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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

bugs2squash operation (81 comments)

when I first saw this I thought "cool, the idea is to get the tool out without setting off the buzzer". Then I got to thinking that maybe if all surgical instruments and materials were tagged with RFID it would be easier to find them inside patients. I think I'm ready for a break now.

2 days ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

bugs2squash one letter (127 comments)

"Each offers compelling ideas that could do the trick in solving a particular problem you need fixed"

except the most byzantine one-letter language: C++

3 days ago
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Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

bugs2squash Re:Also in iBooks (103 comments)

Are you saying that Mr. Montgomery has a new, money grabbing, successor ?

about a week ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

bugs2squash build a quantum computer (246 comments)

if we want to stay ahead, it's time to build something revolutionary, not just something that's 10% faster than whatever someone else has.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

bugs2squash Re:suicide (441 comments)

I can't help but think that any lame duck president should be burning approval karma in favor of doing "the right thing". I'm not saying that Obama is, but if he were sitting on a huge approval rating I would consider him to be ducking unpopular, but vital, decisions.

about a week ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

bugs2squash Re:and that means it doesn't cost any more? (231 comments)

On a visit to France my toddler son dislocated his elbow. After some broken french and comical miming on my part to describe what happened, the french doctor popped his elbow back in and then apologetically presented me with a bill for about $8. The doctor did not appear to be starving.

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

bugs2squash Re:It's Not Racism In The Tech Industry (459 comments)

Over the years I have, at times, found the software industry to be downright hostile, especially when I was at university, where the CS guys seemed extremely unwilling to suffer fools like me (I was an EE major - and I was a pretty good student, but any mistake was derided in a way that an issue about, say, physics was not). There was the attitude barrier to cross, the CS crowd there seemed to think that one should be born knowing this stuff.

At least I looked as pasty as most of the other CS undergraduates, if my appearance or gender had been another consideration I'm not sure that I would have persisted in the field, it could easily have been the "last straw" that dissuaded me.

about two weeks ago
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Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

bugs2squash Re:And I would have gotten away with it, too... (140 comments)

I wish Scooby Doo had stuck with the old formula. Maybe there would be some hope for critical thinking among the young then.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

bugs2squash Re:I have no problem with it being legal, per se.. (588 comments)

more openly, I could see that.
More often I would have thought comes down to economics rather than legality. If it gets a lot cheaper though, how will the "one dispensary per 13000 people" business model work in my town. I can't see there being enough "connoisseur" demand to keep the dispensaries open once every mini-mart starts selling it.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

bugs2squash Re:America is a RINO (588 comments)

No, the parties will shift as and when the electorate shifts.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

bugs2squash Re:America is a RINO (588 comments)

I'm not sure geography is the best way to do it either, everyone deserves representation, why not just allow each elector to cast a single ballot for any candidate and send the top-n vote-getters to congress where n is the number of districts in the state. I'm sure most will choose someone local to them, but some may choose to support a candidate that represents their constituency in some other way.

about three weeks ago
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Pacific Northwest Lab's Sensor-Packed Fish Gauges Hydropower Facilities

bugs2squash It's a hoax (28 comments)

There's something fishy About it.

about three weeks ago
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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

bugs2squash With thanks to... (82 comments)

...our funeral director; Diana Gotoheaven.

about three weeks ago
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Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

bugs2squash Re:Wait a minute (81 comments)

Call me a dope but yes...

about a month ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

bugs2squash Re:How about... (349 comments)

When they are asked to stay at home they should be provided with their salary and an allowance for home delivery of provisions.

about a month ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

bugs2squash Re:Of course... (669 comments)

Being logical is foundational to religion. Axiomatically, logic governs our existence, if the same logic did not also govern the existence of any fantastic god-like being then there would be no basis for that being to relate to us. For example, if there were separate god logic and human logic and god says "I promise you XXX" then the promise means nothing if there is some hidden mechanism by which a promise might not be binding on god.

about a month ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

bugs2squash Re:So What? (669 comments)

I was challenged to read the bible and as I had kind of wanted to do it for a while and had never got around to it I did. The challenger had, it turned out, only intended that I read the new testament, but to be honest I found the old testament to be a much better read. For a start, how often does one read a book from an iron age perspective - it was fun just to see things through their eyes, see what mattered to them. It was also interesting to see how the religion grew and solidified the Israeli power base. I also enjoyed seeing bits of 17th century english (I read the KJ version) that had survived to present day in different forms that I have used without thinking about the meaning too much

My reading only solidified my opinion that it was all made up to secure political advantage and power, as a piece of manipulative politics it was pretty well constructed, YMMV

I have started reading the Koran, but I did not get very far - I should find a better translation, the one I have is hard to follow and there don't seem to be as many internet resources to help understand what's being said as there were for the bible (at least, not as good as biblehub.com which I found really helpful), but my initial impression is that it's very similar to the old testament

I also started to read the book of mormon, but it was so obviously artless crap that I gave up

about a month ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

bugs2squash Re:Of course... (669 comments)

Fine, call it god for all I care. But to go from there to explaining why this thing would have an opinion on world politics is just jumping the shark.

about a month ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

bugs2squash Re:Only YEC denies it (669 comments)

The theology is only interesting as an example of how contorted the reasoning can get when you start with "we want to believe X" even when contradictions crop up like "if god's omnipotent then how can anyone be held accountable for malice ?". I'll say one thing for the theologians - they are creative.

about a month ago

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robot projects for K-5

bugs2squash bugs2squash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bugs2squash (1132591) writes "Some of the parents of kids at my son's elementary school would like to set up a robotics club for the children. I see that Lego has a new line of robotics bricks called wedo and that seems to be the path of least resistance to doing something. But I wanted to ask...

What experience do all y'all have of running a robotics club for this age group (5 thru 10 years-old) and what factors made it a success (or failure) ?

Did you use a commercial kit of parts or brew something from scratch ?

What kind of projects work well with kids this age ? — I was thinking maybe making robot flowers (yes, I know they'd all rather build robotic sharks with lasers)"

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