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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

Vexler Re:Home school (529 comments)

The problem with a general solution in education is that it does not exist. Period. Since no two people are alike in their learning styles, attempting a cookie-cutter solution is basically what our public school system has been doing and failing miserably at for umpteen years.

Yes, one *COULD* use home schooling to mold one's children into carbon copies. One *COULD* use the system to avoid "evilution". But one could also use it to stimulate critical thinking, independent and insatiable learning, and deep understanding of this world.

It is amazing that people usually blame the implementation of ideas, but not the ideas themselves, when things go wrong.

about 9 months ago

Building Deception Into Encryption Software

Vexler Similar to deniable encryption... (106 comments)

The goal stated in the article is similar to that of deniable encryption. Whereas "honey encryption" works through a piece of dedicated software, deniable encryption works by constructing a block of ciphertext in such a way that different plausible plaintexts can be recovered depending on which symmetric key is used for decryption. Of course, only the user knows how many different plaintexts are actually buried in the ciphertext, and under duress (rubber hose, point of a gun, etc.) he can relinquish the non-incriminating plaintext and claim innocence.

about a year ago

Noodle Robots Replacing Workers In Chinese Restaurants

Vexler Obligatory "Blade Runner" reference... (531 comments)

"A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies, the chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure..."

Give me four. No, four! Two, two, four! ...and some replicant-served noodles.

about a year and a half ago

"Superomniphobic" Nanoscale Coating Repels Almost Any Liquid

Vexler Name change... (104 comments)

John Gotti is now "The Superomniphobic Don".

about 2 years ago

VPN Providers Say China Blocks Encryption Using Machine Learning Algorithms

Vexler Re:This is true (111 comments)

You forgot to indicate how much each contestant wagered... oh wait, Yiu would just make the other two pay for him. Sorry, my bad.

about 2 years ago

Physicists Devise Test For Whether the Universe Is a Simulation

Vexler A great idea would be... (529 comments)

...to spin a top as our collective totem. If the top never stops, then it's a simulation/dream.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?

Vexler "Enemy of the State" (789 comments)

That's pretty much what I have to do, except maybe the part where I disrobe in front of a Chinese couple. As Brell said so eloquently, if I live another 24 hours that would be very impressive.

more than 2 years ago

Astronomers Watch Star Devouring Planet

Vexler Food for... (97 comments)

"But still, watching a star eating its own planets is not only cool in its own right, but also provides food for thought as to how to keep the human species going long after the Sun starts going off the main sequence into red giant-hood."

Oh, I get it. Food for thought. Delicious.

more than 2 years ago

Could You Hack Into Mars Curiosity Rover?

Vexler This is a great way... (452 comments)

This is a great way to paint a Bull's Eye on your back while every other geek on the planet gets some type of firearm ready.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Stay Employable?

Vexler Re:As someone who was 40 and is now 54... (708 comments)

Thank you very much for sharing your life story here. I turn 39 in a few months and have been doing sys/net admin for better part of the last 12 years, and now am sorting out what my next step is. I enrolled in a part-time Master's program in CS at a major local university and expect to graduate sometime next year, and I am giving serious thoughts about going for a doctoral program in either CS or bioinformatics after that. Eventually I hope to get into either information security research or computational biology research. (Disclosure: I have a B.A. in biology and it's been very helpful to explore that possible career. The fact that I am a Christian also reminds me that God will direct my path ultimately as He is the author and perfecter of my faith.)

I am of the opinion that I must do what I love, and love what I do. I am not getting out of IT because it's boring - I am actually a technophile. I am moving on to something else because it is more challenging and a higher mountain to climb, but also potentially more rewarding to me. This does not mean I don't experience doubts or fear, but it does clarify the direction for me. In general, I do love what I do and I hope I get to continue doing that until the day I die.

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Could Block 67 Million Verizon Customers

Vexler Enjoy the moment... (481 comments)

I hope he/she is getting in all the laughs now, because when they finally do decide to p0wn him/her, it won't be funny anymore.

more than 4 years ago

Swedes Cast Write-In Votes for SQL Injection, Donald Duck

Vexler Democracy??? (210 comments)

I'd like to see their reaction one day when they somehow get enough people to write-in an idea/patent/cartoon character/medical condition into office. Maybe no one will be laughing then.

Psoriasis for Prime Minister in 2050.

more than 4 years ago

Happy Birthday, Linus

Vexler Alternate timeline... (376 comments)

If he had bought a Trash-80, would we all be programming Motorola chips today?

more than 4 years ago

Computer Scientist Looks At ICBM Security

Vexler Good thing... (124 comments)

I am so glad to hear that the toilet is *OUTSIDE* the "no lone zone".

"Is the Colonel's underwear a matter of national security?" - Lt. Kaffee, "A Few Good Men"

about 5 years ago

RadioShack To Rebrand As "The Shack"?

Vexler Rebranding should be for everyone... (629 comments)

...take, for instance, "The $oft".

And if you don't know what that stands for, you must not have been watching all the anti-trust trials.

more than 5 years ago

Google Adds Scripting Capabilities To Google Docs

Vexler Take the high road... (58 comments)

Hope this turns out to be more Perl than Hypercard.

more than 5 years ago



Double Amputee Walks Again, Thanks to Bluetooth

Vexler Vexler writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Vexler (127353) writes "As an unlikely use of a communications protocol, an Iraq veteran who is a double amputee is walking again, thanks to a set of Bluetooth-enabled receivers strategically placed around his artificial ankles. These devices coordinate with each other to make sure that he is using the right force and making the right strides as he walks forward, and also help him to walk longer before he tires out. Nice to see what we are doing to help these soldiers."

Vexler Vexler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vexler (127353) writes "In their latest attempt at a "scorch-earth" strategy to smear just about anyone related to this trial, SCO has filed a motion to depose Pamela Jones of Groklaw. According to this story, SCO accuses PJ once again of working with Novell and IBM while receiving assistance from them. Be sure to read the accompanying PDFs, but I suspect that PJ will have no trouble finding someone in the open-source community who has the legal training and resolve to defend her with vigor."


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