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12 Florida Schools Pass Anti-Evolution Resolutions

desNotes Re:Give me a break! (871 comments)

Most of science are a group of theories. If we reject one, evolution, why not the others. Gravity is also just a theory. "Gravity" isn't a law -- that is "stuff falls" doesn't quite cut it. There is a "law of gravity" or more precisely a "law of universal gravitation" which can be expressed mathematically, basically saying, that there's a force between two objects proportional to the products of constants associated with each object (their "gravitational masses"), divided by the square of the distance between their "centers of mass". That's the law. Mostly (not entirely) it's been proven by astronomical observations, also with something called a torsion balance: go Google it.

"Evolution" doesn't have a law because there's just not a nice mathematical expression of it to call a law.

So you god-fearing creationists can reject whatever parts of science you would like. But I bet the countries we are offshoring all of our technical work to don't teach creationism.

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Long-Distance Wi-Fi Over 60 Miles Away

desNotes desNotes writes  |  more than 6 years ago

desNotes (900643) writes "Intel has announced plans to sell a specialized Wi-Fi platform later this year that can send data from a city to outlying rural areas tens of miles away, connecting sparsely populated villages to the Internet. The wireless technology, called the rural connectivity platform (RCP), will be helpful to computer-equipped students in poor countries, says Jeff Galinovsky, a senior platform manager at Intel. And the data rates are high enough — up to about 6.5 megabits per second — that the connection could be used for video conferencing and telemedicine, he says."
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Application development for the OLPC laptop

desNotes desNotes writes  |  more than 6 years ago

desNotes (900643) writes "IBM DeveloperWorks (registration required) has a tutorial on developing Python activities for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) computers. It covers the XO laptop architecture, internals, and talks about its application environment with the Sugar UI written in Python , accessible to everyone (including kids). The tutorial explores the APIs and shows how to develop and debug a graphical activity using Python, and platform emulation with QEMU (for those /. ers who did not order their own). The G1G1 program is running through 31 December."

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Application development for the OLPC laptop

desNotes desNotes writes  |  more than 6 years ago IBM DeveloperWorks (registration required) has a tutorial on developing Python activities for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) computers. It covers the XO laptop architecture, internals, and talks about its application environment with the Sugar UI written in Python , accessible to everyone (including kids). Explore the APIs and learn how to develop and debug a graphical activity using Python, and platform emulation with QEMU (for those /. ers that did not order their own). The G1G1 program is running through 31 December.

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