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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

pregister Re:I WAS a regular on Coursera (182 comments)

I have this problem as well with not just online courses but several video "tutorials". It's been numerous times recently that I've googled for for "how do I ...." and the top results have been videos. I typically have some idea on how to do what I'm looking for, and I just need to verify some details. So now, Instead of quickly skimming a text (or even a slideset) to find the exact bits I'm looking for, I have to try to fast-forward a video to a point where it gets interesting.

google "how do i ... -video" next time.

about 3 months ago
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Washington Files First Consumer Protection Lawsuit Over Kickstarter Fraud

pregister Nice. (47 comments)

Man, that looks like a pretty cool game! How can I contribute?

about 8 months ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

pregister Re:Seems like a fine line (517 comments)

There really isn't that fine a line between "stuff we have evidence for" and "stuff people believe without evidence".

Sometimes the latter becomes the former. Sometimes elements of the latter just slip away in the history. Lots of times, people just keep on believing.

about 9 months ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

pregister Re:Still worth it (276 comments)

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has the endless buffering when moving the time point (is there a word for this? Fast forward and rewind don't really seem to apply anymore).

about 9 months ago
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Bringing Speed Reading To the Web

pregister Re:Great until ... (47 comments)

Yeah. I can't imagine it would be too tough to implement something where you could click the mouse or hit the spacebar when coming across something unfamiliar and stop the playback or mark the spot and, when the the playback is done, display the original text with the troublesome bits highlighted. Hell, could generate wiki or dictionary links for those words automagically, too.

about 9 months ago
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Bringing Speed Reading To the Web

pregister Re:It does let you read faster... (47 comments)

If you're trying to speed up your casual reading, how casual is it really? I tried the little Spritz button / example thing on the spritz website and thought it was pretty cool. 450 wpm took a short time to get used to but was readable. The problems are with unfamiliar names. It seems like you'd have to train yourself to NOT slow down when coming across an unfamiliar word (for me it was company or city names, or names of people) or in that fraction of a second you're trying to process it you lose words.

about 9 months ago
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Judge: NSA Phone Program Likely Unconstitutional

pregister Re:It's Bush's fault! (345 comments)

Hop on! The bandwagon is great this time of year.

1 year,3 days
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Could Actually Be Group From Europe

pregister Re:I am ... (186 comments)

Michael J Fox has absolutely no Satoshi Nakamoto in him.

1 year,3 days
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New Education Performance Data Published: Asia Dominates

pregister Re:Asia Vs. America (263 comments)

So not at all, then? Good.

1 year,16 days
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Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants

pregister Re:Linus' Three Step Plan (332 comments)

I think the tl;dr on this is Its ok that he is an asshole to people because it works for him. Awesome.

about a year ago
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Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants

pregister Re:Hope is not a plan. (332 comments)

The people willing to do the work.

about a year ago
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Apple II DOS Source Code Released

pregister Re:Contradictory? (211 comments)

Non-commercial uses have permission. Commercial uses don't. You may not reproduce it without permission. Wheres the problem?

about a year ago
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Error free genome editing made possible by breakthrough.

pregister My vote (4 comments)

I'm voting for one penis enhancement,just for proof of concept, followed by as many breast enhancements as are requested.

about a year ago
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Meet Slashdot 'Super Submitter' Esther Schindler (Video)

pregister Thanks (53 comments)

As a fairly longtime reader and someone who has always kind of looked askance at frequent submitters, I'd like to take my head out of my ass and say thank you.

about a year ago
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Physicist Unveils a 'Turing Test' For Free Will

pregister Re:A test of free will (401 comments)

As opposed to simplifying it to the point where the answer is meaningless? Great.

about a year ago
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Physicist Unveils a 'Turing Test' For Free Will

pregister Re:Boring article - we already know the science (401 comments)

" For example: without free will how to you come to a new idea? how do you work out a math problem you have never done before?

I think the vast majority of what re do an say are rote and lack free will; but I think it's free will that allows us to change what we do.

I think that if you really look at ideas and thought processes, you don't really come up with them. They occur and you then perceive them. They certainly aren't conscious. I think it was in a Sam Harris book or lecture where he references brain imaging studies that show that the decision is made _before_ the person is consciously aware of it. The researchers can point to when the idea/decision occurs before the subject is aware of it himself. Where is the free will here?

about a year ago
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Nook Failure, Lack of Foot Traffic Could Spell Doom For Barnes & Noble

pregister Re:E-media is not to blame (330 comments)

Ya think it might have been a joke? The poster decrying how nobody reads and the commenter giving a tl;dr? Maybe? Ya think?

about a year and a half ago

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