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Lenovo "Rips and Flips" the ThinkPad With New Convertible Helix Design

Ryan101 Re:Lenovo, please unlock the bootloader (143 comments)

I've had quite a few disappointments with my two thinkpads, but every time I have needed a new part it was over-nighted to me from NC or GA.

about a year ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

Ryan101 Re:Enough! (626 comments)

"Low environmental impact"? Are you kidding me? So 1 billion people eating beef or 3 billion eating insects - what is the difference.

The difference is 2 billion people. Which is a pretty big difference regardless of if you are one of those people or not.

about a year ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

Ryan101 Re:Enough! (626 comments)

There is no reason not to consider makeshift solutions. By consuming a more efficient food, we have less ground to cover on the limit population and consumption front.

about a year ago
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The Text-Your-Parents-Your-Drug-Deal Experiment

Ryan101 Funnier experiment (267 comments)

When I first saw this I thought the premise would be to 'accidentally' text your parents from an unknown number or web service suggesting the drug deal, then seeing which parents try to take advantage of the opportunity to buy drugs.

about a year ago
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Teachers Know If You've Been E-Reading

Ryan101 Re:Disconcerting? (348 comments)

But in the situation we are talking about here, taking the easiest classes doesn't get you your degree any faster. It just means that you can do fewer things.

about a year and a half ago
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Boeing 787s To Create Half a Terabyte of Data Per Flight

Ryan101 Re:internet-connected plane (213 comments)

To be fair, they still technically have an air gap :)

about a year and a half ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

Ryan101 Re:Going to get modded down as sexist for this, bu (690 comments)

I can't imagine that question being in line with the objectives of any course. Why would it be on a test?

It is standard operating procedure for standardized tests and AP tests.

There is also no reason to limit a test to sitting down and filling in some bubbles on a paper. Or a single day. A test can include practical labs and internships

Could it be a series of small assignments throughout a course that are graded, tallied up, and then factored into the final grade? It sounds to me like your definition of what constitutes an exam could include the grades that girls are performing better than the boys in.

Even if the test is bad, grades should reflect how well you are learning to pass the test not how well you will do after the test.

What's wrong with having grades that reflect how well you will do after the test? That seems really useful to me. How is that any more arbitrary than using a test to predict that? Better yet, why not use both and recognize that they both tell you useful information rather than insisting that one is flawed?

I'd say the vast majority use their grades to get a job which is where they really learn and their job performance generally has little correlation to their grades and only some correlation to their test scores. The correlation to test scores may well have more to do with ability to handle pressure than anything actually being tested.

And I would say their job performance generally has little correlation to their test scores and some correlation to their grades. The correlation to grades may well have more to do with ability to organize and mange one's work than any material being taught. However, we know that both of our statements don't have anything to back them up right?

about a year and a half ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

Ryan101 Re:Going to get modded down as sexist for this, bu (690 comments)

Tests are not necessarily objective, there is the issue of sterotype threat . The gist of it is that if you remind girls that they are girls (by asking them to fill in a bubble for gender) before a math test they performed worse. When asked to fill in the bubble after the test, they performed equally.

Not to mention how anxiety (which can affect boys and girls) can cause bad performance on an exam, when that person may have gotten excellent grades all through the course and continue to retain and apply the information that they learned in the course long afterwards.

I'm not saying exams are not to be trusted, but I think you can get a better picture of how much someone got out of a course by considering more than just a single data point.

about a year and a half ago
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Empty Times Square Building Generates $23 Million a Year From Digital Ads

Ryan101 Re:mn? (227 comments)

I just assumed 100 Minnesotan pedestrians passed through each year.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Android Apps For Kids Under 12 Months?

Ryan101 Re:Learning (311 comments)

I agree with your sentiment that a tablet is a reasonable complement to the things to a child should interact with, but I'd like to point out that a "A learning device with no texture, fake 3d, no smell, taste, heat, or any other input for senses other than sight and hearing" could be used to describe a picture book (expect for the hearing part). Yet, no one is claiming that pictures books could be harmful for development.

about a year and a half ago
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Tuition Should Be Lower For Science Majors, Says Florida Task Force

Ryan101 Re:Grants? Scholarships? (457 comments)

That's pretty much the idea. If scientists contribute more to the overall economy than news reporters, then if you produce more scientists, the overall economy will be higher.

I don't think you can treat the economy or workforce like an individual farm where you try to maximize profit by only producing the single most profitable crop. We need a diverse workforce in order to have a strong economy just like we need a diverse landscape to produce the variety of crops we need, regardless of which one is most "valuable". As an added bonus, a diverse workforce is more resilient when there is a downturn in an individual sector.

about 2 years ago
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Tuition Should Be Lower For Science Majors, Says Florida Task Force

Ryan101 Re:Just happy to see a Republican supporting scien (457 comments)

Right. Some of us consider learning a fond personal experience. It is also difficult to go beyond the bare minimum of education if you are working a ton of hours at some unrelated job.

about 2 years ago
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Physicists Propose "Perpetual Motion" Time Crystals

Ryan101 ZPM (153 comments)

Stargate SG-1 called; they want their ZPM back.

about 2 years ago
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Study: Kids Under 3 Should Be Banned From Watching TV

Ryan101 Re:the awnser is... (334 comments)

I think you mean "fewer".

about 2 years ago

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