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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

giorgist You are measuring it wrong (182 comments)

If you have a shop and tens of thousands simply window shop but only a few hundred actually buy something you are a screaming success. The non buyers do not cost you anything. Why is a MOOC a failure if you get thousands that participate and hundreds of thousands that simply audit or don't even go past the first few videos. They are working them out but there is so much content now out there in the interwebs which can help people learn if they want to, it is a screaming success. Don't forget most people, say 95% simply need bread and circuses. The remainder now have access to awesome content whereas they normally wouldn't. It is a WIN WIN WIN scenario.

5 days ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

giorgist If we are not willing to pay .... (188 comments)

If we are not willing to pay for our news, they will have to get their paycheck elsewhere The same goes for our music and our movies. Investigative journalism is too expensive. They would love to be able to do that, but readers are swayed by other things rather than credible journalism.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

giorgist Municipality the world over have a problem (190 comments)

Municipality the world over have a problem. People don't care. They don't see it as a local government but simply as a government department. This is an attempt to get people involved. So the fundamental question should not be "Online voting vs Ballot box" but "Online Votes Vs Ballot box votes".

about a month and a half ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

giorgist The Better Angels of Our Nature ... (619 comments)

The latest book by Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined sets out the mechanisms and the reasons why this is the case. If you want the short answer ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory

about 2 months ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

giorgist Race to the bottom (171 comments)

Why do we call it race top the bottom and we are sad when we are talking cost of software but we call it economies of scale when we buy hardware and we are happy ?

about 2 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

giorgist He died in an ambulance !!! (443 comments)

They are just covering up that he died in an ambulance. I vote that we take these dangerous ambulances off the road as to many people seem to die in them after a police chase or a road crash.

about 2 months ago
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15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

giorgist Re:Another child making unsupported claims (203 comments)

Which means you are average unless you are as shocked as the proverbial US president that was surprised to hear that a full half of the US population has lower than average IQ

about 2 months ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

giorgist Subsidies (385 comments)

Well ... people have a "green" conscious but a non-green wallet. Bumping up the cost of fuel will mean reduction in their standard of living. That may not go down well.

about 2 months ago
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Getting the Most Out of the Space Station (Before It's Too Late)

giorgist Re:Mother Russia... (155 comments)

How come the US didn't think the same thing ? You see the US is the one handing out sanctions left right and center and pushing it's allied to follow suit. Europe should not worry, the US will find gas for them ... sure will.

about 3 months ago
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US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

giorgist Re: Preventing Stingray from working (272 comments)

Even better, if enough people approve this as an acceptable tower then it is approved. Welcome to p2p authentication.

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

giorgist Re: Undefined (800 comments)

That is not possible. I can see it in the court case. You had tge capacity to choose, yet you chose not to choose and my daughter is dead.

about 4 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

giorgist Re:frosty piss (664 comments)

Chill guys, the Police can do whatever you ask. All you have to do is pay more taxes. If you want them to retrieve your stolen ipod worth $30 at a cost of $1000 per retrieval, just pay an extra 10-20% of your income a year. It is that simple. In fact if you pay more taxes you don't need door locks either. The police can police your house. You don't need insurance for your car either, the government can step in and pay for accidents as a service to the people. This is not unreasonable, as a people we have to decide where the government stops and we take responsibility, what is the most efficient way to achieve a goal.

about 4 months ago
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

giorgist They could always patch it all the way to Vista (345 comments)

They could always patch it all the way to Vista or maybe even Windows 7 and even 8.x then they will have a modern monoculture. Or how about Linux release an XP patch that ...

about 4 months ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

giorgist Re:What if there is no reason? (393 comments)

Damn .. I was just thinking that halfway through reading the parent post !! Can you even prove that something can be, but have no reason ? I mean can you conclusively prove that a particular mix of matter/antimatter has happened, but there was no reason why it happened ? You can say that the result is random, and you can't come to know it completely due to quantum effects, but can you say that the outcome has no reason why it ended up what it is, no forces of nature shaped it to be what it is.

about 5 months ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

giorgist Re:What if there is no reason? (393 comments)

All this talk to say ... there may be no reason at all. Is that possible ? Can something to be but not have reason ?

about 5 months ago
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Google Project Ara Design Will Use Electro-Permanent Magnets To Lock In Modules

giorgist Wow ... how about (62 comments)

I have an idea I should consider patenting, but I can't help myself An interchangeable battery !!

about 5 months ago
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Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

giorgist Re:I admire their spunk, but... (275 comments)

Same goes for bitcoin. There is so much of it to go around ... just like Gold, although we know how many bitcoins there are. There are miners and there are non miners. You are a non-miner.

about 6 months ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

giorgist Re:This is all Bush's fault! (551 comments)

Actually Clinton with Kosovo and Bush with Iraq made Crimea small fry.

about 6 months ago

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Encarta to be closed, read it on Wikipedia

giorgist giorgist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

giorgist (1208992) writes "Microsoft is pulling the plug on its MSN Encarta encyclopedia websites and software, following Wikipedia's obliteration of the online reference market. In a message posted on the MSN Encarta website, Microsoft said the sites worldwide will be discontinued on October 31, with the exception of Encarta Japan, which will be stayed until the end of December."
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Law professor fires back at song-swapping lawsuits

giorgist giorgist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

giorgist (1208992) writes "The music industry's courtroom campaign against people who share songs online is coming under counterattack. A Harvard Law School professor has launched a constitutional assault against a federal copyright law at the heart of the industry's aggressive strategy, which has wrung payments from thousands of song-swappers since 2003."
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Ho do I go about selling an idea

giorgist giorgist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Giorgis writes "I have an idea, but is mine all mine Hey Guys, I have an idea that is a bit of a game changer. It involves netbook with a twist. How do I go about getting some recognition, especially a monetary one. I can post it on Dell or ASUS but I don't want a prise G"
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Nanotechnology paves way for super iPods

giorgist giorgist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

giorgist (1208992) writes "A breakthrough by scientists from the University of Glasgow could see the storage capacity of an iPod increase 150,000 times. Nanotechnology researchers have developed a molecule-sized switch which means that data storage can be dramatically increased without the need to increase the size of devices. Professor Lee Cronin and Dr Malcolm Kadodwala's work would see 500,000 gigabytes squeezed onto one square inch. The current limit for the space is around 3.3 gigabytes. The researchers believe that their development could see the number of transistors per chip rising from today's limit of 200million to well over one billion. http://www.physorg.com/news127745802.html"
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My own private grid

giorgist giorgist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

giorgist (1208992) writes "I have a lot of computers at work, and they sit idle for most of the time. Is it possible to muster them all together and get them cracking on some problem of our own choosing ? We have a cluster doing computations and time on it is limited. Maybe I can setup another were I can run packets on idle computers. People from work can join in and take "packets" home and run them on their computers at home while they work. G"

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