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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

Bigby Re:Problem Solving (313 comments)

High school math should include classes on algebra, geometry, logic, and calculus. Logic should be treated as a class in an of itself...not a second class citizen. It can include the math side, as well as interpreting statistics, verbal phrases (politicians/news), etc...

about a month and a half ago
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Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

Bigby Guns (351 comments)

So seemingly innocent misuse of pills to feel better, kills more people in the US than mass gun shootings?

about 3 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Bigby Re:The religion of science or else. (770 comments)

And it should be included alongside the science of Sasquatch and Ghosts. Interesting concepts, but not verified. And go over why they are not falsifiable.

about 3 months ago
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Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC

Bigby Re:In other news ... (292 comments)

That is what happens when you have autonomous public companies. Most of Jersey City works this way, including trash collection, parking authority, etc... Everything but the police and fire departments. And guess what? Jersey City is like 90% Democrat.

This isn't a party issue. It is an issue with autonomous public companies. A company is either private or public. And guess what? Public companies are the ones that need most of the regulating. They are the ones raking profits that are not checked by other companies, since they were granted monopolies. The only check is to vote for someone else to appoint a new leader of the autonomous public company. But that never changes anything, because no one can overcome the power of free money when they are put in that position.

Where else does the leader of the parking authority making $250K a year? Yes, the leader of the group of people that issue parking permits and drive around ticketing people. The leader...not the one doing it.

about 3 months ago
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Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC

Bigby Re:Shouldn't be a surprise... (292 comments)

They could have all meters reporting into a central database and have a computer make sure the end-point meters are showing the same values as multiple distribution point meters. The more distribution/split point meters, the more quickly a leak could be narrowed down.

I'm sure they've thought of this. They just don't want to do it, because there is not motivation to do it. They probably have no liability for explosions on public property.

about 3 months ago
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Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC

Bigby Re:Private enterprise to the rescue (292 comments)

Secondly having spent half my life in the public and half in the private sector, the private-sector is just as bad, it just doesn't have public investigations into waste.

It just has private investigations into waste.

about 3 months ago
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Australia's National Broadband Network Downgraded

Bigby Re:Not sure which is news... (122 comments)

Well, a lot of people and institutions can't handle tech...government being one of those. With competition, at least when one fails someone else could theoretically pick up the slack. Government solutions suffer from the same problem monopolistic solutions suffer. Sure, they can do it cheaper, but without any competition in place, how do you keep prices and quality in check, let alone know they are out-of-whack?

about 4 months ago
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Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

Bigby Re:Step 1, open up the bidding process completely (494 comments)

If that is the way your pay is structured. When it is, I see most employees charging 40 hrs regardless of whether they worked 36 or 44 hours. It is disheartening. Not to mention it completely screws up the metrics.

When a manager tells me to charge 40 when I work 48, I refuse. If they want to hit their budget/numbers, then I usually work in a paid day off, because they can't stomach reporting the actual numbers. I had one that tried to force me. I took it to the ethics department. It was squashed immediately.

about 5 months ago
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Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

Bigby Re:Booze Bus (783 comments)

Highway driving culture is much more mono-cultured. I am specifically talking about city street driving. In Newark, rules aren't followed. It goes FAR beyond driving. They don't follow much of any rules at all in life.

Around roads themselves: they don't wait at a red light; they run it. People don't use crosswalks; nor do they run across the street or even look before crossing. They just leisurely cross, like they actually want to get hit by a car...which is probably the case. When driving, they make maneuvers much like people crossing streets...they want to get hit. It is the only way to describe what they are doing. Like turning left from the right lane on a 4 lane road, but flooring it to get ahead of the other 3 lanes to their left. They will pass you at traffic lights because there is a little extra room to the side. They will pass you at stop signs because you had the audacity to stop. And don't get me started with parking rules...

about 5 months ago
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Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

Bigby Re:Booze Bus (783 comments)

As you stated, the GP must have driven in the northeast. And then (s)he decided to make that claim on the 99.999% of the other roads in the country.

I've noticed that people in Boston, NYC, and some surrounding cities (like Newark & Jersey City) do not follow rules. Rules are only a guide. And scratches on cars have no value. It is something that just happens. So they just drive really close and possibly bump you. They feel it is like a tap on the shoulder and not a violation. It is all within their context. I guess they are used to it and feel it is normal.

Meanwhile, most everywhere else in the country, including nearby Albany and Philadelphia, people at least make it look like they are following the rules. And then when you hit the mid-west, they strictly follow the rules (outside of the universally accepted idea of going 10 over the speed limit). If you go south, they drive like they have nowhere to go and no timetable of getting there. I would rather drive around people in Boston than deal with that...

about 5 months ago
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Google and Microsoft To Block Child-Abuse Search Terms

Bigby Re:Friendly request to non-Brits (308 comments)

I don't think it is "government-directed". Did they not decide to do this on their own?

about 5 months ago
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Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

Bigby Re:Related question re: Women's Chess (284 comments)

That is how every sport is. Women are welcome to play on the PGA Tour, NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, etc... Yet, there are the LPGA Tour, WNBA, and other leagues that are women only.

about 5 months ago
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Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

Bigby Re:Why not a "Super Bowl"? (284 comments)

It is actually similar to what is going on with poker. They try to create these other tournaments to compete with "the World Series of Poker" in Vegas. But none of them come close to the prestige of a single event at the the WSOP. And there is nothing wrong with that...

about 5 months ago
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Anonymous Clashes With D.C. Police During Million Mask March

Bigby Million? (388 comments)

How many masks were each person wearing? 5000?

about 5 months ago
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Cable Lobbyist Tom Wheeler Confirmed As New FCC Chief

Bigby Re:A new clause needed for "public service" (242 comments)

I think this would pass a public vote at 90%+. It would pass a Democrat or Republic party insiders' vote by 10%. And the only ones allowed to make that vote are the party insiders.

You have to have the people (not state politics) form a Constitutional Convention to pass it as a Federal amendment. This same thing should apply to Congress people, Supreme Court members, Presidents, Secretary of X, etc...

about 6 months ago
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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

Bigby Re:Sabotage (786 comments)

That would have done very little to stop NASA. Sure, delay the launch. It would still happen in due time. They took a more agile approach. Learn how to launch; learn how to orbit; learn how to go around the moon; learn out the land on the moon. With this exchange it is like they built and it pulled a Microsoft of 15 years ago...just went live with the alpha release.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Investors Call For Bill Gates To Step Down As Chairman

Bigby Re:All 3 are money runners. (218 comments)

It is probably due to share dilution more than him selling shares. So he will never have "nothing". His estate will even have most of his current shares after his death.

about 7 months ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Bigby Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (1440 comments)

I drove it on one clutch for 10 years. How is a fully engaged clutch going to wear?

about 7 months ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Bigby Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (1440 comments)

I drive a stick and never put it in neutral at a traffic light. Unless I know that light is going to last 5 minutes (which some do). Just use the clutch.

about 7 months ago

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