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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 18, 2014, 15:12 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 14:31:
I think it's supposed to be mostly a joke article, but some things are actually true.

Those tiny fucking pin connectors are ALWAYS a goddamn nightmare to get working, because the stupid picture in the manual is always turned upside down, or mirrored, and then - is +, and the abbreviations they use make no sense and ... aarrrggghhh. I've probably spent more time on those damn pins than on most of the other stuff.

And there is indeed always one game that I run where I expect it to be going 900 fps, and it'll get me 40. Which is like 5 more than I had on my old machine. And it makes me want to fucking kill something.

Ha. Inevitably, firing up the new machine is amazing until you load a game, and then it's "I just paid $1200 for this?"

I think some of their point are fine. Any time you finally decide what to buy you'll have some jackass telling you it's fine but you should have bought THIS! No one has a clue what they're doing with thermal paste and it hardly seems to matter. Lots of the pins are terrible. I've never had static issues or missing screw issues, but I always seem to end up needing a cable I'm missing, or a longer cable than I have. The cable will be half an inch too short and I can't figure out a way to route it to make it and still be able to close the case.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 18, 2014, 13:43 Beamer
 
mag wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 13:02:
Axis wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 10:34:
I'm not a huge Mario Kart fan, didn't buy it.

Next game I *really* want on the Wii U is the new Super Smash Bros, my kids played that to death.

I played the heck out of Melee, but never owned a Wii so never got good at Brawl. When I played it a friend's, though, it just felt off. I couldn't get the hang of it.

Hoping the Wii U's version is a return to form. It'd be another reason to pick up the system.

I disliked Brawl, but only played it briefly. It didn't feel as dynamic.
But, I should point out, I was a c-stick slammer. My entire game was based around beating people up then slamming the c-stick. I know that, in tournaments, this is considered bad, dumb, or even forbidden, but in my group of friends it just made me dominant. Especially with Marth. C-stick slamming Marth was unstoppable.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
29. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 18, 2014, 12:49 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 12:08:
short sighted leadership. Hopefully this type of example will lead to less of this in the future instead of more.

I fail to see much of the "short sighted leadership" you're mentioning, and I don't know what could have been done different.

Can you elaborate? What could Microsoft have done differently? What do you want them to do with all the support staff they picked up from Nokia? There's literally no work for them to do, because someone in Microsoft was already doing the same work. And the remaining Nokia Corporation didn't need them because it sold off the business unit they worked in.

I agree that there's stupid PR drivel being spewed out, but you can thank people suing corporations that laid them off for that - every single tiny non-meaningful thing said has been cleared by legal to make sure it leaves nothing they can be sued for. It's extremely hard to fault a company for saying meaningless bullshit when the alternative is to say something meaningful then get sued for it.

But I don't see many of these layoffs being due to "short sighted leadership," and I don't see a way to avoid laying people off after mergers. Every company has support staff - people that eat revenue without adding to it. In general, these people make it hard to start a company, because you need someone in HR/Communications/Marketing/Finance/IT, but as the company grows they scale nicely, meaning that one IT guy can cover a network of 100 employees as competently as he can cover a network of 5 employees. When two companies merge, suddenly the HR people, the IT admins, the finance report-makers, the marketing teams, all find themselves, well, redundant. In the future, that won't change. That will never change. If you're not part of what makes a company worth buying, you will be at risk when your company is bought. The engineers stay. The product design guys stay. The UI guys stay. The finance guys, the IT guys, the marketing guys, the HR guys, etc., they all find themselves in a bad spot.

No one is happy about it, but Microsoft took on 30,000 new employees. They had been about 100,000 employees before that. That growth is enormous. You can't expect them to keep them all.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
12. Re: Into the Black Jul 18, 2014, 11:16 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 08:31:
Why is Weird Al spoofing pop hits?? What's the world come to when Weird Al is spoofing... oh.... this just in, he's always done that.

Today's shallow pop music is no worse than yesterday's shallow pop music, and equally deserving of parody.

Yeah, but of course there's someone here whining that today's pop hits are worse than the ones he grew up with. And this generation is lazier than his. And movies are worse. And the video game suck. And get off his lawn! He's not getting old and in his own rut and out of touch with the younger crowd, it's their fault! It's not his, he's a perfect individual. Kids suck!

Also, I'd imagine most people here know Fancy. I hardly watch TV and I know the song. It's in some commercial I heard about 100 times while having a Harry Potter movie on in the background while playing Civ4 on Sunday. No lie, every commercial break. Only reason I know what it is, but if it was played that often on Sunday I'm guessing it's played fairly often on every channel.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
27. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 18, 2014, 11:15 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 09:48:

Literally one user said that, no one else.

In the other thread people said it, and here I believe it's implied in their discussion of "incompetence." People don't like Microsoft products here, so they extrapolate out that people must not like it everywhere and both revenues and the stock price must be plummeting. Not true.

What is true?
1) Microsoft had about 100,000 employees, then took on another 30,000 in an acquisition. That's too many, and most of those are marketing and beancounters whose jobs are already being done by someone at Microsoft
2) A new CEO came in and he's changing the strategy. Some of the concepts being worked towards by the old CEO don't make sense to him, and he'd like to clear house. You can somewhat call this incompetence. XES was certainly an incompetent decision to build, and with Mattrick and Ballmer gone, no surprise no one believes in it and it's being shuttered
3) Whenever you have a large layoff for understandable reasons (again, like laying off a redundant marketing team picked up in an acquisition), it's a good time to do a sweep through of the people you have sitting in cubes that no one wants to work with, be it through incompetence or through bad attitude. These are occasionally just people the boss dislikes, but usually people everyone kind of dislikes because working with them is problematic. They're not quite bad enough to fire, but not someone anyone wants around. Every company has people like this. Layoffs represent a good time to clear this


There are definitely some people going due to managerial incompetence, but it's probably less than 10%. It sucks for those that got hired and moved to Seattle for something that's getting cleaned out in this (I know of a guy that moved here from LV over the winter, which is still better than a current coworker of mine who went to work at P&G out of undergrad, moved to Texas, and was told the entire office was closing at the end of the week... on his first week. His first week! "Well, people would have been suspicious if you didn't start," his idiot, uncreative, now-former boss explained.) It sucks for those that worked at Nokia and had great jobs they probably did a great job at but now no longer have a job function, because someone in Seattle was already doing their responsibilities, and are now unemployed. I feel less bad about the dead weight being kicked out. Every single one of us can think of at least two people we deal with at work that we think the company would be better off without.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
13. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 18, 2014, 01:13 Beamer
 
walrus1 wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 00:23:
Redmask wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 22:38:
NKD wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 18:38:
How dare a company fire people! You should have your job until you don't want it anymore or are deemed incompetent! These evil fucks and their changing staffing needs.

That unimpressive hyperbole misses the point. That's a lot of fucking jobs lost for a company whose mistakes have arguably been management related. They certainly have the right to fire people but that doesn't mean people have to like it or that they can't criticize it.

Our corporate overlords demand that we remain silent and buy without question.

Seriously 18,000 people that's eighteen thousand people just got fired due mostly to both Nokia and Microsoft's incompetencey. Yet Microsoft's stock went up today. This is very wrong!

But
it
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It's like shouting at a mountain or something here. No matter how many times you point out that Microsoft isn't doing this due to their incompetency, people that haven't looked into it at all make that assumption and spew it all over the internet.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
7. Re: Into the Black Jul 17, 2014, 23:33 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 20:57:
Why is Weird Al spoofing that? This generation of shallow, empty, vacuous kids who celebrate style over substance is nothing that should be promoted. If anything those idiotic kids are guaranteed to be the next generation of career fast-food workers. It's just a shame so much tax money has to be wasted on them.

Yeah, because the guy that spoofed Madonna, New Kids on the Block and Ridin' Dirty cares about whether the songs are shallow.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 17, 2014, 22:44 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 22:38:
NKD wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 18:38:
How dare a company fire people! You should have your job until you don't want it anymore or are deemed incompetent! These evil fucks and their changing staffing needs.

That unimpressive hyperbole misses the point. That's a lot of fucking jobs lost for a company whose mistakes have arguably been management related. They certainly have the right to fire people but that doesn't mean people have to like it or that they can't criticize it.

But most of these jobs won't be for that reason.
People keep acting like this is due to Windows 8 sales. It isn't. It's due to them acquiring 30,000 new employees in a merger. They do not need 30,000 new employees. Like I keep stating, Nokia is bringing a large WP marketing team. WP already has a marketing team, why would it need to be much larger? It brings in new accountants. One accountant can cover an awfully large amount of businesses, so why would they need more?
And, in the process, it gives them opportunity to make more layoffs, and most of these will be people considered dead weight that someone has been itching to lay off for a while (sometimes this is fair, sometimes it isn't, but employees are usually aware of this and a bit disgruntled and not a fun person to have a cube/office near), and a small amount will be due to bad management decisions (like XES.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
54. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 22:39 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 20:33:
Beamer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 20:12:
Axis wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 20:04:
Beamer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 19:03:
I've given you plenty of substnace to respodn to, as well. Do you want to deny that the wealth inequality caused the Great Depression?

As for your ideals, I said that you think that rich people work harder than other people. Which always cracks me up, because you must find yourself incredibly lazy.

But I'll source that for you:
Axis wrote on Jan 19, 2014, 22:24:
Most successful people work smart, or hard. Most unsuccessful people don't. There are exceptions, but that's black and white unbiased truth.

I'm not sure how you define monetary success, but I'd wager very, very few on this board are actually successful. Not in the eyes of our government's economic policy. Apparently you think we're all people that work neither smart nor hard.

Helpful hint: you aren't successful. If you aren't making at least half a million a year, at least, you aren't successful. You wouldn't be invited to Mitt Romney's fundraisers (nor to Obamas.) The economic policies that I support wouldn't negatively impact you. If you lost your job and couldn't find work for over a year, something very possible at your age and your skill level (true of nearly anyone in their late 40s and above) you could find yourself needing welfare assistance. Somehow you think you're closer to the Warren Buffets of the world than the 45 year old single mom working as a Walmart greeter and a McDonald's cashier while raising 3 kids.

You aren't. Not a single person on this site is. But that 45 year old single mom undoubtedly works significantly harder than every single person here and probably harder than every single billionaire in this country (a third of which inherited their money.)

This is gold, pure gold man. You just proved my last line that you can't "understand", and proved how absolutely out of touch you are with reality at the same time. Not successful unless you're making 500k a year, Parental duties vs career, just one laugh after another with you.


And you proved your inability to add content to a discussion.

Facts. Even basic justification for your opinions. You have none at all.

You probably don't get it. You think being poor means someone is stupid or not working hard. And you don't realize that, in the eyes of the people spending the money on the laws, you're a poor, classless nitwit. You fail to understand the meaning of "success," in the eyes of our economic policy. You fail to realize how much everything is being twisted to help the superwealthy, and you keep supporting it, because you're stupid enough to think your $70k/year is "successful."

You still stuck on that "prove it"? Just another sheep dolt and you think you've found the cryptonite that the same few keep using, snoozefest here bro it ain't working - same can be said about everyone in every post.

But if I were entertaining... What facts exactly are you seeking? You want me to scour your posts to show how you've contradicted yourself over and over again with regards to you being more pro "Capitalism" than everyone here (aside from being contradictory in many areas of your "expertise")? Go right ahead, no one gives a shit so I won't waste my time, but it certainly is there for the dedicated researcher!!

Or wait! I see... Maybe you mean the same "Facts" that you provide, where you deduce your own false "facts" about others then attempt to high-road trounce them with lame ass examples like you did in your last "gold" thread. I'll pass, I respect others time.

Ug. Seriously, man, you're buzzwords without substance. You talk in circles. You exaggerate (I never said "more than everyone else.")

I add facts. I link to numbers. And sorry, "bro," you aren't successful. You get in hissy fits when I say the top marginal tax bracket (which I still don't think you understand) should be incredibly high. You act like it's an affront to you, when in reality it would help people like you. You spend so much time defending the top 0.5% as if you matter to them. As if you're more like them than those on welfare.

And your posts, much like this one, never have substance. Ever. When asked for it, you talk in circles. Again, just search my history and see how often I've linked to hard census or IRS numbers, direct from their websites. You never do. When asked for data, you just use a term like "sheep dolt." And somehow you think this makes you intelligent. You have a local government job making under six figures with a mid-tier bachelors but you think you're part of the nation's elite. You think you're better than people in poverty. You don't realize how amazingly close to it you are, and that people like Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers are trying their hardest to make sure they keep as much of the income and wealth in this nation as possible and you get as little as they are forced to turn over to you.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
8. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 17, 2014, 21:32 Beamer
 
killer_roach wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 20:34:
Beamer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 15:47:
XES never made much sense. I mean, don't get me wrong, it would be the most fun project at Microsoft to work on, but TV shows tied to one platform just seems like a losing prospect.

Unless I'm misremembering, and you didn't need Gold, or an XBox, to watch them. But if it was tied specifically to both Xbox and to Gold it would never have a large enough audience. Even if just Xbox, or Gold and watchable on any Windows machine, sounds too limited.

Even still, it's something that Microsoft really had no expertise in. At least Sony can piggyback off of their television and film studios to get original video content - Microsoft was in a position where they basically had to chase after promising projects with huge sums of cash to get them to come on board. Guess somebody high up realized that wasn't particularly a winning proposition.

Netflix had no experience and seems to be doing just fine.
Amazon had no experience and seems to... not be doing particularly well. I dunno, I never watched their shows.

I think the issue is really about audience. I can't see it being possible to get the audience needed to sustain a show when you limit yourself to Xbox owners.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
52. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 20:12 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 20:04:
Beamer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 19:03:
I've given you plenty of substnace to respodn to, as well. Do you want to deny that the wealth inequality caused the Great Depression?

As for your ideals, I said that you think that rich people work harder than other people. Which always cracks me up, because you must find yourself incredibly lazy.

But I'll source that for you:
Axis wrote on Jan 19, 2014, 22:24:
Most successful people work smart, or hard. Most unsuccessful people don't. There are exceptions, but that's black and white unbiased truth.

I'm not sure how you define monetary success, but I'd wager very, very few on this board are actually successful. Not in the eyes of our government's economic policy. Apparently you think we're all people that work neither smart nor hard.

Helpful hint: you aren't successful. If you aren't making at least half a million a year, at least, you aren't successful. You wouldn't be invited to Mitt Romney's fundraisers (nor to Obamas.) The economic policies that I support wouldn't negatively impact you. If you lost your job and couldn't find work for over a year, something very possible at your age and your skill level (true of nearly anyone in their late 40s and above) you could find yourself needing welfare assistance. Somehow you think you're closer to the Warren Buffets of the world than the 45 year old single mom working as a Walmart greeter and a McDonald's cashier while raising 3 kids.

You aren't. Not a single person on this site is. But that 45 year old single mom undoubtedly works significantly harder than every single person here and probably harder than every single billionaire in this country (a third of which inherited their money.)

This is gold, pure gold man. You just proved my last line that you can't "understand", and proved how absolutely out of touch you are with reality at the same time. Not successful unless you're making 500k a year, Parental duties vs career, just one laugh after another with you.


And you proved your inability to add content to a discussion.

Facts. Even basic justification for your opinions. You have none at all.

You probably don't get it. You think being poor means someone is stupid or not working hard. And you don't realize that, in the eyes of the people spending the money on the laws, you're a poor, classless nitwit. You fail to understand the meaning of "success," in the eyes of our economic policy. You fail to realize how much everything is being twisted to help the superwealthy, and you keep supporting it, because you're stupid enough to think your $70k/year is "successful."
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
48. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 19:03 Beamer
 
I've given you plenty of substnace to respodn to, as well. Do you want to deny that the wealth inequality caused the Great Depression?

As for your ideals, I said that you think that rich people work harder than other people. Which always cracks me up, because you must find yourself incredibly lazy.

But I'll source that for you:
Axis wrote on Jan 19, 2014, 22:24:
Most successful people work smart, or hard. Most unsuccessful people don't. There are exceptions, but that's black and white unbiased truth.

I'm not sure how you define monetary success, but I'd wager very, very few on this board are actually successful. Not in the eyes of our government's economic policy. Apparently you think we're all people that work neither smart nor hard.

Helpful hint: you aren't successful. If you aren't making at least half a million a year, at least, you aren't successful. You wouldn't be invited to Mitt Romney's fundraisers (nor to Obamas.) The economic policies that I support wouldn't negatively impact you. If you lost your job and couldn't find work for over a year, something very possible at your age and your skill level (true of nearly anyone in their late 40s and above) you could find yourself needing welfare assistance. Somehow you think you're closer to the Warren Buffets of the world than the 45 year old single mom working as a Walmart greeter and a McDonald's cashier while raising 3 kids.

You aren't. Not a single person on this site is. But that 45 year old single mom undoubtedly works significantly harder than every single person here and probably harder than every single billionaire in this country (a third of which inherited their money.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
47. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 18:54 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 18:47:
Not sure why Beamhole keeps bringing me up all the time and throwing out made-up ideals he thinks I posses, but it's humorous occasionally.

But that's what he does, that King of Capitalism! Just make something up, then go on a tirade about it! And it works, always the same few dopeyass sheep ready to hop on the TrollTrain!


I have no clue what most of the remainder of your post means, because you never, ever cite anything. But, for the first part, it's pretty obvious that you bring me up at least as often. Just scroll down this thread and look at which of us was the first to not only address the other but make a condescending comment.

As for your ideals, you routinely make them obvious.
As for your arguing tactics, for the love of god, learn how to cite things. You never, ever do that. Ever. Whether it's linking to numerical data (which I've often done to you), or simply pointing out specifically what you are whining about when you say things like "make something up," you never cite anything.

Please, please, please cite things if you're going to make an argument against it. Random, general, blanket arguments make you look very dumb.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 17, 2014, 18:46 Beamer
 
Tom wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 17:59:
It's like there's a competition among corporate suits to see who can sound the douchiest.

You understand it's the corporate communications department, not the executives themselves, writing these messages, and they're doing it heavily under the eye of legal, right?
 
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6. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 17, 2014, 18:26 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 18:23:
Let's spend millions creating original TV content for the xbox platform that'll be up on a torrent as soon as it's released.

I don't see how that's relevant. It doesn't stop HBO, Netflix, FX, etc.

There are plenty of flaws with the idea, but if "it'll be pirated" was considered a flaw, we wouldn't have any TV shows or video games.
 
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1. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 17, 2014, 15:47 Beamer
 
XES never made much sense. I mean, don't get me wrong, it would be the most fun project at Microsoft to work on, but TV shows tied to one platform just seems like a losing prospect.

Unless I'm misremembering, and you didn't need Gold, or an XBox, to watch them. But if it was tied specifically to both Xbox and to Gold it would never have a large enough audience. Even if just Xbox, or Gold and watchable on any Windows machine, sounds too limited.
 
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44. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 14:24 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 14:19:
Beamer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 00:35:

I think about halfway through my rant I really realized I just take offense to his phrasing, because it vilifies socialism. Listen, I'm probably one of the biggest fans of capitalism on this site, but it needs to be heavily regulated.

It's funny that the period of time when the USA was the most economically strong was 50 years ago, a period of time where union membership was in the 60% range, where the top tax rate was 90%, the wealth gap was small, CEO salaries were only 10x worker salaries, not 300x, there was social security, and the debt was high. And yet today, it's claimed that in order to "save" the economy we have to cut the tax rate, get rid of SS, get rid of unions, get rid of the debt, etc. etc. all things that basically have the opposite effect.

Yup. Again, I'll point to the New Deal introducing socialism and suddenly we had a growing middle class. Sure, things like suburbs led to that, but I think points you mentioned were the main reason.

Then came the Reagan tax cut and we've had a runaway top class (top 0.5%), a shrinking middle class, a lack of class change, and a lot of people arguing that this is better.

I watched that John Oliver someone mentioned earlier last night. I think his point of optimism fueling people defending laws that hurt them in favor of the super rich being that everyone holds out on the chance they'll be super rich, even though the laws they support make that less likely, rings decently true.

The WSJ reported that our wealth inequality is back to the level it was in the 1920s. Insanity. We all know what happened then, when only a few people had money to feed the economy. Boom! Crash. Followed by Boom! Great Depression. Followed by Boom! New Deal and Socialism to take some of the edge off of our pure capitalism. Followed by immense innovation, blossoming middle class, and enormous economic group.

Keyenes said the Great Depression was caused by a decrease in consumption. Do you know what a large wealth inequality does? It decreases consumption. As I've said a billion times here, when some people are super rich and everyone else is close to the poverty line consumption drops. One individual can only consume so much, so those with the wealth aren't covering for their proportion. Everyone else lacks the wealth to consume. The economy starves.

But hey, Axis, keep arguing that this is because the guys at Candy Crush work harder than you, are smarter than you, and deserve billions while you make $50k.

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42. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 14:08 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 13:58:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 23:39:

jdreyer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 21:54:

Goddammit Beam, what did I tell you about that making sense thing? Corrupt lazy teachers just feels right in my gut, so it must be true!
So you're saying that when teachers blow off teaching and simply drop a textbook in front of a kid and say "there ya go, learn it." They're not being lazy? When they don't show up for a class and let no one know, they're also not being lazy. And when boards blow money that's supposed to go to say...new library systems on $250k trips for "education training" in a nice far away tropical location they're not corrupt?
You're postulating a hypothetical situation that doesn't really exist. No one goes into teaching for the money. They do it because they love teaching and they care. The vast majority of teachers are responsible, hardworking people. This whole "corrupt lazy teachers" canard is a red herring sown by the corporate education companies with the goal of setting up government funded schools for their companies from which they suck max profits with no competition. The track record of these kinds of schools is very poor, which is what you'd expect when 15-20% of the funds is going to profit instead of to the students. Also, money spent on trips to Hawaii is also a very unusual problem.

Are there bad teachers and corrupt officials and waste? Sure, but no more so than any other industry. And unlike private corporations, there's much transparency on DOE budgets, so these abuses can be ferreted out.

I think there's a great deal of waste at the administrator level, though I think that's due to government entities following corporate pay trends to woo top talent.

As for terrible teachers, I had some growing up. Many of them were old and shouldn't have still been in the classroom (not sure why they didn't retire at 25 years as the unions would prefer.)

I think I've mentioned before that I did some work with juvenile criminals in Newark, NJ. Meaning I saw their schools and met their teachers. The teachers worked their asses off. They tried their best to find the jewels they could connect with and get to college. The problems came from the parents, who saw little use for school because school got them nothing. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Even if the kid works the parents can't afford college. If the kid manages to get a scholarship, which is less common than many think, the parents still can't afford it. Sending a kid to college is expensive. And even if the kid gets into a somewhat local school, and many inner cities don't have them, and even if the kid has a full ride with a stipend to include books and clothing, transportation becomes an issue. And when the kid gets to class he feels like an outsider and has trouble connecting.

Basically, there's a belief in this neighborhoods that you can't get out, because so very few people get out. And when a parent has that belief, nothing a teacher does will overcome it.
 
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39. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 13:58 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 13:55:
You're a fool and a tool. That's all that's worth adding.

This is all you're capable of.
And I see you edited this to basically do "I'm rubber and you're glue." Must I link to ALL the topics in which we begged you for data and provided our own and you were only capable of linking to articles written by morons with no qualifications?
 
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11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2014, 13:09 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 13:04:
Beamer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 11:28:
when I read things like this, I get the impression that most people don't have a clue what the hell the "cloud" is and how it is basically the entire internet at this point.

Right they renamed the same thing we had.

Internet
Online Servers
Information Super Highway - Remember that one?
Cloud

Just a way of sounding like you have something new. Now are there new apps and strategies? Yes. But it is still online servers.

What I read is MS is focusing on Online Apps, put cloud in there so hopefully some idiot investor gets excited. Online apps... amazing new stuff.

Well, it is new, though. With servers, you rented a server. If that server went down, your site went down.

With clouds, you rent time on a cluster of servers with massive redundancies. You have very little worry about downtime, because if one server dies there are hundreds of others to pick up its load immediately. If your data needs change because you get a sudden surge of users more servers will start working your data and you don't need to worry about being DDOSd by valid users.

I mean, it's not really a rebranding of something we had. It's saying the word "forest" is a fancy way of saying "tree."
 
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