Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds
I asked my teachers to teach me advanced math in grade school. They didn't like it, it was a 'problem' because it would take up too much time and resources. Extra time and resources already spent in copious amounts on a couple of retards. One grew up to be that guy you see picking his nose while he bags your groceries.
Merlin's Magic: The Inside Story of the First Mobile Game
mobile games have been around for thousands of years. Did you mean to say 'electronic'?
The Science of Solitary Confinement
Until you manage to produce undeniable proof that someone is physically unable to be cured from mental illness, we should always, as a society, strive to cure them.
Let's take an analogy that's perhaps closer to home: some people in hospitals have neither the money nor the physical wellness to get cured. Should we simply abandon them, or should we strive to the very end to attempt to cure them, even (and especially) if it ultimately fails?
Attempt at reform is pointless for many; it's a well-established fact that you cannot 'cure' a sociopath.
Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60
I played WoW for a while back when it was newer, when you had to actually form social ties and groups in order to get anything accomplished. That's what I liked, the social part of it. Much later I came back to it and realized that nobody was forming groups any more, there was this new queuing system to get you into dungeons and you got grouped up with strangers and there was no incentive to even talk to each other. I guess it was to please the 'casual' crowd. I wasn't impressed.
New Review Slams Fusion Project's Management
ITER is at the wrong end of the scale - we need to get fusion working in a nanoscale device first, then refine it for printed arrays. Not this nonsense.
Lechal Haptic Footwear Guides You By Buzzing Your Feet
Back in high school, someone at our table in the caf would read a single, random page out of The Naked Lunch while we ate.
I heard that particular page read just after the infamous fetal pig intestine fight in biology.
That was an awesome, fucked up day.
How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?
I stopped buying new PC games when they all suddenly started to suck.
But I do enjoy Flash games now, and they're free.
Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor
Why is America a super power? Because we work our asses off. Nuff said.
The dollar is the root of our empire, not our labor force.
Game Developers' Quest To Cross the Uncanny Valley
CGI humans in movies--pre-rendered by giant server farms for as long as it takes--still fall into the uncanny valley.
It'll be a long, long time before graphics can be rendered in real time with no uncanny valley.
The uncanny valley has nothing to do with rendering any more, but modelling.
They've gotten better, but kinematic models are still crap. This will be fixed when someone bothers to spend the money to actually make a facial model based on data collected from fast fMRI, instead of by the hand of an "artist", or a clumsy inverse kinematics algorithm.
Dead Reckoning For Your Car Eliminates GPS Dead Zones
Car electronics are perpetually shit, out of date, and overpriced. Put the feature on my phone I don't care if it won't be as accurate.
20% of Neanderthal Genome Survives In Humans
I saw one, mopping the floor in building 2 at MIT in 1994. I shit you not.
Google Planning To Remove CSS Regions From Blink
Trying to cover all cases with one universal standard is rarely the best solution. Covering the core with a small number of good standards, and having a few others that work differently to handle the rest is often the best way. This is simply because the 'solution space' covered by a single universal standard has many more regions of possibility that will never be touched than a few more focussed standards. Whilst it's massively oversimplifying, imagine the problem of covering a bounded region of a plane, that has an interesting shape, with squares. Hardcore minimalists will point out that one big square will do. That is what the universal standard approach tries to do. The trouble is that a few interesting cases can push the required size of the square to large proportions. If one wants to optimise for area, many small squares are better, but at the expense of having to manage many squares. A balance between these two, with a very small number of large squares and a slightly larger number of smaller squares, tends to be the best solution. Things work similarly with languages, both human and computer ones.
The problem isn't that the standard tries to be universal, it's that it's applied at a completely inappropriate level of abstraction.
Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes
Accountability is inversely proportional to the size of the project; bigger budgets means more managers with the incentive to paint everything as a success regardless of outcome ("are you a team player?"), with their own little fiefdoms, self-interests and priorities. Get big enough and you get the added affect of the client being afraid of the contractor's ability to litigate (yes - US government included). Once you get passed a certain point of insulation from consequences of failure, profitability goes way up because you can aggressively cut cost at the expense of quality - quality not only in terms of deliverables, but also sanity in estimates and expectations.
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Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?
Maybe you should turn away from the vagueries and demands of industry for a while and focus on some personal enrichment that will make you a better programmer (yes, even after 15 years), and smarter, too, using the language you already know. Do the first 100 problems at Project Euler. Then later if you still want to learn a new language, you can do them again in that one. Learning new languages this way is whip-crack fast.
Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview
the to every interview question is always "I'm sorry, there's been a mistake. If you'll excuse me."
I'll never go back.
Creationism In Texas Public Schools
If they want to teach creationism in science class, there should also be a requirement to teach 'alternative' religions in their churches. Just imagine how rabid they'd get if we required their Sunday schools to include Islam and Hinduism... would be totally worth it since it would reveal these people for what they are - violent, bigoted assholes.
Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?
Wow, the bullshit that gets points these days. Piracetam won't make you remember every word in a book that you have read. Think about it. If that was the case, you would have heard about this miracle drug. Taking piracetam will have a slight unnoticeable effect. Nothing to write home about at all.
Of course everyone responds differently, but I know you don't know what you're talking about - double-troll! There is most definitely an effect to 'write home about' (which has nothing to do with memory) that everyone I know who's taken it mentions. Instead of being all sour grapes why don't you try it yourself.
Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?
I tried Piracetam for a while... seemed like a safe, cheap miracle drug for memory. And you know what? It does what it says on the tin.... but I stopped taking it. After a while I realized that I remembered all the words to the books I'd been reading. It was awful. I looked at them and thought, I will never read these again. Every book I'd read on it, I ended up getting rid of.
Having your memory force-stuffed isn't all it's cracked up to be. Unless you need to reverse age-related cognitive decline, I don't recommend it.
Physicists Claim First Observation of a Quantum Cheshire Cat
From the article:
At issue is whether the result is really paradoxical or simply an ordinary consequence of the way the experiment is set up. For example, perhaps the experiment measures the properties of different neutrons in each of these places.
Uncertainty here kind of negates the credibility of the whole experiment, doesn't it?
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