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Comment Re:Output is proportional to wind velocity cubed. (Score 2) 189

What I think is interesting is that there are some people who are quite sure that we're in for massive climate change over the next fifty to two hundred years regardless of what we do now. Shouldn't those people be arguing against wind installations because there's no good way to predict how weather patterns will change in response. What is windy today, might be rather calm in thirty years. While it is certainly possible to move a wind turbine to a new location, I can't imagine that the cost of doing so is trivial.

Out of all the different forms of green energy, I find wind to be the least useful on a variety of counts.

Comment Re:Wait for the results. (Score 2) 155

From reading the article it sounds like some got a hold of his recruitment email and decided it sounded interesting enough to write up an article, which might even help him recruit more individuals for the actual study.

At least it's more interesting than most of the crap that gets posted online today such as top ten lists of celebrities who have pets that look like other celebrities or whatever Bennet Haselton is doing.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 90

How many were running OS X though? I know a few people who buy Apple hardware, but run a different main OS, just because the Apple hardware is better than 99% of what you can find in the PC notebook market and the 1% that is in the same league as Apple is just as, if not more, expensive.

Comment In other ways as well (Score 3, Insightful) 95

There's always a lot of buzz about tailoring learning to each individual and a lot of the literature suggests that it isn't terribly effective in that while students might enjoy the lesson more, but they won't actually learn more. What I'm more worried about is that if you don't expose students to other ways of processing information and learning that they'll become unwilling to try acquiring any knowledge that can't be presented to them exactly as they would like it.

Instead, we should be teaching students how they can more effectively process information provided to them even when it's not in their preferred style. Otherwise they'll eventually end up in the real world and be unequipped to handle things as they find themselves in an environment that doesn't really give a damn about what they prefer and isn't going to waste time coddling them.

I'm more worried about stifling the students and throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars at various learning environments or other projects that don't actually improve education when they money could be spent on hiring more instructors or tutors so that they can have more one-on-one time with students or provide additional instruction as necessary.

Comment Re:I don't think K-12 CS is a good idea anyway (Score 1) 184

Well you're already wrong about one point, so I suppose I can use the same shit tier logic you've applied in this case and just dismiss everything else you have to say. But I won't. Still with me or do I get another diatribe you'll likely spend more time typing up than just reading the rest of the post? Let's look at the first sentence:

Give 'em a shovel and have them dig a ditch or do some other kind of shit labor.

Seems pretty scary, and it probably would be if there weren't more.

I did enough of it when I was young that I wanted to spend as much time learning as possible so that I wouldn't have to do that kind of work ever again.

That seems to change the meaning enough. Now I can appreciate how easily a point can be misconstrued on the internet and bog knows I've done it enough times, but your own response, which if taken literally (another sin, but not so much different than your own) suggests you quit reading before you even read that second comment, which changes the context a little you must admit.

Please point out where I advocate hard labor instead of education. What I advocate is showing kids that without an education, life is going to be a lot of hard labor. If the only thing you do outside of school is mindless leisure, is it any surprise that school will be unappealing in comparison? I think my own father would have liked to have more of an education, but he didn't have much of a choice and while I won't delude myself to think I had to work as hard when I was younger as he did, I learned the importance and value of education, because I realized that not having one did not make for what I would consider a pleasant life.

The funny part about this is that some time ago I bothered to mark you as a friend when Slashdot introduced the system because I came to consider you interesting. Not someone I always agreed with, but someone who could make a good point and a reasoned argument.

What happened?

Comment Re:I don't think K-12 CS is a good idea anyway (Score 1) 184

Do you always put words in other people's mouths like that? You may want to reread what I've written instead of making wild assumptions and accusations.

What I'm saying is that if a kid sits around playing Xbox all day, school will seem less appealing in comparison than if you have to go pick rock out of a field or actually do some work. Doing well in school and going to math competitions or other stuff like that meant that I got to miss doing those chores and thankfully my parents were quite encouraging when it came to such things.

If you think that's not a good idea, you're welcome to that opinion, but to misconstrue my point and then call me a moron isn't very productive.

Comment Re:what is with this regular propaganda on slashdo (Score 1) 184

Considering the trends towards automation, programming and developing those automated systems is going to survive as a discipline longer than the jobs that end up being replaced.

When programming and engineering jobs are gone, what else is going to be left? Who's going to hire someone to do welding when they've got a perfectly capable robot that can do it? There will likely come a day when the robots can think for and program themselves and programming is no longer a useful occupation, but it will survive longer than most.

Comment Re:I don't think K-12 CS is a good idea anyway (Score 2) 184

so what's a better way?

Give 'em a shovel and have them dig a ditch or do some other kind of shit labor. I did enough of it when I was young that I wanted to spend as much time learning as possible so that I wouldn't have to do that kind of work ever again.

I think the school system needs a shakeup and I'd like to see a system that abolishes the idea of grade-level entirely. Treat it like college where every subject area has its own progression and allow the kids to find what they enjoy and excel at instead of being stuck with the collective lowest common denominator for everything. If a kid is good at math or reading they can move ahead in those classes faster, whereas if they aren't, they don't get held back in everything else or moved on to the next level when they aren't ready.

I think if you provide a system that keeps students challenged and doesn't leave them either hopelessly lost or disinterested because the content is too trivial that it would go a long way towards improving education.

Comment Re:Good job (Score 1) 132

So what? It doesn't need to.

Linux is a free market of ideas and devotion. Projects that are interesting or useful tend to attract developers who are willing to contribute to the project. Those that are unnecessary or niche tend to languish or serve an obscure base of users. Regardless of where along that spectrum any project falls, we're all collectively richer through no effort of our own and at no cost beyond learning to use the software.

If the ability to create your own solution or choose from among many doesn't interest you, you don't have to use it. Air hockey is unlikely to replace football, but that doesn't mean you still can't enjoy it if it's to your tastes.

Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.