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Ultima Online Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

psnyder Re:Ohhh... they just invented MultiMUD (75 comments)

you go to shard A, get weapon A1, go to shard B and get armor B1 because the monster that carries said armor is very susceptible to A1 [...] , then go to shard C where every monster [...] is really hard to kill... unless you have weapon A1 which deals a damage these mobs don't have any resistance to [...]


about three weeks ago

Video Games Charity Raises Over $10 Million

psnyder Financial Information (50 comments)

Here is financial info for Save the Children if anyone is interested. 2012 operating revenue was $597mil.

Congratulations to everyone involved. The few Athene videos I saw when he started were lowest common denominator attempts at shock value, but I'm glad something good is coming out of it.

about 4 months ago

How China Will Get To the Moon Before a Google Lunar XPrize Winner

psnyder Re:Is it wrong (173 comments)

The home team is called "humanity". So I'm not sure what all of you are going on about. Maybe you're playing a different game?

about 4 months ago

Art Makes Students Smart

psnyder Re:Multi-Modal Education (187 comments)

As an early education teacher, I am convinced that the quest for knowledge is innate, and is repressed by classrooms that ask preadolescent children to barely move or speak for 4 to 6 hours every day. I believe the "trigger" you mention could be areas of a stifled, developing brain finally getting what it desires, like a cold glass of water in hell.

I work in a school where most lessons are planned with sensory motor function in mind, where art, language, math, etc are shown to be intertwined, and where students often preform higher on standardized tests, despite me never giving them a single, formally graded test the rest of the year.

For more than half of the children that transfer into my school after spending 3 or 4 years in a public school (factory structured, lecture based model), I have to spend the initial months detoxifying the child, showing them that it's okay to be creative, unsuppressed, and use their interests to learn.

The developing brains of young children are extremely sensitive to visual, tactile experiences that the various arts provide. Their psychology is very different from an adult's, yet many adults often project their own learning styles onto them. This leads to continuously keeping subjects separate (such as art & math). While key concepts should initially be presented in isolation to avoid confusion, the follow up activities should combine multiple areas. In other words, expose the children to everything possible, show them how it all interconnects, and use what the child's mind is sensitive to, practicing multiple areas in conjunction and forming deep understanding.

I find it highly likely that the statistically significant increase in critical thinking, social tolerance, and historical empathy that this study found not only comes from the initial exposure, but also from teachers integrating the experience into follow-up lessons / activities.

about 5 months ago

A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

psnyder Re:Common Core or a crappy test? (663 comments)

The above "Insightful" comments didn't seem to RTA. It makes the case that the Core is badly designed FOR EARLY EDUCATION, and this test is merely a reflection of that.

Are the standards reasonable, appropriate and developmentally sound—especially for our youngest learners? In order to answer that question, it is important to understand how the early primary standards were determined. If you read Commissioner John King’s Powerpoint slide 18, which can be found here, you see that the Common Core standards were “backmapped” from a description of 12th grade college-ready skills. There is no evidence that early childhood experts were consulted to ensure that the standards were appropriate for young learners. Every parent knows that their kids do not develop according to a “back map”—young children develop through a complex interaction of biology and experience that is unique to the child and which cannot be rushed.

It goes on to compare the US Core with the standards from other countries such as Finland and Singapore.

It then shows the very real and large problem that it was "Pearson Education" that made this poorly written test.

This Pearson first-grade unit test is the realization of the New York Common Core math standards. Pearson knows how the questions will be asked on the New York State tests, because they, of course, create them.

Children and schools are evaluated based on State tests. Do you want your job being evaluated by something like this?

about 5 months ago

How To Stop AT&T From Selling Your Private Data To Advertisers

psnyder Re:No Such Thing (88 comments)

"pseudo-anonymous data"

about 9 months ago

Man Campaigns For Addition of 'Th' Key To Keyboard

psnyder Re:IPA (258 comments)

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about 9 months ago

Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Delay Ignoring Federal Guidelines, Citations Soar

psnyder Re:Citations? They need to be sued heavily (507 comments)

Countdown timers on RED traffic lights decrease accidents, as it decreases irritability and road rage.
Countdown timers on GREEN traffic lights increase accidents, as people seem to speed up when they see the light will soon change.

Rory Sutherland talks about this (starting around 8:37) on his TED talk: "Perspective is Everything".

about a year ago

Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

psnyder Re:GASP we break the law all the time and no one d (400 comments)

600 cars going 50 MPH on a one-mile stretch of 4-lane freeway is extremely dangerous. 60 cars going 80 MPH on that same mile of freeway is must less dangerous.

[citation needed]

1 year,7 days

Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets

psnyder Re:Corp. Comm. (236 comments)

These Microsoft Corp. Comm. people are more disconnected from reality than I expected.

No, I think they know what's going on, even though the things they say are carefully crafted attempts at making us think the opposite. When I was a kid, we called that "lying".

1 year,11 days

Valve Starts Publishing Packages For Its Own Linux Distribution

psnyder Re:Grammar suggestion (310 comments)

Actually the grammar in the summary is technically not correct.
An adverb should not be placed between the verb it is modifying, and the direct object.

The sentence could be corrected by moving "necessary" after the direct object:
"...a game console that will make their own Linux-based software platform necessary,"

(This assumes the term "correct grammar" is defined as a description of how most native speakers speak, rather than a prescription of rules to make oneself understood.)

1 year,15 days

Alan Kay Says iPad Betrays Xerox PARC Vision

psnyder Re:Not Sure I Understand the Post-PC Concept (387 comments)

For a long amount of time, a very large amount of people have only used PCs for the same functions that you can now find in any mobile device (emails, checking news, entertainment, etc). The rest of the "opportunities" a PC provides are unused bloat for many people.

But a "Post-PC" era isn't coming anytime soon (unless you count today as a "Post-TV" era).

1 year,15 days

Researchers Opt To Limit Uses of Open-access Publications

psnyder Re:Almost right..... (172 comments)

This! CC-BY-NC-ND is already an extremely open license. It can be shared and read freely so that other researchers can get ideas from it for their own research.

What other people CAN'T do:

  • BY: they can't plagiarize (they must attribute the work)
  • NC: they can't sell it (non-commercial purposes only)
  • ND: they can't paraphrase and take things out of context (if someone copies it, they copy the full paper, in its original form)

The article worries about the inability to do text mining and translations. Good points, and they mention an organization working on a license just like the CC-BY-NC-ND that would allow text mining and translations. Good for them.

The rest of it is FUD claiming researchers don't understand the license. I disagree. CC-BY-NC-ND is being used the most because its the best license for openly sharing while still protecting their work.

about a year ago

How NY Gov. Cuomo Sidesteps Freedom of Information Requests With His Blackberry

psnyder Re:Good. (306 comments)

"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."

--Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Charles Jarvis, 1820

about a year and a half ago

Is Pluto a Binary Planet?

psnyder Re:IAU? Haste? No way. (275 comments)

This could only be modded funny by people who aren't scientists. I've lived my entire life in a community of research PhDs (entire immediate family and friends) and very few of them aren't religious. Every religion is represented (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc.)

Most do not view holy books as literal truth like religious fundamentalists, but rather guidelines and proverbs on the meaning behind life and how to live it well. Nor do they believe in creationism and other pseudoscience. But there are a large number of chemists, biologists, virologists, toxicologists, medical doctors, etc. that go to church, temple, mosque, etc.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft To Bring Windows 8 Marketplace In 180 Countries

psnyder Re:Microsoft (69 comments)

207, or 190 without sovereignty disputes. So Microsoft expanding to 180 is only missing between 10-27 countries in the entire world.

about 2 years ago

Star Wars Exhibition Explores Human Identity

psnyder Identifiable Characters? (62 comments)

'Since Star Wars takes place in a fantasy world, the characters need to be identifiable so that the audience can connect to them,' says Star Wars creator George Lucas.

Dear Mr. Lucas,

Please tell this to whomever wrote and directed episodes 1, 2, 3. A lack of identifiable characters the audience can connect with was one of the biggest problems. Please refer that guy to Plinkett's reviews and this guy, who point this out, quite clearly.

In fact, you might consider firing that "director/writer" guy you've got, and finding talents like you did when you hired Lawrence Kasdan, Leigh Brackett and Irvin Kershner to write and direct Empire Strikes Back. Their story still holds up many years after the special effects have become dated. Lawrence Kasdan is still alive. Maybe he knows some good people. Maybe they could do a re-imagining of 1, 2, 3 that would actually be watchable.

about 2 years ago

Massive Methane Release In the Arctic Region

psnyder Re:Except... (264 comments)

Ground surface temperature data (GISS, HadCRUT3, and most of NOAA's data) is extremely problematic as the landscape around them has changed considerably in the 100+ years of instrument measurement (ie: cities/towns have been built around or close to most of them). The most reliable are the ones in rural locations that haven't changed much in 100 years, but those are few and far between.

100 years is extremely short-term in the perspective of Earth's varying temperatures. However if you want reliable short-term data, make sure you're looking at satellite data (UAH, RSS) rather than ground. It has its problems too, but it's much more accurate as it takes into account wider areas and other spheres of the atmosphere. We have 30+ years of data now.

The famous hockey-stick you mention used tree rings as it's proxy. Tree rings are one of the most problematic proxies, as millions of other factors besides temperature could contribute to their sizes. It's a good place to start if you have nothing else to go on, but... there is much better data out there.

For long-term data, ice cores are the most accurate proxies we have (such as Vostok), as their layers haven't moved in centuries.

about 2 years ago

Japan Creates Earthquake-Proof Levitating House System

psnyder Re:Might be cheaper to just rebuild the house. (243 comments)

It's the 21st century here in Japan. Any shoji screens still in houses are usually decorative or a just to give a little visual privacy.
We use real walls.

more than 2 years ago


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