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Comment: The Drones Worked As Planned (Score 5, Insightful) 189

by BigDogCH (#45638947) Attached to: eBay CEO: Amazon Drones Are Fantasy
Isn't it a coincidence that it put Amazon on the news during the busiest shopping season of the year? Mission accomplished.

I saw my mother shopping on Amazon.com for the first time this weekend. I asked her about it (she always claimed to prefer brick-n-mortar). Her response was, "I was thinking this year I would give Amazon a try." Amazons marketing is working.

Comment: Where do you live? (Score 1) 564

"In other words we are told things are bad by UNIONS so they can demand more pay raises & more expensive toys in the classroom. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. EVERYBODY has a bias..... it's just a matter of digging to discover it."

I don't know where you are from, but I see the exact opposite. Our schools are being forced by the right to spend money on Ipods and such for each student. The teachers and the union are saying "we don't need this stuff, look at how great our test scores are". The right-wing is claiming the schools are struggling and we need to cut staff and increase spending elsewhere. Yeah, like an Ipod for each student is going to help.

Give a bad teacher technology and they will still be a bad teacher. Give a good teacher whatever tools you want, they will find a way to be a good teacher. Throwing money at it will not fix it, and this is exactly the point that our unions have been making for a long time.

Why do we have ipods going to each student in many schools across the country? Who is pushing this? I honestly don't know. Anyone with some insight?

Comment: Re:Wrong (Score 1) 745

by BigDogCH (#40006005) Attached to: Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign
"If a political party decides what ideas it supports based on what's likely to get it elected, that rises some questions about what its purpose is in the first place."

True, but this is what the republicans do (and democrats, but that is not this discussion). Look at the issue of abortion, government spending, jobs......do you think they really care about any of these? No. They are pushing an agenda of lowering the taxes for the wealthy, concentrating the wealth among the most wealthy. How people still vote for it is beyond me. They claim to be fighting for whatever gets the votes.....they may even name the bill after that cause. In the end, the content of their agenda is often counter to what they claimed. Not sure why voters do not seem bothered by this and vote elsewhere. Ron Pauls supporters seem to understand this, which is why NONE of them will vote for Romney. All of Pauls votes are going to Obama, or going unused.

Comment: Re:The most important lesson in life being taught (Score 1) 663

Now here's the kicker: In any school, the teachers are the minority. Here's an extreme sample: When I taught, there were 210 employees of the (tech school, then state collegiate) campus, but only 42 faculty. Yep... forty-two actual teachers on a huge campus.

I am not thinking this is a very common ratio for a typical public elementary or secondary school. In my experience, 80% teachers. 5% administration. 5% maintenance. 2% IT. 3% secretarial. 5% misc. This assumes cooks and bus drivers are private employees.

Comment: Re:Eh, Type 2 (Score 2) 137

While I agree with your conclusions, and sympathize with you, you are clearly not the average type 2 diabetic. You must admit that. Most every study i have read, along with those I know who have had type 2, have shown far better results than yours simply by losing weight and exercising. Your condition is clearly more severe, and possibly from a different cause.

The vast majority of those with Type 2 could help their cause with a bit of self care. Kudos to you however for taking those steps first and going for the meds second. Everyone else just wants an excuse and a pill.

Comment: Re:I hate subjects (Score 1) 90

by BigDogCH (#39129043) Attached to: Playbook OS 2.0 Released
The device was not intended for those without a Bb phone. For those that have one, it works quite well. When comparing to my wifes IPad, it stacks up nicely. Sitting by eachother surfing the web, the playbook seems to shine in many areas. The drawback is the smaller screen size, but it fits in my jacket pocket (a large internal pocket, but still a pocket) where she needs a backpack for her ipad. The only website that seems to work better for her is google maps. Not sure why, but it always locks up on the playbook. Most other sites seem easier to navigate on the playbook.

Also, having a 3G connection anywhere (so long as I have my phone) without needing a data plan, is pretty sweet.

When we travel, we take the playbook and leave the ipad at home. Even over wifi the playbook just seems to work better for most things...can't put a finger on it.

Comment: Re:dont try to fucking rationalize this. (Score 1) 615

by BigDogCH (#39051613) Attached to: Leaked Heartland Institute Documents Reveal Opposition To Science
"I bet if global warming screws up your grand-children's lives, you will still blame liberals."
Best line I have read today...

I was once a republican. Still am by most definitions. There is no way I can vote for a party that has become so anti-science and lacks common sense. Risk management!?!? No way, lets just blame liberals.

Comment: Re:Nature... will find a way! (Score 1) 521

by BigDogCH (#38236302) Attached to: Fighting Mosquitoes With GM Mosquitoes
Stop spreading pointless fear!

From your own article: "In the past decade, bats were the cause of 24 of the 26 human deaths from domestically acquired rabies. Only 2 of the 24 cases attributed to bats had bites definitively reported. "

Some commons sense is in order here. This is over a DECADE!

Comment: Re:Resume (Score 1) 249

by BigDogCH (#38101708) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Tools To Aid When "On Call"?
You might like to know that being salary doesn't exempt you from overtime. Just saying...... that isn't how the law works in the US anyway. Many companies pretend to not know this until you remind them.

Also, the formula for overtime is often different. It is often closer to half-time pay for salary employees.
Biotech

In-Vitro Muscle Cells, It's What's For Dinner 619

Posted by samzenpus
from the just-like-mom-used-to-grow dept.
wanzeo writes "Within the last decade, many of us have experienced the encroachment of ethics into our mealtime. Phrases such as vegetarian, vegan, organic, bST, GMO, etc. have become part of common grocery store advertising. The most recent addition to the list of ethically charged food is in-vitro meat, or meat that was cultured in a petri dish, and was never part of a live animal. The project has been brought to fruition by Mark Post, a biologist at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. Grown using animal stem-cells on a nutrient medium, the nearly see-through strips of muscle would need to be stacked nearly 3,000 times to approach the thickness of a burger. The practice promises to be more humane, sustainable, and efficient than conventional meats, with one analysis suggesting it would, 'use 35 to 60 percent less energy, emit 80 to 95 percent less greenhouse gas and use around 98 percent less land.' In a world where nearly half of all crop production is used to feed livestock, a move towards artificial meat may be inevitable."

Comment: Re:Can't Even Do Their Job (Score 1) 533

by BigDogCH (#37938182) Attached to: Consumer Tech: an IT Nightmare
The problem is, you prove to us time and time again that you can't. We trust you to do some small task, and it blows up, and we are left to clean up the mess.

We let you have Iphones, managed yourself, and then your phone gets stolen and you are upset that company data was on it. One of us gets fired. Go figrue.
In an older example. We let you build some neat tools with Access, that you then roll out to your department and share with the company. Pretty soon it crashes and burns, like all Access projects eventually do. IT gets blamed for letting it happen. One of us gets beaten and then fired.

Comment: Re:This is getting out of hand (Score 1) 533

by BigDogCH (#37938046) Attached to: Consumer Tech: an IT Nightmare
I disagree entirely. The users I have that are asking for Ipads and Iphones and Droids, want them entirely for status. So far, they have both proved to be less reliable, and less productive than the standard Windows Laptop and Blackberry setup. The support costs on our Apple and Droid products is at least an order of magnitude higher than our Windows/Blackberry combo.

At our organization, the tablet is already dead. Everyone has realized it is a joke for productivity. The executives have already dropped them on my desk and are now asking for new laptops and netbooks.......with Windows 7.

While the tablet craze is dead, we are still battling the Iphone and Droids. They are strongly desired purely for the status. The users requesting them know nothing about them other than seeing someone else have what they don't. After we hand them out, we can check the usage and see that they are not being used.....just carried around.

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