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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

atherophage Re:even more telling... (255 comments)

Exactly, it's a management issue. Employee reviews should catch the lack of productivity. It's a different issue when the under-performer takes advantage of his or her status/ won't get-up-to speed. When management refuses to act on blatant productivity issues morale plummets. First management steps should identify the problem then make corrective efforts. But if the efforts fail termination should be an option otherwise the organization is merely enabling bad behavior.

about 5 months ago
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Venus' Crust Heals Too Fast For Plate Tectonics

atherophage Re:this makes no sense to me. (135 comments)

Plate tectonics is a theory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_tectonics); one with a great many believers. Velikovsky writes Venus is hot because it is so young; having been a comet not that long ago, a theory too. An idea based upon another assumption, albeit one sold as fact, remains an idea.

about 6 months ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

atherophage Re:Soccer (405 comments)

More than the hole size would have to change. Spent six years working on a golf course. The hole has to be changed daily. When the grass is cut to 3/16ths of an inch it is difficult for some greens keepers to get the the old hole flush (the contents of the new hole fill the old old hole). Too high and the grass is shaved; too low and a dip (with longer grass develops). This is tough enough with a 4 inch hole. A 15 inch hole would make the job of changing cups that much more time consuming and difficult - unless it gets automated somehow. It would be easier to just add more cups to the greens. Golf courses might want more players; but the golfers enjoy the exclusivity: a place to go where the rest of us can't; those of us who do are servants.

about 6 months ago
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Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

atherophage Re:So the hell what? (359 comments)

Just have NSA employees take furlough days. They work less = less data collected. Bonus spin points claiming it's saving the tax payers money/ Win win win.

about 9 months ago
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Study Explains Why Lunar Craters Are Bigger On the Near Side

atherophage Just like Mars (85 comments)

only different. Southern hemisphere of Mars is something like six kilometres higher in elevation than the northern half. The Electric Universe people have a lot to say about such things - none of which involve impact events: hexagonal craters? Craters within craters? Crater chains?

about a year ago
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For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

atherophage Re:Pythonista (340 comments)

"If schools are just doing the same old thing with iPads, or drinking the snake-oil-salesmen-turned-courseware-vendor Kool Aid, don't blame the tools." This is the problem. From what I have experienced working in a K-14 district for nine years, those teaching computer classes have a weak understanding of the technology; even less enthusiasm for the topic.

about a year ago
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Changes In Earth's Orbit Were Key To Antarctic Warming That Ended Last Ice Age

atherophage Re:Author is so full of it his eyes are brown... (180 comments)

Heat is required to make the moisture to make the ice. Cold air does not hold as much water. Cooling the planet will not bring on the glaciers.

about a year ago
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"Slingatron" To Hurl Payloads Into Orbit

atherophage Re:Limited cargo use (438 comments)

Just freeze the astronauts solid; let them thaw out on the way to Mars. Separately launch life support for later rendezvous.

about a year ago
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DuckDuckGo: Illusion of Privacy

atherophage icons (264 comments)

At least it appears DDG is trying to help with privacy. They have links on their minimalist home page which lead to suggestions for protecting your search privacy. Found out about Disconnect.me through DDG. DDG also has way cool swag [http://help.dukgo.com/customer/portal/articles/216375-t-shirts-stickers-more] on the cheap.

about a year ago
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L.A. School District's 30,000 iPads May Come With Free Lock-In

atherophage Re:#1 reason this is stupid (232 comments)

Teachers love this stuff. Students log into teacher-proof lesson plans. Some assignments can be automatically graded and submitted to the online grading system. School districts enjoy showing off all the wonderful technology they have implemented under the guise of "Look what we are doing for your children". The hidden truth is district administrators often have no idea how this tech works. Teachers rarely have an opportunity to be fully trained on the effective use of this tech (some don't want to learn). The end result is these iPads often get used as educational soothers to keep students quiet and in their seats.

about a year ago
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Weird Geological Features Spied On Mars

atherophage electrical (99 comments)

Thunderbolts (http://www.thunderbolts.info/tpod/2005/arch05/050608craters.htm), yet again.

about a year and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask What You Will of Paleontologist Jack Horner

atherophage Big dinos (208 comments)

Was less gravity *insert wild speculations why* in the days of the dinosaurs required for some of these creatures to attain their enormous sizes - like a brachiosaurus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brachiosaurus_altithorax

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Greg Leyh of The Lightning Foundry What Charges Him Up?

atherophage Future experiments (88 comments)

Will you be exploring anything along the lines of the Hutchison effects (http://www.rexresearch.com/hutchisn/hutchisn.htm) - and other other odd phenomena? Or are you just sticking to lightning?

more than 2 years ago
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Is Apple Pushing Away Professionals?

atherophage hardware repair grief (556 comments)

Apple hasn't had tech friendly desktop hardware in over a decade. School districts buy desktops in bulk. It's nice when the hardware can stack - (not counting laptops). It's cheaper if common tools can repair desktops; not suction cups and Torx drivers. Techs I work with whine if anything more than a phillips driver is needed. I feel Apple is forgetting the creative professional market and the educational.

about 3 years ago
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How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

atherophage Re:Lego (659 comments)

That nutty S on LEGO drives me up the wall.

about 3 years ago

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