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Comment: Based on what? (Score 1) 310


We're hearing reports of very young children who are arriving into school quite unable to concentrate or to socialise properly because they're spending so much time on digital games or social media.

Is the Teachers Union's claim based on science, or formed by rumour and through projecting their own development without computers onto the current youth's?

Comment: Could be worse (Score 1) 191

It's anecdotal, but some students recorded my lectures using their webcam and failed miserably with their exams. Moreover, some were very persistent in requesting the lecture syllable to be placed on Blackboard prior to the lecture, not show up for the lecture at all and afterward complain that certain exam questions weren't valid because they weren't addressed in the syllable. Yet, no matter how you take your notes, attending lectures is the least efficient way to learn. Giving lectures, on the other hand, is the most efficient way to learn. Many universities have based their teaching method, problem-based learning, on this principle

Comment: "it's also a smart visual explanation of why..." (Score 4, Insightful) 276


"it's also a smart visual explanation of why the future of technology so often bears so little resemblance to anyone's predictions"

No, it's not an explanation at all. It was intended as a metaphor for miniaturization of electronics. Noone in their right mind would take a full QWERTY keyboard with keys the size of pin heads literally.

Comment: "... so self-aware that ..." (Score 2) 641

by Arduenn (#45578507) Attached to: Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

The group argues that cognitively advanced animals like chimpanzees and dolphins are so self-aware that keeping them in captivity—whether a zoo or research laboratory—is tantamount to slavery.

On what basis do they draw the line of 'the amount' of self-conciousness between chimps and humans on the one hand and other primates, such as orangutans, gorillas, bonobos, on the other? Have they even quantified it at all? And what about dolphins and elephants?

Comment: There more being wasted (Score 2) 316

by Arduenn (#45158871) Attached to: How Science Goes Wrong
In science, a lot of time and resources are wasted on testing ideas that other scientists had tested before, but who never published the results, simply because they weren't spectacular enough. Even though some negative results are obfuscated in papers reporting findings 'more worthwile' reporting, and even though some of the negative results are discussed at science meetings, many scientists have been trying to reinvent the wheel. Now how much is wasted? I don't know, but the result could be shocking.

Comment: Tech should make jobs obsolete (Score 5, Interesting) 674

by Arduenn (#45034723) Attached to: The Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Why Tech Doesn't Kill Jobs

Why can't tech make having to go to work obsolete?

Why can't we make all the tech stuff, like robots, do all the dumb work for all of us so we can spend the rest of our lives playing, or do the kind of work we really enjoy? Isn't this the frigging thing we should strive to achieve in society? Not create more jobs, but less?

Comment: Best model to upgrade to iOS 7 on is iPhone 4 (Score 1) 488

by Arduenn (#44916251) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

On my iPhone 4

Overall, it feels snappier, but that may be psychological, since the interface looks cleaner. Also, I see a lot of negative comments of 'new iPhone' owners regarding the slowness because of all the animations. I don't see those. Maybe because they are automatically disabled on the iPhone 4. Perhaps, the iPhone 4, of all compatible models, is the best one to upgrade iOS 7 on.

Scrolling is slower. in iOS 6, the scrolling page appeared to be subjected to a certain amount of inertia. I.e. it kept on scrolling for a little bit even after you stopped dragging. Also, the faster you swiped your finger up, the more inertia there seemed to be. It was helpful in scrolling though lengthy pages. All that seems to be gone now. At least in Safari.

Skype is broken in iOS 7 on several points: (i) longer time tags are capped, '20' rather than '20.39', (ii) sending photographs and video messages is broken now. And there's no update available yet.

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