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Comment: Privacy had it's funeral years ago (Score 1) 120

by AtomicAdam (#40505345) Attached to: How a Lone Grad Student Scooped the FTC On Privacy Issue
WHAT! An advertising company acting in self interest by tracking?! Impossible! This guy forgot to take his pill. Now everyone, take their pills.

All joking aside, I wonder if privacy is dead now. Please say it isn't I don't want to have to browse every site through 7 proxies. Please reply for good ideas on keeping privacy. I don't even want to touch G+ or FB anymore... I don't want them to have more info on me.

Comment: FTA - NCLB (Score 1) 564

Revealing my age. I will say that I was taught that "No child left behind" was terrible during my Senior year of HS. But FTA

Yes, that's right. Test scores have increased since NCLB passed in 2002. Reading scores also are up slightly, and girls achieved parity with boys in mathematics. This is a monumental victory.

I guess holding someone accountable for what they do, DOES make them work harder.

Be wary of education lobbyists who downplay our long track record of scientific success while simultaneously asking for more money. At $91,700 per pupil from kindergarten through twelfth grade, the U.S. is outspent only by Switzerland in the education arena. Cash is not a problem. If we are to fix the science education "problem" — to the extent that there even is a problem — the current data support adding science to NCLB. Instead, the Obama administration is issuing waivers. Our point is not to defend NCLB or any particular policy. But, right now, this much is clear: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I should point how that my teachers were the people who taught me that NCLB was terrible. I wonder why.

Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 1) 194

Dear AC,

Please provide the context that you are referring to. If such context cannot be provided please accept that most politicians are in it for NUMERO UNO (that's Spanish for number one). Seriously anyone who spends more than a million dollars campaigning for a job that wont give an ROI then you know they have to be making the difference from somewhere else. That difference comes from our Ass. In this case it comes from health bills that i'm not really sure were ever intended to help provide health care.

We need health care reform... I don't think it's been done properly yet.

Comment: Re:Already done it. (Score 1) 290

by AtomicAdam (#39976061) Attached to: Is Gamification a Good Motivator?
While I agree with money being the best way to reward someone at work (for why else would they work). I know that if I were to come into a large sum of money, I would continue to work. Maybe just at a different place.. but maybe not... I feel like I make a difference where I'm at. I would certainly fund open source projects.


I guess I just find your goals very childish.

Comment: Perhaps... not! (Score 3, Interesting) 60

by AtomicAdam (#39870161) Attached to: MIT And Harvard Start New Online Education Partnership
Perhaps this nonprofit venture is a better method for online education than Udacity,

Perhaps someone from Harvard or MIT, wrote and submitted this summary/article.
Perhaps this is just a way for some universities to rake in more cash to misappropriate later while offering certificates that are not even worth the paper they're printed on.

Or perhaps this is going to be a really cool thing. We shall see, until then I'm cautiously optimistic. Seriously, Udacity FTW.
Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun Cooling, Soon to Have Four Poles, Say Japanese Astrophysicists-> 1

Submitted by Jeremiah Cornelius
Jeremiah Cornelius (137) writes "Officials of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Riken research foundation said on April 19 that the activity of sunspots appeared to resemble a 70-year period in the 17th century. Known as the Maunder Minimum, temperatures are estimated to have been about 2.5 degrees lower than in the second half of the 20th century. The researchers also found signs of unusual magnetic changes in the sun. Normally, the sun’s magnetic field flips about once every 11 years. The solar observation satellite Hinode found that the north pole of the sun had started flipping about a year earlier than expected, with no noticeable change in the south pole. It's possible the north pole could complete its flip in May 2012 but create a four-pole magnetic structure in the sun, with two new poles created in the vicinity of the equator of our closest star."
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Government

+ - Twitter Leaks Obama's Visit To Afghanistan->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "When you're the President of the United States, sometimes certain activities you're involved in can be hard to keep secret — and yesterday was no exception, after Twitter let it slip that Obama was secretly in Kabul. On Tuesday, the White House released a fabricated itinerary — consisting of all-day meetings in the Oval Office to cover up the fact that Obama was secretly flying to Afghanistan. Whilst only a few US journalists were aware of this event, by mid-morning, a lot more people were suddenly in on the revelation courtesy of Twitter. The first tweet to let the virtual cat out of the bag was Afghanistan news site TOLOnews which reported: "United States President Barack Obama has arrived in Kabul to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai." To the innocent public, it sounds like a great opportunity for the US President to become better acquainted with Afghanistan. To the not-so-innocent public? The perfect opportunity to launch a terrorist act."
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Programming

+ - EU Court: Programming Languages Not Copyrightable->

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itwbennett writes "The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that the functionality of a computer program and the programming language it is written in cannot be protected by copyright. In its ruling on a a case brought by SAS Institute against World Programming Limited (WPL), the court said that 'the purchaser of a license for a program is entitled, as a rule, to observe, study or test its functioning so as to determine the ideas and principles which underlie that program.'"
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