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Comment: There is a difference (Score 1) 153

Drone are actually at this day, used to kill people in other part of the world. They were not back in then 1980's. Furthermore with the incisingly militarisation of the police in the USA, the two fears are : 1) it will make it very easy to itnroduce massive "eye in the sky" surveillance everywhere in the US 2) that the drone will not stay "passive civilian like" but acquiere first strike capabilities on US soil too.

And seeing the evolution of the no knock raid, and the surveillance society the US is building, either toward the inside or the outside (NSA), I don't think this is that an ungrounded fear.

Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities 98

Posted by timothy
from the many-of-them-deserve-disrupting dept.
waderoush (1271548) writes "In April 2012, former Snapfish CEO Ben Nelson provoked both praise and skepticism by announcing that he'd raised $25 million from venture firm Benchmark to start the Minerva Project, a new kind of university where students will live together but all class seminars will take place over a Google Hangouts-style video conferencing system. Two years later, there are answers – or the beginnings of answers – to many of the questions observers have raised about the project, on everything from the way the seminars will be organized to how much tuition the San Francisco-based university will charge and how its gaining accreditation. And in an interview published today, Nelson share more details about how Minerva plans to use technology to improve teaching quality. 'If a student wants football and Greek life and not doing any work for class, they have every single Ivy League university to choose from,' Nelson says. 'That is not what we provide. Similarly, there are faculty who want to do research and get in front of a lecture hall and regurgitate the same lecture they've been giving for 20 years. We have a different model,' based on extensive faculty review of video recordings of the seminars, to make sure students are picking up key concepts. Last month Minerva admitted 45 students to its founding class, and in September it expects to welcome 19 of them to its Nob Hill residence hall."

Comment: Re:Leverage the dealer network? (Score 1) 352

by T.E.D. (#46783089) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Yeah, but how often do you purchase a brand new luxury car? Anyone who does that is essentially flushing $10,000+ dollars down the drain the instant they drive their car off the lot. What's a few thousand here or there after that?

This is a guy running Mercedes, so that's his point of reference.

Comment: Re:most lego's are a rip off (Score 1) 353

by tsa (#46777061) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Very good point. And while we're ranting about modern society, let's expand your point a bit. Together with patience, thinking also went out the door for most people. Everybody bases their opinions on what they 'feel' these days, without bothering to think their feelings through or looking at things from different angles. Even scientific facts are considered just opinions by many. It's hard to get young people to think about certain things, especially when those things are outside their world and the things they are interested in. And when they finally get their brains in gear they are distracted by their phones beeping all the time announcing new tweets and Whatsapp messages and whatnot.

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