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Comment: Re:Plug a barrel with 10,000 holes? (Score 1) 250

by Myrimos (#33505726) Attached to: NSA Director Says the US Must Secure the Internet

Maybe I just don't understand the issue enough, but wouldn't a separate Government/Military/infrastructure internet be more viable and easier to implement on existing systems thus costing less? And if you really needed access to the public internet, you could control the points of entry and monitor them much easier and more effectively.

Are you being sarcastic? In any case, you've admirably and succinctly described the DoD's SIPRNet which is precisely a separate, government controlled Internet for classified information. There's also the NIPRNet, from which the public Internet is accessible.

Comment: Re:one step closer to drive thru degrees (Score 1) 371

by Myrimos (#33460972) Attached to: Harvard Ditching Final Exams?

Well, I am a math professor (although at a much lowlier school than Harvard) and I've never had a great opinion of in-class testing. The simple fact is that in the short duration of an in-class test you can't give the students substantive problems to work on. Thus, in-class tests (or any other short-duration timed test) is really an exercise in "how quickly can you work lots of relatively shallow problems..."

I had a math professor last quarter who had a poor opinion of in-class testing for exactly the reasons you mentioned, and who assigned problems which I felt were pretty difficult. I understand if you want to keep your anonymity, but you weren't by any chance my Topology professor this summer, were you?

Comment: Re:Republican (Score 1) 574

by Myrimos (#32089534) Attached to: State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor

Here's just a sample of their positions...

I hate theocratic regimes (and Democratic presidents who kick puppies) just as much as the next person, but the problem with your "sample" is the same problem that comes with any online poll.

The problem, namely, is what is called study heterogeneity, or more colloquially, "your source sucks."

Comment: Re:Silly, Infantile Discussion (Score 1) 870

by Myrimos (#30578596) Attached to: Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's <em>Avatar</em>

Since the beginning of time: * Look, nuclear technology! Now I can radiate cancer and use PET scans. * Look, nuclear technology! Now I can blow cities up...

I believe the first practical use of nuclear technology was, in fact, blowing a city up. And (somewhat pedantically) trigonometry was used for navigation far before it was used to build or destroy bridges.

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