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Comment: Re:The Department of Redundancy Department (Score 1) 628

by FireFlie (#39770089) Attached to: University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department

My thoughts exactly. Most schools I've been to don't have a computer science department, but rather lump it in with the math or engineering department. Computer science is a programme of study not an entire department.

Based on your experiences, I would think that you went to a very tiny school, and had very little interaction with other colleges or universities. I went to a small school for my undergrad where the entities you described would serve as "departments." I'm finishing my graduate studies at one of the many universities large enough to have an entire school of Engineering. The department of Computer Science is only one department within this particular school.

Comment: But you know what does set them off? (Score 1) 465

by FireFlie (#39297129) Attached to: TSA 'Warning' Media About Reporting On Body Scanner Failures?
Wearing a sportscoat through security. I was flagged and pulled aside because I was carrying--some sweat on my back. At the time, these things had been in operation for about a day. They security guy informed me that it was probably just a bit of sweat it detected (I guess he had seen the same thing happen before?). Nice to know that if sweaty terrorists come into an airport that they will also be hassled.

Comment: Re:...the dock. (Score 2) 862

by FireFlie (#37605424) Attached to: Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It
Actually I find spotlight barely usable. Granted, I'm on an older Apple machine, but for me Quicksilver is the way to go hands down. Personally, I wish that Apple got rid of spotlight years ago, purchased Quicksilver, and integrated it into their base operating system. Cmd+space or ctrl+space for quick launch of applications, folders, contacts, sending email, doing arithmetic, looking up words, sending an instant message, running an applescript, and practically anything else that you would want to do on your system.

I wouldn't say the dock is useless, but over the past six years I've probably used it for less than 1% of the applications that I launch.

Comment: Re:Link (Score 1) 199

by FireFlie (#37033114) Attached to: World's First Cybernetic Athlete To Compete

By the way -- I find the title of this article somewhat misleading: he isn't cybernetic. Cybernetics implies some sort of electronic or powered enhancement; Pistorius's blades are purely mechanical.

Not even that. You can have electronic/powered mechanical systems without cybernetics. Cybernetic implies some sort of feedback system.

It seems that in the vernacular "cybernetic" has become somewhat synonymous with "cyborg" or "android".

Comment: Re:Photos not allowed during police actions, citiz (Score 1) 268

by FireFlie (#36331654) Attached to: Apple Camera Patent Lets External Transmitters Disable Features

I can testify that planned obsolescence of cameras is already happening. I have a working digital camera from about 1998/1999 era. ... I ended up having to purchase a 3rd party card reader to read the old card that it uses in order to pull pictures off of it.

Not supporting a device after 12-13 years isn't "planned obsolescence" it's regular obsolescence. There's no way that Microsoft/device manufacturers could find the time or money to support every legacy item. It just isn't feasible. Plus, if you could solve your problem with a card reader there really isn't much reason to worry. It's a pretty common way to access images from a camera.


Ask Slashdot: Good Homeschool Curriculum For CS?? 364

Posted by timothy
from the ok-now-track-the-family-budget dept.
dingo_kinznerhook writes "I grew up in a homeschooling family, and was homeschooled through high school. ( I went on to get a B.S. and M.S. in computer science; my mom has programming experience and holds bachelor's degrees in physics and math — she's pretty qualified to teach.) Mom is still homeschooling my younger brother and sister and is looking for a good computer science curriculum that covers word processing, spreadsheets, databases, intro to programming, intro to operating systems, etc. Does the Slashdot readership know of a high school computer science curriculum suitable for homeschooling that covers these topics?"

Comment: Re:Increased cases of autism (Score 1) 813

by FireFlie (#34777666) Attached to: Famous British Autism Study an 'Elaborate Fraud'
Where are these numbers coming from? According to wiki the reported cases per 1,000 have risen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism#Epidemiology.

I'm not saying that these numbers are without question, but all of the stat's I've seen are about increased ratios, not increases with population size.

Comment: Re:And the lawyers? (Score 1) 813

by FireFlie (#34777566) Attached to: Famous British Autism Study an 'Elaborate Fraud'
Should anything? The article has several mentions of his payment from lawyers, but does not indicate that they coerced him into falsifying data (I'm not sure about the guidelines enforced for lawyers, but I would imagine that would constitute some sort of ethical violation). People are paid to do research all the time by government, companies, non-profits, etc.

Paperwork I've done in the past for research asks you to clearly list any payment you receive that may be in conflict of interest with your work. Wakefield didn't even disclose this conflict to his co-authors. The article seems to indict Wakefield more than anyone else.

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