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Comment: Danger Will Robinson.... (Score -1) 225

by TheBigDuck (#35553606) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Online Science For 8th Grade Students?
I think your walking into dangerous territory. Teaching is NOT A career for people looking to "innovate". Most teachers are quite happy to teach the same lesson every year, for the next 20 years. I am a former teacher, and I tell you that while your students may love you, one "oh no" moment with this online stuff and you'll find yourself out of job. I know you are young and idealistic (and hopefully, a woman), but teaching is a political game, fraught with danger, low pay, and endless politics. The kids are the best.

Comment: I think once the HTC Hero comes out.... (Score 2, Interesting) 117

by TheBigDuck (#29661583) Attached to: Palm Frees Up webOS Development
... the Palm will be squeezed out again. I think Palm had a great product 10 years ago, but seem to be a day late and a dollar short when it comes to new technology. The Pre LOOKS good, but after using it, you kinda get the feeling it could have been done better. I think once users start getting the HTC Hero (Android) phone, Palm will be an also-ran. Developers will move to the Android market. Just my opinion.

Comment: Huh? Safari is faster, and the benchmark proves it (Score -1, Offtopic) 338

by TheBigDuck (#28547985) Attached to: Firefox 3.5 Benchmarked, Close To Original Chrome
I benchmarked all the Mac Browsers using Peacemaker as a benchmark.

Safari 4.0 and iCab 4.5 were the fastest.

I also benchmarked the Windows Browsers using Peacemaker (on PC).

Safari 4.0 was much faster than Firefox.

+ - How widespread is MMORPG credit card fraud ?->

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TheBigDuck writes "As a guy who is pretty careful with his credit card digits, I was stunned to find that I had been clipped twice for 45 bucks for a MMORPG game (Lineage) I had never heard of.
One surprise was calling the MMOPRG company to discuss the charge and one of the voice mail options is "If you have a charge on your card that you did not make, press 3".

Just HOW widespread is this issue?"

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Comment: When I was in the Navy.... (Score 3, Funny) 263

by TheBigDuck (#25277011) Attached to: Researchers To Build Underwater Airplane
When I was in the Navy, my Captain was a submariner and my XO (2nd in command) was a helicopter pilot.

These two guys didn't get along.

In one (of many) knock down drag 'em out verbal exchanges the two had, the Captain yelled at the XO,
"There are more helicopters at the bottom of the sea then there are submarines in the sky!!"

UFOs are for real: the Air Force doesn't exist.