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Comment: Re:Not sure how well it will work (Score 1) 95

Look, it's stupid. You're stupid. Everyone is stupid.

Buy this. It has two HDMI inputs on the back. Hook your computer to one--your sound will even come out of the speakers, and stop coming out when you switch the TV off--and an HDMI switch to the other. Plug your Wii U, PS3 (bluray player), etc., into the HDMI switch. Plug your legacy systems (NES, PS2) into an Audio-Stereo-Component switcher, with composite systems routed properly (the same pins are used for AVC as AVRGB, with the Red pin reused for Composite; just switch to Composite input when using your SNES).

Now you can fullscreen RWBY right on RoosterTeeth's site from your computer, onto 1080p HDTV. You can switch to the Wii U or PS3 and watch your Netflix and Amazon Instant Video right there, or even a BluRay or DVD--assuming you're not just using the computer to play Amazon Prime Video straight on screen.

You put a TV somewhere, you plug a computer into it. In the extreme case, you can plug a $50 Roku into it instead of a computer or game console, and pull Hulu and Netflux and Amazon up that way. You know, instead of plugging in a $35 ChromeCast and spanning a Web browser tab in from another room. Most likely, you have a friggin' laptop or another PC in that room.

I have 6 ways to watch an Amazon, Netflix, or YouTube video just as a matter of course, on a ginormous HDTV.

Comment: Re:Why preinstall? (Score 1) 403

Standard feature set. No 'Go to the Gallery... oh, what? You don't have that?" "Pull up the browser.. what? Oh. First go to Market and install Chrome...". No unboxing the phone and spending 40 minutes getting Maps, a Web browser, and e-mail working, and then trying to figure out wtf media player you need (Apollo).

Comment: Re:Android version req - long time coming (Score 2) 403

Verizon used to remove the E-Mail application from the Motorola Razr V3 phone and charge you $10/mo for a subscription to the E-Mail Application. It was the same application, downloaded onto the phone. If you bought a Motorola Razr V3 from Motorola and activated it on Verizon's network, you got the same app for free.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 445

by bluefoxlucid (#48020775) Attached to: Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Yes this is because of stupidity in the education system.

An age ago, someone (John Dewey) decided that the principle of "Faculty Psychology" was false. He was right, of course; but he experienced a common psychological flaw most people fall victim to with extrapolation.

To illustrate, consider: Adolf Hitler was also right. According to Mein Kampf, democratic socialism was destroying Germany; it was being pushed by the major media; and the major media was run by Jews. These are all correct assessments of the situation in Germany pre-World-War-II. Hitler's thought process derailed into the assumption that Jews were unique in precisely a manner supporting all of this: by removing the Jews, he'd remove corruption from humankind. The fault in this thinking requires no explanation.

John Dewey recognized that the brain is *not* a muscle. By Faculty Psychology, it was believed that the act of learning strengthens the brain--that memorizing facts, studying Latin and Greek, and performing difficult mathematics would exercise the brain and make it more complex and capable. In fact, this doesn't happen at all: the brain doesn't get stronger, and in fact becomes slower when habituated to one method of thinking and then thrown into another. Stretching and bench-pressing with your mental faculties doesn't make your brain more powerful.

Modern science classrooms are built around John Dewey's experiential learning. Rather than memorization--seen now as a harmful exercise--and study of a broad base of structured information, students study biology, for example, by planting seeds and watching them grow. This was the form of progressive education headed by John Dewey's efforts, and was largely a mistake.

Certain extremely conservative educationalists--myself included--want to take a huge step backwards, which is the only correct course of action when you've made a huge mistake: you *go* *back* and do it again, this time the right way. We want to solidify facts and systems in learning--emphasize memory, re-introduce Latin and Greek, and, in my case, take a short cut bypassing the reversal of mathematics and simply jump across to a proven strategy used in modern times on the other side of the planet.

Education is too light and fluffy. Rather than simply growing and experiencing--using "child centric education" and "experiential learning" to expose children to things rather than teach them--we should leverage structure and develop education as a powerful tool. Memorization should be taught as a skill, with mnemonics taught early in the classroom. Arts such as poetry and music would expand and improve the basis for internal systems of memory, while experiential science--growing plants and burning things--would provide meaning to scientific theory. Latin and Greek--and German--should be taught as a foundation for English and other European languages. We shouldn't be rolling children in experiences with no facts; we should be building their support base for facts and skills useful to their further education.

Modern education actually predicates on an ideal of memorization being harmful; but education requires memorization. How can you claim education on American history if you can't remember when the Civil War happened, whether African Americans and Women gained the right to vote at the same time or by different amendments, and so on? For that matter, could you gain a lawyer's education without remembering which statutes were constitutional, federal, state, and regulatory--or what those statutes might be? Of course you can only learn what you can remember.

Making things meaningful makes things memorable. Give them structure, organization, and relation to something you already know. The skill of learning and retaining as much basic knowledge as possible is the skill of being able to acquire and apply any new knowledge rapidly--and thus of being a genius.

We must radically reverse this broken education system into an earlier form, and then bring it up-to-speed with modern math and sciences.

Comment: Re:"Small" amount of data (Score 2) 147

by bluefoxlucid (#48003095) Attached to: PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

Actually, the queries in NoSQL document databases are frequently more useful. For example, the atomic FindOneAndModify() search, which can query any set of data--including array values. You can have data that has { PhoneNumber: [5559992332, 5551112234, 5552201212] } and FindOneAndModify({PhoneNumber: 5551112234}, { $pull {PhoneNumber: 5551112234}} ) and delete that specific element from the array.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.

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