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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

internerdj Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

Well I buy their argument that figuring out which teachers are truly bad teachers is exceptionally hard. Stakes are high, evaluation is tough, results play out over a long time, and there are really important corner cases for any evaluating. Parents should have a say but not too much. Peers should have a say but not too much. I guess it falls on administrators but that is our current scheme.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

internerdj Re:Limited perspective (956 comments)

Not to undermine your point, but where is this: "job where people didn't habitually harass them"? I've supported several industries and I don't know that I could chart a course for my daughter to have a career "safe" from this.

5 days ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

internerdj Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

Fair enough. I did notice you were avoiding that. Paying them like rockstars probably wouldn't but paying them enough to compete with other careers in their field might give us a few more good ones and a little more flexibility in tossing out the bad.

5 days ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

internerdj Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

If a teacher is one or maybe two standard deviations then skill doesn't matter that much. However, a bad teacher can traumatize a kid against learning and a good teacher can inspire a kid to pursue education beyond what they would have. My wife and I are trying to undo the harm that my child's kindergarten teacher did to his perception of education. He does math above his grade level for fun but he isn't interested in stepping foot in school again. I probably wouldn't be starting my dissertation now without the influence of my high school Chemistry teacher way back then.

about a week ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

internerdj Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

I know a lot of folks who are genuinely irritated with the day to day affairs of the federal government. They aren't out to limit anyone's rights and are quite convinced that your rights will be expanded, but the potential for abuse is pretty high given history. Even worse, a more local focused rule doesn't seem to historically offer as strong a protection against powerful corporate abuse. We will live with corporate abuse but we won't stand for abuse by the state.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

internerdj Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

That government ended in 1865 because allowing the more local governments broad authority resulted in many states creating a class of people who were subhuman.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

internerdj Re:A shift in economic metrics (509 comments)

I used to think this way, but we are already doing that organically. If you look at the overall inflation numbers, it is getting easier and easier for people to afford things. Even conservatives are complaining that the poor have things that are too nice for their social standing. But the kicker is that the things we don't have a good grasp on automating are the very things that are core needs. We aren't seeing the same trend in food, energy, health care, and education.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

internerdj Re:We're sorry he so faithfully followed instructi (401 comments)

Someone astutely put it somewhere else that a cancelation is probably a "failed customer problem resolution" and negatively impacts a performance review or bonus consideration.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

internerdj Re:What? (382 comments)

I don't know, but I think a libertarian just got his wings.

about two weeks ago
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Led By Nest, 'Thread' Might Be Most Promising IoT Initiative Yet

internerdj Re:OK (79 comments)

It does look nice but next time we make a hardware standard can we avoid naming it so close to an important programming concept. Using threads in my thread device would get incredibly annoying in the comments and source searches.

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

internerdj Re:and what would i do with it? (127 comments)

Anything plastic on a car is already competing with free, zip tie, or bondo for repairs.

about two weeks ago
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FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

internerdj Re:about time (47 comments)

Since the only time this happened to me I got a script answer about how they would fix it just this once, I've wondered could I do a credit card challenge if Amazon refused to refund. Essentially, to me the consumer, Amazon is charging my card without authorization. Since Amazon refuses to resolve the situation after the first occurance, isn't that grounds for me to pursue it with my card company or did I sign that right away in a EULA somewhere?

about two weeks ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

internerdj Re:Jurisdiction (181 comments)

It would be nice if we were a bit progressive and as a planet got ahead of the clear human abuses that typically come with our historic examples of frontiers.

about two weeks ago
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A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

internerdj Re:Ancient Demon Discovered (120 comments)

Oh for some mod points.

about three weeks ago
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Hierarchical Membrane For Cleaning Up Oil Spills

internerdj Re:Solved problem (32 comments)

However it seems a technically accurate term.

about a month ago
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Shark! New Sonar Buoy Will Warn Beachgoers When Large Sharks Are Near

internerdj Re:Terror in the minds (55 comments)

There have been two shark attacks in the past 50 years at the nearest beach to me both non-fatal. They still will close the water if there is an observed abundance of sharks. From what I've heard from people who have flown over the area, large sharks close to swimmers is a typical occurance. I can't imagine what it would be like to try to plan a trip to the beach if the authorities had one of these devices.

about a month ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

internerdj Re:Just Maybe... (435 comments)

IT, at least if you listen to the media and the politicians, is currently one of the most important industries that the US has. While it may come down to preference, we don't want to have a culture that in some way discourages people who haven't historically had opportunity from one of the healthiest sectors of the economy. We have some pretty strong statistics that say something is going on here and that something is going on from middle school to end of career. What this means is we need to find out what is happening because we may be failing at even conservative ideas of equality: equal opportunity.

about a month ago
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Web Browsing Isn't Copyright Infringement, Rules EU Court of Justice

internerdj Re:WTF? (79 comments)

Because if they can make it illegal to view their content on a computer they can go back to the more controllable form of print media.

about 2 months ago

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RIAA claims it is owed $72 trillion dollars by LimeWire

internerdj internerdj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

internerdj (1319281) writes ""The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) estimates that filesharing website LimeWire owes it over $72 trillion dollars (£46 trillion) in damages." NME reports this is 120% of the combined estimated wealth of the entire planet.
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NJ Girl arrested for posting pictures of herself

internerdj internerdj writes  |  more than 5 years ago

internerdj (1319281) writes "A New Jersey girl, age 14, has been arrested for posting over 30 nude photos of herself on Myspace. She is charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. If convicted she can face up to 17 years in prison and of course life on the sex offenders list. Interestingly, the mother whose daughter is the reason for Megan's law, Maureen Kanka, had the following to say about this application of the law: "This shouldn't fall under Megan's Law in any way, shape or form. She should have an intervention and counseling, because the only person she exploited was herself." NJ girl, 14, arrested after posting nude pics"
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Zombie warning road signs

internerdj internerdj writes  |  more than 5 years ago

internerdj (1319281) writes "Pranksters in at least three states are messing with electronic road signs meant to warn motorists of possible traffic problems by putting drivers on notice about Nazi zombies and raptors. And highway safety officials aren't amused."

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