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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

sethstorm How ironic for Atlanta to complain. (273 comments)

While I have my own misgivings about the randomness of non-taxi service, it's ironic that Atlanta's complaining about something being stolen from them - especially when their "economic development" department solely exists to steal companies from the North.

about a month ago
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Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

sethstorm As opposed to someone that's crossed the line? (138 comments)

The congressman from the House of Representatives reminds the bankers (and Edward Snowden, should he be listening) that selling top secret information is a federal offense.

FTFY.

about a month ago
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What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

sethstorm Regular Employment Beats Self-Employment (148 comments)

For most people, regularized employment beats self-employment and all forms of indirect employment due to economies of scale encountered by an employer.

about a month ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

sethstorm Tyranny by Diversity Candidates (548 comments)

This is simply a case of reverse discrimination, which harms things overall.

about a month and a half ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

sethstorm Only in certain regions of the US. (519 comments)

Why not simply let the [overused libertarian bromide]?

If not for how private schools operate, you might have a point. On the other hand, not everyone has the option of being accepted at van der Snoot Academy or affording it - which is how you see the ugly side of private schools and how they don't work.

In the South, tenure is more related to union/protectionism than to academic freedom by virtue of cultural norms.

Fixed that for you.

about 2 months ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

sethstorm The South would like to have a word with you... (519 comments)

The administrator doing that would be sued into oblivion and never work in education again

Only if they're in a sane part of the US that doesn't recognize any conflict with religion and evolution (read: not the South).

Now if you were talking about the Deep South, they'd be sued into oblivion and blackballed for not firing someone.

about 2 months ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

sethstorm Except that what you say isn't so. (519 comments)

At the time a teaching position was a super sweet patronage position that a politician awarded his friends.

If you take a look at the South and their regressive remake of education, especially North Carolina, you'll find that old system returning.

but the reasons that necessitated tenure are long gone, and all teachers are protected under the standard laws for hiring and firing, which cover us all.

...which are being eroded away by organizations like ALEC. Thankfully there are sensible states like Ohio that figured out how to get rid of these kind of groups.

They also have a strong union that will ensure protections.

I assume you're not a resident of any state in the South, inter-mountain West as well as not being a resident of Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, or Pennsylvania.

So there's no need for special laws that give teachers more advantages than everybody else at the expense of their students.

There's no need to abandon tenure when you can establish the very "van der Snoot" academy that you always wanted.

about 2 months ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

sethstorm They have forgotten the purpose of tenure. (519 comments)

It's designed to prevent about everything you see being proposed after it is removed. Hopefully this can be strung out long enough so that this ruling can die off for lack of standing.

As for the people that think it has no place below post secondary level, consider that it protects from regression in curriculum (such as known in Kansas and Tennessee) as well as indirect threats to employment (such as done with North Carolina's permatemping mandate for teachers).

about 2 months ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

sethstorm Banning Glass is out of pure envy. (376 comments)

Just because you couldn't get Glass doesn't mean nobody should be able to use it. Never mind trying to get rid of the inevitable and wide-spread use of facial recognition also being a Luddite move as well.

That aside, the unmentionable place banning Glass is like Ryanair stating that they'll charge for restroom use on their airplanes. In both cases, they're going for sensationalism.

about 2 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

sethstorm Fixing your errors. (346 comments)

Because as far as the general public, rather than pro-Snowden minority is concerned, he gave us concrete evidence that he betrayed his country and that's all that matters is that we are getting fucked as long as he's not prosecuted or otherwise handled.

Fixing that for you.

about 2 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

sethstorm Won't happen. (346 comments)

Never mind that he would have a price on his head no matter where he walked.

He's effectively open season for anyone that wants him gone.

about 2 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

sethstorm Baseless assumptions by Snowden vs NSA evidence (346 comments)

Snowden asserts that he brought no classified files with him when he left the US.

All he has is assumptions that are taken up by the pro-Snowden (and anti-America) choir.

about 2 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

sethstorm Nope. (346 comments)

The only people that should be protected is the people that end up catching, prosecuting, convicting, and carrying out the sentence on Snowden.

about 2 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

sethstorm Another Snowden lie, given the circumstances. (346 comments)

Given that the Russian government is protecting him as much as they are, he handed some intelligence over to buy himself some time. That's the most likely manner in which they'd offer him protection.

about 2 months ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

sethstorm Re:I presume you fly Delta? (135 comments)

DFW looks terrible. Separate buildings and across the street from each other. Plus the terminals are curved. So you have to walk a long way around and then over a bridge.

They have a bidirectional train line that links them all. For all the concourses they have, it makes things quite well.

ATL is all perfectly straight. You can go between opposite ends of the airport in like 10 minutes. Going from B to C is like 30 seconds by train, or like 2 minutes by walking fast on the moving sidewalks.

That helps if you're flying Delta, but doesn't help if you're not.

about 2 months ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

sethstorm The single tunnel is the problem. (135 comments)

As opposed to a hub-like arrangement (DFW), ATL has a series of long concourses linked by that tunnel. If you manage to have one flight on one concourse, and it's clear on the end of the other one, you'll see the problem as clear as day.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Rallies Privacy Advocates In New York City

sethstorm Snowden == Uncaptured Bergdahl with a keyboard. (72 comments)

Given that Snowden's endangered the country in ways not unlike Bergdahl, bringing him to court is the only way to get the truth. That, and overwhelming evidence against him still is a fair trial - while he thinks he's entitled to an unfair trial in his favor.

For that, I stand with America by standing with the efforts to bring him in. If anything, it should also mean that anyone that meets him (or gains knowledge of exact whereabouts) but does not turn him is fit to be considered aiding a fugitive.

about 2 months ago

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