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HP's Shift On PCs Could Boost Acer, Dell and Lenovo

cel4145 Asus and Samsung (156 comments)

More so than how this will benefit Lenovo, Dell, and Acer, I'm interested in what kind of opportunity this creates for Asus and Samsung.

more than 3 years ago

OpenOffice.org To Be Given Back To the Community

cel4145 when to trust oracle (219 comments)

When the OO website links to LibreOffice, and tells people to download the latest version there, we'll now that Oracle is sincere.

more than 3 years ago

Deleting Certain Gene Makes Mice Smarter

cel4145 Can you say "Bean?" (259 comments)

The article states, "'A big question this research raises is why would we, or mice, have a gene that makes us less smart – a Homer Simpson gene?'Hepler says. 'I believe that we are not really seeing the full picture. RGS14 may be a key control gene in a part of the brain that, when missing or disabled, knocks brain signals important for learning and memory out of balance.'"

Oh, come on. If these scientists were current on their sci-fi, they'd know that the disabling that gene will affect the human growth rate, ala Ender's Shadow.

more than 4 years ago

HTC Shift + ThinkPad X300 + MacBook Air = Perfect Notebook?

cel4145 Re:I used one (108 comments)

It is not "unworkable." But it is "unrealistic" to expect that after using regular size keyboards for a lifetime that everyone would instantly find the much smaller keyboard as usable without some practice.

If you read the EeePC User Forums, you'll find that most people get used to the tiny keyboard. Some people even find that they can type faster on it than on a regular keyboard. I have very large hands (I wear XXL gloves), and after a few months of some somewhat regular use as a mobile platform (not as a primary machine), the keyboard is becoming as easy for me to use as my other full sized laptop and my desktop. Because I have large hands, I doubt that I will ever type as fast as on a full-sized keyboard, but it has already become more than "workable."

more than 6 years ago



Open Textbook Publisher Not So Open

cel4145 cel4145 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cel4145 (468272) writes "I discovered that Flat World Knowledge, the commercial open textbook publisher that has gotten much press in the last couple of years, is not very "open" in the way that Slashdotters would expect. While the HTML versions of the texts are licensed as CC-BY-NC-SA, the website appears intentionally designed such that a teacher or student cannot print out the full HTML version of a document they are reading, nor can they easily save a copy to share with someone else. As an alternative, FWK provides a prominent link to buy a non-CC licensed PDF version of a chapter, one that has a notice printed on each page indicating it is for personal use only. Seems that the CC license is more marketing gimmick to sell proprietary textbooks than commitment to the principles of sharing that underlie open textbook publishing."
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Live Action Distance Education (LADE)

cel4145 cel4145 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cel4145 writes "From Kairosnews: 'In an innovative extension of larping (Live Action Role Playing) to education, Dr. Matt Barton (St. Cloud State University) and Dr. Charles Lowe (Grand Valley State University) are experimenting with live action distance education (LADE) in their online writing courses. Rather than using Blackboard or other learning management system software for creating a virtual classroom, Lowe and Barton simulate the distance education learning experience using physical media. Each professor has placed a large cork bulletin board outside of their office. Much like a website, students regularly visit the bulletin board where they find copies of the course syllabi, writing exercises, and project descriptions thumb-tacked. While students never meet together as a full class, groups of students can often be seen huddled around reading the many documents posted on the board.'"


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