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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

peter303 ironical: old caliphate had decent science (949 comments)

They invented modern place-numerals, developed (and named) a lot of algebra, supplied names for many of the visible stars. They copied the old Greek philosophers writings and argued how their ideas fit in with The Revelation. I dont recall big conflicts between science and religion then.

2 days ago

Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

peter303 Geeks and Nerds not the same (102 comments)

I think nerds understand the deep structure of science play and geeks modulate its surface expression. Thee are nerd things that I would do, like take a vacation to watch a rocket launch, and geek things I would not do, like dress up as a superhero.

2 days ago

College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

peter303 nver seen one offered at Stanford, MIT ... (268 comments)

In the past four decades.

Generally if you are proficient in a couple languagse, you really dont need to take a course to learn a new language.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

peter303 I attended school to learn things (391 comments)

Not to get a job. I lingered long, but managed to still save millions from a job.

3 days ago

Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

peter303 Edison predicted phonograf revolutionize education (182 comments)

Its pretty old hat to say every new media will revolutionize education: phograph, movies, radio, mail order, telvision, internet .... Good old human teacher contact is still major factor after 140 years.

4 days ago

Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

peter303 A liberal education includes computing (140 comments)

I dont think it the reason is purely vocational (jobs). Young people know computers run the world and contribute to the human intellectual enterprise. Larry Summers tried to strengthen the S&E requirement for a Harvard degree (he was in my MIT class) and the faculty rebuffed him. MITs required six S&E courses for a degree makes them more liberal (broadly educated) in my opinion than Harvard.

P.S. Computing is NOT one of the six MIT S&E requirements yet. But it comes up everytime the requirments are reviewed.

about a week ago

Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

peter303 did you find this much romance in grad school? (226 comments)

Even though the charcters are awkward, they seem to have much more lively social lives than when I was in grad school. The students were almost all male then.

about two weeks ago

Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

peter303 tech not solution to social engineering problem (448 comments)

We need leaders who understand the geopolitical situation and can use tools of negotiation. These are social issues, not tech.

about two weeks ago

A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

peter303 my access was censored! (158 comments)

I thinkit was abd firefox plugin

about three weeks ago

Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

peter303 fossil fuels for another century (273 comments)

After fracked shale gas runs out in the 2030s, there is a vast amount of methane in mehane-ice in the seafloor. Currently it is too pressurized to easily produce (e.g. Mocondo accident). But when other fossil fuels runlow, industry will try to mine it.

about three weeks ago

Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

peter303 runaway globale warming? (273 comments)

Methane is the thrid most important greenhouse gas after water and carbon dioxide, currently contributing about 10% of the effect. There are tremendous amounts of methane frozen in permafrost and continental shelf hydrates. The fear is ocean warming cold melt more hyrdrates, release more methane and make it still warmer.

about three weeks ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

peter303 need system to avoid "just OK" POTUS too (441 comments)

The grueling two year primary & fund raising system for electing top US leaders need improvement. The past several winners have been barely OK.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

peter303 old software is a millstone around your neck (548 comments)

As long as your company sells it, it will come back to haunt you 10, 20 years later. When you are bored as hell with it. Or forgotten everything about it. Hardware changes, OS'es change, and old shit breaks sometimes.

Perhaps the main remedy is to change compnaies somtimes. Then somoen else fixes your old stuff. Or you fix someone elses old stuff.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

peter303 coding is only a fraction of business (548 comments)

Its not like kollege where yu write a program, make it work, and then are finished.
In a business a lot of other thing go on:
check into codebase
fixing bugs
tracking bugs in a databse
selling the idea
selling the software
supporting the customer
managing all the people that do this
learning new technology
teaching the new people
maintaining the computers to some degree

All this stuff occurs whether you are a single consultant, part of a small startup company, or part of a mega-software company.
In a small software company you probably have the mode overall hours devoted to coding.
A single-consultant is probably spending lots of time on non-coding aspects above.
A large company has specialists handling things like selling and testing. The fraction of everybodies hours devoted to coding may be rather small, less than 20%.

about a month ago

The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

peter303 kind of like the late 1800s (97 comments)

Newtonian mechanics and Maxwell's equations explain just about everything we observe, except for a "few loose ends" like radiation and finite black-body radiation, etc.

about a month ago

Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

peter303 the most common type of identity theft? (171 comments)

The reference claims medical identity theft is the most common type of identity theft. but I dont beleive because there are relatively few cases in news about it compared to fake credit card and account withdrawals. It might be source of the most general identity thefts, due the looseness of medical record keeping.

about 1 month ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

peter303 Re:US NFL aggressively enforces copyright (226 comments)

I've heard a number of states have considered or passed these so-called "revenge sex" laws. That allows police/prosecuter to investigate entity that first posted with subpoena power and go after them. A lot of these revenge sex incidents are crimes of passion and the poster isnt covering their tracks as well as a seasoned p0rn ring.

about a month ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

peter303 US NFL aggressively enforces copyright (226 comments)

Woe if you post any significant segement of a US football game.

about a month ago



data mining suggested serious flu 18 days early

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "A Washington state biosurveillance firm raised the first warning about a possible outbreak of swine flu in Mexico more than two weeks before the World Health Organization offered its initial alert. I've heard of similar claims to monitor increases in certain search engine requests for looming medical and other disasters."

Ant-trust action against Google?

peter303 peter303 writes  |  about 6 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "The Wall Street Journal suggests the Justice Department has begun an anti-trust investigation of Google's large lead in online advertising profits as being monopolistic. I wonder who may have complained to the Justice Department :-) Google joins a long list of super-successful IT predecessors- AT&T, IBM, and MicroSoft- who have undergone this scrutiny. Perhaps this story has contributed to large recent drops in the GOOG stock price."

new book "The Dumbest Generation"

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "In the latest round of generation bashing, Mark Bauerlein wrote The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30). Mark's thesis is that new digital devices instead of enhancing student intelligence and education, they degrade them. He reviews a large number of studies that young people are anti-intellectual, rarely read, and rarely attend fine arts events. He blames this on young spending an average of six hours a day on "screen devices"- cellphones, video games, internet, television, etc.- in entertainment and gossip and not intellectual pursuit.

I thought it was an interesting thesis, but not a new phase of American culture. Americans have always been accused of anti-intellectualism. GenY's boomer parents were derided for spending too much time in front of television. What this book does is modernize this complaint to the current generation, and cite a mind-numbing number of studies supporting it."

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "The recently activated Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped a photo of the the Mars Opportunity Rover with enough detail to see its platform and and camera tower. In the previous best picture from the Mars Global Surveyor (from the same manufacturer Malin Space Science) could only resolve the rovers as a four pixel splotch. This give hope of solving the mystery of the failed Beagle landing which has only been guessed at in the Surveyer low resolution photo."


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