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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

SageMusings Suing the wrong party (399 comments)

Even as a casual observer, it is easy to see the broad problem is bad parenting and awful students. Sure, there will always be people in the bottom 10% of any profession; some teachers may need to be removed. My assertion is parents have more control over their child's education. It is their responsibility to ensure their kids are putting in the requisite time studying and preparing. It is every child's responsibility to at least strive to improve themselves.

You cannot legislate or litigate success in life for people who do not accept any responsibility to themselves.

Also, I have my suspicions this could also lead to more damage to unions. Unions -- on occasion -- can benefit society.

about 10 months ago
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NSA's Legal Win Introduces a Lot of Online Insecurity

SageMusings Re:In Soviet Russia ... (239 comments)

"Add it to their Wikipedia page"

Their staff will pull it down the next day. Try it sometime. You cannot get anything on their they do not already approve of.

about a year ago
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Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Pharmacies

SageMusings Re:hemoglobin test (282 comments)

I cannot find a source that states MRI test expose patients to radiation. What source are you using?

1 year,2 days
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Toyota's Killer Firmware

SageMusings Verdict =! Proof (610 comments)

I did not see anything the article that proved the driver was not at fault. If the firmware was truly at fault, there should many, verifiable episodes of sudden acceleration. That the driver did not have the situational awareness and common sense to gain control of the vehicle (whether from operator error or software issues) suggests operator error was the probable cause.

You can tear ANY system apart and discover flaws; software is not perfect. A verdict like this simply means a low bar for plaintiffs to get an easy payday.

1 year,23 days
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NYC's 250,000 Street Lights To Be Replaced With LEDs By 2017

SageMusings Re:At least it's not CFL (372 comments)

I looked at the lights you linked to. They have a 6K color temperature. That means a sinister, cold blueish light. I would like to replace a kitchen full of floodlights but I love the "warm" light I get from the incandescents. True, they do burn out more than I care for but they look great.

I've got some Philips LED lights with their "remote phosphor" tech in some standard lamps but I have not run across these in a floodlight form factor.

1 year,26 days
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NYC's 250,000 Street Lights To Be Replaced With LEDs By 2017

SageMusings Re:I wish they'd do it here. (372 comments)

And they are already beginning to burn out. There are very many traffic lights in Louisville with as much as 20 - 30 % dead cells in the matrix the driver sees.It looks like a diminishing patchwork of little squares. I was quite surprised at their true lifespan. Perhaps that is still far superior to the old lights but I don't have any data. It is, however, easy to see how the LED lights are aging.

1 year,26 days
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Hillary Clinton: "We Need To Talk Sensibly About Spying"

SageMusings Let this sad chapter of America die (461 comments)

The best everyone can do is simply ignore anything she has to say; keep her out of any political discourse. I've had my fill of Hillary. The Nation dodged a bullet when it was becoming uncomfortably clear she might become president in 2008. Now I get to relive the horror a second time.

I am not sure the Nation can take so many, repeated leadership blows. We are on the ropes as it is.

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

SageMusings Not a fan (1191 comments)

The new look goes to great lengths to minimize the impact of user comments and discussion flow in favor of a toy-like layout. I personally want to immerse myself in nothing but discussion thread, utilizing more text and less art-school white space. Honestly, it's detracting.

This site gets enough traffic for reasons of information exchange and we do not need to be enticed to return with snazzy graphics or experiments in page flow. You have a good thing now ... let it ride. If the BETA goes live, it will likely result in a decrease of traffic.

about a year ago
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iPhone 5 A6 SoC Teardown: ARM Cores Appear To Be Laid Out By Hand

SageMusings Re:Costs (178 comments)

You need that extra few percent.

That's why our compilers go to 11.

more than 2 years ago
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Bilingual Kids Show More Creativity

SageMusings California Public Schools (221 comments)

How does the disparity in performance among Hispanic kids factor into this study?

more than 2 years ago
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Hubble Discovers 5th Moon of Pluto

SageMusings Re:ORLY? (137 comments)

OBI WAN: That's no moon....

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Agency Investigates US Air Crash

SageMusings That's a Good Start (84 comments)

Now, I would like to see a disinterested, neutral 3rd-party investigate the rest of our three-letter-agencies.

I'd also like to see that same level of oversight on three branches of our Government.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Degree For a Late Career Boost?

SageMusings Brutal Honesty (234 comments)

While I do think seeking a degree is a worthwhile endeavor and personally rewarding (you are lucky to be working in this field without one, really), it is time for you to get out software development. You might try and become a business analyst or a project manager. Being in your early 40's is way past the shelf life of your typical coder because you cost too much and your are increasingly outside the culture of the younger guys.

It's awful. It's unfair. It's true.

There are statistical outliers working into their 50's but the odds are you will not be one of them.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Ported To C#

SageMusings Re:RUN FOR YOUR LIVES (351 comments)

Except we cannot make 1.7 oz burgers like those PHP studs are capable of crafting.

more than 2 years ago
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What Does a Software Tester's Job Constitute?

SageMusings As Far As I've Been Able To Tell... (228 comments)

A tester needs to be prepared to take home less pay and expect high turnover in his/her dept (if he/she doesn't leave first).

We have a QA dept and they don't stick around more than a year, tops. By the time they really get into the product, they're either fed up with the pay, the hours, or they get switched to another product. QA catches few important bugs because we (a) treat them as second-class citizens and (b) we don't involve them at the beginning of the design cycle.

I've also seen some pretty brutish egos among fellow devs wear out QA staff. Do you want to subject yourself to that?

more than 2 years ago
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Dennis Ritchie Day

SageMusings Re:That's why the world works. (301 comments)

Good Lord,

Switching power supplies have been around at least since the early 60's. Also for a long while 400Hz power was standard on all aircraft. The apple II in no way blazed any trail in power engineering. Now apple may have been the first to employ them in consumer-grade hardware for a small computer but let's not take any further than that.

about 3 years ago
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Senator Introduces Bill To Stop Warrantless GPS Tracking

SageMusings Oops (133 comments)

Sounds like someone forgot to pay a Senator off.

more than 3 years ago
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'The Code Has Already Been Written'

SageMusings Re:I concur (253 comments)

The [sic] perpetually want a set of requirements. And they get upset if a new requirement is added later.

Yeah, pretty much. I think that sums it up quite nicely. I'm guessing you have not written much commercial software.

more than 3 years ago

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Signal to Noise Ratio Decline

SageMusings SageMusings writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I am increasingly dismayed at the increasing lack of intelligent comments made to posts and various topics. It seems the coin of this realm is snide comments made by those who think themselves somehow superior or more knowledgable than everyone else, often with glaringly defective logic.

I fervently wish moderators could revoke the posting priveledge of the more asenine posters for a week or two. That would weed out the trolls and the ad hominem attacks.

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