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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

s0nicfreak Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (613 comments)

The marketing manager of Proctor and Gamble can afford a nanny I'm sure. But the secretary that sits at the front of the building marking people off as they arrive for appointments - can she afford a nanny? The cashier at Dunkin Donuts, where many people like to stop for a coffee on their way to work? Sure, I'm the troll here @@

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

s0nicfreak Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

No, school is a place to pass tests. And a place designed to churn out better factory workers while keeping the young people (what we now call children) - who were willing to work for less - out of jobs. Passing tests is not learning; it's memorizing the answers to the test (or, well, cheating to obtain the answers to the test).

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

s0nicfreak Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

it could lower my home's value

Why is this relevant? If you want your daughter to go to school in the district, then obviously you don't plan to sell the house. Lower value would actually be beneficial to you, as it would mean lower property taxes. Or do you plan to sell the house once your daughter finishes school?

and lower the quality of my daughter's education.

So you believe the quality of education is based on the other students in the school? Or would quality teachers begin to leave if lower-income students started attending?

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

s0nicfreak Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

The fact that we have so many students per teacher that the teacher NEEDS a test to assess that is a problem in my book.
If you have a small student to teacher ratio. and the teacher is actually having conversations with the students (rather than just lecturing), and talking to the teacher and to other students is encouraged, and all this is happening daily/weekly... it would be pretty difficult for a half-decent teacher to NOT know whether each student understands or not. Tests should be necessary only when a student changes teachers in a subject, if then. Cheating should be pointless, because tests should be used only to access what more the student needs to learn, NOT if the student is ready to leave the class, get a diploma or a certificate, etc.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

s0nicfreak Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

Though they died, their family went on. If you didn't own slaves in that time, how do you expect you'd make enough to survive? Their family still needs food, water, clothing, medicine etc.etc. so under normal circumstances the family would need to continue having slaves work the farm/plantation.

Today, if the breadwinner of a family dies, another family member has to earn the money a family needs to survive. However if the breadwinner "earns enough", this may not be the case; the family can just live off of what he earned.

Back then, a woman couldn't just go get a job at Walmart once her husband died. So yes, it was possible to NOT be able to afford something in the will, as wills were more of a means for a family to survive after the death of the head, vs a distribution of unneeded material items as it is today. Someone who still needed the slaves to work the farm so their family survived could not afford to free those slaves.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

s0nicfreak Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (613 comments)

Why would a business change to more flexible hours when they could just hire someone that doesn't have kids or who has a spouse/nanny/etc. to watch their kids?

Most likely what would happen is that more people would hire nannies to take care of their children during the morning hours (resulting in MORE environmental damage because not only are the parents going to work, now more nannies are too), and families that could not afford a nanny would either have one parent quit their job or have "latchkey" kids. More laws would then be made against these latchkey kids, resulting in
- more families getting "assistance" (because one parent is then FORCED to quit their job)
- kids that are afraid to ask for help in emergencies (because asking for help makes it known that their parents aren't there).

And anyway, do you really want to arrive at a business and be told "sorry, we aren't open yet - Mrs. Employee's kids had different hours today"? I sure don't.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

s0nicfreak Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (613 comments)

I have no complaint about it. Personally, I homeschool. School starts whenever I decide to get out of bed that day.
I was simply pointing out that if times are different throughout the year for schools, it's going to make things difficult or impossible for parents with jobs. It's not about "liking" it, it's about parents' inability to be in two places at once.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

s0nicfreak Re:children killing children (698 comments)

School shootings are not new; nationwide sensationalizing of school shootings is new. But school shootings are, and always have been, rare; which is why, despite having constant access to all worldwide news, you are aware of every school shooting that has happened in the past 20 years or so. In the past, they would have been a local tragedy; now they are nationwide marketing for "shooter detection systems".

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

s0nicfreak What I don't understand (698 comments)

is that if you are so concerned that a school shooting is imminent, that you are fine with $20,000 - $100,000 of your tax dollars going toward something like this... why the HELL are you sending your kid to this school every day?!

Nevermind the ridiculousness of "Without that shot detection system, we wouldn't know what was going on in the school". I'd bet you anything, that even in schools that forbid cellphones, enough students have cellphones that multiple are going to avoid getting shot, call the cops and tell them where the shooter is. Stop the forbidding of cellphones, and there you have a schoolwide "shot detection system" at no additional cost.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

s0nicfreak Re:Only a white man ... (613 comments)

I don't want to be still handing out candy at 9pm, personally. And the 5 - 7 thing makes it easy to figure out how much candy-per-person to give; start out slow at 5, but if you still have a buttload by 6:45, you'd better start giving a lot per person. So I do like having a 2 hour scheduled time. But - even though I have two kids and a teen that go without adults, and one small kid that I go with briefly (he quickly gets cold or tired of walking or etc.) - I wouldn't mind if the whole thing was after dark. I remember waiting until it got dark to start when I was a kid, and don't get me started on how people have gotten ridiculous with "child safety" bs nowadays. And heck n my town, people have gotten so crazy with "halloween lights" (like Christmas lights, but orange or purple or pumpkin shaped @@) that it's not really dark after dark anyway.

This year it was snowing (first snow of the season) and hailing here on Halloween. So barely anyone trick-or-treated. (And yeah, people were bitching on the town facebook that it should be rescheduled. Ridiculous.) So my kids (who went out anyway, because I make them costumes that are actually appropriate for the weather) got a buttload of candy AND we had a buttload left over since no one came to take ours away.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

s0nicfreak Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (613 comments)

Changing the school time year-round would be quite different than just changing it on the dark days.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

s0nicfreak Re:Only a white man ... (613 comments)

Most towns/cities have a set time for trick-or-treating nowadays. So kids go within the scheduled time. Here it's 5 - 7, with the sun going down at about 6.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

s0nicfreak Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (613 comments)

Then start school later on the dark days.

That'll go over well with working parents...

about three weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

s0nicfreak Re:Confused / Curious... (392 comments)

Why are movies called movies when 99.999% of the time nowadays, they are actually talkies?

about a month ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

s0nicfreak Re:No cable, no problem (392 comments)

try to find a non-HD file that would take multiple hours to download,

download the file, wait for at least 30 to 60 minutes for the download

What? You've got an internet connection fast enough to even watch Netflix and this is the case? Are you sure you haven't got your limits set crazy low in your torrent program?

about a month ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

s0nicfreak Re: how many small businesses has Obama killed? (739 comments)

and please show me where there is a 12k deductible...

Right over here, for my 6 person family where the deductible went up to 2k per person.

about a month ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

s0nicfreak Re:Gay? (764 comments)

The straight guy isn't "proud".

I'd say that's a problem with HIS self esteem, not the gay person's.

about a month ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

s0nicfreak Re:It's not pandering -- it's rejection. (764 comments)

hopefully people who are "proud" of their orientation (or gender or race or anyone else) don't mean it in that same sense

Why? More people sharing your (their) orientation = more options. If you are attracted to someone of the same sex, that person being gay would be a good thing, and them not being gay would be a bad thing. Being a bisexual female geek, I certainly wish that more (hot) women were gay or bi geeks.

about a month ago

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Just broke the streak!

s0nicfreak s0nicfreak writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I grew tired of digg a couple of years ago and now I have grown tired of reddit. Should I come back here or just give up completely?

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Keepin my "not commented since 2003" streak alive!

s0nicfreak s0nicfreak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

But considering sending the RSS feed to my Kindle...

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It's been a long time since I rock n rolled

s0nicfreak s0nicfreak writes  |  more than 6 years ago Wow. I haven't made a comment since 2003.
I use to come here daily. Now I don't really care because the news is on digg before it gets here.

I feel bad that I don't care.

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