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Student Refusing RFID Badge Now Fights Expulsion Order

joeme1 Re:Put badge in microwave for 10 seconds. (743 comments)

Cory Doctorow wrote an entertaining novel for this age group in which students were given ID cards like these after a terrorist attack. They found many interesting ways to mess with the system pretty quickly. The book is called Little Brother.

about 2 years ago

Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

joeme1 Re:Put them to work (1054 comments)

Please don't place such a condescending stereotype on conservatives. I believe myself to be quite conservative, but I've read Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow (I will finish the rest as I have the opportunity). A colleague of mine at a small midwestern middle school assigned Ender's Game to his students and they read it together in class. He also taught Sunday School at a small conservative church. He received no backlash from parents.
    And to say that conservative literature and ideas are embraced by those who are "less intelligent" is intolerant and hateful. (See what I did there? Those are "Liberal" attack words.)
    Even though I am a conservative parent and teacher, I can't wait until my children and students are capable of thinking for themselves. As a teacher, I don't see success in test scores, I see it in students' abilities to synthesize information, to discern good information from crap, and to be able to reason through new and challenging situations on their own. But I do occasionally encounter parents who fear a child who can out-think them, or succeed where they failed. It is unfortunate, but it isn't restricted to conservatives. There are people with very liberal ideologies who fail to see the benefits of proper education.

more than 2 years ago

YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music

joeme1 Re:Small Claims DDOS (730 comments)

I thought those were the REQUIREMENTS for a YouTube post! Is that what I've been doing wrong?

more than 2 years ago

Hacked Syrian Officials Used '12345' As Email Password

joeme1 Re:That's amazing (231 comments)

Most of the doors to secure areas where I work have the same combination. Real secure! Every time I enter a door I think of that line. People wonder why I smile at work.

more than 2 years ago

Ex-Microsoft CTO Writes $625 Cookbook

joeme1 Re:digital gram scale as an extra? (176 comments)

There's also the problem of ounces (weight) and ounces (volume) . That concept isn't reinforced in enough classrooms. Then you have to have dry measuring cups, liquid measuring cups, and spoons and it gets to be a confusing mess. My wife likes to use a scale, until I met her, I never knew anyone with a scale in the kitchen. Now I don't understand why it isn't more commonplace.

more than 3 years ago

Timezone Maintainer Retiring

joeme1 where are the comments? (198 comments)

I keep refreshing, but there are no comments. How am I supposed to learn anything about this subject if there are not comments?

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Invent World's First Anti-Laser

joeme1 Re:Beam of darkness? (241 comments)

That would be the absolute coolest thing in the world. I've been a long time fan of the darksucker theory, to have an actual darksucker would be extremely fun. Lots of applications in a physics classroom.

more than 2 years ago

Model Says Religiosity Gene Will Dominate Society

joeme1 A model said that? (729 comments)

If she's pretty enough, there are plenty of guys here that will believe anything else she wants to tell us!

more than 3 years ago

Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber

joeme1 Re:How about we send everybody a text (573 comments)

This could have worked the other way. If she had been in a crowded bus when receiving the text, and ended up heading to an area that wasn't as crowded as she had hoped, it could have been the opposite, and no one would have been wiser. Random texts or half rings would irritate more than save lives. You can never be sure that the bomber isn't in a preschool dropping off her kids before going to blow up somewhere else.

more than 3 years ago

Ford Building Cars That Talk To Other Cars

joeme1 Re:Awesome (239 comments)

Or, just patch it through to an external loudspeaker...

more than 3 years ago

Russian Simulated Mars Mission Close To 'Landing'

joeme1 Re:Start of a bad, racist joke? (170 comments)

Hey, my girlfriend once stopped over at one of our lan parties. She stayed a whole 3 minutes too! So there.

more than 3 years ago

Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You

joeme1 Chicken (312 comments)

I just hope it doesn't taste like chicken. I'm imagining something along the line of moose, only older and freezer burnt.

more than 3 years ago

Will Touch Screens Kill the Keyboard?

joeme1 Re:No (332 comments)

As in multiple computers and other devices coming out recently, there is a separate display for typing, which is oriented similarly to a keyboard. And glass is harder than fingernail (Mohs hardness = glass is about 6-6.5, fingernail is 2-2.5 or so.) Fingernails won't damage glass, but silicates in grubby fingertips might.

more than 3 years ago

PC Gamers Crush Console Brethren

joeme1 Re:Shocking news: (387 comments)

Metroid Prime is great on the Wii. I was reluctant to get a FPS on a console for the reasons stated here. I love the kb mlook combo, but the Wii look and firing with the nunchuck make it almost comparable.

more than 3 years ago

Cambridge Computer IDs World's Most Boring Day

joeme1 Baby Boom (186 comments)

There was a spike in births shortly after this date. I'd say they might have to take a little more into consideration for their algorithm, or did the most boring day cause this spike in procreation?

more than 3 years ago

Blekko Launches a Search Engine With Bias

joeme1 Re:Tea Party! (133 comments)

Yes, because people with opinions always hate having opposing viewpoints. Opposing viewpoints are like any other kind of competition. Either it makes you produce a better product, or it makes you shut up and go home.

more than 3 years ago

Blekko Launches a Search Engine With Bias

joeme1 Re:Bias? (133 comments)

I listen to NPR nearly every day. I would have to agree that most of its reporting leans to the left. That is one of the reasons I listen to it, and at times, it is the reason I turn it off.

more than 3 years ago

"Calvin and Hobbes" Creator Bill Watterson Looks Back With No Regrets

joeme1 Re:Copyright (327 comments)

You're right, I just pulled out one of his books and reread the section on licensing. It was copyrighted, he just hated to license the characters.

more than 4 years ago


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