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Comment Re:Market is Apple/Google's, but N has an advantag (Score 5, Interesting) 559

I would argue that Nintendo's problem isn't that its market has moved to mobile, the problem they face is that the market they want and need (console gamers) has moved on without them. I can't think of a single third-party developed game on a Nintendo console that excited me since Capcom put a bunch of Resident Evil games out on the GameCube. Nintendo itself owns a nice catalog of IP but you can only make so many Mario and Zelda games before the golden goose stops laying eggs. They need other developers making new titles, and good ones. They need a 'killer app.' People stopped buying Nintendo consoles for Mario after the GameCube and quit buying them for Zelda after the Wii. Nobody has bought an N console for a third-party game since the '64. Frankly, the last one I owned was a Super and now I play the remakes of the great games of that console on Sony and Microsoft systems, or emulate the originals on my PC or mobile. Nintendo is not Sony or Microsoft; their problems will not go away eventually by propping up their game division losses with profits in other sectors. They need good games or they are done in a few quarters of bad losses.

Comment Re:Can we get a summary of that excerpt, please? (Score 1) 138

There are more ways to learn, and prove that you have learned, than taking and passing tests. The idea that we go to school only to learn the rote of what is taught is the very problem with the system. Our education needs to focus on critical thinking and analysis, not memorizing the answers to test questions out of their textbooks.

I should be able to ask a class of high school students what they believe was the cause of some historic event, and hear back several different answers. They don't have to be the 'correct' answers, they just need to have some reasonable explanation behind them. If I actually did this though, I think I would hear one answer: the one in their book.

Comment Re:What the hell is the point of these huge number (Score 1) 366

I was under the impression that it is quite common for anyone convicted of tech crimes to be barred from using computers. Chances are, if you're committing tech crimes you are mostly skilled in tech jobs, and being unable to use a computer deprives you of that work.

Comment Re:Why reinvent the wheel? (Score 1) 663

1) Teachers who can't teach (even if they know their subject backwards and forwards) should be fired.
2) It should be possible for anyone with the proper qualifications to teach whether they have a "teaching certificate" or not.

Don't these two things sort of contradict eachother? Knowing something doesn't immediately make you capable of teaching it, and I imagine there are quite a few people out there who know quite a lot of things that they would not be able to teach if they were asked to. The reason people get teaching certificates (or other such things) is to show that they can, in fact, teach things they know to other people. I know a lot about computers, but I'll be damned if I can teach my family how to do anything other than check their email with one. It's quite a bit harder than you might expect, even with people who are just as intelligent as you. Teaching children, who don't have fully developed concepts of logic and reasoning, must be even more difficult.

Comment Re:Isn't Type 1 largely genetic? (Score 3, Interesting) 202

The research suggests that the genetic predisposition causes the immune system to act different in response to the virus. If the research is correct, then yes you need both the genetic factor and the virus to get type-1 diabetes. Of course, that completely discounts any other possible methods of 'catching' the disease. Since it is an autoimmune disorder, there are likely multiple factors involved. If this pans out and cures the most common of those factors, it may still not eliminate the disease.

Comment Re: And i might see it in my lifetime. (Score 2) 202

Type 1 diabetes comes with a lifetime requirement of insulin, syringes (or needles, for those nifty pens by novo nordisk), blood-sugar testers and their required test strips, and a small army of professional endocrinologists whose sole purpose is to tell people how to control their blood-sugar levels with as little insulin as possible to reduce risk of complications.

Type 2 diabetes comes with the occasional need for medications, a few doctor visits, and lifestyle changes.

I think you're confused.

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