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A Makerbot In Every Classroom

jscotta44 Re:As a mechanical engineer... (152 comments)

They learn little by pressing "print". However, if the school is teaching students how to create the models and all of the prerequisites leading up to that, then they learn a lot. Advanced classes can expand on that by allowing students to create new object solutions to problems they see.

Oh, and the schools can possibly increase the use of manipulative models in their classrooms by printing them instead of purchasing them from someone else. This also allows teachers to more innovative by modifying the manipulative teaching aids and by creating new ones that may not even be available. As an example, a group of teachers could get together to recreate a miniature section of an ancient city, both in its current destroyed form and perhaps how it might have looked when new and whole. that is something that you don't just purchase from a catalog.

about 8 months ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

jscotta44 Seems to be a big miss (603 comments)

I didn't read all of the comments, but got through a good many. Something that the TSA Union and all of the posting that I read missed is that arming the TSA, adding additional checkpoints out beyond the current TSA ones, and other similar type requests would not have stopped what happened. A guy with a hidden weapon (a gun this time, but could be a bomb next time, or poison gas, etc.) walked up to the first TSA agent he encountered and killed him. It is very, very difficult to prevent that from happening. Just ask the guys that man checkpoints for the military – people that usually have a lot of firepower ready to be used unless some dumb presidential order tells them not to (e.g. Beirut Marine Barracks bombing).

Taking the job as a guard means that you are volunteering to be put in harm's way. That is the nature of the job. To keep your life, do all you legally/morally can to protect yourself and your charges.

about 9 months ago
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Car Dealers Complain To DMV About Tesla's Website

jscotta44 The real issue for dealerships (364 comments)

I didn't read every single posting so I might have missed one. However, the gist of the many that I did read related to maintenance costs or gripes about dealers. Both areas had posts that were accurate and both had posts that were either BS or typical /. anti-capitalism rants.

Wellthe dealer rants are sort of right, in this case, but they are missing the real issue. Tesla's high-end luxury cars are not a threat to most dealers. The threat is that a car maker is selling cars without a dealer. This is a threat because, if they allow it, then the other car makers (Ford, GM, Chrysler,Toyota, Nissan, Honda, etc.) will finally have some traction to get rid of the middleman dealers. For the high population areas, they would love to do that and keep more of the profit themselves. I believe that you would still see dealers in the low-population areas because the risk reward ratio isn't nearly as favorable to them.

By the way, there has been and always will be a case for various dealers at different points in a market's life cycle. Calling them low-lifes just because they are dealers is childish and just wrong. They are no more wrong and crappy than a /.'er that thinks that everything they want in life should be free - just because they say so.

about 10 months ago
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Why Apple Went 64-Bit With the iPhone 5s

jscotta44 Re:64-bit BS (512 comments)

Wowsomeone that actually knows about and possibly used a PDP-11 machine! Going back a bit further, do you remember the Xerox Sigma 9?

about 10 months ago
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

jscotta44 Crime?! (1255 comments)

Ummmno. Work happens. People with morals and work ethic (admittedly getting scarce) look for jobs when they don't have enough money to meet their needs. Before Social Security, did the nation have geriatric gangs running around committing crimes? No. Your entire premise is incorrect.

about a year ago
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Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC

jscotta44 Re:How stupid is a Mac Pro Cylinder? (607 comments)

Not to mention, the whole "hey see my sleek cylinder computer right next to the stack of crap that wouldn't fit inside the case" mental image changes how "cool" that trashbucket-shaped machine looks.

As opposed to what many here would like to be seen as "Hey look at all the crap I stuff into this box with lights through my clear plexiglass side panel!"?

And how are powering up/down external devices any different if they are video/audio components than if they are any other device such as storage or connectivity?

about a year ago
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Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC

jscotta44 Re:How stupid is a Mac Pro Cylinder? (607 comments)

Thunderbolt is no SCSI. While SCSI was tremendous for the day, you had terminators (get the right one or you were screwed), issues with where in the chain each device sat, and as you pointed out, powering up/down issues.

Thunderbolt devices are pretty much like very high-power USB devices. Put them in and pull them out in any order and at any time. Not to mention that Thunderbolt cables are extremely thin and pliable. The old SCSI cables were huge. And don't get me started on the size of the connectors!

about a year ago
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Microsoft Surface Pro Reviews Arrive

jscotta44 Re:Suspect? (320 comments)

No. It doesn't I can also mean a Firewire or Thunderbolt bus-powered device. Wow. You'd think that this being /. that anyone posting here would know about hardware and not post stuff like that.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Surface Pro Reviews Arrive

jscotta44 Re:Suspect? (320 comments)

He didn't say what hardware he ripped it with. He simply said he was ripping a DVD. Since I know the MacBook Air hardware, I know that it is not "suspect" as the guy I replied to suggested.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Surface Pro Reviews Arrive

jscotta44 Cubicles (320 comments)

The point behind cubicle dwellers drooling over tablets is because they don't want to be sitting in the little cubes any more. And while that is just a wishful dream for many, there are many others who could be more productive by being able to move about and still have their computing resources in their hands. Not everyone is a code banger that has to be hunched over a keyboard with 2-3 27" screens and a PBX handset within reach at all times.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Surface Pro Reviews Arrive

jscotta44 Suspect? (320 comments)

Why do you find it suspect? Ah, because you do not know much about them and didn't realize that you can have an attached DVD via wire or wifi?

about a year and a half ago
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Fragmentation Leads To Android Insecurities

jscotta44 Bad example. Try again. (318 comments)

Using the Kindle Fire as your example of an Android device doesn't work. Amazon forked Android and the Fire's OS is nearly unrecognizable as an Android device. However, I do understand your point and appreciate it.

And thank you for taking the parent to task on the BS of what is legal on iOS.

about a year and a half ago
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Fragmentation Leads To Android Insecurities

jscotta44 Possible, yes. But... (318 comments)

...the reality is that the vast majority of people only use Android devices for texting or calling. Just like they did with their feature phones. They were simply upgraded to an Android handset because the salesperson got a bonus for doing so and it was probably a free p.o.s. that fit the budget of the buyer perfectly.

So, while it is "possible", it is very unlikely that the mass user base even know what can be done much less how to do it. Nor do they care.

And your opinion about the malware problem "seem"ing to be overblown is meaningless. The facts are that Android devices are being compromised all over the world and real damage is being done to millions of owners.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Linux Desktop Environment For Hi-Def/Retina Displays?

jscotta44 Re:KDE (234 comments)

"Ease of installation and integration,"? Please turn in your /. number and move on. There is no room for that or good appearances here. That shit might cost money and has no place on /.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Linux Desktop Environment For Hi-Def/Retina Displays?

jscotta44 Re:KDE (234 comments)

Seriously? There is someone on /. that didn't know that OS X was a certified UNIX?

about a year and a half ago
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Volcano May Have Killed Off New Bioluminescent Cockroach

jscotta44 Impossible that is was done by volcano... (108 comments)

...everyone knows that the extermination of a species is only caused by human generated global warming – typically from the activities of people residing on the North American continent. So the story is obviously false.

about a year and a half ago
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Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35

jscotta44 Re:Readability! (231 comments)

I have no problem with shortcuts to reduce typing keystrokes. I was responding to what I thought was a vote for cryptic symbolic languages that are not easily readable. To me, those types of setups are just a waste of time.

about 2 years ago
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Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35

jscotta44 Readability! (231 comments)

Not true, at all. I started out with an Altair 8080 that I built. It was programmed by stepping through the memory location one at a a time and setting the byte stored there with paddle switches. When I got a TRS-80, I could type just fine and really liked creating code that I could show anyone how to read. Yes, you could substitute symbols, but why do it. If you knew how to type, then it was better for readable code.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech For Small Library Automation?

jscotta44 Re:As the tech guy at a church (188 comments)

Best fits *your* experience. Please do not assume that you know anyone else's experience.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech For Small Library Automation?

jscotta44 Re:keep it simple (188 comments)

Completely agree. Only use Access if it is the ONLY solution available to you – including not having access to paper and pencil. I've seen nothing but problems from systems that started out as just small solutions. They tend to grow over time and Access is a real pain in the back-side.

more than 2 years ago

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Apple Announces iPhone OS 4

jscotta44 jscotta44 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jscotta44 (881299) writes "Hard to believe that this bit of Apple news didn't hit the /. pages yet. I'm betting that is because there were so many submissions, that you guys got /.'ed. Anyway, it looks like some of the things that the guys on this forum have complained about are being addressed by this update. The one thing that can never be fixed for many here on /. is that the company is Apple ;-)"
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