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+ - Ask Slashdot: What's new in legacy languages?

Submitted by liquiddark
liquiddark (719647) writes "I was listening to a younger coworker talk to someone the other day about legacy technologies, and he mentioned .NET as a specific example. It got me thinking — what technologies are passing from the upstart and/or mainstream phases into the world of legacy technology? What tech are you working with now that you hope to retire in the next few years? What will you replace it with?"

+ - Chemistry Students and Postdocs Take Safety Into Their Own Hands-> 1

Submitted by Jim_Austin
Jim_Austin (1073454) writes "It's a scandal: Academic science labs are generally far less safe than labs in industry; one estimate says that people working in academic labs are 11x more likely to die than their industrial counterparts. A group of grad students and postdocs in Minnesota decided to address the issue had-on. With encouragement and funding from DOW, and some leadership from their department chairs, they're in the process of totally remaking their departments' safety cultures."
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Mysterious Underwater Circles Off the Coast of Denmark Explained 37

Posted by samzenpus
from the round-and-round dept.
sciencehabit writes "The truth behind the mysterious underwater circles that periodically appear off the coast of Denmark has been discovered, and sadly it doesn't involve aliens, fairies, or the fabled lost city of Atlantis. In 2008, a tourist snapped photos of several large dark rings that appeared near the white cliffs of Denmark's island of Møn in the Baltic Sea. The circles, several as large as a tennis courts, sparked numerous theories of their origin—some more outlandish than others. In 2011, when the formations reappeared, scientists discovered they were actually round bands of marine eelgrass, similar to rings of mushrooms known as fairy rings. Because eelgrass usually grows as continuous underwater meadows, scientists were still baffled by the rims of lush eelgrass with barren cores. Now, researchers say they at last know the rings' true cause."

Comment: Re:Try to get a learning profile (Score 1) 384

by liquiddark (#45956069) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?
Given that both my parents and my significant other are all teachers, and several of my friends have had great success with alternative learning styles, I am going to go ahead and ignore this paper, which says only that there aren't many studies which meet their specific preferred experiment design. Differentiated instruction does accomplish what "traditional" learning doesn't - it provides a means of understanding material in several different ways and activates several different mental "nodes". So while the specific studies on the topic may not be perfect, the practical effect is engagement, which even the authors of the paper acknowledge. Engagement with material is a not-insignificant effect on someone undertaking learning for their own purposes.

Comment: Try to get a learning profile (Score 0) 384

by liquiddark (#45954731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

Different people learn differently. Consider the possibility that you are simply not using the learning style best suited to you. There are tools to help with this.

The sleep thing as well, obviously. But consider that you may not have a fruitful approach to learning in general.

Comment: Meet people (Score 1) 347

A degree matters only insofar as you try to meet people who are interesting and interested in what you want to do. Research your professors. Join the CS club. Join the math club. Join the Fine Arts faculty for whatever social events they hold, because some of those people can do your site design, or your art, or help you understand how visual thinking works. Meet people. You need to behave as if you are interested in what you are doing. If you are interested, and if you apply yourself to those interests, then you will find that your degree benefits you.

If you're doing a program online, then you need to engage with people a different way - look at the teams behind tools you like, and reach out to them via forums. Participate in communities that cater to your field. Meet people who are launching web startups nearby.

Find people. Meet them. Engage with them. This is the work you will be doing for a long time, so get started on it.


A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis