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Comment: Just 2 ideas (Score 1) 479

by folstaff (#39320913) Attached to: X-Prize Founder Wants Ideas For Fixing Education
1: Education needs the parents back in charge. Yes, that means some bad decisions, but it will have more people involved with the education of their own children. As a parent of a 4th grader, I can tell you I am all but excluded from a lot of the decisions that get made for him at school.Too much money is being spent in administration of the school system, and that takes precious resources away from the teachers themselves. Parents can be counted on to do more for their children. We are waiting for the opportunity.

2: Technology could make schools more interactive for the purpose of easing the burden on teachers. Teachers don't need home rooms, students do. Then you only have to move around teachers to the virtual desk they have in the system. The result is less time in the halls for the students, and more time in a familiar place.

Comment: Your Questions (Score 1) 569

by folstaff (#38173136) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Camera For Getting Into Photography?
What camera would you recommend for getting into basic photography?

Have you considered an iphone? The photo quality is really good and the latest is 8 megapixel. You won't leave it behind, and given the price points of cameras, not a bad deal if you are talking about taking pictures of family and friends. If you want to take a larger variety of pictures and you need more features, like optical zoom, try the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS. It is fast, simple, and cheap.

"But I don't have the expertise to know at what point spending more money isn't going to do me, as a camera newbie, any good. Any thoughts?"

If you want to stop spending at couple of hundred, go with a quality smartphone or a small point and shoot. If you consider spending more than 300, you should wait, get comfortable fiddling with the settings of a point and shoot (take a class), and then buy an Cannon or Nikon DSLR. Beyond that, it does not make sense to burn $600-$2000 on a device you are not committed to lugging around.

Comment: Re:Corporate executives are SOO much better right? (Score 5, Insightful) 594

by folstaff (#28916125) Attached to: "Cash For Clunkers" Program Runs Out of Gas

There is only one real difference between public and private management of the economy: The government is, at least mildly,ACCOUNTABLE.

Really? We should not forget where the current economic meltdown began. Congress, particularly one committee in the House, regulated and looked out for the interests of the nation monitoring the financial health of Fannie and Freddie Mac. Chris Dodd and Barney Frank, both high ranking members of that committeereceived the most political money from Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac over the past 10 years (Obama was in the top 3 as well [quite the coup for someone who has not been in politics that long]). Their failed oversight may have gotten Dodd a sweetheart deal on his home loan, but the rest of us? We get the to pay for the bailout. Those two knuckleheads are still on Congress.

When a company fails, it fails a percentage of the people. When government fails, it fails all of the people.

Accountability in government is a shell game.

Comment: Re:Sure, move out. (Score 1) 1142

by folstaff (#28237599) Attached to: Ballmer Threatens To Pull Out of the US
Ireland maybe the least "EU" of the EU countries. They voted no on the last EU constitution mainly to protect their lower corporate tax rates, which is bringing a lot of business to Ireland.

We need tax reform (simplification, clarity, yada yada yada), both personal and corporate, not just tax increases.

Comment: No tax on losses and independence (Score 2, Interesting) 426

by folstaff (#27358869) Attached to: Senator Proposes Nonprofit Status For Newspapers
If they are losing money, they are not being taxed anyway (even the federal tax code has limits).

Just between us, are you comfortable with a newspaper's independence if government officials and bureaucrats can threaten their tax-exempt status?

Couple this with the return of the fairness doctrine, and you have a recipe for an Orwellian experience.

Comment: Re:Misses the point! (Score 3, Insightful) 368

by folstaff (#26219031) Attached to: How To Create More Jobs
Just a few things:

A test of internal controls has nothing to do with a company's solvency. A company can be hemorrhaging cash and have excellent controls in place to protect from theft of money and information.

The argument is that the law of diminishing returns applies to government regulation and you can reach a point of over-regulation. Since law is not a monolith we have passed that point in some areas and clearly haven't in others.

There are still people who believe that government cannot solve every problem, and, to stay on topic, the current financial crisis happened with SOX in place. The real problem is that government requires businesses to invest in unprofitable markets and then deregulates when the businesses complain about being over regulated. They create a company (Fannie Mae) then allow said company's leadership to contribute to its regulators in Congress. After 20 years of new laws, unwillingness to repeal older laws, and turning a blind eye, the system is left to teeter until it does the inevitable.

Operating Systems

+ - Dearly Departed 2: Most Mourned Dead Products

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Esther Schindler writes "In Dearly Departed: Products and Companies that Didn't Deserve to Die (slashdotted here), CIO.com listed several favorite products—from minicomputers to software utilities—and mourned the best and brightest that died an untimely death. The follow-up article, Dearly Departed 2, looks at the top nominations from the site's readers, such as Be and NeXT, and examines when and why the companies failed."
Data Storage

+ - Nanotech will replace disk drives in 10 years->

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Lucas123
Lucas123 writes "Arizona State University is developing ways to store data in nanowires, instead of as electrons in cells as hard drives do today, and to stack layers of those nonowires atop each other on a single layer of silicon. The technology could overtake today's disk drive technology in 10 years making PCs, laptops and MP3 players significantly more durable, faster and lighter. Micron Technology, Qimonda and Adesto Technologies have all licensed the process to experiment with the new technology from an Arizona State spinoff, and, while Sony hasn't licensed it, it is also said to be testing it. "Someday you'll store all your music, movies, photos and favorite TV shows on something the size of an iPod. It'll all be right there," said Michael Kozicki, a researcher at Arizona State University."
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The Military

+ - Tank Cloaking

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gviamont
gviamont writes "The British Ministry of Defence conducted a test last week which utilized camera and projector techniques to cloak a tank from certain perspectives. Apparently this type of technology has been demonstrated in other contexts in Japan."
Intel

+ - Penryn Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Quad Core Launched->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "After many months of trickling information leaks regarding Penryn and Intel's 45nm manufacturing process, the Yorkfield core, Intel's quad-core desktop Penryn derivative, is finally officially launched and evaluated. In this article, HotHardware was able to run the new Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor through a host of benchmarks, while monitoring power consumption, and overclocking the processor as well. There's no question that Intel's 45nm manufacturing process significantly improves power consumption characteristics, while a larger L2 cache and other enhancements made to the Penryn core, give the processor a major clock-for-clock performance edge over the previous generation."
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