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Comment: Re:exactly the point (Score 1) 629

by Jordan ez (#33326578) Attached to: Union Boycotts LA Times Over Teacher Evaluation Disclosure

Paying more won't create a greater number of good teachers either.

Baloney it won't. I consider myself a pretty damn good teacher (college level; I'm a grad student). I really *like* teaching. I enjoy helping others, and all that warm mushy stuff. Really, it's incredibly rewarding.

But I like other things in life too. I'm not a selfless utilitarian: I'm not going to go teach high school math at 30K a year when I can pull down 6 figures instead. But, if I could make 6 figures teaching high school math, I'd definitely do it. And if I did, you can bet I'd do it with a lot of passion, even though I was "bought".

Mars

New Mars Rover Rolls For the First Time 100

Posted by Soulskill
from the keep-them-doggies-rollin dept.
wooferhound writes "Like proud parents savoring their baby's very first steps, mission team members gathered in a gallery above a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to watch the Mars Curiosity rover roll for the first time. Engineers and technicians wore bunny suits while guiding Curiosity through its first steps, or more precisely, its first roll on the clean room floor. The rover moved forward and backward about 1 meter (3.3 feet). Mars Science Laboratory (aka Curiosity) is scheduled to launch in fall 2011 and land on the Red Planet in August 2012. Curiosity is the largest rover ever sent to Mars. It will carry 10 instruments that will help search an intriguing region of the Red Planet for two things: environments where life might have existed, and the capacity of those environments to preserve evidence of past life."
Australia

Aussie Attorney General Says Gamers Are Scarier Than Biker Gangs 409

Posted by Soulskill
from the well-perhaps-in-some-senses dept.
Sasayaki writes "South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson claims, in an interview with Good Game, that gamers were more of a threat to his family than biker gangs. This is the man who has been the biggest opponent to Australia receiving an R18+ rating for video games and who has the power to veto any such law introducing it."
Earth

Dinosaur Feather Color Discovered 219

Posted by timothy
from the horsefeathers-still-a-mystery dept.
anzha writes "Do you remember being a kid and told we'd never know what colors the dinosaurs were? For at least some, that's no longer true. Scientists working in the UK and China have closely examined the fossils of multiple theropods and actually found the colors and patterns that were present in the fossilized proto-feathers. So far, the answer is orange, black and white in banded and other patterns. The work also thoroughly thrashes the idea that fossils might not be feathers, but collagen fibers instead. If this holds up, Birds Are Dinosaurs. Period. And colorful!"
Graphics

Disney Releases 3D Texture Mapper Source Code 83

Posted by timothy
from the nice-of-them dept.
dsavi writes "Ptex, Walt Disney Animation Studio's cutting-edge 3D texture mapping library which was first used on nearly every surface in the 2008 animated feature Bolt, was released under the BSD license on Friday. Quoting the announcement on monophyl.com: 'We expect to follow Ptex with other open source projects that we hope the community will find beneficial. We will soon be launching a new Walt Disney Animation Studios Technology page under disneyanimation.com. It will include links to our open source projects as will as a library of recent publications.' This looks good for open source 3D graphics."

Comment: Wait, wait, wait.. (Score 1) 87

by Jordan ez (#25548615) Attached to: The Personal Genome Project Hits the Web
What happens when we can artificially reconstruct an entire persons genome? All you'd have to do to frame a person is download that person's DNA, manufacture the chromosomes in copious quantities and leave it at the scene of the crime. Granted that kind of tech is probably 10 or 20 years out but it still seems worrisome.

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