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Virus Eats School District's Homework

ChuckleBug What's really happening (321 comments)

I am a high school science teacher in the Lake Washington School District. I usually stay away from education discussions here, because there are enough uninformed know-it-alls to make the discussions annoying (I mean a minority here, no disparagement of /. intended). People think that they know everything about education because they went to school at some time. Not necessarily true.

I don't have much time (grading calls) but I wanted to address a couple things I've seen in my perusal of the comments. 1. Someone said they issued laptops with no restrictions. Not true. It just isn't. There was a problem, and it's bad, but we actually aren't a bunch of idiots randomly passing out laptops. We USE them extensively for assignments, assessments, surveys/polls, research, and communication. There is security in place, although I don't know all aspects of it since my IT days are behind me. I do know that the web filters work wherever the laptops are used, and I know already of a few students who got busted for using proxies. It's going to happen, because a lot of our students are smart. I don't think it was a student who introduced the virus, but I can't state my reasons, so I don't expect anyone to believe me.

2. Incompetent IT. Not true, either. It was an error. A costly one, but I don't think this is an indication of utter incompetence. Hiring IT people isn't easy, because we can't pay what the private sector does.

Crap. I gotta run. Suffice to say, this has been a pain in the butt, and has made everything more difficult, but I know a lot of these IT people who are being trashed and they work their asses off and do a great job when we need them. This kind of problem is unprecedented here.

about 2 years ago
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What's Not To Like About New iPad?

ChuckleBug Re:"1/10 of a pound" (617 comments)

At one-tenth of a pound heavier that really doesn't sound like much, but it can start to matter if you hold your iPad in one hand for long periods or have any kind of repetitive stress injury.

I'm shocked at how physically inept modern people are becoming. The gnashing of teeth over ounces when it comes to gadgets is truly shocking to me. How does one become so incapacitated that an ounce or two is really worth mentioning?

SIgh. I posted this already but wasn't logged in. Try again:

I have MS. That's how I became so physically inept. I have nerve pain and occasional weakness and numbness in my hands, and I get shock sensations at random as well. That's one reason ounces matter to some (about 2.5 million worldwide) of us. It sure was shocking to me, getting this disease. In addition, some of us are old. Some have arthritis. Shocking! Carpal tunnel is common. One way to tell you have it is tapping the wrist can cause shock-like sensations in the fingers. That makes it harder to hold things as well. Even with normal, non-shockingly incapacitated hands one can really feel the difference when holding a tablet for a long time.

Gnashing teeth? A little hyperbolic, perhaps? Maybe there are good reasons to pay attention to weight?

more than 2 years ago
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Your Worst IT Workshop?

ChuckleBug Re:Wow! (497 comments)

We are everywhere. We watch, in silence, waiting for the right moment.

What to do then, I dunno.

more than 6 years ago

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Pissant creationists

ChuckleBug ChuckleBug writes  |  more than 11 years ago

So today there was an article about SETI, and someone replied with some nonsense about how the study or origins is pure speculation, so creationists and evolutionists are the same. I have a hard time letting idiocy like that pass, so I replied, somewhat harshly, but not abusively, and I actually used argumentation, facts, and so on. All that stuff creationists hate.

So what happens? I get modded up, then some dicknose mods me down as a troll. Then the guy who modded me up posted to the discussion and his mod got removed, so now I'm a troll. Great. He wrote a followup to complain, but I doubt anyone will see it.

The point isn't to whine about being unfairly modded, but to note that this is the kind of tactic creationists use. They see the issue of origins not as fact-based discussion, but a matter of war, and use hit-and-run tactics to try to smear their critics rather than engaging in a rational discussion based on facts. Of course, that's because they are irrational and the facts stand in direct opposition to them.

Look at the reviews of a reputable book about evolution at amazon.com and note the comments. You can tell the good ones because they start the creationsts foaming. They rant and rant about the bible, cultural wars, and pseudo-scientific canards that have been refuted over, and over, and over again. That doesn't stop them using them, of course. Sure, we also get hot under the collar (like me sometimes), but note that it's creationists who shy away from the facts. They either change the subject, or lie. It's disgusting.

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Chucklebug hates you

ChuckleBug ChuckleBug writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I hate Shippert. He is a degenerate Monkey with matted armpits.

Now, you may ask: Why do you hate Shippert so? My answer: "He tasks me....He tasks me and I shall have him. I'll chase him round the moons of Nibia and round the Antares Maelstrom and round Perdition's flames before I give him up!"

But if he gives me $10, I will love him.

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