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Comment: Re:se the problem with teaching math is (Score 1) 1153

by DigitalHammer (#34105798) Attached to: How Much Math Do We Really Need?

I have never once in class found out how or why the formula's and expressions and equations were created.

The class you're looking for is a "Sets and Logic" course. It's usually taught as a prerequisite to an introductory discrete math course in university.

Years of high school education convinced me that math was nothing more than a rote excersize in symbol memorization and manipulation, but taking that class completely changed my perspective. It covers the logic used by mathematicians in explicit detail and builds mathematical intuition that helps students see how equations, theorems, etc... are created from the mathematician's perspective.

Comment: Re:How long afterwards does it last? (Score 1) 258

by DigitalHammer (#33336168) Attached to: Anti-Depressants Used Against <em>StarCraft</em> Addiction

Methamphetamine is better than all of them. It's a non selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor AND releaser, such that it's effect lasts roughly 8 times longer than cocaine and is more potent.

Ironically, buproprion is a distant relative of methamphetamine.

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Windows 7 Has Lots of "God Modes" 422

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-am-god-here dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Those intrigued by the 'GodMode' in Windows 7 may be interested to know that there are many other similar shortcuts hidden within the operating system — some going back to Vista or before. Steven Sinofsky, Windows division president, said several similar undocumented features provide direct access to all kinds of settings, from choosing a location to managing power settings to identifying biometric sensors." Update: 01/07 23:46 GMT by CT : Link updated to source.
Google

Nexus One Name Irks Philip K. Dick's Estate 506

Posted by samzenpus
from the acting-like-a-dick dept.
RevWaldo writes "According to the Wall Street Journal, the estate of Philip K. Dick says the name of Google's new smartphone infringes on the famous character name from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Isa Dick Hackett, a daughter of Mr. Dick, states Google has its 'Android system, and now they are naming a phone "Nexus One." It's not lost on the people who are somewhat familiar with this novel... Our legal team is dealing head-on with this.'"
Google

Amazon, MS, Google Clouds Flop In Stress Tests 154

Posted by samzenpus
from the dark-clouds dept.
Eponymous writes "A seven month study by academics at the University of New South Wales has found that the response times of cloud compute services of Amazon, Google and Microsoft can vary by a factor of twenty depending on the time of day services are accessed. One of the lead researchers behind the stress tests reports that Amazon's EC2, Google's AppLogic and Microsoft's Azure cloud services have limitations in terms of data processing windows, response times and a lack of monitoring and reporting tools."

APL hackers do it in the quad.

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