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Improving Education Through Better Teachers

ShiningSomething Re:The solution is easy (446 comments)

So your point is skills can't be learned?

If we really need superstars to teach, then we're screwed. According to the BLS there are something like 3.5 million teachers in the US right now (kindergarten to high school). There are 660,000 physicians and surgeons. 1.3 million computer "engineers" and programmers. So it seems like if your strategy is to magically select exceptionally smart people, then we won't have good teachers.

I don't divide the world into "dim drones" and "brights". It doesn't have to be a "magic equation". The fact is there may be skills and techniques that make for better teachers, and those might be learnt to a certain degree. If that's true, we'll still have better and worse teachers, we'll still have to get rid of bad teachers, but we'll be in a better situation. More money would help, but it needs to be spent intelligently.

more than 4 years ago
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Improving Education Through Better Teachers

ShiningSomething Re:The solution is easy (446 comments)

And what exactly will that change? The question is what makes teachers better. Maybe paying more will attract better teachers, but if you don't know what a "better" teacher is, you're shit out of luck anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Hollywood Treats Hackers Pretty Well

ShiningSomething Re:You call that well treated? (216 comments)

It's the same phenomenon at play in journalism. The more you know about a topic, the more you realize they have no idea what they are talking about.

more than 4 years ago
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Internet Nominated For 2010 Nobel Peace Prize

ShiningSomething Clearly (259 comments)

These people have not heard of 4chan.

more than 4 years ago
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The New National Health Plan Is Texting

ShiningSomething Re:Equal opportunity? (191 comments)

You can use it too! Text them the day of your last menstrual period and you're good to go.

more than 4 years ago
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Nielsen Ratings To Count Online TV Viewing

ShiningSomething Re:Makes sense (178 comments)

Nobody in advertising cares if 500,000,000 people watch a show if no ads were seen.

You only care about how many people will watch *your* commercial, not how many commercials those people have seen already. So why would they count for less?

more than 4 years ago
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Court Orders Shutdown of H-1B Critics' Websites

ShiningSomething Re:H-1B is a Fraud (605 comments)

That's a good point, although there are a number of other fields that make use of H1B visas. My point is NOT that this is not fraud. It is that it has nothing to do with the recession. 65K jobs, in any field, would have nothing to do with the recession, let alone be one of its causes.

more than 4 years ago
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Court Orders Shutdown of H-1B Critics' Websites

ShiningSomething Re:H-1B is a Fraud (605 comments)

1) The recession is partly DUE to this practice.

How exactly is the recession due to this practice? In 2007, roughly 800,000 jobs were created (1.4M new, 600K destroyed). There were 65K new H1B visas - these last 6 years at the most so let's say that there was a TOTAL stock of 400K H1B visa immigrants. Unless you're saying that these immigrants created financial instruments that natives would not have, which is seriously doubtful.

more than 4 years ago
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Court Orders Shutdown of H-1B Critics' Websites

ShiningSomething Re:H-1B is a Fraud (605 comments)

It's the kind of fraud that Indians have ingrained in to their culture and Americans seem to get better at every day.

I don't think it's any different from hiring illegal immigrants to work the harvest, or at a meatpacking plant. In that case, Indians have nothing to do with it. Some people may call it competition.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Changes FiOS AUP, -1, Offtopic

ShiningSomething Someone wants to check /. from work (560 comments)

Verizon may, but is not required to, monitor your compliance, or the compliance of other subscribers, with the terms, conditions or policies of this Agreement and AUP.

more than 4 years ago
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Ants That Can Count

ShiningSomething Re:This doesn't prove ants can count (162 comments)

As I understand it, in Math being able to count does not involve numbers, it involves recognizing that two sets have the same cardinality. We do it through the construct of "numbers", but it's not necessary to resort to them. That's how we know that some sets with infinite cardinality have more elements than others.

That's also how we know kids learn to count gradually over time. When they first learn to speak, although they may know the words one, two, three, they only really recognize sets with one and two elements. Anything more is all the same. The number is not the key, the comparison is.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Arrest Man For Refusing To Tweet

ShiningSomething They got it backwards (550 comments)

Some people should be arrested for what they decide to tweet about.

more than 4 years ago
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No More Fair-Price Refund For Declining XP EULA

ShiningSomething Re:Sooo... (339 comments)

Returning the *whole* product would be a retail. Have you ever gotten a refund on a laptop hard drive? Or on RAM? I replaced the 1gig SIMM in my netbook with a 2gig - was I eligible for a refund from ASUS?

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Photos Lead To Cancellation of Quebec Woman's Insurance

ShiningSomething Re:Zero blame on the woman? (645 comments)

Any sort of work would require her showing up regularly to her workplace. Anyone with a history of depression will tell you this is hard. Can you summon the energy to go out and pretend to have a good time when a friend asks you out? Sure, especially if you know it means a lot to them. But to do that *every single day*? There will be days when you can't really get out of bed, because the world just feels too heavy, and it may ruin you company's presentation, or deadline, or whatever.

So yes, your mental illness may be such that you can function at a party, but not cope with the responsibilities of a job. The point is, this is not up to the insurer: there are doctors to verify the diagnosis.

As for the woman herself, if she lives in a system where she can get paid while she battles with depression, should she refuse it? Sure, she may be scamming them, but the photos don't prove anything.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Photos Lead To Cancellation of Quebec Woman's Insurance

ShiningSomething Re:Is she really sure it was locked? (645 comments)

Yeah, but I can't imagine a punchline that makes it funny.

more than 4 years ago
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No More Fair-Price Refund For Declining XP EULA

ShiningSomething Re:Sooo... (339 comments)

If I wanted to buy a copy of XP, I should be able to get it for $6?

Do you think the PC manufacturer pays the same price you would for a hard drive, a motherboard, or any other component? Them reimbursing you for the market value does not seem fair to me, they should pay you no more than what it cost them. I agree there should be more Linux laptops, but I'm not holding my breath.

more than 4 years ago
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Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

ShiningSomething Re:It's a trick question (836 comments)

So are economists and biologists blue collar as well? Politicians?

more than 4 years ago
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Google Voice Now Works WIth Existing Mobile Numbers

ShiningSomething Re:Transcripts are like MadLibs (164 comments)

So true. It is especially funny when you receive a message in a language that isn't English. Not that I have a problem with that.

more than 4 years ago

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Switch back and forth to DST has lasting effects

ShiningSomething ShiningSomething writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ShiningSomething (1097589) writes "German scientists have found that our circadian rhythm becomes divorced from natural cues when switching to Daylight Saving Time

Drawing from a database of 55,000 Central European subjects who submitted daily sleep records, they showed that the normal correlation between dawn and the sleep cycle becomes disrupted during the transition to daylight-saving time.
The article links to the and speculates on potential consequences."

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