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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

schleprock63 texas republicans oppose teaching critical thinkin (553 comments)

unbelievably this is actually true. in 2012 the texas republican party opposed teaching critical thinking skills to kids http://www.washingtonpost.com/.... right from the horse's mouth: "Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority." and texas sets the standards for public school books as they buy the most books and schools throughout the nation follow their lead to get lower costs. the republicans say they want to "create jobs" but fail in preparing our kids for jobs. schleprock

about 2 months ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

schleprock63 same pathetic unsupported excuse to abuse (354 comments)

"Comey cited child-kidnapping and terrorism cases as two examples of situations where quick access by authorities to information on cellphones can save lives. Comey did not cite specific past cases that would have been more difficult for the FBI to investigate" of course he didn't cite specific cases because there are NONE. this is the same pathetic unsupported excuse that law enforcement has been rolling out to put fear in the lemmings of the USA. the founders of this country knew, from past experience with Britain, that the worst enemy of the public is their own government. they put in the constitution and amendments to the constitution laws that "should" prevent the government from persecuting the public. now that the public is finally getting the technology to combat an out of control law enforcement, these clowns are whining that it make their jobs harder. and then make up unsubstantiated stories about how this will "hurt" the general public. get off your butts and get a warrant if you want to invade someone's privacy. warrant-less invasion of privacy is unconstitutional, period.

about 3 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

schleprock63 Spaceballs (701 comments)

Dark Helmet "Ludicrous Speed GO"

about 5 months ago
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FCC Rules That Verizon Cannot Charge For 4G Tethering

schleprock63 Re:Good for the Judges (218 comments)

exactly my point in the post. the ruling was very specific to the C block spectrum. 3g and 1x are different spectrum under different rules. i can see tethering when i'm in a 4g area, move to the 3g area and get completely screwed in fees! schleprock

more than 2 years ago
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How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

schleprock63 as a CS professor i caught several cheaters (684 comments)

i encouraged collaboration in my programming assignments, but i was very clear in that the final work was an individual effort. in programming, it was rather easy to find people that were cheating, even if they tried to mask it by changing variable names. when the blocks of code line up, the formatting is identical, it's not hard to find the cheater. in the real world (of which i am now a part of) programmers do collaborate, but in the end, some individual needs to produce the end product, and if all they learned in school was to copy their friends work, they will be useless, IMHO. schleprock

more than 4 years ago
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Call To "Open Source" AIG Investigation

schleprock63 awsome idea (259 comments)

under the sunshine act, one would think they have no choice but must, by law, open their e-mails and any other correspondence to the public. we paid for for them, then we should have full access. and the excuse that this would make them less competitive is total BS.

more than 4 years ago
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What Filters Are Right For Kids?

schleprock63 no computers in their rooms (678 comments)

i would expand on the note by moodyloner, living room, kitchen. basically don't let your daughter have a computer in her room. keep the computer in an open area. also, i use only use firefox as my browser and extensively use adblock. i've also found that the popup blocker in the newest firefox is very effective. i use thunderbird as my e-mail app. i use the junk mail setting set on highest, which seems to pick off most offensive e-mails. i suggest looking at all of your kids e-mails. and tell them that you are monitoring their e-mail for scams, viruses, trojans ... don't monitor their e-mail for "unflattering" talk about you. and if you see something that doesn't portray you in your best light, DON'T bring it up to your kids. let it go. but, keep abreast of what your kids are looking at. talk to them about it. and above all, be open and honest. schleprock

more than 5 years ago
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Feds To Offer Cash For Your Clunker

schleprock63 trade in crappy new big 3 for a fuel eff. foreign (740 comments)

so now people can go and buy a 2009 gas-guzzling POS big 3 FUV and immediately get money to trade in the POS and get a fuel efficient foreign car!! can't wait until the big 3 are finally buried.

more than 5 years ago

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FCC rules that Verizon cannot charge for tethering

schleprock63 schleprock63 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

schleprock63 writes "The FCC ruled today that Verizon cannot charge extra for users for 4G WiFi tethering. The FCC used the original agreement in the auction of the C block spectrum which said "licensees offering service on C Block spectrum 'shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s C Block network, subject to narrow exceptions". So Verizon cannot charge for tethering on 4G service, this begs the question of whether they can continue to charge for tethering on 3G or 1x?"
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Fermi Lab discovers new bump

schleprock63 schleprock63 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

schleprock63 writes "Physicists at Fermi Lab have found a "suspicious bump" in there data that could indicate they've found a new elementary particle or even a new force of nature. The discovery could "be the most significant discovery in physics in half a century". Physicists have ruled out that the particle could be the standard model Higgs boson, but theorize that it could be some new and unexpected version of the Higgs. This discovery comes as the Tevatron is slated to go offline sometime in September."
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netflix is down

schleprock63 schleprock63 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

schleprock63 writes "i was looking forward to watching firefly through netflix but instead got the following at their website: "We’re sorry, the Netflix website and the ability to instantly watch movies are both temporarily unavailable." oh well, so much for watching instantly!"
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School remotely activates students webcam

schleprock63 schleprock63 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

schleprock63 (1451297) writes "A Pennsylvania school is accused of "Cyberspying" on students. http://www.pcworld.com/article/189797/pennsylvania_school_accused_of_cyberspying_on_students.html The school has a 1:1 computer policy and issues laptops to their students. Apparently the school remotely activated the webcam of one of those notebooks while the student was at home and caught the student "engaging in improper behavior at home." The student was confronted by school officials and shown the photos taken by the webcam. School officials "claimed the remote camera activation was meant as a theft-prevention measure." But there is no indication that the student had stolen the laptop but had been given the laptop as part of the program.

schleprock"

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cell phone searches require warrant

schleprock63 schleprock63 writes  |  about 5 years ago

schleprock63 (1451297) writes "The Ohio state supreme court has decided that a cell phone found on a suspect cannot be searched without a warrant, http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/12/15/us/AP-US-Cell-Phone-Searches.html. The majority has based this decision on a federal case which deemed that a cell phone is not a "closed container" and cannot be searched. The argument contended that a cell phone does not contain physical objects and therefore is not a container.

So, what about those C++ containers, like vectors, lists ... that I'm sure are part of the code base for the phone. One dissenting judge argued that a cell phone is a container that simply contains data. He argued that the other judges were ''needlessly theorizing" about the contents of a cell phone. He compared the data contained within an address book that would be search-able.

So, what do slash dotters think? Is a cell phone simply an address book? Is it merely a container? Or is it something more, like a laptop, which does require a warrant to search?

schleprock"

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Hubble is back in business

schleprock63 schleprock63 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

schleprock63 writes "After being "fixed up" the Hubble space telescope is back in business with spectacular pictures http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/09/hubble_gallery The telescope is 19 years old and has been updated with two new instruments: the Wide Field Camera 3 and Cosmic Origins Spectrograph.

Now if it could only take a picture of Big Foot, maybe NASA could afford to keep it up and running.

schleprock"

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Endeavour's Launch Delayed

schleprock63 schleprock63 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

schleprock63 (1451297) writes "Nasa has delayed the launch of Endeavour due to inclement weather, mostly lightning. According to NASA "Officials at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida have called off today's liftoff of space shuttle Endeavour due to inclement weather. Cumulus clouds and lightning violated rules for launching Endeavour because of weather near the Shuttle Landing Facility. The runway would be needed in the unlikely event that Endeavour would have to make an emergency landing back at Kennedy. Endeavour's next launch attempt is 6:51 p.m. EDT Monday. NASA TV coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m.""
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Google goes down

schleprock63 schleprock63 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

schleprock63 (1451297) writes "many news agencies are reporting that Google was inaccessible throughout the world today, Thursday 5/14/09, http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F1_0_s_1_0_t&usg=AFQjCNEO-82CNqMCZoUNj21J4kdjTk-ytw&sig2=MRlXmmdMSQ_-z_EFNLqbDg&cid=1351847197&ei=bUwMSqDaFuKdlQf86YPsAw&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.cnet.com%2F8301-1023_3-10240875-93.html. Google has yet to reveal what went wrong, only stating that the issue was being resolved. Because so many websites link directly to Google, many non-Google websites were inaccessible because sections of the website could not load. Shows one the power of Google, and problems of an all powerful Google!!"

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