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The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

atherophage Re:Sure some theories will change but... (231 comments)

Halton Arp and the electric universe folk suggest red shift is not a measure of age/distance but rather of electrical stress. If the universe is not expanding; if electricity is the dominant force, not gravity, then the only paradox here is why we keep spending billions of dollars propping-up the gravity based status-quo?

about a week ago

What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

atherophage Re:Shutter (324 comments)

Or a bright red LED light, right in the centre when the cam is recording. Beyond that, make them cheap enough so no one is encouraged to steal them. And/or a remote wipe/kill switch such that if the glasses are stolen they are rendered useless. The police do not need another crime inducing gadget on their plate.

about two weeks ago

Better Learning Through Expensive Software? One Principal Thinks Not

atherophage Re:A Big Money Pit of Dubious Value (169 comments)

As a school district tech I see school computers largely used as either babysitters or required devices for state administered standardized testing. Beyond that one problem is many teachers just-don't-get-it. Something as routine as forcing high school students to change their passwords brings our district help desk to a grinding halt. Educators complain about having multiple passwords for their domain login and the web-based grading application. The students pick-up on this attitude. Among the largest requests the help desk receives are setting the default printer and creating a shortcut on the desktop for various websites. No fancy software bundle can fix this.

about three weeks ago

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 8 months ago

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 9 months ago

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 9 months ago

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.

1 year,12 days

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

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

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 and a half ago

"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 and a half ago

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 and a half ago

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 and a half ago

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

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 2 years ago

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 3 years ago

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.

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

atherophage Re:Lego (659 comments)

That nutty S on LEGO drives me up the wall.

more than 3 years ago


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