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Comment Re:Sorely needed in the US (Score 1) 234

Most districts don't want to pay anything, and the race is on to hand over everything to corporations for kickbacks (i.e. charter schools) - both sides of the red/blue aisle are guilty of that.

So they do shit like TFA (Teach For America) where they don't require licensed teachers to actually be in the classroom just kids fresh out of college with a BS in something who have no clue wtf they're doing and are supposed to "teach" kids that are roughly their own age and experience level.

They usually last a year at most, of course there are exceptions, but not many. I've seen some quit inside their first week because of how the kids are.

I've seen all sorts of dirty tricks trying to get rid of the vets with 30 years experience and who know wtf they're doing to save money.

Obedient docile dumb fucks is what politicians want anyway. They're easier to sway and keep them and their corporate masters in power.

Comment Re:Sorely needed in the US (Score 5, Insightful) 234

Their work is dealing with your shitty kids. Some are glorified babysitters and they're scared to do anything because the law favors the kids and the kids know it and most of those shitty kids are shitty because their parents are worse.

Good teachers are doing lesson plans long in to their personal time and doing shit for their classes while "off" over the summer. I've seen many pay for basic school supplies for kids in their classes out of their own pockets because the kid's shitty parents won't or can't.

I suggest you actually go to the school and see how it is before judging from across the street. If you're in an affluent area it's a different set of problems but still a shit load of work dealing with helicopter soccer moms.

They couldn't pay me enough to be a teacher. I've been in enough classrooms to know I'd go to jail, my patience and temper aren't suited for it.

Comment Re:Sorely needed in the US (Score 1) 234

I'm aware of a great many people who are working longer and harder just to keep their head above water living paycheck to paycheck with nothing to show for it despite this supposedly super low unemployment rate and great economic recovery (with stagnant wages).

You might be right though, I know nothing about how "more and bigger stuff" translates overseas.

Comment Re:Sorely needed in the US (Score 4, Insightful) 234

I'm in IT and not a teacher and I work K-12 and in my (red) state the legislature completely gutted the teacher's unions but people think they're amazing and that teachers barely work get summers off and have hot tubs in the lounge; couldn't be further from the truth.

The benefits get worse every year and it's standard operating procedure to keep people in fear for their jobs and to expect plenty of unpaid OT.

Teachers get shit on and everyone who supports them gets shit on worse (except managers, of course). The only thing their union does at this point that's worth anything at all is maintains legal counsel and usually they're toothless since the laws are.

Comment Well they were investigated (Score 2) 99

for false advertising in the UK and cleared according to a Forbes article I won't like because even with my extensive ad blocking it was barely legible.

Here's a /. story about a lot of begrudgingly given refunds

I read about it before it was released and it looked like another kickstarter-style scam to me and I knew the tears would be copious especially where they billed it as multiplayer but then said your chances of actually encountering someone else would be astronomically low.

There is a unfulfilled change.org petition and lots of other shit out there about it. I still have 0 interest personally.

Comment Sorely needed in the US (Score 5, Insightful) 234

along with that 35 hour work week - without a pay reduction.

I'm hourly and required to carry a work cellphone 24/7 despite not being paid to do so in any way (money/comp time/whatever).

But the demonization of unions by big corporate money has been very successful in fucking shit like this up for the US.

Comment Not for me but maybe for you. (Score 1) 99

30% my collection has Linux ports and that excludes most of the AAA titles, you can check on steamdb.info there is a calculator which shows your account value and other things.

The Linux filter is dead last in the list and you have to scroll to get to it - rather telling unfortunately.

It's definitely getting better but not enough to ditch Windows 7. I guess it depends on whether what you want to play/buy is listed there.

There are also some non-Steam things that work with Wine like I play Hearthstone which runs well under battle.net (Blizzard) on my Mint Thinkpad without issues.

Comment Where were the ads and the TLAs (Score 1) 62

in Star Trek monitoring and controlling every aspect of their lives? I'm not a Trekkie but the evil that comes with these fucking corporate implementations is palpable.

Soon you won't be able to opt out because everyone you fucking know will be using it and you'll be collateral damage; just like Facebook/Google/M$/Amazon already are for everything else. Guess who their biggest customers are? (Hint: It ain't you).

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