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Comment Re:Go! Government! Go! (Score 1) 267

I certainly don't have the ability to control who my neighbors are, but by choosing to live in a residential area I have a certain expectation that I won't have a new set of neighbors in the house next door every week.

Entirely agree. You get new neighbors every weekend but you also get an empty property the meantime. In my community I'd argue that the increase in Airbnb rentals is highly correlated to the closing of local small businesses. These properties are entirely empty from Sun-Thur every week and there have been a rash of barber, bookstore, coffee shop, etc. closings in what's a fairly metropolitan area.

Comment Re:Do you just need the right teacher? (Score 1) 229

I'd highly recommend An Introduction to the History of Mathematics by Howard Eves. Understanding historical problems and trying to solve them using the tools available at the time can be extremely interesting.

I believe the problem with finding a love for mathematics is that most lectures don't give the students a sense of wonder. In a state school math department I only had a few professors who were inspiring to students - maybe 10% of all professors I encountered. I've been told that upper tier schools are better. Students have to slog through 13-16 years of rudiments before getting to the interesting bits.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 357

But don't just vote for someone you know will loose and blame the rest of us

Guess it's election season. Time to dust off the Douglas Adams quote.

"It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see...."
"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"
"No," said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."
"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."
"I did," said Ford. "It is."
"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't the people get rid of the lizards?"
"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want." "You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"
"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."
"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"
"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in."

Democracy is ugly and messy and hard, but I haven't thought of a better solution.

Are you setting up a strawman or encouraging political participation? Was anyone denouncing democracy? Either way, here's a suggestion: allow citizens to vote for (or against) multiple candidates.

Comment Re:Some notifications already out (Score 1) 71

As someone awaiting the results of the 2nd OPM breach, it was slightly confusing internally as well. The first OPM breach was announced on June 4th, 2015 with the second breach announced on June 12th. Notifications and credit monitoring service information was released on a rolling basis from June 8th to June 19th. I'm assuming the 2nd was of a much larger scale.

Comment Re:My mother died of the same... here's what she d (Score 1) 698

One addition/suggestion:

Pull out an old album and give her some nearly forgotten memories that aren't told in your photos. What your father told you on your wedding day, your graduation, the birth of your first child. Common stuff that she otherwise won't know. The story behind that silly hat that ended up in all of your wedding photos. Relay some personal memories about the people around you on the important days who you've long since lost track of.

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