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Comment: Re:Still don't get where the market is (Score 2) 138

Unless it's in China, who the heck wears a watch nowadays, other than old people?

Well, people who, among other reasons, don't want to take their phone out of their pocket to see the time. Pretty much the same reason why most people don't carry pocket watches any more.

Comment: Re:Definitely a low flying rocket... (Score 1) 81

by mgscheue (#47232551) Attached to: Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

Besides the ancillary wheels to make this a "car," consider the equally-ancillary driver in the cockpit. I cannot think of a good reason to have a person onboard, beyond creating a (very real) element of danger.

The driver very much drives it. See this on-board video of Andy Green (who will also driver the Bloodhound) in the Thrust SSC.

Comment: Re:I had the exact opposite experience (Score 4, Informative) 285

by mgscheue (#41287763) Attached to: The Problems With Online Math Classes

As an online instructor of math and physics, I agree completely. If you're going to do it right, it takes a big investment of time. Also, since our class sizes are no more than 15 students, they get a lot of individual attention, probably more than average in a traditional classroom. The training our institution requires prospective instructors to go through makes very clear that it's not an easy way to make a buck. I've been told only about 6% of applicants make it through the process. Now without doubt there are some bad online instructors and there are schools whose priority it is to crank as many students through as possible, regardless of whether they belong there, but don't get the impression all online education is like that.

Comment: Absolutely (Score 1) 562

by mgscheue (#38857033) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Europe Have Better Magazines Than the US?

Most of my favorite magazines are British. I long ago stopped bothering with Time and Newsweek, which have been dumbed-down to complete irrelevance, but The Economist is still a great magazine. I'm a car and motorsports enthusiast and love Motor Sport, Autosport, Car, and Evo, too. The quality of writing and photography far outstrips most US magazines.

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