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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

careysb 1968 (388 comments)

For me, it happened in 1968. I had just started a 3 year curriculum for computers. Started out with FORTRAN 44 on a teletype connected to an IBM 360. Within a month all of us (students) had outpaced the teacher's knowledge. From there it was a matter of reading the manuals we could get our hands on and as much lab time as we could fit in.

about two weeks ago

Museum's Adults-Only Nights Show That Alcohol and Science Are a Good Mix

careysb Denver(CO) Museum of Nature and Science (131 comments)

We love their adult programs. Alcohol, live music, demos, lectures, activities, and the museum is open for strolling.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

careysb +1 Lightroom (259 comments)

+1 for Lightroom. I manage over 50,000 photos taken over the last 17 years and I can find images very quickly. I think a task like this would be difficult without a database backed approach but that, of course, comes with trade-offs. Of course LR can write out any meta-data changes to the image files or an XMP file. I used to be an Adobe fanboi but with their new subscription model, not so much. I still think LR is the best tool out there.

about a month and a half ago

French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

careysb Only non-intrusive ads allowed (699 comments)

I use Adblocker Plus and it works wonders. It eliminates tons of crap. However, some site ads still get through. I'm assuming that the hosting site has directly incorporated a sponsor's ad into their site structure, thereby bypassing Adblocker's filter. This works because the site owner now has a stake in not pissing off their readers and will only incorporate non-intrusive ads in their site. This is exactly the opposite of what DoubleClick does.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

careysb Toy vs. Drone (116 comments)

Okay, so please enlighten those of us who don't understand the difference on how these RC "toys" are not drones?

RC toy:

  - Requires line of sight control.

  - May have a camera+recorder, but you cannot see the camera output in real time.

  - May require low level control of pitch/roll/yaw

  - You control it by looking at the toy in the sky.


    - Can fly out of line of sight.

    - Transmits video in real time.

    - Can accept high level commands, such as position and heading, and handles pitch/roll/yaw itself.

    - You control it by looking at the video.

I think your categorization is somewhat useful, but more and more "toys" are including the capabilities you put under "drone".

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

careysb Quad-Copters or Hexa-Copters or ... (116 comments)

The word "drone" has fallen into the category of common usage. People know what you're talking about when you say drone but you get a puzzled look when you say quad-copter. The problem is the military has dibs on the word drone and it's not a pretty one. And with all the FAA brew-ha-ha I think they'll ultimately have to classify them by weight. A very lightweight drone is a toy.

about 2 months ago

20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

careysb Re:Not quite a monopoly (97 comments)

Denver - Century Link's high speed (I'm just talking about their ads for 40Mbs) coming to (maybe) your neighborhood. I was told by more than one CL rep that there are no plans to bring it to my neighborhood.

about 3 months ago

20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

careysb Re:Meaningful Competition? (97 comments)

Meaningful Competition Drives Progress: a vibrant, diverse marketplace, with transparency in offerings, pricings, and policies will spur innovation, increase investment, and lower prices. Communities, residents, and businesses should have a meaningful choice in providers.

I don't see how a government takeover will enhance competition. Mostly it will increase the cost of cable TV, at least until some other group decides that watching prime time TV is a fundamental human right.

I have a TV antenna in the attic, let them raise the cable TV rates.

about 3 months ago

20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

careysb Not quite a monopoly (97 comments)

In Denver, CO we can choose between Century Link DSL (speeds suck) or Comcast (expensive and service sucks). If the city of Denver jumped in that would at least give us three choices. Competition is good, right?

about 3 months ago

Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

careysb Re:What are the bounds of property? (166 comments)

You can't put the genie back in the bottle. Every recording method and device is suspect, not just drones. 1984 has been privatized and the price has come down to the level that a typical home owner can afford it. And, not everyone that can afford it is a peeping-tom.

Canada seems to be ahead of the curve compared to the U.S..


about 4 months ago

Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

careysb Douglas Adams... (147 comments)

"Let's be blunt, it's a nasty game" (says The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), "but then anyone who has been to any of the higher dimensions will know that they're a pretty nasty heathen lot up there who should just be smashed and done in, and would be, too, if anyone could work out a way of firing missiles at right angles to reality."

about 6 months ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

careysb +1 nicely stated (310 comments)

+1 nicely stated

about 6 months ago

My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

careysb Re:Dimmable LEDs (278 comments)

I have a few dimmable Cree bulbs and they flicker. Not impressed. Supposedly Phillips make better dimmable bulbs.

about 7 months ago

Human Language Is Biased Towards Happiness, Say Computational Linguists

careysb Douglas Adams (86 comments)

“It is of course perfectly natural to assume that everyone else is having a far more exciting time than you. Human beings, for instance, have a phrase that describes this phenomenon, ‘The other man’s grass is always greener.’
The Shaltanac race of Broopkidren 13 had a similar phrase, but since their planet is somewhat eccentric, botanically speaking, the best they could manage was, ‘The other Shaltanac's joopleberry shrub is always a more mauvy shade of pinky-russet.’ And so the expression soon fell into disuse, and the Shaltanacs had little option but to become terribly happy and contented with their lot, much to the surprise of everyone else in the Galaxy who had not realized that the best way not to be unhappy is not to have a word for it.”

about 6 months ago

Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

careysb Re:Idiot (207 comments)

+1 Mod this up

about 9 months ago

How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

careysb I've had som VR goggles for almost a year now (202 comments)

I bought a pair of VR goggles almost a year ago for flying my drone. It permits me to see what the drone sees in real-time.

about 10 months ago

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

careysb Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

And because Wal-Mart's a horrible corporate "citizen", *we* get to make up the wage difference for their employees in the form of food stamps & other government assistance.

If they raised wages, we would have to pay more on food stamps, because they would hire different people, and their current employees would likely be unemployed. Have you ever been to Wal-Mart? My local store employs a woman in a wheelchair, and two people that appear to have Down's Syndrome. Most of their other employees don't look much brighter. These people get paid $10 per hour because that is what they are worth. If Wal-Mart is forced to raise wages, then they will pull more capable people from other more useful employment, and their current employees would get pink slips.

While there may be a slight element of truth to that I feel that it's more of a corporate management argument. IF the government would raise the minimum wage to a 'living' level then we'd see a slow move away from food stamps. It would also level the low end wage earner playing field and put Walmart (et al) in a position of not being able to lower prices because their employees' salaries are subsidized by taxes (you and me).

about 10 months ago



Poll - Prepared for Retirement?

careysb careysb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

careysb (566113) writes "Prepared for retirement?
I'm still in school
I'm still young, lots of partying to do
I have a college diploma but school loans to pay
I have my retirement accounts to take care of me
I have it invested in the market
I've received a large inheritance, so no worries
I have all my money in off-shore accounts
The government will take care of me
Are you kidding? On a McDonald's salary?"

Regex tricks (and the programs that use them)

careysb careysb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

careysb (566113) writes "I've really enjoyed "*nix tricks" and "VIM tricks". How about one on regular expressions and the programs that use them. Carey"

Can email content be copyrighted?

careysb careysb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

careysb (566113) writes "I've just gotten so used to every email that I send from my place of employment being modified to add "for business used only" and "proprietary" notices to the end that I barely noticed that my ISP had started to append their own advertising to the end of my personal emails. Can I consider my email content to be copyrighted and that their use of my material for advertising purposed is in violation of my copyright? (IANAL's need reply)"


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