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

spads "increasing diversity" increasing "randomness" (205 comments)

What kind of a stupid objective is that? Couldn't try for something like "encourage excellence" or "increase quality" to help us become globally competitive? But, noooooooo......!!!!!! :)

yesterday
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

spads I'm guessing that a lot of enterprise technologies (153 comments)

... get chosen based on buzzword appeal by non-technical executives. And even if they seek technical advise chances are it will be from those who have been made fully buzzword compliant by past employment, education, and the media.

2 days ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

spads Re:In case no one saw it.... (416 comments)

That's nice. The commenters are standing up that f- s-, and there are some others there presenting themselves as targets.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

spads The truly sad thing is that ~~in all likelihood~~ (416 comments)

the one who lodged the complaint never stood to appreciate any of the subject matter, never stood to contribute back to the field in any substantive way, though they succeeded in preventing others who might've done those things.

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

spads Re:we ARE different (355 comments)

^^seriously needs to be modded up, even with only 1 still left to go.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

spads Hopefully you enjoyed doing your PhD (479 comments)

If you are still interested in academics at all, check into some post docs or professorships. Otherwise, try to brush up your C++ and anything else which might look interesting and in demand. More and more I would discourage anyone from expecting any concrete advantages from advance degrees, particularly in computer applications.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

spads This strikes me as spectacularly unhealthy. (154 comments)

Are you sure you have realistically evaluated this activity as quality with your wife AND children? Just be sure everyone's on board with this!

Note: this is opposed to the original (snarky) response which occurred to me, which was that probably a recliner would not afford significant relaxtion in comparison to a quart of whiskey! :)

about 4 months ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

spads Re:The drugs are terrible (200 comments)

I would try elavil. It turned out to be the key for my insomnia. I had to adjust to very low dose (10 mg, 2 nights/wk) in order not to develop a tolerance, though. Had profound effects at higher dose, which was quite interesting, but just not sustainable, unfortunately. Insomnia is the leading killer I contend with. I think AD(HD) is a reality, but not much to be done but training oneself and as much as possible leading a balanced and productive life. ("balanced" <=> not pushing oneself unhealthily).

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Make Fruit Flies Perform Aerobatics Like Spitfire Pilots

spads I would tend to agree they are magnificent fliers (51 comments)

A number of years ago I once clapped trying to kill a fruit fly, and (unintentionally, of course) cleanly severed its abdomen and one wing. As animals sometimes do in the face of mortal calamities, it tried to regain itself. I watched while it took several steps forward on the kitchen counter and then flew upward a few inches in a perfect, conic cork screw before landing squarely again, and then repeat the exact same steps and attempted flight two more times.

about 4 months ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

spads Re:ANY stress "alters the DNA" of a fetus. (155 comments)

Your points are very interesting over-all, but this seems fallacious:

Another way we are finding this is children of women who are obese and/or hyperglycemic (gestational diabetes or poor diabetes control) are more prone to obesity or type 2 diabetes themselves, independent of post-gestational life. And if their mothers happen to have a gastric bypass and lose significant weight, then have another pregnancy? The children conceived after the weight loss seem to be no more likely to have weight issues or diabetes than children of non-obese women.

Of course, children born to mothers having gastric bypass should be more prone to obesity (and diabetes), than non-obese mother (irrespective of (pre-) pregnancy behaviors), because their having got the bypass in the first place is indicative of their predisposition to obesity.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

spads "Learn how to learn." Let go any naive delusions (509 comments)

...of permanence. Perhaps such is normally willed to us by well meaning superiors (making themselves feel good in the process), but it is a serious delusion.

First, one should identify a field which generally appeals. From there, the field needs to be constantly analyzed to see what makes it work (i.e. current "skills"), but always keeping one's eyes to what new skills (or a new field, for that matter) might soon come into play. It's not about her career. It's about what needs doing in the world.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

spads I have automated maintenances in the form of ... (265 comments)

...service bounces that are happening all the time. When it occurs and/or if any other issues, I can send myself a mail. My blackberry has filters which allow an alarm to go off which can wake me during the night. That would seem to meet your needs.

about 5 months ago
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Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

spads My company has one, ... (131 comments)

though it neither seems seriously pushed, nor does it divert from other, more practical modes of communication. It is mainly just there, perhaps as a pleasant, occasional distraction. My company places too high a premium on actual, focused activity to push it.

If I was tempted to experiment with a SN, it would likely be a somewhat contained one, like a CSN, because I don't believe in just "opening my (actual) self up to the world".

about 5 months ago

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Obesity Epidemic Another Global Warming Indicator?

spads spads writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spads writes "Researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center have demonstrated that "brown" fat, also known as baby fat, can beneficially promote weight loss by generating heat from calories when body temperature drops. "The finding, reported in the April 9th issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, could pave the way for new treatments both for obesity and type 2 diabetes." "'What is of particular interest is that individuals who were overweight or obese as measured by higher Body Mass Index (BMI) were less likely to have substantial amounts of brown fat,'said Kahn.""
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