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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

mikecase Re:I love Model Ms. I still have two of them. (304 comments)

What are you talking about? I've been typing on salvaged Model M keyboards for over 15 years using Windows and Linux. In fact I'm typing this on my favorite Model M SSK from 1992. For the last 8 years I've used a PS/2->USB adapter. There are a few adapter models known to work well with the Model M, I've tried several of these and have yet to find one that doesn't work.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

mikecase Re:Common Core Failed (389 comments)

What are you talking about? I have a 3rd grader who attends a school using common core. Last year they spent a ton of time working on rote memorization of basic single and two-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. Every week they took four tests (100 problems, five minutes each) covering these functions and I helped grade the papers. By the end of the year the average kid got 90+ correct on addition, 80+ correct on subtraction, and 50ish on multiplication and division. Perhaps my child's school is different, but it sure seemed like they devoted a ton of time to rote memorization of these facts last year. This year my child is quickly performing addition and subtraction of three and four digit numbers.

I hear all the complaints about Common Core, but what I hear vs. what I see from my child don't line up. It doesn't look all that different than what I recall learning as a pupil. I certainly haven't seen any 2+2 = 5 nonsense. My only complaint so far is there seems to be less emphasis on subjects beyond math and reading than I'd like. Maybe it's different elsewhere, or in higher grades, but my direct experience has left little to complain about so far.

about two weeks ago
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The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

mikecase F1 is no longer screaming at 15k (116 comments)

This years rules mean most engines are running in the 10-12k range and sound pretty subdued, sadly.

about a month and a half ago
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A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

mikecase Re:good wood? (82 comments)

Mod this guy up -^ He's the keyboard maker (and has an impressively low Slashdot user#)

about 3 months ago
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Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

mikecase Re:Annoying. (347 comments)

An excellent way to put it.

about 4 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

mikecase Re:No (627 comments)

Is that the fault of the tool or the carpenter?

about 8 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

mikecase No (627 comments)

An using an IDE doesn't make a bad programmer any more than using a table saw makes a bad carpenter. It's just a tool, if it can help you be more productive, why shouldn't you use it?

about 8 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

mikecase Re: You guys are thinking about this all wrong... (292 comments)

I'm a big fan of that particular sci fi story. The conflict in that story isn't MANA. Society has to figure out how to equitably share productivity gains. This is not a problem Glass can solve.

about 10 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

mikecase Re:You guys are thinking about this all wrong... (292 comments)

Doctors are already piloting this for use in surgery.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/google-glass-surgeons-new-best-friend-what-one-surgeon-is-saying-about-tech/

It's early yet. The rules for acceptable use and functionality are not yet developed, but they will be. The concept of a hands free heads-up display has too many practical uses for it to die off as a fad. This isn't going away.

about 10 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

mikecase Re:Personally (292 comments)

Anger issues much? I feel the same way about using a cell phone on a plane, but I'd never assault someone over it. I use Glass, and if I'm out in public and someone has a problem with it, I'd take them off if they asked politely. So far, that hasn't happened, most people who talk to me about them want to try them on.

about 10 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

mikecase Re:Personally (292 comments)

Wearing glass != taking pictures, it just means the wearer could be taking pictures. This is the same as anyone looking at their cellphone. They could be texting, or they could be taking a photo/video. It's hard to tell unless you're standing right next to them. Using a camera, even one attached to a face, does not give anyone the right to assault someone else.

about 10 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

mikecase Re:Personally (292 comments)

When you're outdoors, in public, you have no expectation of privacy. Why the hate?

about 10 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

mikecase Re: "Class Divide"? (292 comments)

Glass isn't always recording either. Meanwhile, that guy in the corner of the coffeeshop who looks like they're texting, he's taking a picture of your ass. Cameras are everywhere and have been for quite some time. Glass just makes this more obvious.

about 10 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

mikecase You guys are thinking about this all wrong... (292 comments)

I've had Glass for a couple of weeks and the experience has been interesting. I live in a area w/ about 250,000 people and there are probably fewer than five (including myself) who have Glass. I've been wearing them around town to see how people react to them and so far it seems pretty positive. Some people just kind of look at me oddly, but many people recognize what it is and ask me what the experience is like. This is what I tell them: Sure, it's great to have access to (most) of the Google Now functionality without needing to look down at my phone. Text messages delivered to the HUD is handy, as is responding to them via voice. For the most part though, there isn't a whole lot these do yet, certainly not enough for average consumers to care. That said, the potential for business/industrial use is HUGE. Most people's first experience with Glass won't be as a consumer item, but rather as something they use for work. Think construction workers, or people who work in hospitals or laboratories. Many people will be exposed to these via applications in the work environment. You, as a consumer, may not be very interested in Glass, but there are many businesses who want/need something like this for their workforce.

about 10 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

mikecase Re: "Class Divide"? (292 comments)

And yet, they still shop at Megacorp's big box stores with cameras filming them as they walk down every aisle.

about 10 months ago
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Amateur Astronomer Bruce Berger Talks About Telescopes, Part II (Video)

mikecase How much time do you want to spend setting up? (31 comments)

I've owned a few refractors and currently have an 8" dob (newt mounted on a simple alt/az base). With a small refractor (say under 102mm) it's easy to just pop out of the house and start observing. Fast refractors (like Orion's 80mm shorty) are great for scanning the deep sky and drinking in wide views of the milky way from a dark site. They set up fast and don't take up much room when stored or while in the car. My 8" newt is a completely different setup. It's heavy and bulky and takes up a ton of room in the car while transporting. In the winter it can take a couple of hours for the mirror to cool down to ambient temperature and provide stable views (on top of the 15 minutes it takes to get setup). That said, other than the narrower field of view, it shows much better on planets and most deep-sky objects than any sub $2,000 refractor is capable. In an ideal world, one would have both a small grab-and-go refractor (or possibly some 15x70 or 20x80 binoculars) for quick/casual viewing and a medium or large reflector for serious viewing.

about a year ago
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Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

mikecase Re:A cynic's view (637 comments)

This. I wish I had mod points for you. I've suspected for a while that I'm sent incorrect bills initially to see if I'll actually pay them.

about a year ago
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Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles

mikecase Re:Of all states? (686 comments)

Uh, reducing mass DOES reduce the wear on the road.

about 2 years ago
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Workers Raise First Section of New Chernobyl Shelter

mikecase Re:Nuclear... (149 comments)

That's not quite correct. Certain strains of yeast are able to make wine with alcohol over 16%. Some California Zins hit 17 and maybe even 18%.

about 2 years ago

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