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Ask Slashdot: Wireless Proximity Detection?

flipper9 Re:There's an app for that (101 comments)

But the catch is that you left the Bluetooth option enabled, now your iPhone battery is dead, and now you have no idea where your car is located!

more than 2 years ago

Note To Cheaters: Next Time Hire the Brains

flipper9 Re:so much trouble (349 comments)

The biological section has less organic chemistry than it used to, and the overall exam is more verbal in character than before. When I took the MCAT, I got a 10/13/10. The overall score is not as important as getting 10+ in each section, so you can't just do well in one area and not the others. In medical school, it's hard to cheat on many exams, but certainly possible in some (and people have been caught doing so and reprimanded/kicked out). I just finished medical school and will be going onto a residency in general surgery, after being a chemist and then computer programmer for many years. I know that some people have cheated at time during the process, but they will be weeded out eventually as we take many licensing exams, and it's pretty difficult to cheat on everything and still get your license.

more than 2 years ago

Canonical Designer Demos Ubuntu Context-Aware UI

flipper9 Re:Consitancy (237 comments)

If you don't like something, then either turn it off or uninstall it. Whining about it so that others, who may want the technology, can't have it is just wrong.

more than 3 years ago

Adobe Releases New 64-Bit Flash Plugin For Linux

flipper9 I'll believe it (240 comments)

I'll believe it when I see a successive series of releases supporting Linux, rather than one-off updates, especially with regards to security updates. Plus all the stuff about "well Linux isn't standard so we'll implement stuff only for Windows" makes it even more clear that Flash needs to be replaced unless they show results regarding supporting all platforms equally.

more than 3 years ago

Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

flipper9 Tough (870 comments)

1. Tell the students "Tough!". You don't need a calculator!
2. The best way I've seen professors handle this is to design the questions to only require basic math knowledge, or only require answers that don't require extensive calculations. Make it so that if they are correctly arriving at the answer, the math is stupidly easy.
3. Tough about the English requirement. You are in the USA, and our language is English. And in a physics class, there shouldn't be that much to look up anyways. If you must have a dictionary, you can buy really cheap paperback ones. You think I get access to a dictionary when I take a test, or any book for that matter? NO!

No test should ever need a calculator if setup properly. It should only require basic math skills. If it must require knowledge of square roots and such, make a table available or make it so that the final calculations are ridiculously easy (like square root of 9). You are testing physics concepts, not math. And if you can't handle basic math and basic English, how did they ever get into college in the first place?

more than 3 years ago

School Swaps Math Textbooks For iPads

flipper9 iPad has no camera (439 comments)

But, the iPad doesn't have a camera. How are the school administrators going to be able to see the children undressing in their rooms or doing naughty things?

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Launches Location Based Product

flipper9 Not quite launched in the USA (130 comments)

I spend my time updating the iPhone app, and then the facebook program isn't available yet if Florida. Not quite ready for primetime.

more than 3 years ago

Tor Developer Detained At US Border, Pressed On Wikileaks

flipper9 Re:UFFSA (637 comments)

Back in the mid 90's I was detained at the Canadian border for 2-3 hours (I was driving into Canada) while on a camping trip. I had just graduated from college, and decided to go camping in North Dakota and Southern Canada just for fun. I was stopped, taken upstairs, repeatedly asked questions where a customs offer would come in the room, ask me if I had ever been to prison, been in front of a judge, how much money did I have, did I have a job, etc. She would leave for a few minutes, would come back and ask me similar to identical questions while typing on her computer, leave and come back...repeated for almost 2 hours. Then they took me down to my truck and searched everything, took apart my camping equipment, took a keen interest in my first aid kit, but found nothing (there was nothing to find) and let me go. I was detained for 2-3 hours just because.

On my way back into the USA, they barely batted an eye.

more than 3 years ago

TI Calculator DRM Defeated

flipper9 Re:TI Should really let them be hacked (234 comments)

Agreed. I can see the usefulness of a basic calculator for math and simple operations, which can be found in extremely cheap china versions for less than $1 each. One solution my professors had for the complicated calculations problems on exams was to make the math extremely easy, as what they were testing was your ability to do the calculation, not whether you could calculate 1.84523*32.344/422.33... so they'd make it into a problem where the math was more like 2*6/4.

more than 3 years ago

TI Calculator DRM Defeated

flipper9 TI Should really let them be hacked (234 comments)

What if the kids did hack their calculators, install inappropriate notes, and cheat on their exams? It would be inconvenient for the teachers to reflash/reformat/reset each calculator, and be sure that the student wasn't still cheating. The teacher's only solution would be to purchase additional TI calculators for exam purposes only. A win-win for TI!

more than 3 years ago

Grigory Perelman Turns Down $1M Millennium Prize

flipper9 Ummmm (226 comments)

I'd be willing to take it for him!

more than 3 years ago

Buy Your Own Tron Lightcycle For $35,000

flipper9 Advertisement? (170 comments)

While this is cool, this article just looks like a simple advertisement to sell their bikes. How is this newsworthy? It's not like this is a website with designs on how to make your own, or how to pimp your existing bike, or even about the cool technology put into the bike. It's a simple like to buy one on Ebay.

more than 3 years ago

What iOS 4 Does (and Doesn't Do) For Business

flipper9 Re:So what (253 comments)

The iPhone can't multitask? I've been multitasking for months now on my iPhone 3Gs, been tethering on AT&T, been using folders to organize my many applications, been able to lock rotation, all without a hitch. Granted I had to jailbreak the device (crazy easy to do with Blackra1n), but it works great!

more than 3 years ago

iOS 4 Releases Today

flipper9 Re:AT&T (702 comments)

The iOs update has nothing to do with AT&T's network. It's installed via iTunes, not over-the-air.

more than 3 years ago

X Prize Foundation Wants AI Physician On Every Smartphone

flipper9 As a physician myself... (245 comments)

As a physician myself (well I'll have my MD next year), there is more to a diagnosis than a simple test/analysis. The most important part of any diagnosis is the "History of Present Illness" as well as the physical exam. Knowing when to use certain tests, and how to interpret them in the light of the particular patient's present condition is what makes medicine an art as well as a science. I think the idea of a camera taking a picture of a dermatologic problem being a great tool, but it won't be able to make a conclusive diagnosis. Many tests are not black and white, yes or no answers to a problem...they themselves contain errors, which if interpreted incorrectly can lead to further harm to the patient. I think it's going to be awhile before we have an AI doctor like "The Doctor" from the Star Trek Voyager series.

more than 3 years ago

BP Knew of Deepwater Horizon Problems 11 Months Ago

flipper9 Does it Matter? (438 comments)

You and I both know, no matter what comes out...no matter how bad and damning the evidence is against BP...the USA taxpayer and consumer will bear the brunt of the cost of the cleanup. BP is too big to prosecute! They have too much influence with the government, have too many lawyers, and have an unlimited supply of $$$ to do what they want. I'm not shocked or surprised at what BP knew, but I will be shocked if they are held accountable in the end.

more than 3 years ago

Mac OS X Problem Puts Up a Block To IPv6

flipper9 Mac OsX? (204 comments)

I thought all of the problems in Mac OsX were due to Flash, and that the operating system was perfect otherwise? Steve told me so.

more than 3 years ago

At Last, Flying Cars?

flipper9 This topic should be banned until ready (194 comments)

Seriously; I'm tired of reading "flying cars almost here"-type threads. Until an actual product is for sale (no pre-orders, vapor ware) I don't want to hear about what people are planning. Everything that has ever been posted in the past sounded good at first, promised to be delivered, was soon be in the skies...well they were either wrong, marketing to get funding, or just plain lies.

about 4 years ago

FCC Begins Crafting Net Neutrality Regulations

flipper9 Re:Warning? (297 comments)

True, I'd prefer a web page. But a press release would typically be a printed document, especially from a governmental agency. I don't think "warning" is appropriate...makes it out to be some kind of dangerous thing. Sounds more like anti-Microsoft type behaviour.

Viruses? If you aren't running a virus scanner, you're gonna get a virus by just going to web pages or via other means and other document formats.

more than 4 years ago

FCC Begins Crafting Net Neutrality Regulations

flipper9 Warning? (297 comments)

Why is there a warning that the press release is a Word document? It's a frickin' document format, not some evil-doer conspiracy! Plenty of word processing programs can open Word documents. What about PDF? I'd prefer a word document over PDF any-day because I can edit it, annotate it, and open it faster than a PDF. Just because something is from Microsoft doesn't mean it's bad.

Note: I'm writing this on Ubuntu, and running Open Office in the background.

more than 4 years ago


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