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Comment: Delivery Tool (Score 1) 181

by Bensam123 (#46430525) Attached to: Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint
This has nothing to do with powerpoint being bad and chalk being good. Anyone who has went through school knows there are also professors or people in general that simply talk to the chalk board and carry on with themselves. They don't know how to engage the audience or use their tools to make the audience want to talk. I've seen both good presentations and bad with powerpoint. The same goes for chalk lectures. It's just a delivery tool, the rest depends on whoever is the one giving the information out.

In this case we're figuring out that some people just talk to the powerpoint and when they use chalk, they actually have to sit there and process the information, which gives them time to walk things over better with whoever is listening. It's entirely based on the person and has nothing to do with chalk > powerpoint or whatever.

I've had professors give lectures based on powerpoint, chalk, overheads, whiteboard, sometimes with nothing more then a sheet of paper... it ENTIRELY depends on who is giving it and their ability to make those around them understand... Basically just being a good teacher.

Comment: Re:please skip this story (Score 1) 70

by Bensam123 (#45771769) Attached to: Spacesuit Problems Delay ISS Repair Spacewalk
This sort of haughty attitude seems to be regarded with anyone with a outside view when confronting a well entrenched area of science. Perhaps, maybe, people outside of whatever academic circle you're in may have a fresh set of ideas and views that are otherwise hammered out of you when you're brought up through a set of rigorous courses made to make you think in a certain way.

Comment: Re:Zirconium (Score 1) 92

by Bensam123 (#44709523) Attached to: Fukushima Daiichi Water Leak Raised To Level 3 Severity
Dumping water on a grease fire comes to mind reading this. Very informative.

Makes you wonder why some sort of dry agent hasn't been developed to cope with this as with any fire where water is a bad idea, but still better then the alternatives. I guess this goes to show that nuclear is still in it's infancy.

Comment: Bored (Score 1) 173

by Bensam123 (#44455327) Attached to: Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight
This has more to do with people being bored and not having the normal technical gadgets distracting them or keeping them up rather then 'nature doing it's work'. If people are bored or have nothing to do, they'll go to bed at 10 or whatever once all the social interaction dies out. That's really the only thing that happens while camping. You walk around and do stuff during the day, and talk to people at night or simply go to sleep. It's pretty binary.

You could do the same thing simply by going to bed early or turning off your phone or other electronics that keep you up or occupied.

Comment: Re:Cuban Missile crisis (Score 1) 105

by Bensam123 (#44303025) Attached to: N. Korea-Bound Ship With 'Military Cargo' Detained By Panama
Unless these are cold war missiles no longer owned by Russia or forgot about by Russia, in which case Cuba had control of them. Russia probably isn't crazy enough to give nukes to NK, but Cuba may be. It may not even be functional. NK just needed something to base new designs off of.

Comment: Re:Cherry MX Brown (Score 2) 177

by Bensam123 (#44272969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Low-Latency PS2/USB Gaming Keyboards?
I disagree, being a pretty hardcore gamer and having used both reds and browns. You need that tactile feedback in order to understand exactly where you can pivot the keypress on. With reds, sure you can actuate more often and faster, but generally you don't spam the keyboard to just register one keypress and even if you do, you're generally bottoming the keyes out to make sure they register because you don't know where that actuation point is. With browns you can rock on that actuation point up and down with a firm understand of when a key register and when it's done registering.

Comment: Japanese Women? (Score 2) 770

by Bensam123 (#44199891) Attached to: Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?
So this is curious... why does this affect men quite a bit more so then women? In Japanese culture women have even more stringent guidelines and social pressure then men do, so why aren't hikkimori almost entirely comprised of women?

About the only thing I can think of is being married off as a 'house wife' provides a easy way out and a answer to being dependent on someone else (who then takes the blame for most everything, social, financial, burden of choice). It makes me wonder if there are actually more people that would be classified as hikkimori in Japan, but ended up being married off as codependent house wives.

Comment: Re:Europe needs GMO? No we don't. (Score 1) 586

by Bensam123 (#43562875) Attached to: Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say
You know, this is awfully weird... All the comments I hear about replanting. I live in WI and I don't know a single farmer in my vacinity that replants their crops from the year before. That usually requires a lot of time and effort compared to simply dumping a bag of seed in a planter.

If you're talking about actual farming that's quite a bit different then a hipster with a greenhouse that chooses to reuse their seeds from the year before to save a little bit of money. Even taking into account greenhouses everyone I know simply buys seeds, that includes NON-GMO seeds.

Comment: Informed opinion? (Score 0) 482

by Bensam123 (#43186011) Attached to: Windfarm Sickness Spreads By Word of Mouth
I know I'm going to get rated down for this, but what if people are experiencing symptoms, but have no idea what is generating them. A lot of people are claiming confirmation bias here, but the term itself 'confirmation bias' can be used AS a confirmation bias. Asserting that what someone feels has no real merit because it's all made up in their head. It's a convenient way to shoot down someone elses opinion that's based on subjective observation. I'm starting to see it used this way more and more.

Getting back on topic though. People are claiming they're being irrational and uninformed, but really if they became aware of issues they were having that wouldn't be uninformed at all. Rather it would be people are making informed opinions on it.

I'm not using this as rational, but it's entirely possible to drive someone insane by constantly bombarding them with a certain stimuli. Absolutely positive. Some people may find the white noise generated by wind turbines soothing, but for others that can drive them nuts... In ways they never even knew were possible or were able to associate with anything.

Comment: Questionable (Score 2) 470

by Bensam123 (#42806399) Attached to: Is the Era of Groundbreaking Science Over?
I've often wondered similar things. While science is still being done and many people are arguing that, the level of accomplishments haven't yielded nearly the same results for the average individual compared to what happened in the last century or further. I blame this on society and mainly on capitalism, which only looks to fuel profitable endeavors and people are only looking for the cheapest means to stay alive, or how to make the most money in life.

Space, deep sea, nuclear... general exploration and development as a country has ground to a halt. Instead we're focusing on wars in countries we have no reason of fighting for and patents... then exploiting them. Our country may not be dying, but it's march forward has definitely slowed down. Everyone is out to make as much money as possible. Exploration and being adventurous is no longer part of American lifestyle. It's all about being safe and living as long as humanely possible.

No one takes big risks anymore, it's all about small calculated decisions (mainly decided by a machine), which we bet on which will show income. Even the space industry has somehow ended up in the hands of the private sector, which may seem great, but wont work in our favor down the line when everyone depends on them for their services and the government can't take over because that would be unAmerican.

Our country is totally mismanaged. Our society is bombarded constantly by capitalist propaganda (buy this and you'll be happy, take this and you'll be healthy) and shows designed to placate the mind. Our education system is starting to break down as the less intelligent take over and see fit to destroy something because it doesn't provide instant, easily quantifiable results.

Capitalism may have founded this country, but we've gotten to a point where we've outgrown it. Perhaps not completely... but we have to a point where it's started to hinder development outside of how to shake the most pennies out of the average citizen. This is a time when we actually need a leader to step up and push big businesses out of the picture and actually plot a direction for the country. Sadly, we haven't seen a president like that in many years... or a country that's willing to accept him.

Comment: Re:Provoking (Score 2) 1130

by Bensam123 (#42734823) Attached to: Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami
I think some people have been playing too many games. The other poster was correct in asserting infantry have relatively little chance of defeating a modern tank without some serious anti-tank gear. You can still hide from them, which is hard with thermal sights (sheets wouldn't block a thermal sight), but generally it's hard to defeat one. It's not as simple as shooting one with a AT rifle or a RPG, none of those things are effective against tanks anymore. Even land mines (which are illegal even for military use as they maim individuals), generally aren't powerful enough to even disable one.

A M1A2 or T-90 is not the same as a Sherman from WW2, which seems to be what a lot of people think modern tanks are. There is a gross difference in firepower, armor, utility, and versatility and it's almost sick to make people think they can defeat one with a improvised explosive.

Even if you block a city street, tanks always have the option of driving THROUGH a building or simply plowing through the roadblock.

Comment: PlatinumTel - 5c/2c/10c (Score 1) 246

by Bensam123 (#42712547) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?
Basically pay-as-you-go using the Sprint network. Requires a CDMA phone, but you get 5c a minute, 2c a text, 10c a megabyte. They frequently run deals and they have monthly plans too.

The paygo plan has no contract, there is no conversion from money to minutes, and you can use your own phone (if it's unlocked). It's the cheapest pay-as-you-go option I've seen and from using them, I haven't had any problems with their service.

(Apparently they changed things this year, they now also offer plans for SIM cards using the T-Mobile network)

I'm honestly unsure why they haven't caught on, I've already converted most of my family that doesn't use a cellphone a lot. Other paygo plans are really expensive, have crappy networks, don't allow data without a addon, or you have to use their special phones.

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