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Comment Re:That is just weird (Score 1) 468

Well, I am a tech, and much of my work comes through a job broker. My job offers come in by SMS message. Messages ding me at all hours of the day and night.

As for outbound messages, it is a great private medium. I am free to say something about someone/something without those close to me knowing what I am saying. It doesn't interfere with the other person if they are somewhere that they cannot answer, and you have a record of the conversation. This can be more effective for the old, "On your way home pick up, milk, bread and eggs." calls.


Education Official Says Bad Teachers Can Be Good For Students 279

Zenna Atkins, the chairman of the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), has raised some eyebrows by saying that, "every school should have a useless teacher." She stresses that schools shouldn't seek out or tolerate bad teaching, but thinks bad teachers provide a valuable life-lesson. From the article: "... on Sunday Ms Atkins told the BBC that schools needed to reflect society, especially at primary level. 'In society there are people you don't like, there are people who are incompetent and there are often people above you in authority who you think are incompetent, and learning that ability to deal with that and, actually surviving that environment can be an advantage.'"

Comment Re:I live in the southwest US (Score 1) 487

Well the houses are built much closer together, so a fire in wooden housing will (and has often enough in the past) spread to the entire neighborhood.

I live in an early 1800's urban, wooden home. Wooden beams, wooden floors, wooden siding, wooden lathe to hold the plaster. We have more fire houses than any other area I have ever seen. When these go up in flames, they do so in a dramatic fashion. I suspect that my 10"-12" ceiling joists would burn quite a while...

Comment Re:I live in the southwest US (Score 1) 487

While I am tall for a female, so, this is not my problem, but MANY females cannot reach the bottom of a chest freezer. Many books of tips include little things about putting upside-down milk crates in the bottom of the freezer, so that nothing gets out of reach. Doh! Why did you buy that size freezer, then block off 1/2 of it? People are more likely to lose things in the chest freezer than the upright. Things are more likely to get rotated. Design the product for the end user. Other than men who hunt, and prepare their own catch for freezing, I don't think that I know of many couples in which the man uses the freezer more than the woman.

I have an upright, partially, because it has shelves. I do bulk cooking, and I freeze things laying flat on cookie sheets, and then deal with them again once they are frozen hard. In a chest freezer, there are no shelves. It's one big garbage bin.

Comment Re:Might sound like a troll but isn't intended as (Score 1) 487

This is because American women have not tried for equal rights, but superior rights. They want the perks without the responsibilities.

Think about the way that men get screwed legally with regretted sex, that the next morning gets reclassified as rape. A woman wakes up from her drunken stupor, and looks over, and thinks, "I did WHO!??!?!" All that she has to say is, "He bought me drinks. I was not in control of myself!" Even if he drank 5 to every 1 of hers, his impairment doesn't count, and he is accountable for his actions, whereas she, is not. (This does NOT include serious drugs like animal Rx's like the paralytic drugs slipped into a drink, I am talking normal alcohol with a presumed known content.) Calling regretted sex is an affront to women who actually ARE raped, and, obviously, to the men who are abused by the courts on these issues.

Comment DANGER WILL ROBBINSON! (Score 1) 487

Do NOT go these places to meet women if you are not really interested in going to these places! Women who don't want drunks will make the classic mistake of going to bars to meet men, then get bent when the man wants to go to the bar, and she gets accused of trying to change him. If you go to a community art center, just to pick up chicks, it WILL bite you in the bum! This is merely the male version of the same old story.

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.