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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

RockClimbingFool Re:In other words nobody is born smart (268 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.

5 days ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

US To Charge Chinese Military Employees With Hacking

RockClimbingFool Re:say it aint so! (225 comments)

This data is exactly how the Chinese put most of the US based solar panel makers out of business.

about 4 months ago

AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

RockClimbingFool Re:This has to be a troll post (173 comments)

My experience with DirecTv has been fine. I have been a customer for 4 years now and only lose the signal when its absolutely down pouring outside. After your two year contract is up, call them back and ask for a discount for another year commitment and you get $20 off per month. I have done that twice now. I hope that discount doesn't go away, but with AT&T, I have a feeling they will clamp down on all the super secret best friends discounts available from DirecTv Maybe its because i have newer equipment than older customers of DirecTv, but in general, the picture is very clear and way higher quality than the crappy cable company alternative (Knology, now WowWay). I have whole home DVR and it works well.

about 4 months ago

Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

RockClimbingFool Re:It is God. (293 comments)

Dammit Slashdot!! Where are my mod points!!!

about 4 months ago

Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

RockClimbingFool Re:Breaking news (335 comments)

They don't do any worse than public schools, even though they kick out bad performing students and don't have to handle special education students.

They remove funding for the public school facilities, which are mostly fixed.

So if they are not any better, even cherry picking from the student body, why have them at all?

about 4 months ago

Virgin Galactic Passengers May Just Miss Going into Space

RockClimbingFool Re:Does it really matter? (203 comments)

If all you want is to be weightless, the Vomit Comet is a much cheaper alternative for about $5,000.

If you are paying the $245,000 premium, I would think they would want to get the official astronaut status of 62 miles.

about 4 months ago

Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

RockClimbingFool Re:H1b Is a marriage killer in its current form! (566 comments)

There is a shortage of skilled labor in the US willing to work for slave labor rates. That is the real story.

about 4 months ago

NASA, France Skeptical of SpaceX Reusable Rocket Project

RockClimbingFool Re:Just because... (333 comments)

And what was the final failure rate for the space shuttle? 133 launches, 2 catastrophic failures. That is way, way higher than any expected failure rate initially published. All that extra billions and billions of dollars they said they needed didn't give them any edge over reliable cargo launchers.

about 4 months ago

US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

RockClimbingFool Re:sigh (627 comments)

You don't know what peak oil is.

We are not finding new oil reserves faster than the rate of growth of oil usage.

We are always finding new oil, but the Chinese and other emerging industrial countries are consuming it faster than we are finding it.

New forms of energy are being stifled / legislatively hindered by oil interests. Why else are states trying to pass laws to tax solar panel installations?

about 4 months ago

Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

RockClimbingFool Green Light for Parallel Reconstruction (461 comments)

Its no coincidence the car had 30 pounds of marijuana in it.

The Supreme Court just condoned Parallel Reconstruction. The gist of it is that the DEA or police obtain information illegally. They then report "anonymous" tips to the police. The police then pull over the car and say "We smelled marijuana." This excuse for illegal search and seizure has already been condoned. Courts have granted police infallible senses of smell. They search the car and find the material they know is already there.

Welcome to police state USA. If someone in power doesn't like you, you can see how it goes.

about 5 months ago



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