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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

wcrowe Re:School is just fine. (473 comments)

I know. It's like they think no one had any critical thinking skills a century ago when the country started building railroads, suspension bridges, telephone systems, and hydroelectric dams all over the place.

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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

wcrowe Yeah, right (473 comments)

Employers are concerned about critical thinking? Really? Because it seems to me that what they really want are employees who are willing to implement the latest stupid-assed plan a bunch of pointy-haired, mid-management, sociopathic dipshits have come up with, without question or comment.

yesterday
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

wcrowe Doubleplusgood (164 comments)

I see goodthink is progressing doubleplusgood on Airstrip One. Anyone who commits thoughtcrime should become an unperson.

2 days ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

wcrowe Next, the brain (161 comments)

This is great. Now if we could only get a cell transplant that would allow idiots to think.

3 days ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

wcrowe This is too easy. (150 comments)

"Microsoft Lemona". I already don't want one.

4 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

wcrowe Re:credibility of article is doubtful (566 comments)

Yep. The accompanying video to the Lockheed press release says "the size of a large truck", and shows a semi driving down the highway. So, more like 7'x10'x45'.

about two weeks ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

wcrowe Sure, the sun can power data centers (237 comments)

The sun is powering data centers all over the place right now... albeit from light it shined down on earth millions of years ago.

about two weeks ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

wcrowe I can tell you what WON'T happen (219 comments)

I don't know when the first successful manned Mars mission will happen, but I can tell you who WON'T be on it... That little 13-year-old girl who has been in the news claiming that she will be the first human on Mars, and nothing will stand in the way of her dream. Actually, the first person on Mars will be an officer of the Peoples Liberation Army, of China.

about two weeks ago
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Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Stocks

wcrowe Can't be good for humans either (147 comments)

This might explain why grown men are more and more behaving like frightened old women these days.

about two weeks ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

wcrowe This is news? (193 comments)

The way I see it, the only possible problem is that the network claims that the show is based on real life. Otherwise, pretty much everything on TV is a made up story, including everything on "reality" shows, some of the stuff on the news, and perhaps even the occasional sporting event.

about two weeks ago
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Indonesian Cave Art May Be World's Oldest

wcrowe Re:Travel (77 comments)

Or there may have been a tradition of this type of art dating back to a time before human populations migrated to different parts of the globe. We just haven't found anything older yet.

about two weeks ago
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Indonesian Cave Art May Be World's Oldest

wcrowe The similarities are fascinating (77 comments)

For me, the most fascinating thing about this story are the similarities between the Indonesian paintings and the European paintings, and that they are about the same age. It would seem that this style of artwork would be much older, and from a time before humans had migrated to those opposite corners of the world.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

wcrowe Re:Don't even think it (403 comments)

Exactly. My Subaru has a CVT transmission that I suspect gets its best efficiency higher than 55mph.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

wcrowe Don't even think it (403 comments)

Well it was interesting until they started talking about everything being more efficient at 55 mph. At that point, I was ready to give the author a boot party. Do not EVEN start that sh*t again.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

wcrowe Too big to complain about (742 comments)

We've gone from "too big to fail," to "too big to complain about."

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

wcrowe You probably agreed to it (150 comments)

At first I thought, "How do they get away with this?" Then I realized, it's probably in the EULA somewhere that everyone clicks on and nobody actually reads.

about two weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

wcrowe I have to admit there is some validity to this (208 comments)

At first I thought, "No way! My hands-free function on my car is great, and far less distracting." Then I remember the frustrations I had when I first started using it. This is an example of the type of "conversation" I would have:

Car: "Voice command please."
Me:"Call Marty Klugman"
Car: "Calling Mary Kliegleman. Say yes or no."
Me:"No"
Car: "Voice command please"
Me:"Call Mar-ty Klug-man!"
Car: "Calling Harry Chelphon. Say yes or no"
Me:"NO!" ...etc, etc, etc
The next thing I know I'm arguing; YELLING at my Car!

Yeah, that was distracting, and dangerous. I'm glad there was no other traffic around.

about three weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

wcrowe Y2K! (405 comments)

I would just like to remind everyone that Gartner was the same group that repeatedly warned us what a global disaster Y2K would be.

about three weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

wcrowe Airstrip One (264 comments)

I see things are progressing nicely on Airstrip One.

about three weeks ago
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Genes Don't Just Predict Intelligence, But Also How Well You Do In School

wcrowe It's true (154 comments)

It's true. Good genes lead to academic performance. For example: if you have genes that make you a great football player, you will have no trouble getting good grades.

about three weeks ago

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What Tech Journalists Were Writing About in 1876

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wcrowe writes ""On this day in 1876, the U.S. Patent Office awarded Alexander Graham Bell a patent for his "improvement in telegraphy," or, as we now know it, the telephone (above). This anniversary seems like as good a day as any — well, perhaps even a bit better than the other 365 days this year (leap year!) — to dip into the media frenzy that surrounded its arrival, a 19th century tech event evocative of today's Apple circus. Just kidding. It was nothing like that at all — the telephone, and the reaction to it, rolled out over the course of years, not minutes.""
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USGS Updates Magnitude of Japan Earthquake to 9.0

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wcrowe writes "The USGS has updated the magnitude of the March 11, 2011, Tohoku earthquake in northern Honshu, Japan, to 9.0 from the previous estimate of 8.9. Independently, Japanese seismologists have also updated their estimate of the earthquake’s magnitude to 9.0. This magnitude places the earthquake as the fourth largest in the world since 1900 and the largest in Japan since modern instrumental recordings began 130 years ago."
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Stanford Solar Breakthrough

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wcrowe (94389) writes "Quantum dot solar cells are cheaper to produce than traditional silicon cells, but they haven't caught on due to their relative inefficiency. For Stacey Bent, a chemical engineering professor at Stanford, this represented something of a challenge. She knew that solar cells made of a single material have a maximum efficiency of about 31 percent, a limitation of the fixed energy level they can absorb, and that quantum dot solar cells didn't share this limitation. "Quantum dots can be tuned to absorb a certain wavelength of light just by changing their size," the Stanford report on her research says. "And they can be used to build more complex solar cells that have more than one size of quantum dot, allowing them to absorb multiple wavelengths of light.""
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Dell to power OKC campus with 100% wind energy

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wcrowe (94389) writes "Dell announced plans today to power its 240,000 square-foot Oklahoma City campus with 100 percent wind energy. The move is expected to significantly reduce the facility's CO2 emissions. Dell is among the first large businesses in the area to be powered entirely with renewable energy."
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Iran in possession of new weapon: Photoshop

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wcrowe (94389) writes "Iran now has the ability to wipe out Israel — with Photoshop. The Guardian reports:

'A photograph of four missiles being fired by Iran ratcheted up the tensions between the Islamic state and the US and Israel. But now it appears that Tehran may have enhanced the pictures.'

Here's a link to the story."

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"Uncontacted" Amazon Tribe story a hoax

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wcrowe (94389) writes "The story about an "uncontacted" Amazon Tribe discuss last month appears to be a hoax. The Guardian reports, "They are the amazing pictures that were beamed around the globe: a handful of warriors from an 'undiscovered tribe' in the rainforest on the Brazilian-Peruvian border brandishing bows and arrows at the aircraft that photographed them. Or so the story was told and sold. But it has now emerged that, far from being unknown, the tribe's existence has been noted since 1910 and the mission to photograph them was undertaken in order to prove that 'uncontacted' tribes still existed in an area endangered by the menace of the logging industry.""

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