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Comment Linkitz (Score 1) 490

There is a Toronto startup making a programming oriented girl's toy called Linkitz. I think it's a really cool toy.
They are geared towards socializing, because it turns out girls like that sort of thing.
I think this is a good example of an effective way to stimulate STEM interest in young girls. The toys aren't necessarily pink and "girly", and they aren't reinforcing gender stereotypes. Instead they have done research on what kind of toys young girls like to play with, and built on that. They've ended up with a toy that is designed with girls in mind, but it wouldn't seem unusual to see a boy using one.

Comment Re:Too late for him (Score 3, Interesting) 144

Your post made me curious enough to read the article to hear some of the things Elonis said. Here's my favorite:

When his wife secured a Protection From Abuse order by a state judge, Elonis went on Facebook to declare, “Fold up your PFA and put it in your pocket. Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?”

What a charming man.

Comment Maybe not so difficult (Score 1) 109

It's a literacy exam, so maybe having an AI grade the papers won't be so bad? I mean, if all the AI is doing is checking grammar and sentence structure and the like, then that seems doable. By the fact that they used the term "cognitive computing" I assume they are planning on using Watson, who should be good enough to get the job done. Better than having a human do it anyway.

Comment Nausea (Score 1) 34

As anybody who's used an Occulus will tell you, even slight differences between vision and head movement can cause a lot of nausea. So imagine what using this device is going to be like, where you not only have to deal with a slight lag, but also a delay based off the movement of the robot's head. I strongly suspect that nobody will be able to use this device for more than a couple minutes.

Comment Re:The only way to win at Google? (Score 1) 185

When this becomes the prevailing attitude at a company, that company then becomes risk adverse and innovation slows down.

Maybe that's a good thing for Google. They have ongoing projects to defeat human mortality, create sapient AI, and strap cameras to everybody's heads. They could probably stand to tone it down a little.

Comment Re:Common sense (Score 1) 496

In every thread about fitness we always see a lot of posts like this. "Just eat well", or "Use common sense". And that's great for people that are already in OK shape. But for those who have gotten themselves into a serious situation, it's not very useful. People who need badly to lose weight, or just want to get into really excellent shape, should consider working out their total daily energy expenditure and starting some macro counting. It's difficult, but reliable.

Comment Cowards! (Score 4, Insightful) 299

These people want to put a stop to progress because they think humans are some kind of holy ground that must not be tred upon. Does anybody ever even consider the suffering caused by NOT pursuing gene mods?

I have to suspect that the real reason they are arguing against mods is that suffering and dying of muscular distrophy, or cystic fibrosis, or any other horrible genetic condition, is "natural".

Those people out there that are willing to accept the risks inherent to genetic modification shouldn't be limited by cowards that are OK with people dying, as long as they don't get their own hands dirty.

Comment Re:Randomness (Score 1) 367

That sounds like something fun to try and quantify. How big of a bunch of whiners are Yik Yak users?

I'm going to go see if Yik Yak has an API that I can use. Then I'll run sentiment analysis on every post and chart it against its vote score. Then I can finally prove once and for all that everybody is an asshole (at least on one arbitrary social media site).

"Pok pok pok, P'kok!" -- Superchicken