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Comment Re:true (Score 1) 228

It's not about ancient history, or even about who started what. When a rumour went around that the CIA were plotting from the US Embassy to put the Shah back in power, it did not require paranoia for the students to believe it, since it was known to have been done a couple of decades earlier. Today, it does not appear to be paranoid for the Iranian government to believe that US, Israel, and others are infiltrating their nuclear program, and interfering with the rest of their government as well, and it is not illogical to think that nuclear arms might be helpful to keep the current government in power. No need to ask who started it or who's right or wrong.

Comment Re:like any other job? (Score 1) 629

Then perhaps that should have been the point; the original post clearly suggests that the union is complaining about the evaluations themselves: "I get evaluated at my job, should i be outraged?". And of course finishes with "i say start firing teachers that rank the worst", which is also beside the point. The question here is of whether people who agree to take low-paid, overworked positions to teach children deserve to be treated worse than any other employee who has a performance evaluation. To restate my post, do your coworkers read your evaluation? Shareholders? The general public?

As to "unwilling taxpayers", ok, speak for yourself. That argument can be made about any government expenditure.

Comment Re:Considered a solved problem? (Score 1) 742

When I was a younger fellow, I did a bit of work on kernel, xfs tools, mplayer, coreutils, and a few other things. Now, chances are, when I buy New Laptop X, my fave Linux distro goes right on with little trouble (except maybe for #@*!(*@ proprietary NVidia driver), so there's not much incentive to work on it.

That said, for a huge pile of source, it's pretty damned easy to use a tool like grep to find a problem and fix it when I need to.

Comment Re:Duality of Wozniak's Apple Versus Jobs' Apple (Score 1) 789

Well, you didn't have to use Apple's tools. I used Turbo Pascal, Lightspeed/THINK C/C++, Absoft FORTRAN, and somebody's BASIC. And you didn't have to go through Apple's store and approval process. Those innovations came much later. The SCSI port was standard, but of course, who else used that? and keyboard, mouse etc... but it did have a standard RS-232, didn't it?

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