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Niles faces ‘failure’ of software

tsk tsk, southsidedave.

You wouldn't want the poor darlings to have to stoop to employing some of the millions of bright US citizen science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) pros who are not currently employed in the field they loved so much, in which they invested so much of their intelligence and effort and money and time and creativity. How terrible would that be? No, we must waste that talent!

Besides, bodyshopping is still the great fad of the B-school set... regardless of the costs and other bad results, just as IBM was their darling a few decades back, and then MSFT. Sure there was better computer hardware. Sure there were better operating systems. Sure there are lots of off-the-shelf billing apps. But they didn't have the name among the unthinking B-school set. There are priorities!

So it has been written.

January 20, 2014 at 11:11 a.m. suggest removal

Historic Campbell steel-era home to become museum

Sounds good.

I was reading about poured-on-site, foam form, re-inforced concrete buildings recently. The foam on both sides insulates and is a moisture seal; the concrete is a heat-sink, stabilizing temperature. And they can be finished with a wood, aluminum, or brick skin. You can even do re-inforced concrete roofs, or wood-frame roof.

The trickiest part seems to be making sure all of the bigger bubbles are worked out as it is poured.

They're a little more expensive up front than stick-built or even brick, but probably less than stone.

January 13, 2014 at 6:01 p.m. suggest removal

Ohio officials launch new human-trafficking campaign

Don't additional penalties already exist? I mean, there's kidnapping, smuggling someone across borders (including the Mann act covering smuggling across state borders; and I wonder whether they count up each state line crossed along the way), penalties for imprisoning people, pimping, the drugs abused to make the victims submissive, battery... It shouldn't be difficult for a half-decent prosecutor and juries and judges to stack up a few decades worth of sequential sentences for each victim of each perp.

January 13, 2014 at 8:58 a.m. suggest removal

Farmers await outcome of 2 pending bills

Wouldn't that be sweet, for software engineers, analysts, web-weavers, data-base designers to be able to deduct $3K-$4K for the costs of replacing hardware and software tools every couple years.

But even that would be no help at all to the millions of STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) professionals who are unemployed or involuntarily out of field (in survival jobs).

Come to think of it, this isn't going to be much help for unemployed and under-employed US farm-workers, either, and that help only indirect.

December 16, 2013 at 1:56 p.m. suggest removal

Third grade reading scores drop in Mahoning Valley

I'm starting to wonder what their definitions of "proficient" are and how they've changed over time. Are more children actually illiterate, or do they just have more trouble with bigger, less common words like antidisestablishmentarianism, acetylcholinesterase or eleemosynary?

(Geo-political changes have relieved them from having to master one of my favorite 3rd grade spelling challenges: Czechoslovakia, but do they know where the Uighurs live? Or why Good Uncle Wenceslaus was feasting on St. Stephen's day, or why his brother Cruel Grandpa Boleslaw had him assassinated? Do they even have regular spelling bees in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, anymore? It's beginning to seem like spelling bees might be a good idea through high school in some places.)

Sure, some short-hand like "proficient" is handy, but it's good to be able to refer back to the definitions of those short-hand terms well enough to make judgments, and to have a widely-held good grasp on how those definitions have shifted over time.

December 15, 2013 at 12:33 p.m. suggest removal

More than half Ohio third-graders meet requirements to advance a grade

So, the grade-schools in Ohio don't have libraries (oh, that's right; they call them "media centers", now) or semi-monthly visits by a book-mobile? Parents in Ohio don't read to/with their children anymore? Parents don't take them to the local branch library every week? They don't buy books at local book-stores?

Or is it a more fundamental problem that they don't see academic achievement as valuable because we have so many people with university degrees (who can read, write and do calculus) who are unemployed?

Obligatory: Why, when I was a wee thing in Ohio, we used to drive 5 miles nearly every week-end to get to the closest branch library. The book-mobiles' visits to the school were a great treat. Before 8th grade I was hiking those 5 miles to the branch library or book-stores. My uncle used to take his shot-gun to school nearly every day and hunt for edibles along the way (though his brothers thought he was just trying to get out of some of the other chores).

It's time for the locals to step up the game. Neighbors could pitch in to take them to the library, take turns reading books and discussing what they'd read (to this day I have trouble resisting the urge to talk about the books I'm reading when folks give signs they aren't interested in the subject). If the book-mobile can't come to the school, schedule a twice per term "field-trip" to the library. Baseball cards, Pokimon, Fu-gi-oh, and Magic cards can help learn arithmetic. In 1st and 2nd grade, write fill-in-the-blank stories on the black- or white-boards to give them practice reading, writing and critical thinking (to figure out what word goes in each blank). No 21st century tech required.

December 13, 2013 at 9:25 a.m. suggest removal

NASA offers assistance to Northeast Ohio companies

hmmm, When I worked at a NASA research center, the engineers seemed to have plenty of work planned for several life-times. Since 1989, it seems like three-quarters of them have been dumped and large numbers having difficulty landing engineering jobs.

Now, SpaceX is launching geosynchronous commercial satellites, and while the remaining engineers at NASA, as ordered by the Obummer regime, are working to improve relationships with Muslims, in their spare work-time they're gadding about as contract consultants...

Meanwhile, tech execs are illegally bringing in aerospace engineers from Russia on B-1 visas (non-work visas for attendance at conferences), and whining about "STEM talent shortages" to get more H-1B visas, while only between one-third and one-half of new STEM grads are landing STEM jobs.

New "STEM" education programs are being created by federal and state grants in high schools and junior colleges and vo-tech schools.

Unemployment rates among STEM pros are running 2 to 3 times the full employment levels for these occupations and many more are "involuntarily out of field" in survival jobs.

There are a few things wrong with this picture... a bit of cognitive dissonance, a few apparent contradictions.

December 8, 2013 at 11:54 a.m. suggest removal

Ohioans don’t trust Obama

I am thankful (1) to be alive and (2) to know that most Buckeyes don't trust pres. Obummer. The ancient Romans used to say dum spiro spero -- while there's life, there's hope -- and this shows that therer is still hope for Ohio... and the USA, and, along with life, hope for liberty, justice, privacy and property for each.

November 28, 2013 at 9:03 a.m. suggest removal

Polling may go paperless

And before levers and cards, there were big, poster-sized ballots, that you marked with scannable markers, and before those, you marked them with an X, and before those you could write in whatever names you wished onto any scrap of paper that was handy and put it into the ballot box.

I recall lugging those huge canvas and leather (oops, those can't be PC, can they?) bags and the heavy wooden and metal poles for the voting booths.

But it's so much easier to hack electronic poll books, to disable the opponents' faithful from voting, and allow one's allies to vote multiple times. That's one of the earliest big electronic voting scams I've run across. And when the communications go out, you can't get the official data feed from the county office... or maybe the data feed is intercepted and a phony stream of data substituted. Printed books, while still subject to scamming, are much more secure; at the very least, you can require multiple persons (from opposing parties) to retain custody.

November 19, 2013 at 5:10 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown State University graduate tapped for president’s climate-change committee

I don't see anything in the article about her having degrees in chemistry, physics, meteorology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering...

Should be perfect, then, for an Obummer commission... After all, there's been no "global warming" for over 17 years, now, so how much harm could she do?

November 19, 2013 at 12:56 a.m. suggest removal


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