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Comment Re:And still people won't vote for Gary Johnson (Score 2) 559

"The other party nominated a serial liar."

In an analysis of the top 20 national politicians, scores from nonpartisan PolitiFact indicate that Hillary Clinton is actual the most truthful candidate of all, excepting only Barack Obama. On the other hand, Donald Trump is the single-most lying candidate of the past year.

Comment Re:TFA is not terribly clear... (Score 1) 221

"For instance, I'd wager you have no problem when the police swab a suspect for their DNA, nor when a passed-out drunkard is compelled to provide a blood sample in the hospital after a DUI..."

Certainly in my case I absolutely have a problem, and always have, with any of things happening without a warrant. The Fourth Amendment seems very clear: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons...", listing the person him- or herself as having a right to security first and foremost before any other item.

Yes, this has passed SCOTUS muster, but it boggles the mind how it could be read in any other way. Certainly I would vote against any such warrantless personal evidence gathering if I had a voice in the matter.

Comment Re:Auto pilot is not... (Score 1) 330

Here's the very first sentence from the Wikipedia article on autopilot:

"An autopilot is a system used to control the trajectory of a vehicle without constant 'hands-on' control by a human operator being required."

Literally the first thing to be said about traditional Autopilot is that you don't need your hands on the control. Yet here is Tesla saying it's Autopilot, except you need your hands on the control. A quick Google image search for autopilot (once you get past the "Airplane" movie stills) is a bunch of airplane pilots reading papers and such with hands off the yoke.

Comment Re:And he means it .. literally .. (Score 5, Informative) 412

Yikes, no citations. Let's fix that. The following is from the Swedish government education site. Executive summary: Sweden has centralized and uniform funding, entrance exams, curriculum, teacher training/certification, and grading. Even independent charter schools must follow the same system!

From the age of six, every child has equal access to free education in Sweden. The Swedish school system is regulated through the Education Act, which ensures a safe and friendly environment for students. The act mandates nine years of school attendance for all children from the year they turn seven...

New education act

The new Swedish Education Act of 2011 contains basic principles and provisions for compulsory and further education, pre-school, pre-school year, out-of-school care and adult education. It promotes greater oversight, freedom of choice, and student safety and security.

New curricula

New consolidated curricula for compulsory schools for all students, Sami schools, special schools and upper secondary schools came into force 1 July 2011. The curricula contain new general goals, guidelines and syllabuses. The pre-school curriculum includes clearer goals for children’s linguistic and communicative development and for science and technology. Mandatory national subject tests are held in years 3, 6 and 9 of compulsory school to assess student progress. There are also new qualification requirements for areas including upper secondary school studies.

New grading system

The old Swedish system with four grades from Pass with Special Distinction (MVG) down to Did Not Pass(IG) was replaced by a new grading scale with six grades from A to F in 2011. A to E are passing grades, with F as a failing grade. Grades are assigned starting in year 6. The new grading system is very similar to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), the standard grading system for higher education in Europé.

Teacher certification

As of 1 December 2013, professional certification is required for school and pre-school teachers on permanent contracts. The decision, a milestone in Swedish education policy, aims to raise the status of the teaching profession, support professional development and thus increase quality in education...

Same rules apply

In Sweden, charter schools must be approved by the Schools Inspectorate and follow the national curricula and syllabuses, just like regular municipal schools.

Comment Re:And he means it .. literally .. (Score 0) 412

"the Department does not: establish schools and colleges; develop curricula; set requirements for enrollment and graduation; determine state education standards; or develop or implement testing to measure whether states are meeting their education standards"

I agree that we should fix this! Let's actually federalize education and curriculum, as is done in every other advanced country, and establish equitable funding for schools nationwide, under the DOE. This may possibly require a Constitutional Amendment to make that happen. One of the top things I'd like to see happen.

Comment Re:Mass Quit Together, Unionize, Make it Painful (Score 1) 420

The thing is, for almost two decades here at Slashdot I've been seeing people say, "Unions? We don't need no stinkin' unions. That's for schleps, we're fancy knowledge workers, I can always go somewhere in a free market and get a promotion at any time. Unions would just hold me back."

Now, the communications workers at Verizon totally did just win a victory after a 6.5 week strike, successfully fighting back outsourcing just like this plan. But admittedly even I don't think it would be possible to organize a union and strike in a few months at MassMutual (there's so many possible delaying tactics, or just say you're moving up already-planned layoffs to wipe out any activists, etc.). If they weren't unionized already, because they thought they were untouchable white collars, then sadly they're just going to be put down in the bed of their own making.

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