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(The New York Times)   Hey kids - enjoying all the snow days this year? Well, build a snowman while you can because technology's about to ruin your day   (nytimes.com) divider line 10
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2014-02-14 03:27:48 AM  
3 votes:
Anyone else really farking pissed about that car commercial where the guy talks about how great Americans are because we don't take off all of August like Europeans do? Anyone feel like that's just more social engineering to keep the serfs at work (and feelin' proud about it! Mmmurrrica!)?

Anyway, that's what this reminds me of.

/Fark you, *I'm* never gonna get to go to the moon, so give me all of August off like the Europeans
//And for the record, asswipe, no America isn't going back to the moon, at least not before the Chinese.
///Boy that commercial pisses me off.
2014-02-14 11:05:29 AM  
2 votes:

steamingpile: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: robohobo: This sucks. Both for the kids and the rest of us who will probably have to pay for others to have both laptops and and internet connection.

So kids whose parents can't afford internet and a computer at home should grow up with significantly less access to technology, putting them behind their peers and giving them less opportunity to pull themselves up by their bootstraps?

Its yet another failed plan to try and help someone when you know those laptops will just wind up in a pawn shop.

At worst for long periods of building or structure issues they could set up temporary hubs for kids to be at and work from there, kind of setting them up for being a mindless office worker.


Our school has issued laptops to all high school students for the last 6 years. 100% of them have been sold in pawn shops. Oh wait, scratch that. I meant to say 0%. We've lost exactly one, and that one was stolen out of a car and was paid for by their car insurance policy. Nice scare tactic, though. Get the old folks all riled up that their tax dollars are being wasted on crap like educating children. I live way out in deep-red flyover land, and the public is pretty supportive of the program, other than the few chucklefarks like you who absolutely can't stand to see someone else have something that you didn't.
2014-02-14 03:58:15 AM  
2 votes:

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: steamingpile: Its yet another failed plan to try and help someone when you know those laptops will just wind up in a pawn shop.

The high school I went to had a program to loan computers to people that didn't have one at home. In fact, I had one of them for a couple years. I talked with the people who ran the program, and they didn't have any problem with them being sold to pawn shops.

But then, I suppose reality does have a liberal bias.


Probably because the pawn shops knew about the program and wouldn't buy those computers.
2014-02-14 03:48:42 AM  
2 votes:

steamingpile: Its yet another failed plan to try and help someone when you know those laptops will just wind up in a pawn shop.


The high school I went to had a program to loan computers to people that didn't have one at home. In fact, I had one of them for a couple years. I talked with the people who ran the program, and they didn't have any problem with them being sold to pawn shops.

But then, I suppose reality does have a liberal bias.
2014-02-14 03:44:40 AM  
2 votes:
Whatever speeds up the nationwide rollout of fiber optic connections is ok by me.

We should be ashamed that any other country has faster more accessible internet than we do.
2014-02-14 06:12:49 AM  
1 votes:
My kids district has used 3 Blizzard Bag days this year - apparently some of the teachers really took the "Not a glorified homework assignment" thing to heart because they assigned somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 hours of work per subject per day.  Some of them managed to hit close to the mark of around 30-40 minutes of work - which is probably all you typically get on an average day.  Even then, in a classroom setting at least 1/2 that time is spent listening, whereas all of this was reading, writing or doing.  Needless to say but the second assignment my kids were MUCH more interested in getting up and going to school than getting another Blizzard Bag.

My oldest child wasnt such a chore as she did all the work herself (with the added effort of complaining every 20 minutes) but for my younger kids it probably assigned almost as much work to the parents as the kids.
2014-02-14 04:52:49 AM  
1 votes:

memebot_of_doom: brimed03: Anyone else really farking pissed about that car commercial where the guy talks about how great Americans are because we don't take off all of August like Europeans do? Anyone feel like that's just more social engineering to keep the serfs at work (and feelin' proud about it! Mmmurrrica!)?

This ad?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGJSI48gkFc


How the f***k is that supposed to make you want to buy a Cadillac?
2014-02-14 03:30:28 AM  
1 votes:

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: robohobo: This sucks. Both for the kids and the rest of us who will probably have to pay for others to have both laptops and and internet connection.

So kids whose parents can't afford internet and a computer at home should grow up with significantly less access to technology, putting them behind their peers and giving them less opportunity to pull themselves up by their bootstraps?


The bootstrappy way is to build your own computer from junkyard scraps, like the Greatest Generation did with crystal radio sets.

Ya farkin' pinko.

/kidding, if it wasn't obvious
2014-02-14 03:26:03 AM  
1 votes:

robohobo: This sucks. Both for the kids and the rest of us who will probably have to pay for others to have both laptops and and internet connection.


So kids whose parents can't afford internet and a computer at home should grow up with significantly less access to technology, putting them behind their peers and giving them less opportunity to pull themselves up by their bootstraps?
2014-02-14 03:25:00 AM  
1 votes:
Better this that having your spring break cannibalized. Plus you can get high for class a lot easier this way.
 
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