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Comment: Why is this an issue? (Score 2) 1038

by mjperson (#45991645) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

We have complete understanding of how to knock someone so far out that you can cut into them for hours in an operating room, even to the point of removing their heart for a transplant. Why the heck to people have to go from fully conscious to dead in a single shot? Knock them out completely painlessly, and then kill them while they can feel nothing. I've never understood lethal injections at all!

Comment: Re:Makes no sense (Score 1) 580

by mjperson (#39971131) Attached to: Only 22% of California 8th Graders Pass National Science Test

I'm also happy our state tied for first, but you can't take a number like "only 44% passed" and know that it means much of anything. After my high school career, I was ready to commit seppuku when I receive my first Astrophysics grade in college. A 63% seemed like the worst thing I had ever done, clearly indicating I was unfit for my chosen profession. Until I found out that 63% was the highest grade in the class.

Tests don't measure anything other than how good you are at passing that particular test. A well-crafted test will spread students out allowing educators to understand where the better students still have room to grow, and where the weaker students are lacking. If everyone passes a test with flying colors, it doesn't mean everyone knows all they need. I merely means the test is useless.

Comment: Re:At face value... (Score 2) 150

>They spend money on quality materials where others do not. But it doesn't justify a 100% premium over their competitors.

Actually, that is pretty much the *only* thing that *does* justify such margins. In just about every other manufacturing industry, there's the cheap crap you can buy at a discount, and the high-quality, well-made stuff that has a much greater than >100% price premium. Toasters, Dining Room Tables, Cars... You name it, and paying for quality has always been profitable.

The only question that remains is whether you think Apple is providing the quality. Given your statement above, it is.


+ - Flying robots flip, swarm and move in formation at UPenn->

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techgeek0279 writes "The University of Pennsylvania’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory has released a video of flying nano quadrotor robots. Inspired by swarming habits in nature, these agile robots avoid obstructions and perform complex maneuvers as a group."
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+ - Steven Colbert just loves NASA!->

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coondoggie writes "Stephen Colbert, host of the nightly 'The Colbert Report,' and NASA supporter says he loves space and loves it more now because of what research work NASA is doing with the International Space Station. In a public service announcement released today Colbert says: “I love looking up at the stars and wondering what distant planets are still out there and to be discovered and can we frack them for methane.”"
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+ - Your personal information is worth $5000/year to G-> 3

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kiwimate (458274) writes "Research finds that the amount of personal information you give to Google when you use its services is worth $5,000 a year. That's based on how much advertisers and market researchers will pay companies like Google for such data — supposedly between $50 and $5,000 per person per year."
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... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"