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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

pipedwho Re:It's been going on for years (388 comments)

I remember the big hoohah when the "The Day After" was shown on TV in '83 and the school sent home a notice recommending not letting the kids watch it as it may traumatise them. I was in middle school at the time in Silicon Valley and there was definitely a fair bit of paranoia on the subject in the early '80s.

Of course that same year I was probably getting frowned upon for playing Gamma World or Paranoia during lunch and recess.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

pipedwho Problem is poor attitude, not lack of knowledge (388 comments)

This is like assuming that all Olympic coaches have to be better than the champions that they produce.

The trick isn't knowing more than the students, but knowing how to maximise the students learning experience with appropriate suggestions and directional guidance.

Obviously there is a minimum level of skill/knowledge required, but there is a very wide scope where knowledge/experience/wisdom may not overlap between the student and teacher. It is up to the teacher to leverage this differential to push the student forward.

Problems pop up when the kids get arrogant and think they know far more than they really do. This usually leads to a disrespect between the teach/student. And for teachers that take this personally, it ends up becoming a play for power and control.

A bit more humility (either real or faked/learned) can go a long way.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

pipedwho Re:It's been going on for years (388 comments)

Protovision, I have you now.

Obviously your teacher wasn't a fan of a movie released that same year on that topic.

about two weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

pipedwho Re: Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

People are also likely to be a shitload braver if the bad guy isn't waving around a firearm.

about three weeks ago
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Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

pipedwho Re:Had a pleasure to see early self-driving footag (167 comments)

And before your KIT, there was the KITT. It even had a voice synthesiser that sounded just like that guy from St Elsewhere. I'm still waiting for Trans-Am to release that model.

about three weeks ago
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The Fire Phone Debacle and What It Means For Amazon's Future

pipedwho Re:VERY INACCURATE (155 comments)

For a moment there I thought you were talking about the last two companies I worked for. But neither had a CEO called Jeff.

about three weeks ago
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The Fire Phone Debacle and What It Means For Amazon's Future

pipedwho "Growth is slowing" (155 comments)

Gotta love investors that shiver at a slowdown of the second derivative of the growth curve. Amazon is still growing and the growth is increasing, just not a fast enough increase of growth growing.

Amazon is a huge successful brand with multiple obvious methods of income from product retail to cloud services.

This seems like a bunch of investors not liking how Bezos is spending their money.

about three weeks ago
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Extreme Heat Knocks Out Internet In Australia

pipedwho One ISP is not 'the internet' (103 comments)

Yes, many people were affected, but iiNet is not 'the internet'. All the other big providers were still running just fine.

You could post the same headline every time someone's modem cable gets knocked out or their router crashes.

about three weeks ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

pipedwho Re:If you point the camera on a politician.. (440 comments)

More likely is that 6 lines was enough general text where Richelieu could inevitably find subset that could be taken out of context from the whole where the inference would be contradictory or cross purpose to the original text.

For example:
One may write: The assumption that I would kill a man is preposterous.
After omissions of text at the beginning and end: I would kill a man.
The argument: Were these words not truly written by your own hand?
The result: An innocent man goes to the gallows.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

pipedwho Re:Really... (190 comments)

Self defence is a core right independent of the second amendment. SCOTUS upheld that the right to bear arms is not exclusively tied to militia service.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

pipedwho Re:Really... (190 comments)

The second amendment says nothing about defending yourself. It is simply about being free from harassment by government in owning and carrying 'arms'. It says nothing about using them against another person, and it seems to imply that it is for the purpose for maintaining a well regulated militia. The definition of 'arms' is intentionally generic so as to not exclude any particular type or category of 'armament'. Obviously it has been watered down by various States and case law, but not yet to the point of a blanket requirement that it only apply to a self-contained physical apparatus.

Beyond that, the concept of self defence is founded in common-law where it is deemed reasonable that you should be able to defend yourself against an attacker to prevent or minimise injury. Further to this, if it is legal (and reasonable) for you to be carrying a weapon (or tool) at the time, then using that weapon (or tool) for self defence is also a valid legal defence to prosecution of the self-defender.

However, you are correct in that retaliatory strikes are not self-defence. And whether or not a weapon or other tool is used to perpetrate the act is inconsequential to the fact that you then become the offending party.

about a month and a half ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

pipedwho Re:Shock-resistance? (438 comments)

Even more interesting would be if they start hybridizing drive with different SSD types. eg. 128GB of SLC high reliability high write count Flash combined with 1TB+ of ECC protected MLC/TLC storage. The older more static data migrates to the MLC/TLC storage, and the immediate data uses the SLC side of things where re-writes are far more common. This would of course be in addition to a capacitor or battery backed RAM cache.

A good controller could periodically scan the array in the background and rebuild any areas that start to accumulate errors. That way, drive failure becomes all about catastrophic hardware/controller failure rather than death by a thousand cuts as cells degrade.

This is similar to how high quality SDCards have small sections of high endurance (1M+ rewrites) EEPROM that is used for the internal remapping blocks and other fast changing blocks (eg. FAT).

about 2 months ago
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NYT: Privacy Concerns For ClassDojo, Other Tracking Apps For Schoolchildren

pipedwho Re:Pavlovian classroom? (66 comments)

I know it may sound a bit crass the way it's worded, but positive and negative reinforcement are extremely powerful motivation methods for both animals and people.

Reward charts are a long time proven method to keep kids motivated without using punishment. Punishment is also very useful, and like positive methods must be tailored for the recipient. Not all people respond the same to positive things, and punishment (or fear of it) is not always beneficially motivational.

Things like ClassDojo are a convenient 'digital' way of having a child 'carry around' a reward chart that can be seen/used by both parents and teachers. Functionally, it is quite effective.

However, as the summary points out, data mining and exposure of otherwise private information pertaining to a child is a problem. And something that needs to be addressed.

about 2 months ago
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NYT: Privacy Concerns For ClassDojo, Other Tracking Apps For Schoolchildren

pipedwho Re:most of that info used to be tracked on paper (66 comments)

According to slashdot, copying data does not take anything away from the owner of the data, so there is no harm done.

Oh, wait... you mean it can harm them in other ways, like loss of market for the product, or loss of privacy? You don't say....

No, the prevailing ideology around here is that once data has been made public (ie. publication), it is no longer private and therefore cannot be 'taken' or 'stolen'. And that the action of copying this data doesn't necessarily cause a net harm to the original creator(s) of the work.

However, data that is private can be stolen and that is why this type of thing is frowned upon. Just because some 5 year old kid is in some private database does not mean that it is now free for everyman and his dog to mine or archive. Likewise to your private photo collection, your conversations in your living room, your bedside diary, etc.

TV images of when you ran through the town square naked? Not private either.

See the difference between reality and your straw man?

about 2 months ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

pipedwho Re:Stick to your field (138 comments)

A brief history of thyme?

about 3 months ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

pipedwho We've always been at war with East Asia (425 comments)

30 years late, 30 years more. Then another 30 when that's all done.

When the say war, they mean "war".

about 4 months ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

pipedwho Re: Umm no (470 comments)

That assumes the target doesn't change speed or direction in a non-predictable way. Otherwise, the missile will be significantly off-course and potentially millions of miles away unless it fires up its correction thrusters early enough.

I'd be more worried about all the super fast micro-particle engine ejecta that are whizzing through space. Chasing another ship with a reactionary drive would be quite dangerous as you'd want pretty powerful force fields to stop your ship or missile getting perforated as the target ship manoeuvred to protect itself, intentionally keeping the attacking missile and/or ship in the hard to detect ultra fast moving micro-particle ejecta field.

about 4 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

pipedwho Re:The simple fact that we can't talk about this.. (207 comments)

And now the 97% consensus have updated their models to include the new data. Prior to that discovery, their assumptions were based on what they previously knew or thought to be true. Once including that new information, their assumptions have been updated and the vast majority now assume differently.

But, most importantly, they are still aware the difference between what they hold as assumptions/beliefs and what has been observationally confirmed.

about 4 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

pipedwho Re:"Belief" is not part of the scientific method (207 comments)

OK ... then how many spare earths have you run through climate change experiments?

The last one didn't go so well, so we are repeating the experiment here on this planet which is next in orbit and slightly more distant from the Sun.

about 4 months ago

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