Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Siri: An Insulting Math "Teacher"

At Aaron Paul’s insistence, everyone with an Apple device is asking Siri, the operating system’s virtual assistant, a tricky math question. 

Early Tuesday morning, the “Breaking Bad” star tweeted, “Ask Siri ‘what is zero divided by zero?’ RIGHT. NOW.” 

It’s commonly known that it’s impossible to divide any number by 0; the answer is undefined. But many agree Siri’s response to the question is startlingly insulting—and maybe a little bit funny. 

Her answer: “Imagine that you have 0 cookies and you split them evenly among 0 friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn’t make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends.” 

Siri also gives a variety of snarky answers when you ask her how to divide other numbers by 0. When asked to divide 1 by 0 she said, “Please don’t make me divide by 0. That would be like me asking you to grow a third arm.” 

When asked the same question twice more she responded, “The answer is definitely undefined,” and “The same as 2 divided by 0; undefined.” 

On the third try, she brought Cookie Monster back into the equation: “Imagine that you have 1 cookies and you split them evenly among 0 friends. How many cookies does each of your friends get? See? It doesn’t make sense, so Cookie Monster gets them all. Num, num, num.” 

Also among Siri’s answer bank to the question are, “You know, that’s not nice. Are you trying to scramble my computational cortex?” and “The answer is somewhere between infinity, negative infinity and undefined.” 

Siri didn’t seem to understand “What is infinity divided by 0?” After repeated attempts, her answer remained, “Sorry, I didn’t get that. Could you restate the question?” 

When once again asked to divide 0 by 0, Siri gave the same Cookie Monster response. When I asked “Why are you being so mean?” she said, “Is that what you think?” When I said “Yes,” she answered, “That’s what I figured.” 

After her repeated insults, I decided to ask Siri if she had any friends. She said, “I’m sorry, I’m afraid I can’t answer that.” 

That’s what I thought.

Read More at: http://13wham.com//news/features/nation-news/stories/ask-siri-divide-0-0-3502.shtml?wap=0

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Offending Everyone Equally


Friday, June 26, 2015

Shotgun Fired At Greece Home

WHEC-TV reports: "Greece Police are investigating a shooting on Bartholif Road. It happened just after 9 a.m.

Investigators say an unknown person fired a shotgun at a home on Batholif Road. We’re told the house was damaged as a result but no one was injured.

The incident is under investigation."

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Passing The Trash Boomerangs Back To Greece

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Wow. Meet your new Assistant Superintendent:


So Graupman's first big decision is to hire a convicted criminal who was essentially walked out of her job in Warsaw. She's been hiding in Florida waiting for someone to give her another shot. Who else but Greece would do this?

Mind-boggling....    6/23/2015 10:44 PM

Warsaw School Board accepts superintendent’s resignation: No confirmation if Burke left due to DWI revelation

The Warsaw Central School Board of Education accepted and approved the resignation of Superintendent Valerie K. Burke at a special board meeting Tuesday night.

The board entered executive session shortly after the meeting began at 7:30 p.m. and returned about an hour and a half later to deliver the decision.
Burke’s resignation was effective immediately, and Elementary Principal Stephen Saxton will serve as acting superintendent while also continuing his duties as principal until further notice, according to board president Robert Cummins.
Cummins would not discuss the terms of Burke’s resignation, saying it a confidential personnel matter.
Burke was pulled over in May 2011 on Interstate 490 in Rochester. She was later arrested for DWI after a breath test revealed she had a .15 percent blood alcohol content.
When news of her arrest broke last week, Burke was out of the district, according to a statement by Cummins after a Sept. 20 board meeting.
However, the board did not comment when asked if the resignation was voluntary, and it is unclear whether it was related to Burke’s arrest. It’s also unclear whether Burke alerted the district to her arrest or if she was even required to.
Regardless, resident Deanna Marsh said she agreed with the board’s decision to accept Burke’s resignation.
“I don’t think she could come back and actually become a role model,” Marsh said. “I don’t think kids, teachers or anybody would be able to respect her or look up to her, so I think it’s the right decision.”
Marsh also expressed apprehension over the impending superintendent search.
“It’s going to be another long process to try to find somebody who will come into a small town and step into this position, especially with all the negativity we’ve had surrounding the district in the last couple years,” she said.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Babs' Last Stand, Tonight 6:30PM

Also Julia Van Orman's & Adam Crandall's Last Stand ... 

GREECE survived!!! (barely)

ATTENDEES/LISTENERS BEWARE: This BOE meeting should be chock-full of sweet nothings, warm-and-fuzzy feelings & other gag-worthy moments!

Greece Central Schools Supt. Barbara Deane Williams ~ "Babs"

Saturday, June 20, 2015

BOE Meeting, Tuesday @6:30PM

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into Exec. Session at 4:45PM to discuss matters made exempt under federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the employment history of particular persons.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Security Issues Questioned

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Is there anyone on the GCSD BOE, or maybe the retired GPD senior officer who I hear is now currently Head of GCSD Security, or any security supervisor who might describe a legal precedent that states how a District vehicle that is unregistered, uninspected, and uninsured arrives at the plaza on Long Pond near English today from a school location without violating the Law? I would think that District liability, desertion of post, and operating out of jurisdictional bounds would be grounds for immediate termination!!! Especially if said operator was found to be knowledgeable of V&T Laws (I suspect in an earlier career, he swore some professional oath). Anyone in a position of leadership who violates the trust of his employer, his charges, and his peers while willfully violating the Law and putting the safety of the children he has been hired to protect at risk is A RISK THE EMPLOYER CAN NO LONGER TOLERATE.  6/15/2015 7:55 PM

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Auberger's Tangled Web With Greece PD

D&C File Photo, 2009

Democrat & Chronicle's Investigative Report : Reveals John Auberger Played A Central Role In Greece PD Scandals

  • "The decision to hire people was made exclusively by Auberger and we would be told who we were going to hire."  ~~ former Deputy Police Chief William Mackin (2013 deposition)
  • Evidence in the civil suits showed that "one, (Pignato) should not have been hired and, two, there was sufficient evidence for him to be fired in his first four or five months." ~~ attorney Norman Palmiere, who represented the two women.
  • ...  the civil suit records — made public after the Democrat and Chronicle opposed a sealing request from some lawyers involved in the litigation — portray a town that, during the Auberger tenure, was fueled by cronyism with a rubber-stamp Town Board.     
  • Auberger declined to comment, referring questions to attorney David Spoto, who represented the town. "As far as just rehashing that whole thing, I would prefer not to." ~~ Former Town Supervisor, John Auberger

"Auberger said in past interviews, in trial testimony and in his deposition that he remembered meeting with Parrinello about Pignato, but did not recall whether Pignato was there.

But, in his deposition, Loszynski said Auberger denied to him that the meeting ever happened.

"I briefed (Auberger) every Friday," Loszynski said in the deposition. "It came up in the briefing. And there were so many rumors taking place. I said. 'John, did that meeting take place?' And he said, 'No, it didn't.' "

In a telephone interview, Loszynski confirmed that Auberger denied to him that Auberger met with Parrinello and Pignato.

"I confronted him and he said it did not occur," Loszynski said. He said he did not pursue the issue because it did not directly impact the investigation into the police force."

Greece Lawsuits Settled For $900,000 To $1,000,000

  • Nicholas Joseph, another Greece police officer who ended up in prison for crimes, had his own “horse,*” according to the depositions: former Rochester Police Capt. Robert Wiesner, the husband of Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.
*Someone who was encouraging the town to hire a certain police recruit

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

U.S. Newspapers

1.        The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country. 

2.       The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

3.       The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country, and who are very good at crossword puzzles.
4.       USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand The New York Times.

5.       The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could find the time and if they didn't have to leave Southern California to do it.

6.       The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a poor job of it.

7.       The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

8.       The New York Post is read by people who don't care who is running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

9.       The Chicago Tribune is read by people that are in prison and used to run the state, & would like to do so again, as would their constituents who are currently free on bail.

10.    The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores.

11.     The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure if there is a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are gay, handicapped, minority, feminist, atheist dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided, of course, that they are not Republicans.

12.    The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

13.    The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

BOE Meeting, 6:30PM

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into Exec. Session at 6:00PM to discuss the proposed sale of real property & the employment history of a particular person. In addition, it is anticipated the BOE will go into exec. session at the conclusion of the regular meeting to discuss matters made exempt under federal law, the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Barnard School Sells For $775,000

Talmudical Institute of Upstate NY To Buy

Why is the BOE giving away GCSD property for a fraction of its appraised value of $1,270,000?

Friday, June 05, 2015

Why Do Town Trucks Ignore School Speed Zones?

This is a pet peeve that's been noticed for a very long time!

This afternoon, I passed by Athena when the yellow "School Zone" lights were flashing.

I counted THREE Town of Greece trucks/vehicles whiz right on by without slowing down at all!


Greece Central ~ Second Worst District In County

Buffalo Business First list ranks 67 school districts in Western NY.

Greece Central ranks 40th out of 67. Only East Irondequoit ranks lower in Monroe County.

SCATS ~~ Thanks to Barbara Deane-Williams. 

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Greece Elementary School Rankings

Buffalo Business First ranks the 161 public elementary schools in the eight-county greater Rochester area. Greece's Schools listed below:

16. Pinebrook (Greece)
 27. Paddy Hill ES (Greece)
46. Brookside ES (Greece)
50. Craig Hill ES (Greece)
62. West Ridge ES (Greece)
69. Buckman Heights ES (Greece)
91. Longridge ES (Greece)
93. Lakeshore ES (Greece)

Monday, June 01, 2015


Greece police shoot & kill a man they were searching for outside Sears at the Mall at Greece Ridge. The suspect had a gun, but it was unknown whether or not it was loaded at the time. He was involved in some sort of confrontation with police.

School Resource Officer, Eric Hughes