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Comment Re:WTF is happening (Score 1) 198

I just know that back then when I was in school, the lessons suddenly became hugely unproductive the moment the computers were turned on. Essentially everybody ended up surfing facebook or youtube or something, not doing anything the teacher told them to.

We didn't get calculators in school until I was in 8th grade. So whining about attention spans of students when the school can't set up a decent firewall doesn't address the issue.

Sure it's a game. Sure it simplifies the historical process. But if it gets them learning and wanting to learn then it might be a good teaching aid. Not a replacement - but another teaching aid.

I think the downfall here is that it has nothing to do with the standardized testing required to get school funding.

Comment What do history teachers say? (Score 1) 198

I would be interested in the as-unbiased-as-possible opinions of history teachers that are in the target demographic.

Reading the summary it seems like this might be a valuable aid to teaching HOW history works and how X impacts Y. The 'how' is the most important part of learning and what is most difficult to teach.

The price point, the minimum necessary hardware, the time investment, and the quality of everything will determine if there's any integration of this into school curriculum.

If it gets kids interested in learning then it's good. If they use it in place of teaching then it's bad.

Comment Re:Standard Operating Practice (Score 1) 634

The result was very narrow. The turn-out was relatively low for such an important decision. A lot of people are expressing regret, the victorious side instantly reneged on a number of promises and the predicted economic meltdown that people didn't believe would happen happened. Given all that, a second opportunity to vote, especially now that young people are realizing that if they had bothered to turn out they could have overcome the baby boomer vote stealing their future away, seems like a reasonable request.

Wah. Those who didn't vote gave away their chances to change the outcome and those who don't like the result get to learn that sometimes they lose. Those young people have figured out too late that not voting has consequences. There's no need for a do over since everyone had their chance when it happened.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 634

The Leave campaign has reneged on many of their key promises and been proven wrong on any of their predictions. Buyer's remorse is completely understandable.

So there was no way for people to do their own research on the issues without the political rhetoric? I think not. They knew what they were voting ON and if they couldn't be bothered to do their own research then they live with the results.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 634

If a large enough fraction of any electorate wants a do-over on a referendum, then why not? Why does this have to be a winner-take-all scenario?

Because it opens the door to unending referendums because one side or the other didn't like the result. Everyone had their chance to research and vote. They voted (or didn't) and now they live with the result.

Their only possible hope now is that because it was a non-binding referendum the legislators could ignore the popular vote and do whatever the heck they want.

Comment AI needs separate lanes (Score 2) 451

Given the current status of things the least worst solution may be to have divided lanes (think express lanes on freeways) just for AI vehicles. When all of them are 'thinking' the same thing then the chances of problems decreases exponentially. Most of these issues seem to come up when there's a mix of AI and meat sacks.

Sure this will limit their use but that's what you do when new behaviour is introduced into an established system. Continue doing testing in a mixed environment but create the programs for a controlled environment to get things started.

Comment Re:expanded (Score 1) 660

You're not correct that the use of the extremely stupid 'No Fly List' is an acceptable method of preventing gun ownership. When a six month old child gets on the list due to having a name that's similar to someone they're profiling then it proves the list is useless. There's no accountability for that list, no methodology for how someone gets on the list, no transparency, nothing. So you're saying there's majority support for using it as a guide for denying Constitutional rights?

Comment Re:Gun control absolutely, positively does work (Score 1) 660

Second reply: Yes, a determined killer will kill. But easy access to guns makes it much more likely that an unhinged person will take down a whole bunch of others. It's exceedingly unlikely that a guy with a glass bottle or a knife would kill 49 people before being stopped

So you would rather he hit up the building supply store, make a couple of dozen pipe bombs, and toss those into a crowded building? If someone is determined to cause mass death they're going to cause mass death. The method is irrelevant.

Comment Re:Idiotic politicians (Score 1) 660

Sure, let's do everything except what will actually help, which is to restrict assault rifles.

So tell me what an assault rifle is? It's already illegal for a private citizen to own a gun that fires more than one bullet at a time.

Is an assault rifle one that's all scary black? The same rifle with a woodgrain stock does the exact same thing.

Big scary scope? Same thing on a hunting rifle. Heck the red dot scope on my .22 target pistol would probably make you grab your teddy bear for comfort.

Folding stock? Makes it easier to store and haul around. Nothing at all to do with functionality.

Forward pistol grip? That's what gun control is - being able to stay on target.

Stop trying to say anything that's legally available is an assault anything. It isn't. Everything fires a single bullet on a trigger pull.

The definition of an 'assault rifle' is a rifle with a high capacity magazine capable of firing multiple bullets designed for military use. Since there's no legal rifle that fires more than one bullet at a time STOP CALLING A RIFLE AN ASSAULT WEAPON.

Comment The problem is people (Score 1) 1718

The problem is that there are people who will do terrible things. When they're determined to do terrible things they will find a way to do them.

For all those blaming gun laws would you feel better if he had bought them illegally or stolen them? Would that vindicate your disdain for existing working gun laws because criminals always follow the laws. He legally owned firearms and that discussion is settled.

Would any of the rabid anti-gun people feel better had he made a dozen or so pipe bombs and threw those around the club instead? And then would you be screaming for background checks before buying home repair supplies?

If he truly was unstable enough to hook his actions to DAESH then of course they're going to jump on and take credit. It keeps them as a newsworthy 'viable threat' and only furthers their agenda. Whether or not they actually had any direct involvement will probably never be proved.

The problem is nutjobs. AKA people. When they're weak and broken enough to buy into a belief system of hate and then decide they're a holy warrior it's already too late to stop them. Single people acting alone are almost impossible to find before they do things like this. Hindsight is going to find things - all sorts of things - but at the time those same things wouldn't set off warning bells.

So stop trying to find a way to vilify inanimate objects for what happened, stop using blanket statements about any particular religion because all of them create people like this, and put the blame where it belongs. On the nutjob.

Comment How is this interpreted? (Score 1) 376

From the article:

If the customer wishes to continue with their upgrade at the designated time, they can click 'OK' or close the notifications with no further action needed.

The surface reading is OK to update, close and nothing happens.

Read it again. Closing the box means no further actions are needed. Does it say that the upgrade isn't going to be scheduled? That it's not going to make it go away? Or just that no further user actions are needed?

Comment Require by Design v2 (Score 1) 407

Didn't they try this stunt with IE - stating that it was required for the OS to run properly? And weren't they shot down hard by the European courts?

Access to an application store should not be required for an operating system to run. Actually access to the internet shouldn't be required at all. If your OS can't run without checking home then your OS doesn't belong in the enterprise much less in the wild.

I agree with other posters that they will attempt to quietly roll back this change when enterprise customers tell them that they're not going to upgrade and start looking for alternatives. I can see the US government putting out a statement that they won't be upgrading due to security concerns and that will start the ball rolling.

If they put out a special edition for 'secure installations' then they'll have invalidated their whole spiel for making it necessary in the first place.

It goes beyond the arrogance of trying to force the upgrade down the user's throats now. They've done something that will enrage their core business - the enterprise. Really great marketing move there.

Comment Of All Time is a silly reference (Score 1) 397

Please. There's been so many things that were invented since the dawn of time that it's an irrelevant question.

The most enduring important invention, in my opinion, was the printing press. When information could be mass produced and distributed the world got a lot smaller. Of course there's been problems with information control for as long as people have communicated but this was the huge step.

We asked a group of elderly relatives what they considered the invention that created the biggest change in their lives and their answer was the telephone. Being able to communicate over distance was an incredible change. To be able to contact someone immediately is something we take for granted.

Electronics are nifty but it all seems to come down to the ability to communicate in better ways.

Comment Built in obsolescence (Score 1) 382

Ah. But people are forgetting that phone sales are flat and this makes manufacturers sad.

Their answer? Do away with the robust and simple audio jack and move to the fragile and critical USB jack. This way people have to use it much more and wear it out/break it. And then make it so they can't replace the battery for the new power sucking standard.

Won't anyone think of the billion dollar companies that need this to stay profitable?

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