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Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

bugs2squash credible enough (110 comments)

The threat was credible enough to get fighters launched to escort the plane. How much more credible does it need to be to get the plane shot down. Do the pilots of commercial airlines use encrypted radio to talk to the fighter pilots ? Or could that have been compromised ? Seems the perps got reasonably close to bringing the plane down without having to bring any explosives on board.

3 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

bugs2squash Re:a proposed solution for common ownership (512 comments)

It sounds so fair and balanced until you realize that this utopian dream of people being equally rewarded for their thrift and adoption of a small part of a shared risk is being mercilessly raided by people with more information that the average investor, with more power to bend the market at their elbow, more capability to take the profit and leave the risk to you.

5 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

bugs2squash Re:No way! (512 comments)

wasn't it because the new cloth created a stress concentration where it was attached to the old cloth.

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

bugs2squash Re:VB6 was better (644 comments)

Not at all, python's GUI is minecraft.

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

bugs2squash Re:Python over Visual BASIC (644 comments)

clojure is the way to go. That way they will improve their typing skills as they search for every printable ascii character on the keyboard that has some obscure and subtle effect on their `code'. They can improve their reading skills by grappling with poor explanations of vital concepts from the terrible books that cover the subject, and the teacher can have fun grading assignments since it is simple to read, like perl.

about a week ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

bugs2squash How to apply this (219 comments)

I'd like to see some guidelines come out of this that will help get the best from any team with any composition. Perhaps some practical ways to help people construct a more effective "Theory of mind".

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Researchers Use Light Beams To Charge Smartphones

bugs2squash Re:Unanswered questions (65 comments)

I imagine they are using visible light to make the demo look better.

My charger delivers about an amp at 5V, are these goons really suggesting that they deploy a ~5W laser to charge phones around unprotected humans. Now do it in IR so they have absolutely no warning, just suddenly go blind from either a direct hit or a reflection. Really, what could possibly go wrong ?

about two weeks ago
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Hibernation Protein May Halt Alzheimer's

bugs2squash refrigerator (79 comments)

now what on earth was it I wanted to write again ? Oh, there are my car keys.

about two weeks ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

bugs2squash it all works out (335 comments)

29% of the workforce by weight is female.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

bugs2squash Brrrr... (324 comments)

This is why I run deep freeze on my family's PC. We can install stuff with impunity and, if it behaves well, I may even re-install it on the unfrozen machine when I get around to applying the windows updates. I wish my Dad would do the same. It's not as if the installation of these packages is usually time consuming. The only issues are with taking the time to save backups of game progress data for my kid so he doesn't lose his "progress".

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

bugs2squash Re:The 3 Laws of Robotics (258 comments)

Yes, what we need is 10 laws, inscribed into stone. That way there could be no argument over their meaning.

about two weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

bugs2squash Re:Smartphone (840 comments)

You can get replacement parts for iphones, I just replaced the charging connector on my wife's phone 4s, I had to buy a special toolkit (fancy security screws) but the instructions were straightforward and easy to follow and the actual part (an integrated assembly in itself) was large enough to handle.

To be fair, grandpa is unlikely to have faced these issues since it's advances in manufacturing that have made these highly integrated devices affordable and put them into so many hands. If he had been faced with the task of repairing, say, a Rolex watch then he would have been woefully under skilled too, but he wasn't because Rolexs are the preserve of the wealthy few.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

bugs2squash maybe its not the kids (840 comments)

maybe these infernal new-fangled gadgets are close to impossible to fix, requiring special tools and facilities that papa's john deere did not.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

bugs2squash Re:Violence against police ... (368 comments)

How many of the 10% shot with their own gun were shot by themselves or another police officer ?

about a month ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

bugs2squash Re:Cameras only a partial solution (368 comments)

The handgun part is what has to change. We need to stop promoting them as a must-have item to walk the streets by playing on machismo or exaggerating threats, and/or we need to make them harder to get, or we need to render them obsolete with some better technology. I think we worship them too much for there to be hope of anything but the latter, though it seems a long way off.

about a month ago
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TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

bugs2squash minority report (276 comments)

so they tied last year's record at zero terrorists caught, and you are pissed at this expensive, invasive, delay-causing theater, so am I, so what ? The frequent-travelers who have to put up with this crap are such a small part of the electorate that we simply don't matter. The vast majority see this as valuable insurance against people they have been told to fear.

about a month ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

bugs2squash Re:Gone "dark"??? (229 comments)

Which means that GCHQ need to make a lot of noise about it now, to secure funding. In 10 years time these guys and people like them working for governments around the world will have driven up the level of security in criminal (and foreign gov.) communications so high that they are unable to figure out what messages are passing back and forth, so governments will have to rely on actual police/spy work instead of electronic eavesdropping and that makes GCHQ practically obsolete, or at least subject to being scaled back if all they have to do is listen to the radio and note bearing, frequency and time of day.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

bugs2squash They won't do it (628 comments)

no self respecting robot will put up with the shit that the average worker does, they'll go straight into management instead. The're already running wall street, so the cocaine intake capability is there, all we need to do now is teach them golf.

about a month ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

bugs2squash Re:Welcome. (391 comments)

But does it run Linux ?

about a month ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

bugs2squash Re:The US Internet Shutdown Switch (388 comments)

so this would solve the limitations of the IPv4 address range too - what's not to love ?

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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