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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

jimbolauski Re:Sick Society (183 comments)

How much controversial stuff is taught in High school? Tenure makes sense in a college setting where professors are given the freedom to teach. Tenure in grade school and high school is just a method to protect incompetent teachers. Many states and teachers unions got rid of tenure for that very reason, even then it is still difficult to get rid of bad teachers. Private schools don't have that issue they can hire, fire, and compensate based on performance, couple that with them not being forced to babysit kids that don't want to learn and you can see why private schools routinely outperform public ones.

16 minutes ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

jimbolauski Re:Nothing to do with hole size (99 comments)

Time is the biggest factor for me, a 5-6 hour block on the weekends is too large of a commitment I have stuff to do around the house, attend my kids sporting events, or some social function, I just can't commit that much time. If I could get a round in in 2-3 hours I would defiantly go more often.

about half an hour ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

jimbolauski Re:Myopic viewpoint (353 comments)

2014 Ford XLT 4dr SuperCab 6.6 ft. Bed 6.2L engine 411hp MSRP $32,745.

2 days ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

jimbolauski Re:The power of EULAs only goes so far (214 comments)

Even if you read the terms and hit like any way you would not be giving up your rights to sue. For instance if liking a post entered you into a drawling to go meet Count Chocula then the like would constitute your consent to the terms of the drawling. The like would not however reduce your ability to sue if they put ricin in your cereal.

3 days ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

jimbolauski Re:man them (216 comments)

The torpedo would not be able to hit the platform anyway as it's 20-30 feet above the water. A torpedo to one of the floats would be devastating, it would cause the platform to topple over, who knows if the containment would be intact after crashing into the ocean.

3 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

jimbolauski Re:Holy shit (457 comments)

My wife says at home, I have 3 kids, 2 of them go to private school, and I still manage to squirrel away 20%. My house is smaller them my co workers, my car is one of the oldest. I just have different priorities.

3 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

jimbolauski Re:Holy shit (457 comments)

If you retire with 1 million in savings you can expect to spend between 60-80k a year and not tap into your principle. 60-80k a year is more then enough to live on when you consider there are no mortgage payments to be made.

3 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

jimbolauski Re:Holy shit (457 comments)

Assuming you work for about 35 years, invest 10% of your salary pretax and get a 6% return you will have a million in retirement. That doesn't include other assets like a house or company stock. Getting to a million is not that difficult, it just takes some time and planning.

4 days ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

jimbolauski Re:most lego's are a rip off (353 comments)

You can purchase a tub of 500 lego for $50, or a tub of 100 duplo for $30.

4 days ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

jimbolauski Re:Level of public funding ? (292 comments)

That is precisely his point, all the knowledge in the world is worthless unless that knowledge can/will be put to use.

about two weeks ago
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Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

jimbolauski Re:Makes perfect sense (142 comments)

If you cared to RTFA you would know that there were two failed attempts to digitize the records one in 1987 that was canceled in 1996 and the second in 1997 which had a delivery date of 2008 that was scrapped because it didn't work. The first attempt failed because of lack of technical oversight as an English lit PHD was in charge of the oversight. Both programs had issues processing the vast array of documents with slight variations to them. Large government IT projects have a history of failing miserably, Obama care is the most recent, a research group found only 5% of these large projects succeed. I imagine the scope of the project is not clearly defined due to lack of technical expertise when writing the requirements, the technical oversight is lacking, and the magnitude of the project is underestimated in most of these cases. Anybody that has experience managing these large projects is not going to take a huge pay cut, move to Pittsburgh, and work in a cave. It's not lack of desire that these projects fail it's lack of expertise to get these projects to succeed.

about a month ago
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Lego Robot Solves Rubik's Cube Puzzle In 3.253 Seconds

jimbolauski Re:Impressed yet disappointed with Lego (60 comments)

The first thing you need to know when bonding anything is the material you are bonding, most Lego bricks are made of ABS plastic and I would assume the ones you had are as well. The way you bond ABS is by chemically welding it, you can find the solvent glue at most hardware stores (plumbing section). The glue will be black because there will be abs filler in there to fill voids because it is used in plumbing and must be water tight. The second option is to use MEK (methyl ethyl ketone) to chemically weld it, MEK is clear and has no filler. Most hardware stores don't sell MEK anymore but a MEK alternative that may not work. MEK is some nasty stuff wear gloves when you use it and work in a well ventilated area with a respirator, if you get any on your gloves change them as the MEK will be eating through them shortly.

about a month ago
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Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

jimbolauski Re:for the record (406 comments)

Big companies need protection the same way all companies need protection. They invest lots of R&D money into projects, and have to make it back. Under your wild wild west system inventors will have to make back half their investment in the first year, in the following years the market will shrink because people have all ready bought their product and now there is competition in the remaining market forcing prices down. Patent protection is so important to the success of the country that it is in the constitution.

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

jimbolauski Re:In my experience (384 comments)

Upper level mathematics comes down to understanding why you do a certain step. Unfortunately most teachers put almost all of the emphasis on memorizing the steps instead of understanding why you do them. My roommate went from failing calculus to getting a B because I was able to get him to understand the why.

about a month ago
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Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

jimbolauski Re:How did this go to trial? (236 comments)

If I remember correctly balloons that have a diameter less then 6 feet are exempt, it was about 10 years ago when I was using weather balloons to lift calibration targets so I could be wrong.

about a month and a half ago
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Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

jimbolauski Re:Shazbot! (352 comments)

He was doing the same thing to my other neighbors too, they were both young women living together. They wouldn't even use their back yard so their mental distress could be proven, the prosecutor still wouldn't do anything. When they went to get a protection order because they couldn't get him charged their lawyer advised them that dumping refuse and walking by their house was not enough and advised them to settle on a civil no contact agreement (basically a toothless agreement that will agitate the magistrate enough that they might lower the bar for a protection order).

about a month and a half ago
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Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

jimbolauski Re:Shazbot! (352 comments)

You should read the actual law not somebody on the internet's interpretation of it. Below is the relevant section of the actual law.

No person by engaging in a pattern of conduct shall knowingly cause another person to believe that the offender will cause physical harm to the other person or cause mental distress to the other person.

If you read carefully you will see that the person must knowingly cause mental distress which is defined here.

"Mental distress" means any of the following:

(a) Any mental illness or condition that involves some temporary substantial incapacity;

(b) Any mental illness or condition that would normally require psychiatric treatment, psychological treatment, or other mental health services, whether or not any person requested or received psychiatric treatment, psychological treatment, or other mental health services.

That means the prosecutor must prove that you were following a person with the intent to intimidate or cause mental harm. I am intimately familiar with this law as I live in Ohio and have a crazy neighbor (back yard) that would drive by my house and dump trash in my yard, walk by my house dump trash and put tree branches behind my car, dump soda on my car, which I caught on camera. The prosecutor said that they could only get him for littering because he didn't cause mental distress or threaten me.

about a month and a half ago
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Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

jimbolauski Re:Shazbot! (352 comments)

Sure, legally. At some point such behavior by an actual human being would creep the shit out of you and fulfill the definition of stalking, which is definitely illegal in the US (specifics vary by state). If only such laws could be applied to automated cameras and databases...

If all you do if follow someone on public property you are not stalking them in a legal sense. Trespassing, vandalism, threats, ... must be present for there to be stalking. A protection order would not be written for simply following someone unless it was uncontested.

about a month and a half ago
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Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

jimbolauski Re:Shazbot! (352 comments)

Legally there is not and trying to separate the two without stepping on 1st amendment rights would be next to impossible. Also note that the cameras are simply mounted near intersections or other busy areas and plate numbers are extracted. There is no way to differentiate recording at intersections and a gas station on the corner having security cameras, the only way is to make tracking information of a person or their property the property of that person then it can only be released by that person.

about a month and a half ago

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Topless lovelies playing Wii

jimbolauski jimbolauski writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jimbolauski (882977) writes "This wonderful discovery, via Gizmodo, mashing topless women, video games, and a hint of Baby oil into 12 great clips.


OK, it goes like this: Get a Nintendo Wii. An assorted group of topless buxom bombshells. Five gallons of Johnson & Johnson Baby oil. Mix it all with a lot of Wii games and a few cameras for some multi-angle action. The result: extremely not-safe-for-work and surprisingly entertaining videos that ask you "What game are they playing" after watching the girls play for a few minutes.

NSFW http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/not-safe-for-work-wii-playing/very-nsfw-video-beautiful-topless-girls-playing-wii-329839.php"

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jimbolauski jimbolauski writes  |  more than 8 years ago There are two kind of hippies in this world the ones that don't shower, work, and want hand outs all the time. Get a JOB hippie and leave me alone. dude! The second kind is the wanna be hippie they have jobs and shower but for some reason they idolize the dirty smelly hippies. They are even worse because they idolize one of the most foul creatures on earth the dirty hippie.

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