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Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

WCguru42 Re:LIAR (572 comments)

The Constitution of the United States of America, Article 3, Section 3:
"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

Dictionary definitions don't much matter.

about 9 months ago

NHTSA Gives the Model S Best Safety Rating of Any Car In History

WCguru42 Re:4 Cars? (627 comments)

The test shows that the machine, not the Model S, could only handle four cars of force.

about a year ago

Brain Zapping Improves Math Ability

WCguru42 Re: huh (202 comments)

Since the universe is infinite


about a year ago

The Days of Cheap, Subsidized Phones May Be Numbered

WCguru42 Re:New phone every month? (329 comments)

We're talking smart phones here, not Black Berries.

about a year ago

How Should the Law Think About Robots?

WCguru42 Re:deterministic (248 comments)

Outputs can be inputs as well.

about a year ago

The Gates Foundation Engages Its Critics

WCguru42 Re:charity (216 comments)

Uh oh, 19% of $40,000 is not $2,200, it's $7,600. That gives you $22,400 as the final take away, only $700 more than the first example you gave.

about 2 years ago

NASA Craft To Leave Vesta Heads For Dwarf Planet Ceres

WCguru42 Re:Good luck Dawn (116 comments)

Same calculation knowing that the solar constant for Earth (1 AU) is approx 1 kW/m2 results in a 137 W/m2 on Ceres (put on top of it the 20% efficiency of a photovoltaic and you'll get... what... 27 W/m2?)

Isn't part of the 1kW/m2 on Earth due to the atmosphere absorbing some of the energy? Ceres wouldn't have that problem. Still, that distance-squared reduction would still create issues.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Working On "Surface 2" Tablet

WCguru42 Re:It sucks to be a Windows OEM right now (192 comments)

Did I miss the news where Microsoft said they weren't allowing other companies to release products with Windows8? Seriously, this is just Microsoft showing off how they envision Windows8 implementation, not shutting out everyone else. The main stink I've heard from OEMs is along the lines of, "We push generic, shitty hardware and the Surface doesn't look like that. Microsoft is going to make our product look bad."

more than 2 years ago

UCLA Scientist Discovers Plate Tectonics On Mars

WCguru42 Re:Really? Which legitimate scientists thought tha (87 comments)

That's not that astounding of a claim to make. There are only a handful of antes in our solar system that are rocky, and there wasn't necessarily evidence to support plate tectonics on those other planets. Now, if the claim had been that there weren't plate tectonics anywhere else in the galaxy, then yes, that would be quite a bold claim.

more than 2 years ago

Twitter To Appeal Turning Over Protester's Messages

WCguru42 Re:Can the Public Become Private? (71 comments)

...but there is a law requiring that they keep a copy of all such signs and give then to police when asked...

I was with you up until that point. This whole case is about whether or not the law actually requires that. Twitter is arguing that they do not have that responsibility under the law.

more than 2 years ago

US Labor Board: It's OK To Discuss Work and Pay with Coworkers On Social Sites

WCguru42 Re:Ah hell, now what? (289 comments)

You give them breaks!?

more than 2 years ago

350-Year-Old Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old

WCguru42 Re:Explain the mind of a genius? (414 comments)

Catching a ball is a feedback mechanism. See where the ball is, compare to where the ball was, move (hands or feet, depending on how far off you are). Repeat as necessary.

more than 2 years ago

Mobile Workers Work Longer Hours

WCguru42 Re:Remote working is the future (117 comments)

It's also a feature that you're on call 24/7, right?

There's no reason you have to answer work calls outside of your scheduled work hours. If they want you on call 24/7 then ask for compensation.

more than 2 years ago

Bringing Auto-Graders To Student Essays

WCguru42 Re:Writing and Review (227 comments)


I had the luck of not getting into AP English during my eleventh year of public education. Instead, I ended up in the lower honors English course. The students in the AP English course read all the books that were going to be on the final AP test and learned how to do well on the test by taking multiple practice AP exams throughout the year. The class I was in was required to read a short essay or story, one to five pages, and then write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay on the reading. This was a weekly assignment with readings being assigned on Mondays and written responses due the following Monday. We would receive grades, edits and comments from the previous week on Mondays as well. The grades were simply minus, check or plus. Three times a semester we had scheduled individual meetings with the teacher to discuss our writing, but he was available to discuss writing after class or during lunch most days. At the end of the year we were required to compile a writing packet where we included all of our weekly writing assignments along with four that we chose to rewrite. We were also asked to include a one page justification on our expectation for a final grade. This packet constituted two-thirds of the final grade. I feel that each of us in that English class leaned much more useful English skills than the AP class.

more than 2 years ago

Bringing Auto-Graders To Student Essays

WCguru42 Re:Or we could hire more teachers... (227 comments)

I think there needs to be a combination of higher pay and actually evaluating and promoting/firing teachers based on their performance. As far as I understand, it is quite difficult to be fired from teaching after one's been employed to tenure, which should be gotten rid of. As for the pay issue, I know plenty of intelligent people who spent the time to get post-graduate degrees who would not teach k-12 because they can get significantly more income through other occupations.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Tech Manufacturers With Better Labor Practices?

WCguru42 Re:Really? (375 comments)

Go easy on the punctuation.

more than 2 years ago

'Electric Earth' Could Explain Planet's Rotation

WCguru42 Re:Magnetic field + conductor = Electricity? (153 comments)

You can spin an engine with electricity. Propeller airplanes are powered by rotating engines. Therefore, you can make an airplane that can fly with electricity and not fuel.

It might not be a 747 but it'll still fly.

more than 2 years ago

The Coming Tech Battle Over 'Smart TVs'

WCguru42 Re:I want a dumb TV (314 comments)

Wow, I bought a late model Olevia for $350 back in 2007 and it's still going strong. Why anyone would waste a paycheck on a TV is beyond me. And this coming from a guy with a full up home audio setup.

more than 2 years ago

The Coming Tech Battle Over 'Smart TVs'

WCguru42 Re:Can't wait for the voice controlled TV's (314 comments)

Or connect everything up to your router and get control through your phone/tablet/laptop. My receiver, TiVo and AppleTV all have remotes on my iPhone.

more than 2 years ago


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