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Comment: Android (Score 1) 381 381

Android development was bought by Google and released as an open source project. The licensing allows anyone to modify it for their own use without copyright fees. I do not believe that they are losing money on it and many companies and individuals have reaped benefits from it.

Comment: Re:They're all scams anyway. (Score -1, Troll) 225 225

Actually, if you have enough money to jump on the overpriced apple bandwagon, you should go out and find the most expensive insurance plan regardless of the coverage so that you will have a nice match. According to the president spending money foolishly will stimulate the economy so you will also be patriotic.

Comment: Re:I don't know .... (Score 1) 575 575

My personal thought is, who cares? You get what you pay for, right? Services like Khan Academy are great if they're helping people learn things they wouldn't otherwise take an interest in learning about, or if it enables learning they were interested in but couldn't afford traditional methods of education.

If you're already IN a traditional classroom environment, then no - I'm not sure Khan Academy lessons are so great. I mean, you have to ask, as a paying student, why you're paying your hard-earned money to get a personal classroom experience with supposed educational professionals, who turn around and ask you to sit through canned Khan presentations instead of presenting the material themselves.

As for the "precise explanation of mathematical concepts to be mere nitpicking"? Maybe it is, really? By that, I mean, most people are really only interested in learning math as long as it allows them to accomplish something. The minority who find the theory itself fascinating and want to learn more math for the sake of learning it are the ones who will probably move beyond whatever Khan Academy teaches, and consult other sources.

If you know enough math to get correct answers to the problem you encounter as part of your daily life or job, then that's likely ALL the math you really need to know.

You never get what you pay for when the government is paying the tab with your money. In the US, the student loan program has priced a decent education out of the reach of all but the very wealthy and put millions of others into debt hell. You would need a masters degree to get a job that pays enough to work your way through college.

Comment: Re:thickness (Score 1) 195 195

Many builders are amateurs who are not well informed or careful enough to apply thermal compound optimally. I have found the AMD supplied pads to provide adequate thermal transfer without the bother of thermal compound. Back in my electronic repair days I found thermal compound deteriorates into a dry chalky substance over time. This was a few decades ago so modern versions may be much better in this regard. The efficiency of thermal compound however, varies greatly with the expertise of the user in its application.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 2) 408 408

One of the reasons that I read Slashdot and other internet information aggregates is because I distrust all traditional news media outlets. At least I get to hear various sides of arguments and if I am informed enough about a subject I can usually discern the truth. In theory journalists are unbiased. Anyone care to evaluate what happens in practice. One of the conditions of employment for New York Times employees that are involved in producing news content, is that they abstain from making political financial contributions. This is to protect the papers image as an unbiased reporter of facts. Two employees who were subject to the rule were listed in contributor public disclosure documents of a political candidate. Their "punishment" was a requirement to ask for their money back. Lack of accountability is the root cause of false reporting due to bias.

Comment: Re:This Is Slashdot's Forte (Score 1) 963 963

I also avoid getting into the commentary on this subject. I mean look at all the stale arguments and trolling on both sides. After all, who cares, after Dec 21 we're all toast anyway. Why waste time on saving a doomed planet. And even if we survive the Dec 21 thing, I saw on the history channel that the ancient aliens wiped out the dinosaurs, so how long before they get tired of the bozos in power screwing up everything just to hold on to their phoney jobs. I have to go, my dog is talking to me.

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." -- Aesop