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Comment: Re:Which direction? (Score 1) 358

by no1nose (#46487263) Attached to: EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

Agreed, if there is a 50/50 chance of me getting it correct the first time, I actually have a 100% chance of it not working on the first try. I like the functionality of Apple's new connector because it works with either side up. But my favorite charger was for my Nokia 8310. It was round and very easy to insert.

Comment: Re: Why would it be infeasable? (Score 3, Funny) 374

by no1nose (#46342983) Attached to: Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

My kingdom for mod points. This is sad but true. If we do ever leave it will be to mine unobtanium like in the movie Avatar, not to further mankind in general.

Picard tries to explain to Ralph Offenhouse from the 20th century that there would be no need for his law firm any longer: "A lot has changed in three hundred years. People are no longer obsessed with the accumulation of 'things'. We have eliminated hunger, want, the need for possessions." (TNG: "The Neutral Zone") - http://en.memory-alpha.org/wik...

Comment: Re:Catwalk (Score 1) 163

by no1nose (#46326073) Attached to: Speedier Screening May Be Coming To an Airport Near You

Didn't 9/11 happen due to box cutters? Not even bombs or guns, or big knives. Of course, there are the shoe bomber's now. But those horrific tragedies were able to happen due to lowly box cutters. Recently, I traveled across my state for work with a co-worker. We had to rack some servers at the DR site. His bag had numerous tools like pliers and screw drivers in it. My bag had an unopened Arrowhead water bottle. I was pulled aside and received a personal screening while my co-worker waited for me, putting his shoes on, and holding his bag of pointy metal objects.

Comment: Re:I blame textbook monopolies. (Score 1) 161

by no1nose (#46167883) Attached to: Wozniak Gets Personal On Innovation

It was more or less rhetorical. Regardless of anything I would rather be doing, I don't have any choice but to be engaged since the kids are flooded with so much work. Options to move to a smaller town would be great, but for now it is not going to happen for me. Based on some offline advice I received through /. I am going to attempt to teach them how to study and learn, rather than focusing so much an helping them with the actual homework in hand. I would smarter to teach how to fish (so to speak) so they can learn for a lifetime.

Comment: Re:I blame textbook monopolies. (Score 1) 161

by no1nose (#46163765) Attached to: Wozniak Gets Personal On Innovation

I totally agree with this. The 6 to 7 hours they are in school should be devoted to instruction and the professional teaching techniques that the educators went to school to learn. My schooling focused on I.T. and business management, not in methods of instruction. Perhaps homework should consist of showing me a summary what they worked on in school and briefly explaining it to me. Usually explaining things I understand helps me understand them better.

Comment: Re:I blame textbook monopolies. (Score 1) 161

by no1nose (#46163707) Attached to: Wozniak Gets Personal On Innovation

I wish we would have the time to do family night and other interactions other than homework. I would like to be able to teach them to cook and fix flat tires. There may be something seriously wrong with them as the interaction is far more that 5-10 minutes per week. Maybe they are also burned out by the end of the day and need my continual prodding just to get through things. I just don't know. Summers are nice and we have much more time that I can work with them on regular things.

Comment: Re:I blame textbook monopolies. (Score 3, Interesting) 161

by no1nose (#46162819) Attached to: Wozniak Gets Personal On Innovation

It really does come back to the parents. I have three kids and they each have about one hour of homework per night. I am a single father so I have to help them on my own each night after I get home from work. I have a B.S. degree so I am not a total moron (haha). The problem I run into after work is that I want to be disengaged and play EVE, but I can't. And I cannot parallel-process my help with each of my kids. They are about 2 years apart in age and if I am helping one, then the other two feel like they can stop working on their homework until I get back to helping them. Another problem is that they each act like the homework is new material every night and the teacher did not go over it during the day. I know I am not alone with these problems because I have had the fathers of their friends call me and ask if my kids were struggling with their homework too.

I am 38 years old. Maybe I am not a very good dad or explainer of homework. Maybe the fact that my state (Nevada) is 50th in the nation for education. Maybe the fact that I am alone in raising these kids are all factors in why it is so tough.

What are the rising star countries doing to pump out such smart people? India, Japan, China are all creating brilliant people who want our jobs. We should be embarrassed of what we have become. People, I think as bad as things are in the USA, this is as good as it is going to be.

Comment: Re:Current PCs are good enough. (Score 2) 564

by no1nose (#45921081) Attached to: PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

I agree, most people are waiting until the odd number of Windows next year or so. In the meantime there are opportunities to purchase refurbished Windows 7 PCs from Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dell-Refurbished-775-MT-Desktop-PC-with-Intel-Core-2-Duo-Processor-4GB-Memory-750GB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-7-Professional-64-Bit-Edition-Monitor-No/26922092

Comment: Re:Good news for all us have-nots!!! (Score 3) 241

by no1nose (#45540187) Attached to: Nasdaq 4000 — This Time It's Different?

It is indeed astonishing how consumer driven and wasteful we all are. Owning things doesn't make me happy, some things I own do help me do things that are fun. But I think life is more about personal experiences, learning and developing yourself and the lives of those around you. I am having a very difficult time teaching this to my three children, they are at the age where they don't listen to me so much anymore and they listen to their peers - who all have the same opinions that they have. We would all do well to slow down a little and notice more closely the people in our lives and take time to appreciate the things we do have.

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