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Comment: Re:Veyron? Meh. (Score 1) 790

by Bovineck (#28592297) Attached to: Bugatti's Latest Veyron, Most Ridiculous Car on the Planet?
#1. Bike performance like car performance is dependent upon the driver/rider. Bikes do handle. Most riders do not handle bikes. One anecdote does not an argument make. #2. "Lose control with a bike...blah blah" That's why your nuts have to have dropped. Bikes are not for the faint-of-heart. Mind you, I've seen plenty of smashed ex-heroes in cars along the twisty roads as well...even the odd mazda...

Comment: Veyron? Meh. (Score 1) 790

by Bovineck (#28591299) Attached to: Bugatti's Latest Veyron, Most Ridiculous Car on the Planet?
If your balls drop, you might like to save money and get a Hayabusa (http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2008/08/12000-suzuki-hayabusa-outperfo.html). It outperforms the Veyron...it's a physics thing. When I've pointed this out to people in the past they say "Oh yes but a car is more practical". Sure, a multimillion dollar car sounds very practical - I'd love to own one to do the shopping or take the kids to school!
Sci-Fi

Sci Fi Channel Becoming Less Geek-Centric "SyFy" 798

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the or-you-could-quit-cancelling-good-programs dept.
narramissic writes "According to a TV Week article, NBC Universal has decided to change the name of their Sci Fi Channel to SyFy. Why? To pull in a more 'mainstream' audience. If you're unclear what 'more mainstream' means, TV Historian Tim Brooks spells it out for you: 'The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular.' Yes, we should probably all be offended. And telling us that a crack marketing team came up with the name because that's how tech-savvy 18-to-34 year-olds would text it really doesn't help."

Comment: RedHat then Ubuntu (Score 2, Funny) 823

by Bovineck (#26222443) Attached to: Configuring a Windows PC For a Senior Citizen?

Oh God I used to dread my "holidays" down at my parents place, fixing up all the problems with Windows (starting at 3.11 and ending at 2000). Then I installed RedHat with a "Redmond" theme and...no phone calls, no teeth gnashing, no drama, no tears...heaven! Since then, only a few minor niggles when the ISP changes. And an change a few years later to Ubuntu when RedHat went all Gates on me. Oh, and one major niggle when a local IT "guru" reformatted the drive for my mum and reinstalled windows because "you can only access the internet with windows".

He has since been run over by a truck. How is that for karma?

P.S. I do not have a truck licence.

Television

Octopuses Have No Personalities and Enjoy HDTV 482

Posted by kdawson
from the or-was-that-redundant dept.
Whiteox writes about an Australian researcher named Renata Pronk, who has discovered that octopuses prefer HDTV. She recruited 32 gloomy octopuses from the waters of Chowder Bay. Previously, researchers have reported little success when showing video to octopuses. Miss Pronk's insight was that the octopus eye is so refined that it might see standard PAL video, at 25 fps, as a series of stills. She tried HDTV (50 fps) and her subjects reacted to the videos of a crab, another octopus, or a swinging bottle on the end of a string. A further discovery is that octopuses show no trait of individual personalities, even though they exhibit a high level of intelligence. It would certainly be possible to quibble about the definition of "personality" employed, and whether Miss Pronk had successfully measured it.

Comment: Just back from the UK (Score 1) 408

by Bovineck (#25932833) Attached to: Royal Society of Chemistry Slams UK Exam Standards

I taught in comprehensive, selective and private secondary schools in the UK, and have done in the equivalents here in Australia.
Erosion of standards in Maths/Science has been steady and dramatic for at least the time I have been teaching (20 years). I am not an English teacher but from the way that the students react to my vocabulary ("You talk funny and like use big words and stuff!"), and from their universal and complete lack of spelling and grammar competence; I assume it is the same in that faculty.
I wish I could advocate an easy fix, but the kids do not value what we are trying to teach them and neither do their parents. You can make it as dumb as you want, but if students cannot see any merit in the process or the result...they just get angrier. As Heinlein (and/or Mark Twain) wrote, "Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig!"
As for OFSTED (http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/), don't get me started! Julia Gillard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Gillard) wants it here in Oz as well - God help us. That's the lunacy of WACOT (http://www.wacot.wa.edu.au/)...on steroids.

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