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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

rs1n What happened to serious research? (126 comments)

A million dollars? Really? It took us two years to finally get a little over half a million from the NSF for a program to help women and underprivileged kids get a foot hold into math, science, and engineering programs at our university. At least the money is going toward a good cause. I fail to see how the fruits of the Indiana University grant is going to benefit anyone other than the PI and CoPIs getting funding from this grant.

about a month ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

rs1n They should also go after... (125 comments)

the folks who keep calling about my (non-existent) google rankings for the (non-existent) business that I don't own.

about 2 months ago
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Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

rs1n Study needs to consider what people do with notes (191 comments)

It's not the actual notes that makes a big difference, but what you do with those notes. Most students just take notes and that is the extent of the usefulness of their notes. A much smaller number (I imagine) actually make use of those notes. I cannot count the number of times students come into office hours and, when asked if they refer to their notes, say "no." Regarding those who think LaTeX/TeX is a longer process than taking notes. I took notes on my laptop in grad school for almost all my classes. Diagrams are easily done by drawing them (as a sketch) either on paper or a simple graphics editor to be made nicer when going back to review my notes (see paragraph above). It is much easier to type in one's own words an explanation of what is written on the board (which is often a professor's shorthand) than it is to write it out by hand. As for copying verbatim, typing (even in LaTeX) can still beat out handwriting when it comes to formulas. Lastly, when typing up notes (and done correctly), one can easily review (on the spot) the notes taken (esp. if using LaTeX/TeX) since each few lines of tex can be previewed with a few keystrokes.

about 5 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

rs1n Another stupid idea that flops before takeoff (347 comments)

So just buy it for your mobile phone or tablet and stream to your TV. Most of the smaller have resolutions that are good enough for "typical" TV-sized displays. A better pricing scheme would be for the actual resolution. E.g. $1 for 640x480, $2 for 1024x768, and scale upward.

about 5 months ago
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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

rs1n Study slightly flawed (103 comments)

A better study would be to analyze how the SC2 pros perform as they age. There is a big difference between the amount of free time a college student has to devote to playing a game and improving his skill vs. someone with a family and job to maintain. The article suggests that age is the factor in the decline of skill, when what it really shows is that most folks are likely to have less time to devote to a game once they leave college and take on real jobs and have kids.

about 5 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

rs1n Way to feed the trolls with a poor summary (641 comments)

Kay was not banned. Linus simply said he would not merge anything from Kay [b]until[/b] he got his act together.

Greg - just for your information, I will *not* be merging any code from Kay into the kernel until this constant pattern is fixed.

about 6 months ago
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Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents

rs1n The justices should decided based on law only... (192 comments)

The article suggests that the justices are wavering because there are reservations about the repercussion of their decisions on existing software companies. The issue I have with that is that they should NOT be decided based on the repercussions. Their decision should be made as a matter of law.

about 6 months ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

rs1n Be a better parent (321 comments)

I think the real problem is that parents want to use a phone or tablet as a pacifier, so they don't have to parent the tykes.

Ah yes, the rallying call of the childless. I'm sure that if you ever have kids, you'll have the means and inclination to devote N hours of your own time every day simply to keeping them entertained.

I have kids of my own, and we also have several tablets, two iPhones (my wife and I each have one), and many gadgets in the house. However, we don't mix tablets/phones in the sense that if I ever have to enter a password into a tablet, that particular tablet does not ever get used by the kids. But you don't need to even have separate tablets (i.e. one for you and one for them). If they ever ask me to enter a password, the answer is no. When my toddler plays with my phone, I make sure that it won't ever get messed up when I get it back from him by taking precautionary steps (e.g. turn off emails, make sure everything requires passwords, etc.) I don't just hand them the device and cry to Apple when they break it.

Then there's also the question of "keeping your kids entertained." You don't need to devote hours of your own time. There are myriad types of toys to entertain your kids -- and even educate them while they're playing. If your tablet is causing problems, then perhaps they could use something else as edutainment. Get them puzzles, coloring books, reading books, etc.

about 7 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

rs1n "Theft" or theft? (704 comments)

I am having a hard time determining whether the theft is real or not. Given the anonymous nature of bitcoin, who's to say that the theft wasn't done by some associate of those running . Then again, does it even make a difference?

about 7 months ago
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Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

rs1n The FEB-12-2014 firmware fixes N66 units (148 comments)

As the title suggest, the firmware update on 2/12/2014 supposedly fixes the issues. http://support.asus.com/downlo...

ASUS RT-N66U Firmware version 3.0.0.4.374.4422
Security related issues:
1. Fixed lighthttpd vulnerability.
2. Fixed cross-site scripting vulnerability (CWE-79).
3. Fixed the authentication bypass (CWW-592).
4. Added notification to help avoid security risks.
5. Fixed network place(samba) and FTP vulnerability.

Improvement:
1. Redesigned the parental control time setting UI.
2. Updated multi language strings.
3. Adjusted FW checking algorithm.
4. Adjusted Time zone detecting algorithm.
5. Improved web UI performance.

about 7 months ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

rs1n Cops can get around this ruling (457 comments)

Full disclosure: I would rather the police not be allowed to ticket you for flashing your lights to warn others. That said, depending on the time of day, could flashing lights still get you a ticket? If it's during the evening, the law requires that you have your lights in working order, and on at all times. So technically, you'd be breaking the law by flashing your lights, no? Of course this is a very strict reading of the law...

about 8 months ago
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

rs1n Re:Yes. (1216 comments)

From a pure numbers point of view, I would wage a maximum-wage law would affect fewer people than the minimum-wage law. However, what is completely unaddressed is where the extra money that would have gone to uncapped CEO wages would go.

about 10 months ago
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New Education Performance Data Published: Asia Dominates

rs1n Re:Asia Vs. America (263 comments)

You're right -- but instead of preachers, we have a large number of Americans who proudly wear their mathematical ignorance as a badge of honor.

about 10 months ago
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Xbox One Released

rs1n Google glass integration? (310 comments)

Personally, Google glass integration would be an awesome feature in either next gen console. I wonder if this is in the pipeline for either...

about 10 months ago
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Researchers Use Computer-Generated 10-Year-Old Girl To Catch Online Predators

rs1n I hope the authorities can make use of the info (545 comments)

that was given to them. I find that any number (of people who enjoy the exploitation of children) higher than 0 to be too high.

about a year ago
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Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. 1 Released in HTML Format

rs1n Re:Conversion? (129 comments)

Because the good PDFs would harm the sales of the printed volumes. The HTML forms are better than bad scans, but not good enough to be printed out (like a high quality PDF) by folks who wish to capitalize in copyright infringement.

1 year,17 days
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Study Shows Professors With Tenure Are Worse Teachers

rs1n Flawed study -- grade inflation (273 comments)

Full disclosure: I did not pay to read the article. Based on the summary, there are some pretty outstanding flaws. Also, I have not received tenure yet (but will be up for tenure soon). I do spend quite a lot of time off-the-clock (i.e. anywhere not on campus) focusing on how to improve my teaching. I also feel that I am more enthused than some of my older, tenured counterparts. I teach both lower level courses as well as graduate courses. That said, 1. Non-tenure faculty tend to teach lower level courses. From a career standpoint, they are more likely to care about students' reactions to their courses because it could reflect poorly on their tenure portfolio. Grade inflation would not be out of the ordinary. If anything, the results of this study confirm my suspicion that there tends to be more grade inflation among non-tenured faculty. Not only does it make students a bit happier, it means these faculties are less likely to get bad reviews from students (and hence less likely to be fired). 2. Tenured faculty tend to teach more advanced courses. Not only is the material more difficult to learn, one may argue it is more difficult to teach (especially if the students are actually not well prepared due to weak foundations from lower level courses).

1 year,18 days
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PayPal Denies Teen Reward For Finding Bug

rs1n How to turn a white hat against you (318 comments)

Paypal is really stupid -- I would not be surprised if this actually results in the guy finding more bugs and simply just releasing the information without giving Paypal any heads up about it.

about a year ago
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Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale

rs1n And if we avoid the middleman altogether? (379 comments)

When I was a kid, trading video games was the norm. Sometimes I would just borrow my neighbor's copy of a game. We also skipped the middleman altogether -- there was no used video game stores at the time. If I wanted a game that my friend was willing to sell, any used sales happened between the endusers. I am curious what this would mean for people who still consider swapping games, or borrowing each other's games.

about a year ago

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