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Larry Page's Vocal Cords Are Partially Paralyzed

Bucko Serious, but not fatal. (189 comments)

Long time NPR host Diane Rehm has suffered from the same condition. It kept her off the air for some months back in the '90s, but not permanently. The solution then, apparently, was an injection of something akin to botox.

about a year ago
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What Objects To Focus On For School Astronomy?

Bucko Who needs the 'scope? (377 comments)

Sorry I saw this so late.
Over 30 years ago I taught Astronomy to college freshmen. Thought I did a decent enough job, but if I had to do it over again...

First of all, please make sure that the students actually know the basics. My gut says most won't know that which way is North or South, or that the Sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

Have them watch the Moon enough to know that it moves nightly to the east, relative to the stars, and have them watch the stars enough to know that they move to the west nightly, relative to the Sun. These in and of themselves are not a trivial observations.

Have them locate planets. Mars is well placed in the evening sky. Have them learn to read a star chart to see the bright object that isn't shown. That implies they can indeed identify more that "the big dipper".

The Pleiades are high in the sky now. It starts a great lesson in star clusters and stellar nurseries.

The pretty stuff - M42 in Orion (for the early evening now) and M13 in Herc. later in the year are classics, and a good place to start.

Later in the spring, Venus is a great naked eye object, and little improved by a telescope. But at least you can show them it's a crescent. Mercury is something to look for mid-April in the evening sky. It's not improved at all with a telescope!

Saturn is the best object in a small telescope. It doesn't get high in the sky during the early evening until later in the spring, but it won't be too bad in the east. Jupiter and it's moons are in the morning sky. But late next fall it'll be your best object.

You will have a devil of a time with deep-sky objects. Because the pictures that even amateurs can get with CCD cameras are so good, the naked eye can't compete. They will either not see them or be disappointed.

more than 4 years ago
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Nielsen Struggles To Track Modern Viewing Habits

Bucko Re:Who is running Nielsen anyway, Leslie? (248 comments)

Your example of the Chuck-fan's Subway campaign is a good one. Subway used the term "fan engagement", which is a bottom-line issue for advertisers NOT captured by Neilsons. In other words, the $s appeared even when they didn't show up in ratings.

about 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

Bucko Re:Say goodbye to your rights (3709 comments)

They want to take it *from you*, Dragon.

Say goodbye to your second amendment rights. They're as good as gone.
Say goodbye to your first amendment rights. The "fairness doctrine" will take care of freedom of the press. And if you don't happen to listen to radio, then the taxing of our charitable contributions (at least those given to Churches) will demolish what's left of freedom of religion.
Forget you right to a secret ballot. Card check is on the fast track.
Your children will be given no choice but to attend government ("public") schools. No vouchers.
Like socialized medicine? Good for you. It's coming. I suggest you take a look at Great Britain to see how well it works.
But hey - rejoice. Youp son will be able to marry the same sex partner of your choice, and your daughter will be able to abort your grandchild at will.

more than 5 years ago

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Are Linux Boxes Inviting Targets for Pro Hackers?

Bucko Bucko writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bucko writes "Rootkitted penguin-based boxes on the rise, say researchers. This is not a good thing."

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