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Comment Welcome to the real world (Score 5, Insightful) 338 338

Hand-eye co-ordination is best learned in the real world. Take him outside and play with real objects (I've heard it's called "catch") in a natural (non-human constructed) setting.

As for the other two things, typing skills and UI concepts, they can be trivially learned by him 10 years from now just as easily. He'll pick them up on his own before that, anyway.

Comment Drive (Score 4, Insightful) 468 468

Generally, three things motivate people:

  1. Autonomy - can they at least sometimes discover something on their own that needs doing/fixing and go ahead and do it without okaying it with management?
  2. Mastery - can they devote enough time to new things (e.g. technology) to feel that they are learning something *and* spending enough time on it to lead to mastery?
  3. Purpose - do they have a sense of belonging to something larger than themselves (as opposed to in name only: "there are six people in this group, therefore they are a team!")

These things drive most people and are completely lacking in my workplace. Search YouTube for "RSA Animate drive" for a better description than I gave.

Comment Re:Atari 800XL (Score 1) 543 543

Woot! Star Raiders rocks! I got introduced to it back in 1982ish (high school) and eventually bought a used Atari 800 *many* years later for $50. I use it a bit, then after being stored for some time I plugged it in and it wouldn't power up. :-( At some point I'll see if I can locate the problem. I have schematics and an old oscilloscope which I might be able to figure out.

All to play Star Raiders again, if I can figure out how to interface it to my LCD TV or projector.

Comment Re:Right (Score 1) 376 376

Is that 1 Gb/s symmetric? Can you get close to that when transferring large amounts of data to someone next door or on the same block? That would be worth paying for. Here in Canada, I get 15 MB/s down, 1 MB/s up for C$45/mo. To get around the asymmetry, my neighbour (with whom I have line-of-sight) and I are setting up a 802.11g wireless link. Sad, but at least it's been fun. :)

Comment Critical thinking (Score 5, Insightful) 1142 1142

I chose Skepticism, but that should probably be the broader "critical thinking". Most people think "skepticism" means "doubt everything at all times" anyway. Critical thinking covers things like logic as well. It's an important part of citizenship.

Transportation

More "Miles Per Acre" From Bioelectricity Than Ethanol 223 223

CarnegieScience writes "Scientist calculate that, compared to ethanol used for internal combustion engines, bioelectricity used for battery-powered vehicles would deliver an average of 80% more miles of transportation per acre of crops, while also providing double the greenhouse gas offsets to mitigate climate change."

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder

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