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Comment Re:I find this hard to believe (Score 1) 314

I'll also note it's possible both narratives are correct--that ITT at one time provided a quality-enough education to get your coworkers into the good part of the job market, but went down the crapper after they all left. Because the descriptions I'm seeing of their practices mark them as just another predator in recent years, even if they previously did their level best to help students grow into young professionals.

Comment Re:I find this hard to believe (Score 2) 314

Why was ITT singled out by the Federal Government when no different than many other places?

There are explicit rules for the for-profit institutions to gain access to student loan funding form the feds. The one that ITT specifically ran afoul of is their "job placement" claims were basically bullshit. They claimed a 90+% placement rate, but the truth is they couldn't substantiate that with actual paperwork and documentation, and many of the people they could substantiate placing weren't making jack-shit.

They were operating an ongoing fraud, and were validly and correctly "singled out" for doing so. They repeatedly, for many many years, lied to their accreditation body to continue their access to the federal student loan program fraudulently, despite knowing they legally didn't have any business getting funds through that program.

In short, there's a gulf thousands of miles wide between what ITT did and what "many other places" are doing. And I'll note: With the demise of the ACICS we're going to find a lot of these for-profit "schools" can't get a new accreditation and end up shutting down. This is, in broad strokes, a "good thing," and you should assume ITT is the first, not the last, school of this type that will end up shutting down.

Comment Re:I find this hard to believe (Score 1) 314

Almost all student loans charge rip-off interest, and some private loans are little better than usurious revolving credit cards.

Student lending has become predatory--it's as bad or worse than the mortgage industry was a few years ago because these lenders know, with absolute certitude, that these debts cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, so they'll loan you as much as you want and charge you infinity interest if you'll sign to it because they know there is no escape from paying besides death, and even that sometimes can still not be an obstacle to collecting from an estate.

Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 1) 314

...You mean other than the fact that real universities deliver actually valuable education from skilled professionals who know what they're talking about and ITT handed out degrees that meant nothing beacause their cirricula are a joke and served as a money-laundering platform for slimy executives?

Comment Possible (Score 3, Interesting) 182

First, I'm sure there's lots of Open Source being used in Google's implementation - just not where we can see.

There is a speech recognizer from CMU that might be a good starting point. I haven't heard about plain-language software, though. There is additional rocket science to be done. Not insurmountable given things we've already done.

Training with millions of people? Actually, that's the part that community development is good at.

Comment Re: It's OK to Not Tolerate Inteolerance (Score 1) 633

If you surveyed how many citizens would support law against hate speech, it would probably be a significant number. And prospective citizens as well. So I don't think the problem with your proposal has anything to do with people in favor of shari'a law. It would not work with plain Judeo-Christian European European-descended folks.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 1) 633

I've met Godwin and he'd be horrified that you are trying to shield Trump by invoking his name. The world doesn't need an automatic method to suppress discussion of atrocities, and Mike never meant what he said to be one. In fact, this is a quote of Mike directly:

If you're thoughtful about it and show some real awareness of history, go ahead and refer to Hitler or Nazis when you talk about Trump. Or any other politician.

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