Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing
"Writing and shorthand notation is the only things that should be standard education."
It looks as though you've dropped grammar from a standard education.
UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online
The 'charge' for a negative review is a 'minimum of pds 100'? I'd like to see this stand up to legal scrutiny.
High Speed Evolution
"Is that unreasonable? If there were evolutionary pressure (ie, short people kept being killed before reproducing), and tall people got multiple mates, I could see this change happening within twenty generations."
Twenty generations sounds like guesswork, as it doesn't take into account regression - tall parents tend to have taller-than-average offspring, but not as tall as their parents. Likewise, short parents tend to have children who are taller than they are. The same, some experts argue, applies to measured IQ.
Dubai Police To Use Google Glass For Facial Recognition
Turn this on its head. Facial scans for ID cards, credit/debit cards, passports, driving licences etc. become the norm: a scanner fails to identify you at an airport, so you are a suspicious individual - guilty until proven innocent.
Bangladesh Considers Building World's 5th-largest Data Center In Earthquake Zone
Indonesia is preparing to build a nuclear power plant. Those of us who live with its antiquated electricity supply network, third-world standard railway infrastructure, a national airline that was banned from landing at European airports until quite recently, more shipping disasters than possibly any other country, plus world-ranking corruption, look on in bemused wonderment.
Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running
"the cake referred to was dough that was caked to the sides of the baking oven during the baking process"
Citation needed. The French expression is "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche." Brioche is bread with milk and eggs in it.
Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction
"Generally only the case if your car has an automatic transmission. Rather hard to do that if you are taking a test with a standard transmission."
Nonsense. The only time you can't do it is when you're changing gear.
Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation
I presume that the simulation programmers are US-based and will create scenarios of American traffic conditions. For real-world testing, just put a few of these vehicles in a downtown Jakarta rush-hour and see how many survive. Here we've got every motoring madness know to man - and then some. I'll be first in the queue to buy any driverless car that can get from north to south Jakarta unscathed.
UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime
The British police have long since crossed the Rubicon of public trust and support. It is tragic to see a once respected and admired group of public servants become a venal, corrupt and despised bunch of bully-boys, despotic and arrogant beyond belief. In my more cynical moments I reflect that post-Thatcher Britain has at last got the guardians it deserves.
Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?
"It's not really that alt coins destroy bitcoin's credibility, it's that bitcoin itself has no credibility in the first place"
So 'real' currencies have intrinsic value and credibility? In the modern topsy-turvy world of economics, all debt is magically transmuted into credit, and duff debt is magically turned into 'sub primes'. It's all a financial sausage factory.
Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived
"I'd want to soak up every minute of it. Maybe they should look into the mechanism called: "It's frickin awesome"
How on earth did such a vacuous comment get modded +5 insightful?
UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls
Pen name taken from the river Orwell.
"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola
"And while many of its people and countries are not well off at all, there are some nations that are doing quite well financially, and should be able to create the infrastructure (including organizations and facilities) necessary for such research."
Have you ever lived and worked in Sub-Saharan Africa? If you had, I don't think you'd be asking this question.
FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret
"The amount of information available to the public today that wasn't when Obama was elected is staggering."
Never confuse quantity with quality.
Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs
It's good to see that the spirit of Sir Les Patterson lives on. Looks like Ozzy politicians are even more short-sighted and dumber than the sorry bunch of venal no-hopers currently running Westminster.
Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs
"Whom". It is ". . . who is it that is actually paying whom?"
Correct - in formal usage. But 'whom' is in decline, and for many writers is mandatory only when governed by a preposition.
Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'
"People seem to forget, the internet RUNS on advertising money."
Only people who have been successfully brainwashed believe this Big Lie. In olden times businesses had budgets for marketing and promotion which included advertising. Selling yourself and your services was an overhead cost.
Along comes the Internet. Personal interest, hobbyist and fan sites then come along, and tech sites that share their knowledge and expertise altruistically, for the common good. Then we hear the magic word 'monetize', and all hell is let loose.
Next is born that spawn of the devil, the notion that businesses have a God-given right to force us to watch advertisements, and fight tooth and nail to stop ad-skipping, ad-blocking, and the like. So don't feed me any crap that 'the Internet runs on advertising money'.
By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem
"semi-autisitc fuckwitted word salad"
When a computer can come with such linguistic inventiveness, we may truly say that AI has arrived.
Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)
" I get the impression they just have a list of possible ways of phrasing the translation of a phrase." Yes, that's one way of doing it - but long-winded and slow to develop.
I write tests and quizzes using Moodle. Regular expressions are an economical and elegant way to parse short answers and award part-marks until an acceptable threshold of correctness is reached. And very simple to edit when exceptions need to be added.
Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)
"The theory is that you are being taught as a child learns"
Bad theory. Childhood language acquisition is different from adult acquisition.
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