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Comment: Re: Hopefully better than SafeSearch... (Score 1) 81

by Serenissima (#49113837) Attached to: YouTube Kids Launches On Android and iOS
I'm sure he would have understood that. And then he would have gone around telling us, his grandparents, and anyone else that he had to shit. How would you describe the words Fuck, or Bitch? :D

Besides, when he was a little older and more aware of appropriateness, we had a better discussion about which words are appropriate to say in public. It was a much better way to handle it.

Comment: Re:Hopefully better than SafeSearch... (Score 1) 81

by Serenissima (#49113113) Attached to: YouTube Kids Launches On Android and iOS
A few years ago when my son was a toddler, he really loved Thomas the Train. He loved watching Thomas the Train clips from the show, people opening new toy packages, etc. One day I heard curse words coming from the iPhone. I grabbed the phone and it was a video of kids filming their own Thomas show with their toys and they were swearing at each other like sailors. That started the "No YouTube Rule" which has been in effect for several years. :)

Comment: Re:Perhaps it wouldn’t pass today’s .. (Score 1) 286

by Serenissima (#49076863) Attached to: 1950s Toy That Included Actual Uranium Ore Goes On Display At Museum
Fair enough. I know refined uranium is much, much more radioactive (I would assume mostly because it's nothing but Uranium, so it has a much higher concentration of radioactive particles). I'm assuming exposure to that would be of much greater significance that picking up a piece of uranium ore that has very little actual uranium in it! Of course, we're rapidly arriving at the limit of my knowledge of refined uranium, so I'll be the first to admit I don't know what I'm talking about! :D

Comment: Re:Perhaps it wouldn’t pass today’s .. (Score 1, Informative) 286

by Serenissima (#49076019) Attached to: 1950s Toy That Included Actual Uranium Ore Goes On Display At Museum
You can get some for free if you want to take a trip. Right outside of Moab, UT is an old Uranium Mine. There's a tailings pile nearby and you can pick up a piece of it. It's mostly combined in other rocks and has very little radioactivity. It's not the refined, ultra-pure stuff, 5 minutes of exposure will kill you type; that's what they did with all the other stuff they didn't think was crap.

NOTE: While it's not VERY radioactive is still IS radioactive. Don't plan a long camping trip there, or decide carry a piece of it around in your pocket. Ummm... I guess unless you like having tumors.

Comment: Re:Backup? (Score 1) 343

by Serenissima (#49075817) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

The strangest thing is that OS X has file versioning built in regardless of whether you choose to use TimeMachine for backups. Perhaps they don't understand the difference.

I think that 1 of 2 things happened: 1) Apple uses Time Machine in their versioning of iWork or 2) Apple took the same interface from Time Machine and integrated that into their versioning system. If it's number 2, it's easy to see why someone could make that mistake. Either way, iWork kinda blows and the versioning in OSX doesn't work with MS Office. The best you could hope for with Time Machine is to restore an earlier version from a few hours before.

Comment: Re:Sharepoint (Score 1) 343

by Serenissima (#49075785) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?
I like the versioning on Sharepoint. It's the best thing about Sharepoint. But, Holy Jesus Christ... Sharepoint sucks to administer. I'm not a dev, but I had to help set-up and run and on-prem site; and unless you've taken a class or gotten certification on it, it fucking sucks to setup and maintain. But man, I do like the versioning! If I only ever had to be a user of a site that someone else administers, then I would forever be OK with that!

Comment: Re:Depends on the age. (Score 1) 175

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?

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