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+ - A Problem With Teacher Begfunding: $56,742 for One Class, $258 for Another 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Google's "flash-funding" of teachers' projects via DonorsChoose continues to draw kudos, this time from grateful mayors in Seattle and Los Angeles. And some of the teachers seem to be getting pretty good at playing the begfunding game. In L.A., for instance, almost 6% of the $977,281 Google and DonorsChoose awarded is being used to take 34 kids on "The Trip of a Lifetime." And while the good news over at Alliance Burton Tech Academy High School is that Google is ponying up $56,742 to send Mr. Hermosillo's 34 students to London and Paris, the sad news is that Ms. Garcia's 150 students missed the Google gravy train and will have to settle for $258.93 worth of markers and glue from the Gates Foundation and DonorsChoose."

Comment: Re:just for comparison (Score 2) 546

by mcmonkey (#47820667) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

this is an interesting discussion..

..if you think confusing computer science and software development is interesting.

Complaining about the lack of programming in a CS degree is like complaining that physics majors don't build bridges.

"the courses taught in virtually all computer science [curricula] focus on theory, and they only dabble in teaching practical programming skills"

Well, it's good to hear virtually all computer science programs are doing it right!

Comment: Animals? Or vertebrates? (Score 1) 62

by mcmonkey (#47774509) Attached to: Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

I've heard the same story as most...fish left the seas to spawn amphibians, reptiles, and other land animals.

Such stories never address invertebrates. If, as the headline suggests, all land animals come from fish who left the water, does this mean insects and other land invertebrates evolved from fish?

Comment: "immediate physical control" for current vehicles (Score 1) 506

by mcmonkey (#47759069) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

If they're insistent there's a way for an occupant to take "immediate physical control", why do they allow current cars on the road?

I'm not sure about steering, but certainly for acceleration and braking there's no way for drivers to take physical control of a modern automobile. Anything we do with those pedals on the floor sends a signal to a computer. The computer then decides what actions to take--open the throttle or apply the brakes.

There's a person initiating those functions, but the person does not have physical control.

+ - $75K prosthetic arm is bricked when paired Ipod is stolen.-> 2

Submitted by kdataman
kdataman (1687444) writes "U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, who lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, had his Ipod Touch stolen on Friday. This particular Ipod Touch has an app on it that controls his $75,000 prosthetic arm. The robbery bricked his prosthesis:

"That is because Eberle's prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa. Now that the iPod is gone, he said he has to get a new hand and get it reprogrammed with his prosthesis."

I see three possibilities.
1) The article is wrong, possibly to guilt the thief into returning the Ipod.
2) This is an incredibly bad design by Touch Bionics [http://www.touchbionics.com]. Why would you make a $70,000 piece of equipment permanently dependent on a specific Ipod Touch? Ipods do fail or go missing.
3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one.""

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