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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

RockClimbingFool Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (396 comments)

Your post.... is nothing but unsubstantiated, self deluded non sense.

Where are the studies to validate you expansive insight into the behavior of motorists?

Keep looking, the only thing you are going to find is if you want to make intersections safer, you expand those timings. You do it, even if people run the yellows and reds. The only thing that matters is a statistical tracking of accident rates at each individual intersection. Not how much people violate yellow lights.

3 days ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

RockClimbingFool Re: Monitoring software (236 comments)

Its called the "Fuck You, I've Got Mine" management philosophy. Obviously boristdog has gotten his (he is going to be retired soon), so fuck all those lower level programmers. They deserve to eat from the dumpster.

Bravo.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

RockClimbingFool Re: Thermal capacity of rock? (295 comments)

This article is terribly written. Some scientists wanted to see how far down ocean heating goes. As it turns out, not much. That means some of the sequestered methane hydrates on the ocean floor may not pop as fast, since the temperatures at those depths are not rising as fast as they could be. This does not mean the first 2000m of ocean is not heating. Quite to the contrary, it's heating plenty fast. The net result is these two disjointed articles combined into a cluster of easily mis-interpreted sound bites. The ocean is heating. It's also heating in a very stratified way. Most of the heat is concentrated in the top 2000m.

about two weeks ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

RockClimbingFool Re:Police?? (302 comments)

I mean this is basically Fascism, right? Corporations acting as though they are a state agency, with all the powers of investigation, arrest, etc?

about three weeks ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

RockClimbingFool Re:I'm sold on LED bulbs... (602 comments)

I currently have these installed in my exterior can lights that shine down from the soffits.

http://www.amazon.com/Feit-R20...

They are brighter than the CFL bulbs they replaced. They have lasted 1 month so far of continuous nighttime usage. They stay on all night long and are turned off in the morning.

about a month ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

RockClimbingFool Re:I'm sold on LED bulbs... (602 comments)

I have bought 8 of the 65W equivalent LED bulbs that go into can lighting, from COSTCO.

I have can lights around the outside of my house and turn them on and leave them on overnight. I then turn them off come morning.

The CFLs I had in there previously would burn out. Ever other month, I was replacing a CFL.

The LEDs I replaced them with seem brighter, use half the wattage and could be dimmable if I add a dimmer switch.

So far I am happy. If i can make it 6 months without replacing one, I will be ecstatic.

about a month ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

RockClimbingFool Re:Hmmm ... (356 comments)

She isn't assuming that stars are uniform, perfect density, simplistic objects. Its more of a simple design reference condition to put in a model, to verify the model output realistic results.

If the model doesn't work for a simplified, idealistic object (that is straightforward to calculate), then its not going to work on complicated, real universe objects.

about a month ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

RockClimbingFool Re:Black holes are real, we observe them all the t (356 comments)

But I believe this paper isn't disproving that. I think its saying all of that mass doesn't go to a point of infinite density, due to other known phenomena that keep it from happening.

about a month ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

RockClimbingFool Re:Not just iPhone (421 comments)

I have a Lumia 1520, with a 6" screen. It fits in my pocket. I can walk around, sit in my car, sit at my desk, you name it. The phone doesn't break or warp.

about a month ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

RockClimbingFool Re:In other words nobody is born smart (269 comments)

Did those twin studies include twins that were separated into different socioeconomic groups? Or just different families, but similar socioeconomic status?

I have a feeling it all comes down to socioeconomic status. You end up with a better diet, better learning environment, etc. Its not necessarily the status itself that gives the better outcomes, its all the extra benefits that status provides.

about a month and a half ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

RockClimbingFool Re:Faith in God (299 comments)

Me drinking on Sundays doesn't affect you. Me getting married doesn't affect you. Me getting an abortion doesn't affect you. Me murdering you affects you.

One of those things is not the other, one of those things is not the same.

about 4 months ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

RockClimbingFool Re:Faith in God (299 comments)

The only religious people I know of that have their beliefs disparaged are those who wish to impose those beliefs on others through the force of law.

You don't like gay marriage? Don't get gay married. Don't like abortions? Don't get one. Fully fund pre AND post natal care. Provide free contraception. Stop trying to force a reading from certain religious to start every government open meeting. Stop trying to keep people from buying alcohol on Sundays. The list goes on and on.

Its ok to hold beliefs those things above are bad or immoral. Don't get the government to enforce your morals on others.

about 4 months ago
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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

RockClimbingFool Re:FP? (173 comments)

See this Slashdot Story.

The Supreme Court has already ok'd anonymous tips to police as grounds for stopping a searching without a warrant. So what happens is that they track you illegally, someone calls in an anonymous tip and you are arrested with the contraband they already know you have.

So while the constant tracking is illegal and can't be entered into court records, they will still do it. If you haven't noticed, police departments across the country are acting more like the DOD everyday. They classify things as secret and inaccessible to FOIA requests. When parts of the machinery get close to disclosure, the Feds come in and swoop it away, like what happened recently with the cell tracking device usage records.

about 4 months ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

RockClimbingFool Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (323 comments)

Locations based on the cell towers by definition cannot be turned off. That is recorded. You are fooling yourself if you think otherwise.

about 4 months ago
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Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

RockClimbingFool ICO Global Communications (170 comments)

A few companies have proposed this type of system, most notably ICO Global Communications. It hasn't ended well.

Granted, Google is a much more established company than some collection of venture capitalists, but manufacturing, launching and managing constellations of satellites is extremely complex. You can't do it alone and at least one company along the way will over-promise and under-deliver. That stalls the overall program and problems just snowball from there.

Google obviously has experience managing some mapping satellites, but scaling up to dozens and hundreds is not straightforward.

about 5 months ago
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Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

RockClimbingFool Obligatory Archer Reference... (213 comments)

Do you want Mad Max? Because THAT'S how you get Mad Max.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

RockClimbingFool This will sound mildly offtopic but... (552 comments)

... you need to contact a lawyer. You need to support her and find ways to communicate as well, but finding a good lawyer is, sadly, almost as critical.

Everything you will want to try is going to require enormous sums of money, money the insurance company is not going to give you willingly. They may provide her care, they may pay for some baseline therapy, but they are not going to pay for exotic therapies.

Money from a lawsuit can help pay for these therapies. Money from a lawsuit can get her home renovated to handle her expected condition for the foreseeable future.

Someone messed up. You wife's sister should not end up in a closet, bankrupting families in the attempt to improve her life.

Get a lawyer.

about 5 months ago
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California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

RockClimbingFool Re:I propose a test ... (167 comments)

Can you apply a different brake pressure to each one of your 4 wheels?

about 5 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

RockClimbingFool Re:danger will robinson (688 comments)

I don't like this method of adding or subtracting, but they added one step to make it look even that much worse.

Every child should be taught what numbers are needed to get to the next or previous ten. Counting by tens (or hundreds, thousands, etc) needs to be ingrained because we are base 10 people. They need to memorize those simple additions and subtractions (going to the next or previous 10).

This particular example should have been taught as you need 8 to go from 12 to 20, you need 10 to go from 20 to 30, and you need 2 to go from 30 to 32. So, 8+10+2=20. 32-12 = 20. It gets them thinking about both sides of the equation now, instead of reinventing the equals sign when you get to algebra.

Yes, you need to understand conceptually what 32-12 physically means, but you also need to be able to just do simple math automatically as well. That is where quality teaching comes into play. You need to make sure that point is driven home, both concepts are needed. If teachers are on auto pilot, and saying, just do it this way (the conceptual way) because that is what is going to be on the standardized test, and completely ignoring ingrained automatic addition and subtraction, then they have gone too far on the other side.

TLDR, It seems educators got hammered for the "old way" of teaching math that produced little calculators, but some are correcting too far on the conceptual side now, and handicapping children by not giving them tools to quickly add and subtract in their day to day lives.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

RockClimbingFool Re:Star Wars Sucks! (403 comments)

I've got one sound for ya... Flush. Chewie is gonna be in Episode 7.

about 5 months ago

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