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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

fldsofglry obligatory /. car analogy (249 comments)

Isn't the point of this whole debate whether intelligence is the engine or grit is the engine?

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

fldsofglry Rooster Cogburn Fallacy (249 comments)

Oh great, and then we get to debate who really has true grit. I introduce to you the Rooster Cogburn fallacy. "Only one man has true grit, and that is Rooster Cogburn. You don't have true grit, so you must not be Rooster Cogburn".

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

fldsofglry Re:Animal calls (790 comments)

Came to say the same thing....Passenger Pigeons, Carolina Parakeets, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

fldsofglry Re:Free? (703 comments)

First, I want to thank you for explaining your logic on this. I have seen a few "it is more expensive, because it is subsidized" posts on this thread, and I wasn't connecting the dots. Your claim seems to be counterintuitive to what I observe. I go to the grocery store and the cheapest things I see are the heavily subsidized goods like corn and wheat. I grew up going to a parochial school, and our tuition was more expensive than our public school counterparts. Naturally, the school was mostly unsubsidized by taxpayers. When I took my economics class (at a community college, strangely enough), we learned that quantity demanded is inversely proportional to price. So when price goes down, quantity demanded for that good goes up. So i am not sure your logic adds up. Hell, even the Heritage Foundation says subsidies decrease prices: http://www.heritage.org/resear... I don't know how trustworthy the wikipedia site is, but it comes from a Princeton University Page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

about two weeks ago
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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

fldsofglry Re:Ironically, blame HIPAA (78 comments)

You had me at HIPAA, lost me at Obamacare. Wouldn't new regulations been a perfect time to upgrade those legacy systems? It would have been a perfect time to blame increase costs on "more computerization". Insurance companies already blamed increase rates on Obamacare, why not just tack on the extra upgrades.

about 4 months ago
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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

fldsofglry Re:At the risk of sounding like a Luddite... (108 comments)

They can't do this. They don't have the passenger pigeon DNA, not one copy, apparently, 100% intact, and you'd need dozens at LEAST to give you anything LIKE enough genetic variability for successive generations of the resurrected species to reproduce and create healthy, viable, not horribly deformed due to extreme inbreeding specimens.

Except that they do. It just takes a pinhead size portion of tissue to get the DNA. There are about 2000 species currently in museums, all with intact DNA.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

fldsofglry Re:What a stupid question (167 comments)

I prefer Pinkly Taurus. It can be hard to find, but once you do, your wife will love it.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

fldsofglry Make it a game (123 comments)

Make it a game. Could you set up a virtual environment? Perhaps you can find an area where people explore the border of a habitat in the condition it "should be in" in the game. When they see an area with a problem, they can run chemical test which actually runs an actual chemicals test in the affected area. Perhaps since actual fish are affected, you can make it a virtual fishing game. Tough to say since I don't really know what all is involved in the actual clean up process.

about 5 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Tim O'Reilly About a Life Steeped In Technology

fldsofglry DRM (39 comments)

I've always been grateful that O'Reilly often (always?) offers DRM free books. The music industry has made it clear that they believe piracy is hurting the bottom line. Do you feel the same way about your ebook titles?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

fldsofglry Re:Head First C# (254 comments)

I really enjoy the Head First Series of books. Head First C and Head First C# are great!

about 7 months ago
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Ohio Prison Shows Pirated Movies To Inmates

fldsofglry Re:Apples and Oranges (186 comments)

Having been born, raised, and currently living in Ohio, I wanted to double check your "prisons in Ohio are privatized", as I had never heard of all of Ohio's prisons being privatized.
According to wikipedia, only two are privatized: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...
This particular prison mentioned in the article is not privatized: http://www.drc.ohio.gov/public...
Here is an example of a page according to the ohio gov site that shows one that is privatized (it says privately operated near the address): http://www.drc.ohio.gov/public...

about 8 months ago
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Citizen Science: Who Makes the Rules?

fldsofglry Re:Doing "it" for a living and skill (189 comments)

The obvious other example is in sports---is there any sport which has a professional league where a substantial number of amateurs are seriously competitive? I'm unaware of any. In fact, professional sports teams are enormously better than even the best amateur clubs.

I think you will want to look at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Specifically, take a look at football, basketball, maybe even baseball. I'm usually hesitant to call the college football and basketball amateur, but they are generally considered still amateurs. In the article below, 40+ athletes were drafted to the pros. Most of these draftees contribute to the team by the very next year, some star. Ohio State has had the most players drafted from a single team at 17. http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-draft/2013/4/27/4275658/2013-nfl-draft-results-breakdown-college

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The Archaeology of Beer

fldsofglry Re:Beer shaped history (89 comments)

Gatorade replacement? You might want to look at the Tarahumara people. They are known for running long distances and were featured in the book "Born to Run". They drink a corn beer that helps give them the energy and electrolytes to run such long distances.

about a year ago
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Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs

fldsofglry Re:Does this apply at all levels ? (397 comments)

according to the article, it doesn't apply to the hourly workers in the warehouse and the like...

about a year ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

fldsofglry Re:house of cards? (698 comments)

exactly. You win for the most insightful post of the day. Unfortunately, the mods haven't agreed with that assessment, yet.

about a year ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

fldsofglry Re:What a load of bollocks (698 comments)

I came here to post what the parent posted. I also figured your response would come next. China would get money, but so would American companies who market and sell the machines. So it wouldn't be total win for China as American companies would "win" too, by selling replacement computers. I even thing that bricking all the computers would actually stimulate the economy.

about a year ago
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The Business of Attention Deficit Disorder

fldsofglry Re:This (246 comments)

As someone with a toddler, I can attest to the tasting the ice cream phenomenon....what a great way of putting it.

about a year ago
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The Business of Attention Deficit Disorder

fldsofglry Matter of environment (246 comments)

I can't help agree with a poster above, who recommended the Ken Robinson video.

I also wanted to add that I think the way that our modern education system works has a lot to do with parents seeking a diagnosis for little Bobby "who just can't sit still".

I used to work in the environmental education field for quite a few years. I can say that I loved to have kids with "ADHD" in my group, because they were the ones turning over rocks and logs and activity searching for things. What is seen as a detriment in one setting, seemed to be an advantage in another setting.

An interesting thing to note is often how I would find out about their conditions. Since I did do some work at overnight facilities, I would sometimes would be told ahead of time medications and conditions a child had. But most of the time, I found out about it by a teacher saying something like: You know, so-and-so has a ADD/ADHD and he is just doing SO well out here.

about a year ago

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