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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

coolsnowmen I worked at a year wrong elementary school (421 comments)

In grad school I got some funding by being a science assistant to a teacher in a school that was designated as "needs help". In this particular case it was because of shitty test score because of a large immigrant population. To address a couple of the big comments- The teachers loved it because it broke up when they were ALLOWED to take vacation. Basically 6 weeks from the large summer vacation were taken and 2 weeks were dispersed to winder, fall, and spring. Also, teachers optionally taught fun 'camps' during those weeks (parents paid $, teachers got more $ for teaching more), I personally assisted in a science camp one time which was pretty fun. Additionally, they did see positive results as far as the infamous, back-to-school knowledge loss. It seemed easier for kids to pick up where they left off after a few weeks as opposed to a few months. So, after that positive experience, I'm for it.

about two weeks ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

coolsnowmen Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

These two things are not at odds with each other. Most recently well documented in "A place at the table", it is quite possible to be obese and poor and malnurished in a 1st world country. In the united states, acquiring certain foods is pretty easy: refined grains, while aquiring healthy foods like vegetables can be almost impossible.

about 1 month ago

Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

coolsnowmen Re:If the editor really matters (359 comments)

I used to agree with you, and then came Java, and I got tired of writing a bunch of crap by hand just to prove I could.

Use the right tool for the job. You _can_ build that house with just a hammer, but, there are nice tools that save you a lot of time for specific jobs.

about a month and a half ago

San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

coolsnowmen Re:Gotta agree with it being illegal (404 comments)

How long do you think such a service would last if all it did was sell "information" about where someone was leaving a parking spot?

As long as it wants. THAT'S. ALL. IT. DOES. The app doesn't hold parking spaces. It doesn't do anything illegal. If the people using it violate the law, that's their business. But as I understand the law, the app isn't doing anything illegal.

Ask napster how well that argument worked out

about 2 months ago

San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

coolsnowmen Re:Communism (404 comments)

The only place I've lived that was parking permit on public [city] roads I did pay for my parking permit. It was dirt cheap for the first one (requiring proof of address), and pretty expensive for the second one. The point is when a city gets so popular that the people that live there can't park anywhere near their own rowhome, this is a common solution.

about 2 months ago

Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

coolsnowmen Re:Here we go again (142 comments)

Again, chip-an-pin would be less work that rolling out imprinting devices, and would be much more secure.

Except not by PFChangs. The whole point is to be able to get money from customers, but, PF Changs's US customers don't have a CC with chip&pin. It has to come from the credit card companies.

about 2 months ago

Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

coolsnowmen Re:Seems reasonable... (260 comments)

LOL! This is EXACTLY like when I pay for internet and then netflix also has to pay Comcast. (except it's completely different, but I thought it was funny)

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

coolsnowmen Re:Controllers for PC? (174 comments)

They might, but they are not necessarily right. And simply cannot be for the general case of "gamming".

The keyboard / mouse are direct position inputs, this clearly has some benefits in certain game

The controller isn't less accurate though, it is a completely different input device, it is a rate input (think velocity)

The classic counter example would be flying/vehicles. It is simply easier to fly and drive aroudn given the ability to control the derivative and not the abolute position.

And it still gets more complicated in competative gaming. Clearly the point and click of the rts the mouse is suprior by an order of magnitude. But in FPS, when man is running across your screen, the ability to match his rate of movement (angular velocity) is much better with a controller. though, at the same time, in an insta-kill headshot type game, a man running at you, a mouse will let you pin point the head over the center of mass better

about 2 months ago

GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

coolsnowmen Re:C strikes out again (127 comments)

I don't know in this particular case. But in general, C compilers are much easier to write than c++ compilers; so they exist on more platforms.

about 3 months ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

coolsnowmen Re:In other news (711 comments)

Sure, but vendor lock-in is much less of an issue right?

about 3 months ago

Study: Royalty Charges Almost On Par With Component Costs For Smartphones

coolsnowmen Re:Shoulders of giants (131 comments)

Which has happened multiple times in history; and has not been that hard to prove.

about 3 months ago

Study: Royalty Charges Almost On Par With Component Costs For Smartphones

coolsnowmen Re:Shoulders of giants (131 comments)

if it was simple enough to copy quickly, then your invention wasn't so revolutionary anyway.

I disagree. The innovativeness of an idea is almost completely independent of the challenge of reproducing the work.

about 3 months ago

Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

coolsnowmen Re:What you're really saying is (422 comments)

Props to the email server admins that handle ~100MB attachments.

about 3 months ago

The Major Theoretical Blunders That Held Back Progress In Modern Astronomy

coolsnowmen Re:Error in first example (129 comments)

I disagree that one could consider this an error. It is a mountain, and its name is "Palomar". The order is scientifically irrelevant.

about 3 months ago

Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

coolsnowmen Re:ok if your car is new (432 comments)

What happens when the oil does run out and these regulations weren't put in place?

How long did it take us to develop e85 capable cars? (I'm guessing not that long since the original cards ran on it)

How long will we see a massive oil shortage coming?

about 3 months ago



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