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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

sls1j Re:Computer careers and gender (208 comments)

A lot of boys interested in football have problems relating to other people too.

4 days ago

Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus

sls1j Most intersting part (52 comments)

Personally the most interesting part is the design of the air frame not the materials. The three motors embedded in the airframe is interesting.

The idea that you could send one of these drones in a sensitive environment and leave it there seems off. Yeah, the air frame biodegrades, but not the motors, electronics, and the most toxic part the battery.

about two weeks ago

Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

sls1j Re:Am I the only one? (545 comments)

Your not the only one. I'm also a software developer that rarely work over 35 hours a week. In fact, even during a push the boss usually sends us home before we'd go home ourselves. He always says that he doesn't want us to do stupid things to the code while were tired.

about two weeks ago

Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

sls1j This is what works for me (584 comments)

I'm a father of 8 with 4 girls and 4 boys. One of the best ways is to take them out of the cities and into the wilderness, and help them see what is there. To be most effective you need to know what's there yourself. Study the geology of the area, the plants, the animals, the lichens, mosses, mushrooms. When you see something you don't understand ask questions and find the answers. When your children see you learn with a relish they can't help but be curious. Get good at seeing the small and the large so you can point it out. Be good at asking questions. I've found my girls and my boys naturally interested.

Don't just focus on "science" or you'll kill all interest. History is just as important. Science of itself isn't nearly as interesting as adding the human side to it. The stories of how the great ideas of our times came about and how those ideas have been used can make the knowledge come to life in a way that science by itself cannot.

about two weeks ago

Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

sls1j Constitutionality (262 comments)

Where in the constitution is the president granted power to offer government money to anyone? Oh, it's not there, that's congress's duty.

about three weeks ago

Google To Lease and Refurbish Naval Air Base For Space Exploration

sls1j It's just search (89 comments)

It's the next logical extension of internet search. "...to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before"

about a month ago

A Library For Survival Knowledge

sls1j Re:Wishful thinking (272 comments)

There's a big problem with raw materials. All the resources that are easy to get are gone. No more near surface iron, copper, zinc, tin, lead, etc.

Try the local land fill.

about 2 months ago

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

sls1j Is it fission or fusion? (571 comments)

Well, I'm not sure this article is even talking about fusion or fission. The last paragraph of the article is just wrong where the author says that submarines and aircraft carriers carry large fusion reactors. They of course do not. They carry fission reactors. So the author confused fission and fusion once why not twice?

about 2 months ago

I'd most like to (personally) explore:

sls1j Caves, (246 comments)

Since I already enjoy this activity :) Nothing like being the first person to ever see a place.

about 4 months ago

Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

sls1j Programming (109 comments)

This would be an utter disaster for programming. I think I'll keep my QUERTY.

about 4 months ago

Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

sls1j Re:Very original (182 comments)

What un-American??? Seems like he took a leaf out of Benjamin Franklin's book. When Mr. Franklin discovered a more efficient wood burning stove he didn't patent it for the purpose of making sure it would be widely accepted. His design is still being used.

about 5 months ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

sls1j Has anyone considered (503 comments)

It seems to me that the US and Russian leaders are just drumming up public support for an all out war. First it was Syria, then Crimea, and now this plane get shot down. I wouldn't be at all surprised if our dear POTUS and Putin are working closely together to escalate the situation and are just laughing at all the pawns jumping onto the national bandwagon.

I also wouldn't be surprised if the CIA really shot the jet down, or were somehow involved with both sides.

Reading the news from the US, Ukrainian, Russia, BBC, Israel, and China I can't help but think there is something deeper going on. They all are saying about the same thing, though assigning blame according to their own national propaganda.

If public opinion becomes strong enough and national hate is built to sufficient levels in both countries war is going to happen, and millions will die.

Please people don't get sucked into to the nationalist propaganda!

about 5 months ago

NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

sls1j NSA not NASA (190 comments)

Its just a typo in the article. Really it's just an NSA project to track you and since your tinfoil hats aren't carbon there's nothing you can do to hide. Except maybe crawling in a pile of pencils.

about 6 months ago

Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

sls1j Lack of diversity (435 comments)

I'll bet 100% of their employees are human, I mean shouldn't they be hiring monkeys, and parrots too. Talk about bigotry. They must be Animalphobic.

about 6 months ago

SpaceX To Present Manned Dragon Capsule

sls1j What if? (128 comments)

It's hard to tell from the picture, but they looked lined up. What happens if a front seat rider spews during take off. I'd hate to be seated below.

about 7 months ago

What Would You Do With the World's Most Powerful Laser?

sls1j Re:Easy... (143 comments)

Perhaps you should put all the politics into it first then fire it to get them out.

about 10 months ago

NSA's New Utah Data Center Suffering Meltdowns

sls1j Re:Good (241 comments)

Trust me as a Mormon and at Utahn I very must distrust the government, and have been dismayed and angered that this monster has found a home in my state.

about a year ago


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