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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

peter303 when we have a president who can code ... (199 comments)

(Talking about the USA) We'll know then coding is a general purpose skill. Plenty of people in their 50s now have been exposed to coding in school (including myself). Two of the 12 recent Presidents have been engineers, so its probably just a matter of time. It would be interesting to poll Congress, 535 40-somethings to 70-somethings, of how many of them could right some sort of program.

yesterday
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

peter303 or fall afoul FCC laws (150 comments)

Many shortrange comm device like trafic light controllers use IR or other light frequencies. FCC has gotten nasty about cellphone blocking even on private proerties like jails.

yesterday
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Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

peter303 many good ideas, so little funding (122 comments)

Especially with one party wanting to divert science to social programs and the other fearful of science or tightwad.

yesterday
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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

peter303 building security radars next? (228 comments)

Car radars/ranging devices OEM prices have dropped to two figures. Maybe sensitive buidings will need to ring themselves with these. Plus software to discriminate against birds and wind derbis.

yesterday
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How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

peter303 I like opening of Big Bang TV show (151 comments)

Pretty much says same thing as these pictues or Degrasse's Cosmos calender, but with more snapy video.

2 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

peter303 I thought resolution was OK (324 comments)

You can see ten lines of text or 60 words. More than I can take in at a glance.

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

peter303 coding considered "trade school" in 1970s (200 comments)

That contributed to reluctance of MIT and Stanford to create Computer Science departments then. Excellent computer scientists like Knuth were around, but hiding in Math or EE departments. A person seriously interesting in just coding and not all the side course forced upon for a B.S. degree sometimes went to DeVry or ITT instead.

So do we go full circle again? Coding is now a trade for CCs? It may be important to distinguish coding, software engineering and computer science. I know some great academics who couldnt get a usable product out the door in their life. Graduate degrees may be important for some aspects of CS and not others.

about a week ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

peter303 who are the customers? (164 comments)

Big government agencies like SS and IRS with legacy software and large client base?

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

peter303 politicians now say "I am not a scientist" (227 comments)

Which is true for 97% of them. But that remark allows them treat science as equal to non-science arguments or dimiss science altogether.

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

peter303 Sagan overboard on politics (227 comments)

He was rather to the left. However his "Nuclear Winter" argument against nuclear weapons was off the mark because it was based on primitive science. He used a one-dimensional atmospheric modeling equations to deduce nclear winter. Computers in those days werent powerful enough for 3D modeling. 3D effects such as wind and oceans drastically changed the results when modeled years later.

about two weeks ago
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Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

peter303 gossip (154 comments)

To say what group members were doing away from the group- hunting, fornicating, etc. Social animals always watch each other's behavior.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

peter303 The best techniques could be before puberty (273 comments)

By puberty you are 80% through your "Hayflick" limit of cell divisions. Then it may be too late to do much. (Hayflick observed that most animal cells had a characterist of limit of cells divsions before the cell line died. Each animal class and tissue had differing limits.)

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

peter303 midlife crisis (273 comments)

All these nerds turning 40+ and thinking about their mortality.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

peter303 I have a STEM PhD (450 comments)

And I can do my own taxes, thank you. The software was helpful for correct arithmetic.

TaxSlayer had these online forms free last year plus free efiling, AMT and NIT.

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

peter303 give military robots the initiative to kill (258 comments)

Right now there is a human in the loop to make the killing decision. The intelligence is gathered by the robot. The weapons are managed and aimed by the robot. The human element is the slowest part in the overall chain.

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Planes and Other Claims Spark Controversy at Indian Science Congress

peter303 "structured water". (381 comments)

Russian science has had this periodic fad of climaing extraordinary qualities of water like under certain conditions it becomes more healing, or retains a memory of enviroment it once previously was in. I saw this in the two "New Age" documentaries called "What The Bleep?" Part of this goes back to trying to prove the claim that blessed water in Russian Christianity has altered the physical properties of water into somethime more useful which science can detect. Part of this that even in accepted Western science water is fiendishly complicated with at least nine frozen phases, unusual hydrogen bond behavior, extreme solvency, and the like.

about three weeks ago

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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."
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Ant-trust action against Google?

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 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."
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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."
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peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 8 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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