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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Chris Mattern Re:The US slides back to the caves (506 comments)

The geography I was taught was that the Ural Mountains is the boundary between Europe and Asia, meaning that western Russia is indeed part of Europe, though the eastern part is not.

yesterday
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Chris Mattern Re:Here we go again (506 comments)

How many times have you seen scientists starting wars over theories and results?

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Hoo, boy. I take it you have never worked with the faculty of a university. Granted, they don't use guns and bombs, but probably only because they don't have access to them.

yesterday
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Chris Mattern Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (506 comments)

Oh, what laws did they have? Please tell me about egyptian law under the nomarchs?

Were you aware that the *word* "nomarch" comes from the Ancient Greek, nomos, meaning law?

yesterday
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Chris Mattern Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (506 comments)

Nope, they don't underlie the scientific method. They are merely tools of the scientific method. Immeasurably useful tools, but it is the scientific method at the base, not mathematics, logic or philosophy. When experiment shows that mathematical models can successfully predict observed phenomena, those mathematical models are used. When experiment fails to show that such models do so, they are tossed out. They may still be of interest to mathematicians, but scientists have no further use for them.

yesterday
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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

Chris Mattern Re:Agreed (109 comments)

But what about Q?

We'll have to ask M.

yesterday
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Chris Mattern Re:At least (247 comments)

you aren't getting contacted by a Nigerian 411 scammer with some dead relative or something or other and trying to deposit a magical sum of money in your account.

And then he offers to look up phone numbers for you! Perhaps you meant 419.

2 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Chris Mattern Re:Bad Planning (193 comments)

Case in point right here in my home state of Virginia: The state's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control stores (commonly called "ABC stores"). As part of the state's alcohol laws, licensed stores can sell wine and beer, and licensed bars and restaurants can sell booze by the glass. If you want hard liquor by the bottle, you have to buy it at an ABC store, which are state-owned. They turn a profit, and that profit goes into the state's coffers.

2 days ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Chris Mattern Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (259 comments)

I've never had a wireless cord get unplugged from moving my PC.

I've never had a Cat5 cord get unplugged from moving my PC. Unless it's physically broken, it latches securely in place. You may wind up on a shorter tether than you realized, but you won't unplug it, at least not unless you're much rougher with your equipment than you should be.

3 days ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Chris Mattern Re:Waaah. (336 comments)

It must take longer to boil water in the US then. In Aus a standard electric kettle has a 2.4kW resistive heating element.

You don't see many kettles with built-in heating elements here. People heat their kettles on the stove, which will either be gas, or if it's electric, will be on a special high-capacity circuit.

5 days ago
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Scientists Developing Remote-Control Cyborg Moths

Chris Mattern Re:Wow (27 comments)

I can see it now, a comic book super villain and his swarm of programmable insects.

You mean, like this guy?

about a week ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

Chris Mattern Re:Welcome to the Information Age! (144 comments)

And who will be blamed? Why, the researchers who discovered this incredible negligence, of course! "If you hadn't shown the hackers how to do it, we never would have this problem!"

about a week ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

Chris Mattern Re:Step #1 Find a Geek (179 comments)

Silly man, everybody knows, "Step #3: Profit!"

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Chris Mattern Re:Working from home (160 comments)

My company does this. You're entitled to reimbursement of your Internet connection charges (not the whole cable bill, of course) up to $50/mo. This actually doesn't cover my whole ISP bill (thanks, Comcast!), but hey, every little bit helps.

about a week ago
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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

Chris Mattern Re:No problem (74 comments)

"Looks like you've blown a seal." "Just fix it and leave my personal life out of this."

about a week ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

Chris Mattern Re:Logged in to email? (117 comments)

You can't.

This isn't necessarily universal, as it's not required like 911 access, but you can certainly do it on my phone. Go into "People", select "In case of emergency" (it's big and bold at top) and you can select contacts from your contact list to be emergency contacts. These can then be called from the lock screen with the "Emergency contacts" button.

about a week ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

Chris Mattern Re:Logged in to email? (117 comments)

My Android 4.1.2 on a Verizon DROID 4 certainly has it. It's required to be there. Look at the bottom of your lock screen (It *is* a lock screen, right? Requiring a code to unlock the phone? It's not there if your phone's not locked and you can just swipe to select the function you want).

about a week ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

Chris Mattern Re:Logged in to email? (117 comments)

It would really surprise me if your Android phone *doesn't* have this feature, because it *is* required by law. Mine certainly has it.

about a week ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

Chris Mattern Re:I definitely share password with family (117 comments)

The *right* way to cover the "hit-by-a-bus" scenario is to put all your passwords into an encrypted repository, and only give your wife the password to the repository. Ideally, the repository should then be placed in a safety deposit box that can't be accessed outside of the hit-by-a-bus scenario, but that would admittedly be an extra expense and arguably overkill.

about a week ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Chris Mattern Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (198 comments)

In 3e, the monk got to add their wisdom modifier to AC when unarmored, and mage armor gave a +4 armor bonus

Okay, I'm confused. How can a bonus you only get when unarmored stack with a bonus that comes from armor?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Chris Mattern Re:UX? Meh. I have enough experiences in life (199 comments)

Why can't we go back to calling it what it is: user interface?

Because "Are you interfaced? Have you ever been interfaced?" doesn't sound nearly as sexy.

about two weeks ago

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