top A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"
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.
top Venus' Crust Heals Too Fast For Plate Tectonics
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.
top In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes
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.
top Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms
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.
top Study Explains Why Lunar Craters Are Bigger On the Near Side
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?
top For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad
"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.
top First Asteroid Discovered At Uranus's Leading Trojan Point
All based on the possibly flawed assumption comets are composed of slushy ice and rocky dusty bits.
The good folks at Thunderbolts.info have for years been gathering information which suggests cometary bodies are dry rocky objects.
top Changes In Earth's Orbit Were Key To Antarctic Warming That Ended Last Ice Age
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.
top "Slingatron" To Hurl Payloads Into Orbit
Just freeze the astronauts solid; let them thaw out on the way to Mars. Separately launch life support for later rendezvous.
top DuckDuckGo: Illusion of Privacy
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
top L.A. School District's 30,000 iPads May Come With Free Lock-In
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
top Weird Geological Features Spied On Mars
Thunderbolts (http://www.thunderbolts.info/tpod/2005/arch05/050608craters.htm), yet again.
about a year and a half ago
top Interviews: Ask What You Will of Paleontologist Jack Horner
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
top Ask Greg Leyh of
The Lightning Foundry What Charges Him Up?
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?
top Is Apple Pushing Away Professionals?
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.
top How Do You Educate a Prodigy?
That nutty S on LEGO drives me up the wall.