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Submitted by frdmfghtr
frdmfghtr (603968) writes "Over at Ars Technica, there's a story about a bill in the Ohio legislature that wants to downplay the teaching of the scientific process. From the article:
"Specifically prohibiting a discussion of the scientific process is a recipe for educational chaos. To begin with, it leaves the knowledge the kids will still receive—the things we have learned through science—completely unmoored from any indication of how that knowledge was generated or whether it's likely to be reliable. The scientific process is also useful in that it can help people understand the world around them and the information they're bombarded with; it can also help people assess the reliability of various sources of information.""

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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 200

by frdmfghtr (#46491519) Attached to: Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

Thanks for the clarification. When I read WinRT, I thought it was shorthand for "Windows RT".

Knowing that, I'll stand by my original comment and clarify that I meant "Windows RT", the tablet OS that looks and feels like Windows but won't run regular Windows apps like a Surface Pro can (or am I mistaken about the Surface Pro too?) then it needs to go away or a name change. It generates confusion. I mean, the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro is the feature set, but they run the same applications. The difference between a Surface and Surface Pro is much greater than that, unless you consider "running the same applications" just a "feature."

Comment: Re:Good (Score 4, Interesting) 200

by frdmfghtr (#46488603) Attached to: Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

Before I agree or disagree, I have to ask: are you equating the Modern UI with WinRT? Unless I'm mistaken, they are not the same thing. WinRT uses the Modern UI but the Modern UI is not exclusive to WinRT.

Having said that, I would disagree and state that WinRT does need to go away; if it looks like Windows and feels like Windows but doesn't run Windows apps then it's confusing.

At the same time, I recently upgraded my laptop from Win7 to Win 8.1 (I got the $15 upgrade to Win8 Pro way back when) and I'm getting used to the Start menu now being the Modern UI Start screen. When I remote in using Remote Desktop from my iPad, it feels quite natural and useful. When I'm at my machine and using a mouse, not so much.

Comment: Re: It's not so bad really (Score 1) 2219

by frdmfghtr (#46195993) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Ok, after using a little more...

-I don't see the link to return to the classic or mobile sites at the bottom of the page

-as has been pointed out, quoting the parent is a manual operation. Boo hiss...

I agree with the idea of keeping classic as an option but still developing the beta until it works just as easily as classic.

Comment: It's not so bad really (Score 1) 2219

by frdmfghtr (#46195871) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I got the beta site going on my iPad and it's not that bad really. I can clearly see the comment entry boundaries, the text is easy to read, no wide white spaces on either side...maybe it's because I'm on an iPad, so I'll try it later on my notebook.

My only issue so far is that logging in on my iPad doesn't seem work. It just spits me back to hand main beta page with no indication of being logged in or out.

Comment: Re: Time for another letter (Score 1) 462

Don't think I haven't considered it.

I'm of two minds regarding politics:

(1) I'm so sick if the Washington nonsense that sometimes I wish I could just forget the whole thing, tune it out, and just go on with my life. That usually lasts two minutes, because it does, and will, affect me whether I want it to or not.

(2) actually run and bring back as much inside info as I can, to REALLY inform my employer (the CITIZENS I represent) of the nonsense that goes on. Really try to do some good and represent We, the People.

What worries me about (2) the most is the intense pressure that comes from big donors. I'd be concerned that I'd become just as corrupt, power-hungry, and full of myself as those in Washington.

Comment: Re: TrueCrypt (Score 1) 462

You know what? Even though I don't travel with my laptop, I'm thinking the same thing.

With the recent revelations of the ability to intercept hardware en route and infect the firmware with spyware, I wonder if there's a possibility that TruCrypt could be circumvented. I suppose it could, since the data must reside in RAM unencrypted for use by the processor.

I also don't know if whole-drive encryption is really necessary (why would I encrypt my system files?) or if it has an adverse effect on SSD life.

Comment: Time for another letter (Score 5, Interesting) 462

Every time I read about a new attack on the Bill of Rights, I write to my Congressional representation. I also vote to replace my representation since clearly they aren't representing We, the People.

I'm getting tired of writing these letters, yet I'll do it again and remind my "representation" of my position. Anybody else?

Comment: Re:Gov't in infrastructure (Score 2) 363

by frdmfghtr (#45442651) Attached to: Arizona Approves Grid-Connection Fees For Solar Rooftops

That is just one tiny example of why gov't shouldn't be regulating any businesses, why it shouldn't be involved in any projects, including infrastructure - no competition. If this law passes, it just gives the gov't established monopoly a special power to tax people because they have no competition. No competing grids, no competing roads, no competing water and sewer and garbage providers, etc.etc. This company COULD, in a free market, do the same thing: impose a fee like that. However if it did, people would have a choice to switch to another provider, however that would have been done, but we can't even KNOW at this point, because of gov't meddling, which gives monopolies to the most connected players.

While I generally agree that the marketplace should decide who wins and loses, there are some things that are impractical to leave to the market. Taking your example of roads: how would you picture a road system for a city that allows for multiple "road providers?" How would new players enter the market? I ask because I can't picture having multiple road grids in the same geographical area that doesn't end up with more roads than buildings (picture downtown Chicago with the local lanes and express lanes everywhere in the city).

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department