever you want to do. I'm a programmer. I have no interest in big real estate deals, my interest is in computer systems and business. I built and sold a web hosting company, then built a software company which sold over a million dollars of the software I wrote and I sold off that company. I'm now running my THIRD successful company. Do I get lucky every single time? No, I apply the principles that work, including the ones Trump laid out in Art of the Deal. That and I sometimes work until 2AM.

Comment Novell != Nortel. Also doesn't protect Android OEM (Score 1) 476

You're thinking of a different sale, confusing Nortel and Novell.

Also, even if Google could have signed on (they couldn't ), that wouldn't have protected them because Microsoft, Apple et al are suing anyone who makes Android devices (Samsung etc.). It's little use for Google to not be sued directly if nobody can build Android devices.

Comment and the contestants spoofed caller ID, as I do (Score 4, Informative) 82

The report said the contestants did in fact spoof the caller ID. Though some people know it can be spoofed, most people trust it anyway. We're accustomed to fake links in e-mail, we look for that, but we generally assume caller ID is accurate.

This can be very useful for encouraging bad guys to reveal information.

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