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Comment: Re:North Pole (Score 1) 485

by Gription (#49742239) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers
Magnetic isn't irrelevant as it is both useful and more importantly for this question: It works exactly the same way.

From the magnetic north pole go magnetically south a mile, west a mile, and then north a mile and you end up at the point you started. (Unless the pole moved while you were traveling.)

Comment: Stones? What are stones? (Score 2) 106

by Gription (#49473693) Attached to: In New Zealand, a Legal Battle Looms Over Streaming TV
All you need to know about "entertainment companies" can be found on the beginning of any retail DVD or Blueray disc. It starts with a big "entertaining" warning about copyright infringement that can not stepped past. (Helps get you into an entertained mood...) The only way to skip this unwarranted interruption is to get a nice pirated copy of the movie.

Everyone who has enough technical know how to plug a disc into a player knows that pirating movies is illegal and the "entertainment" companies are pounding the message in a very unentertaining manner down the throats of what they know are paying customers. If an industry is this stupid there really isn't much hope for them.

Comment: Fail, fail, fail ... (Score 3, Insightful) 58

by Gription (#49388965) Attached to: Rare Ideopathic Encephaly Tied to Higher IQ, Not Lower
An "April Fools Day" joke should not be something overtly ridiculous. It should be something that misdirects in a clever and misleading way.
- Try something like the "dihydrogen monoxide ban gets on the Aliso Viejo city council's agenda" joke or something similar.
- Another more practical example for everyone is to grab each employee where you work as they arrive and have them call in sick. After a few minutes the management should be frantic.

Listing plot lines from popular sci fi stories as news articles fails so badly on all fronts except for topping the "lame meter". Come on guys. Try something CLEVER! (Oh, and something that is funny would be nice too.)

Comment: Let me fix that for you... (Score 4, Funny) 662

by Gription (#49345725) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear
"Jersey is like a Lamborghini Miura from the 70s. Originally awesome even as it breaks down from time to time and slips into decrepit use. It always remained awesome as its lunacy remains. And then one day it (in a prima donna hissyfit?) PUNCHES your plain old Ford Focus of a producer right in the face when he says "You will fill up with this crappy 85 octane out of an old pail even though you are specified to only use 93 octane... And you will like it!". And then everyone came out of the woodwork and starts saying "It wasn't a sensible car" when that was NEVER the point and was why it was wonderful to begin with."

When they are out on a shoot I would expect a quality hot meal for the camera men and the grips let alone your star presenter!

Comment: Re:Ohhh, Democrats!!! (Score 1) 1089

by Gription (#49299989) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Your analysis is insightful. Your attempt at a solution is problematical.

How to solve this? (If it is even remotely possible...) Demand that children are COMPETENT in critical thinking and understand that the underlying principles of this country are about taking the RISK OF LIBERTY, that government DOES NOT SOLVE PROBLEMS, and to take personal responsibility for things around them.

Problem is, who makes the tests? What is competency? Who gets to define it? Do you really think you could get a set of wingnuts in a room to actually agree about something?

I can't think of anything about education that isn't problematic. There is nothing about our education system that isn't problematic. It is a hierarchy of rolling disaster. (The first thing is to fire 1/2 of the administration. Education is WAY too expensive because we have more people "administrating" instead of sitting in a classroom in front of students.)

Testing is always a problem but you have to have some basis for finding out if the efforts of education are effective. Otherwise you have headed into the new-age nonsense of pandering to children.
There are specific techniques for creating good test questions. You simply look at the responses to individual questions and see if they statistically differentiate between students with a higher and lower level of comprehension of the subject matter. If a question doesn't tend to distinguish between a higher level student and a lower level student then it is a bad question and should be discarded. A test can then be effectively designed with a range of questions that tend to differentiate between the different levels of A, B, C, etc... students. And the number of these questions is designed to generate the grade dispersal you require.
As far as dealing with the "wingnut" issue, that is where the drastic reduction of administration comes to bear. Having the number of people in positions of administrative authority that we do we automatically end up with that many people applying "power". All of this action without being in front of a classroom is insane and we are paying $$$ for it.
We currently have a system where instruction is simply targeted directly at standardized tests. No "teacher" thought up this stupidity. It came from administrators that look at children and see how many $$$ a day of funding they provide and the results of standardized tests control that funding. "Stupid by law..."

I can tell you a very simple test for an understanding of the underlying principles of this country and competent critical thinking: Someone should be able to effectively argue a position that they adamantly do not agree with, and they should demand that someone else should have the right to speak a view that they personally find objectionable.

I agree with you about the personal responsibility bit. I disagree with the categorical shout about solving problems, because all it takes is one (1) instance to disprove the opinion.

The shout comes from the simple fact that the job done by federal (and most state) government(s) is so bad as to be laughable. If you had a teenage child that had the same fiscal responsibility and ability to dance around the truth as the government you would ground them for life.

Comment: Huh? (Score 1) 1089

by Gription (#49299827) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US
What is an "Enforced Education Camp"? Sounds like part of a juvenile detention system.

As far as implementing the "universal competency of critical thinking"... I said no such thing and I don't think any sane person would think it is possible. You might as well pass a law making an above average IQ mandatory. It serves no purpose. (Hey! Let's pass a law making pi equal to 3! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I... )
But you can expose people to the concept and process of thinking for themselves and lay out a framework for intelligent, skeptical analysis of ideas and the life around them. With the internet spewing stupidity at a higher rate then accurate, intelligent information we need to offer people the tools to deal with the bright, shiny bullshit that is waiting to inundate them.

Comment: Ohhh, Democrats!!! (Score 5, Insightful) 1089

by Gription (#49295995) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US
The problem isn't Republicans. It isn't even Democrats.
(The problem may not even be Libertarians but we will never know will we...)

Our problem is government by popularity contest in a world that will keep watching more then 5 seconds after they hear "Kardashians". We have a people that let the courts declare that corporations have the rights assigned to people. We have "We The People" who are so adverse to risk that they live in fear of terrorists while living in the safest era in human history and then they demand that the government devours personal liberties en masse to give what is only the popular appearance of something called "safety". We have a country that when polled 80% were in favor of warning labels on food that has DNA in it. (And if you are reading this and you don't know why DNA warnings are an unbelievably stupid idea then you are an idiot and you should stop reading now and take some remedial science courses immediately.)

How to solve this? (If it is even remotely possible...) Demand that children are COMPETENT in critical thinking and understand that the underlying principles of this country are about taking the RISK OF LIBERTY, that government DOES NOT SOLVE PROBLEMS, and to take personal responsibility for things around them.

(... Hallelujah... Holy shit... Where's the Tylenol?)

Comment: Range and Charging (Score 1) 229

The range and the length of time that it takes to charge a battery is the big Achilles heel to the adoption of the electric car.
Every RC car enthusiast solved that problem a few decades ago by using standardized modular battery packs.

Why can't the car industry "invent" batteries that are of a modular form factor and easily swappable at a charging station? (perhaps using multiples of a standard size which can be configured in different locations and numbers to fit a vehicle's needs.)

Yes, Tesla has done the basics of this in a non modular/standardized way which has much improved potential but misses on the ubiquitousness of an "automotive D cell".

Comment: OMG your right! (Score 1) 163

by Gription (#49236749) Attached to: Man Claiming Half Ownership of Facebook Is Now a Fugitive
It would so TOTALLY make more sense to keep non violent criminals in prison where it costs $60k a year to house them. (Uhhh, yeahhh....)

Or were you trying to say you don't think there should be sentencing of confinement for anything except violent offenses? (Because white collar crime doesn't really count does it ...)

Entropy isn't what it used to be.