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Comment: Re:Daily Currant (Score 1) 131

I wouldn't be surprised if Sarah Palin said something like that, and I wouldn't be surprised if Hilary Clinton was running for president. Except there's no humor in fabricating plausible stories.

They are designed to basically confirm people's existing biases. "Well, she would say something like that, she's so stupid." That she inconveniently didn't is no barrier anymore.

They are designed to bash, not to be funny.

Comment: she (Score 0) 371

Whereas in fact any engineer worth her salt will tell you that she makes business decisions daily–

I still find that cute - or stupid, depending on my mood - every time I see it.

All you've done is to reverse an arbitrary rule ... you haven't struck a blow for anything, other than preciousness or pointlessness.

Comment: Robotics didn't take a giant leap in late 2008 (Score 1) 304

Sorry, no. It's opening the government spigot that turned a recession into an ongoing malaise. Just like it did in the 1930s (must have been another huge era for robots, cough). We never learn.

I know you don't want to hear that though, so mod me down and blame robots.

Comment: Re: Politician thanks company for doing his job (Score 2) 137

Chicago Public School teachers are paid between $50-97K, based on education and time in job, plus pension and healthcare benefits.

http://www.ctunet.com/for-memb...

Yep. Teachers in general are not underpaid. But there's a taboo against saying so.

Comment: Re:5.5k for a Marimba? (Score 4, Informative) 137

How can a Marimba (which from a look at Google is similar to a Xylophone) cost so much money?

They are very large, professionally made musical instruments.

Check out the prices for other major musical instruments ... if you want to get any quality, they are not cheap.

Comment: huh (Score 3, Interesting) 137

The marimba is good .... and maybe the home bio-diesel kit.

And then there's

$400,000 for recruiting girls to learn to code

Because doubling the workforce without doubling the jobs has worked out so great for every other sector of the economy since 1970 or so when it took off.

Comment: Re:Public School Is Wrongful Imprisonment (Score 1) 421

by cascadingstylesheet (#47641093) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

When I have children, I will do everything in my power to keep them out of school as much as possible. They will learn far more by just idly dicking around at a library.

Because that's what most kids without any structure are doing ... just go downtown and see. Right?

Come on man ... I'm with you in spirit, but we should probably balance our thinking with realism.

A few kids would try to live out The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The rest would just burn down the museum.

+ - New recipe produces ammonia from air, water, and sunlight-> 1

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mdsolar (1045926) writes "Nitrogen is essential for all life. But even though nitrogen makes up 78% of the atmosphere, it's in a form that can't be used by living organisms. Instead it's tied up in nitrogen molecules made up of two nitrogen atoms that share a strong triple bond that's not easily broken. A century ago, two German chemists, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, figured out how to sever those bonds with high pressures and temperatures and weld nitrogen atoms with hydrogens to make ammonia, thereby converting nitrogen into the starting material for a nitrogen-rich fertilizer that can be taken up and used by microbes, plants, and people. That process has been so successful that ammonia-based fertilizers now enable farmers to feed billions more people than our planet could otherwise support. But ammonia production also comes at a high environmental cost, as it is responsible for 2% of worldwide energy use and thus a massive greenhouse gas footprint. However, on page 637 of this issue, U.S. chemists report that they've come up with a way to synthesize ammonia from air, water, and sunlight. If the approach can be scaled up, it could offer a means for making an essential commodity without a major cost to the climate."
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