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Comment: Re:True but... (Score 1) 378

by kandela (#34078832) Attached to: Is Google Polluting the Internet?

I share your dream.

What is especially annoying me at the moment, are the adds in the middle of news stories. Right in the middle of two paragraphs of text! And on the websites of newspapers that have a physical presence. They wouldn't do that on paper, they know it would annoy the reader. Why do they think it's ok on the web?!

Science

They Finally Found Out We Like Our Computers 184

Posted by Soulskill
from the who-let-the-cat-out-of-the-bag dept.
I'm Not There (1956) writes "Sociologist Clifford Nass is talking about how people think of their computers as something like human beings. In one of his experiments, Nass found that people are more willing to 'help' computers when the computer helped them previously: 'When people were then asked to help optimize the screen resolution on a computer where the program had been "helpful," they were much more likely to do so than with the less helpful version.' He also found that people evaluating software's performance were more forgiving if the evaluation was done on the same computer the software was tested on. Nass has recently published the book The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, in which he 'uses our interactions with machines to investigate how human relationships could be improved.'"
Australia

+ - Australian IT Policy Debate Scheduled->

Submitted by kandela
kandela (835710) writes " The Australian reports that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy will debate Coalition and Greens shadows Tony Smith and Scott Ludlam at the National Press Club next Tuesday. Amongst topics covered in the debate will be the national broadband network and internet filter policy. The event is being put on by the Australian Computer Society and which will be shown on Sky News and hosted by the station's political editor David Speers."
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Education

Steve Furber On Why Kids Are Turned Off To Computing Classes 383

Posted by timothy
from the thought-the-kids-were-alright dept.
nk497 writes "UK computing legend Steve Furber — co-founder of Acorn and ARM designer — believes students are avoiding computing classes because they teach nothing but the boring basics. Currently studying why the number of students signing up for computing has halved in the past eight years, Furber said schools focus too much on teaching kids how to use spreadsheets, word processors and PowerPoint, rather than teaching more challenging areas such as programming. 'What schools are presenting as ICT as an academic subject is very mundane compared with what students know they can do,' he said. 'It's as if maths was just arithmetic or English was taught as just spelling. It's not unimportant that you can do arithmetic or you can spell, but it certainly doesn't open up the whole world of interest and challenge, if that's all you do.'"

Comment: Re:the problem is not culpability nor blame (Score 1) 1657

by kandela (#33080496) Attached to: Global Warming 'Undeniable,' Report Says
Ok, except that if increased CO2 in the atmosphere is causing warming, then the obvious solution is to reduce CO2. But if we take your approach and just say warming is bad, and we are seeing warming, people will ask, why is cutting CO2 going to work? Unfortunately for your philosophy our understanding of how to solve the problem is tied up in our understanding of what is causing the problem.

Comment: Re:More Info & Dashboard (Score 1) 1657

by kandela (#33080412) Attached to: Global Warming 'Undeniable,' Report Says

As someone who has written papers on both solar influences on Terrestrial weather and the technology for alternative (green) energy sources, I have to say that I believe global warming is occurring, we are causing it, and we aren't acting fast enough to avoid a catastrophe.

If you don't trust the people proffering a solution in the US, then look elsewhere and see what groups in other parts of the world are saying.

As the trials of life continue to take their toll, remember that there is always a future in Computer Maintenance. -- National Lampoon, "Deteriorata"

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