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Comment Re:An ikea threw up (Score 2) 96

That massive sail aka carport and porch roof would need something to hold it down, looking closely at the pictures it looks like traditional standoffs to the vertical supports those would have nails/bolts. From the looks of it it uses a lot of 2x lumber and some fairly long lengths at that.

Overall it looks like the whole things is just on blocks in a parking lot. Making this be a practical structure that meets code is safe to live in etc etc would require a lot of fasteners or a lot of effort to try and avoid them.

Comment Re:sTEM (Score 1) 133

STEM is a concept that got out of control.
The problem was schools were not giving enough effort in Science and Math. (Technology and Engineering in my mind are practical executions of Science and Math, but I guess S&M wouldn't be a good name)
So this was the Degree Requirement for A High school graduation (1 credit is a full year of classes)
4 Credits of English
4 Credits of History/Social Studies
2 Credits of Math
2 Credits of Science
3 Credits of Foreign Language or 2 Credits with 3 Credits of Art and Music
2 Credits of PE.

Then you needed to fill in some of the spots with electives.

However It has always bugged me that there was only 2 credits needed for Math. If we were to keep the credits equal I would have took away the 2 credits of history and put them in Math. Not because I disliked history, I actually liked that class, but because Math and Language skills, are used to train the brain on how to think, and look at issues. Science and History are implementation of Mathematical and Literal thinking, quite important. But with the way it was setup Math and Science was treated like useless classes, stuff you don't need in real life.

So in the future, where technology is the key to a decent middle class life, there is a Push on STEM, however this push is cutting off Arts and Music, funding. Where all was needed was just a rewrite in the degree requirements. Where either you take out the Requirement for extra history (You can still take it as elective) or lower the number of electives you need to take ( a few less study halls)

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 133

It must of been written by my Third Grade teacher, who for the most part really messed me up and my friends as well, with her barbaric teaching styles.
There was one of my friends in her class, he was a really nice kid, however had some learning disabilities so some concepts he didn't catch too well. He was having problem with word problems which require subtraction. He asked for help, She was kinda big on embarrassing students so a lot of us heard this.
Teacher: You are subtracting a Larger number from a smaller number.
Teacher: What does your father do?
Student: He is a policeman.
Teacher: It is Illegal to subtract a Larger number from a smaller number. Do you want to go to jail for doing that?

Comment Re:sTEM (Score 4, Interesting) 133

There is a wide difference on how computer science is taught across many institutions.
In My college Computer Science was combined in the Department of Math, Physics and Computer Science. So Computer Science was taught in more of Mathematical and Scientific method. Encouraging taking the scientific method to help solve problems.
1. Identify the question you want to solve.
2. Offer a Hypothesis on how to solve it.
3. Experiment (writing code), and going back to #2 if it doesn't work.
4. Offer your Theory as your solution.

In class our peers may review some of our solutions and offer feedback, such as stating inputs of X, Y, Z may cause it to fail. Or applying Discrete mathematics to prove that it does or doesn't work.
While there is some talk about the technology and engineering principles, it was mostly Science and Math. for my version of Computer Science.
I have dealt with other students from other schools who said Computer Science was Engineering Lite, others where it was Just computer engineering under the Computer Science name. And others where it was just focusing on the technology and not as much the principals.

My Computer Science classes focused a lot more on Big O performance, while other students Never heard of it.

Computer Science for the Most Part seems to be a combination of STEM all with different levels of degrees.

Comment An ikea threw up (Score 3, Informative) 96

And made this house.

No bolts? Thats a huge porch roof that needs to be secured lets the next hurricane rip it off. Sure you could go old school and use post and beam style but you still have to tie it down to the foundation.

Speaking of the foundation it looks like many small concrete blocks hopefully over slab on grade. It's not big enough to use as a service crawlspace I hope there is never a plumbing or vermin issue. There will be a vermin issue as it's a magnet for rodents and such. Again how they planning on fastening it to the ground so it does not blow away without bolts. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods happen even in some hippy dippy microhouse.

Combo PV and hot water, it generally makes sense you're effectively cooling the PV panels and using the waste heat.

My mid 70's passive solar house did most of this and did it better, a basement floor drain doubles as outside air natural convection will cool the house and it preheats outside air in the winter. My 1954 well architected home did the math for correct overhangs and orientation to deal with solar gain without throwing ugly boxes around the windows. Correct plantings do wonders leaves for shade in summer not so much in winter.

Comment Small ISP (Score 2) 72

My real issue is globally the loss of the small ISP. Back in the dialup days even outside major cities, we had access to dozens of ISP's we could pick the big global names just as AOL, Prodigy and Compuserve. But we we had access to a bunch of smaller ISP's who may have offered less services, but also were more affordable. 56.6k dial up for $8.50 a month was a good deal, or $20 for 100 Megabytes with no backout, there was also pricing like $25 for 50 hours. There were a lot of options and we could pick a style that was best for us. The ISP could offer these low prices (at the time) because they needed to cover the cost of a T1 line (about $1,000 a month) and x amount of LAN Lines, usually between 8-24. They could run the ISP with a small business of 1 person. They were not responsible for what their users did, or what they viewed. Nor did they really care to try, as logging all such traffic would fill up expensive Drive storage, which they often would rather keep for email and personal web hosting.

Today ISP also own the infrastructure and have increasing requirements which makes them more expensive and worse customer experience.

Comment 3 year sentance (Score 1) 279

I guess a three year sentence was what they wanted to give him. This guy is so paranoid that he imprisoned himself for years vs just trying to face the justice system, and perhaps getting out with a fine, or even declared innocent.
This guy had locked himself to prevent dealing with the legal systems of the UK, Sweden, and the United States. While they are not perfect and need reform, are still considered the world's fairest justice systems. Compared to the many other parts of the world where you would just had been shot or poisoned.

Real computer scientists like having a computer on their desk, else how could they read their mail?