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Comment: Re:It'll never happen (Score 1) 282

My 15 yr old and his friend were talking about alien hoaxes on youtube after watching some alien movie and I told them that if an intelligent race of aliens traveled all the way across the universe to get the earth they would land, get out of their craft, stretch their limbs, and exclaim "Damn, that was a long trip!". They thought it was hilarious.

Comment: Re:Once more (Score 1) 100

by pr0fessor (#48887849) Attached to: U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

They usually have a computer that runs all of the reporting for registers and from the ATG into a system like ruby or topaz and are either connected directly to the serial port or are assigned a private ip.

3% setup their ATG insecurely and not in the manufacture recommended configuration I'm not surprised.

Comment: Re:I want silent vehicles (Score 1) 820

by pr0fessor (#48878591) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

My vehicle is not entirely silent but close enough that I have to look at the rpms to tell if the car started sometimes. Listening to the actual engine noise even if there isn't much of one can be helpful it lets you know when there is a problem. Fake engine noises would drowned out the actual engine noise when a problem did occur.

Comment: Re:Are you trying to get legislation? (Score 1) 299

by pr0fessor (#48819693) Attached to: Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

I can see why Uber would think that the regulation are outrageous. It's a lot easier to convince them to follow the rules when they make sense and are not a huge financial burden. There are some places including where I live that they do follow the rules.

Comment: Re:It's been going on for years (Score 1) 388

by pr0fessor (#48806261) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

I had some good teachers music, math, and science. The rest were basically just reading a text book at the class, if you asked a question they would basically just read the same thing again.

I particularly liked science and was excited when my kids got to junior high because I thought they would be doing cool experiments like when I was in school. They don't do that anymore due to budget and safety concerns, I think I was more disappointed than my sons.

Comment: Re:It's been going on for years (Score 1) 388

by pr0fessor (#48804863) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

I had a similar disagreement with a math teacher who's answer was... Yes I know it's faster and easier to understand that way but I'm teaching you how it will appear in papers that are currently being published, show me you understand it as it's being taught anything else is extra credit.

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