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Comment: Re:Depends on the age. (Score 1) 165

by Serenissima (#48942859) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Engage 5th-8th Graders In Computing?
Seriously though. You want kids to be interested in circuits? Teach them about logical circuits, then get into Minecraft's creative mode and use Redstone to have them build their own circuits. Show them videos of the crazy, elaborate calculators people build. Have them take that practice, and show them how it applies to real-life. If you can make that connection, you open up the possibility for them to engage in some self-learning when they get home. That's how you'll get them interested.

Comment: Re:"inescapable conclusion" (Score 1) 231

by Serenissima (#48877259) Attached to: The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart
So, I'm definitely not a physicist, but I have a question that your comment seems to be at the root of.

The beginning of the universe does not need to conserve energy, but things as far as we can tell are conserved after that.

As far as I understand it, we're trying to figure out what's happening on the edge of the expanding universe, but we have no idea what is outside of our universe that it is expanding into. It could be something that doesn't follow any of our laws of physics and is inexplicable, all we know is that it not this universe. If we know our Universe started in NotThisUniverse, and you mention the beginning of the universe does not need to conserve energy, then doesn't it follow that energy came from NotThisUniverse? And possibly, once here our laws of physics allowed for the creation of a stable universe? If so, could we explain the vacuum energy as saying that the expansion of our universe into NotThisUniverse is allowing the conversion/transfer/creation of energy from NotThisUniverse "stuff" to our universe stuff?

Comment: Re:Popular Shalshdot Opinion (Score 4, Insightful) 132

by Serenissima (#48517261) Attached to: Twitter Should Use Random Sample Voting For Abuse Reports
I don't care about Bennett's opinion on a great deal of things, and I really want to not click on his posts to NOT generate traffic - hopefully thinking that he will eventually if no one is reading his posts. But then, I REALLY like to see people make fun of him in the comments, so I click on the post. But then that adds page views to the post meaning Bennett will do more of these in the future. It's a vicious, ugly cycle. I want to break it, but it's so much fun to make fun of Bennett....

Comment: Re:Saving an hour? (Score 2) 525

by Serenissima (#48498841) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates
I used to work as a Geologist across the Western US, and I lived in Washington State. I did a stint in North Dakota and I drove through Montana several times. 85 would save a TON of time. I generally drove 5 miles over any given speed limit anywhere (depending on which state I was going to, it was anywhere between 800-1000 miles for the drive). 5 MPH wasn't enough to have the cops pull me over and I would easily save an hour of driving. It doesn't seem like much, but an 11-hour drive changing to a 10-hour drive is AMAZING. Those last hours suck balls. But anyways, I told this story because your point is correct. You have to drive a LONG distance before the speed limit makes a significant difference in time. One takeaway I learned from that driving is that speeding on a short drive makes no sense at all! :)

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