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Comment: Study slightly flawed (Score 4, Insightful) 100

by rs1n (#46764047) Attached to: Your <em>StarCraft II</em> Potential Peaked At Age 24
A better study would be to analyze how the SC2 pros perform as they age. There is a big difference between the amount of free time a college student has to devote to playing a game and improving his skill vs. someone with a family and job to maintain. The article suggests that age is the factor in the decline of skill, when what it really shows is that most folks are likely to have less time to devote to a game once they leave college and take on real jobs and have kids.

Comment: The justices should decided based on law only... (Score 2) 192

by rs1n (#46625199) Attached to: Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents
The article suggests that the justices are wavering because there are reservations about the repercussion of their decisions on existing software companies. The issue I have with that is that they should NOT be decided based on the repercussions. Their decision should be made as a matter of law.

Comment: Be a better parent (Score 1) 321

by rs1n (#46473563) Attached to: Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

I think the real problem is that parents want to use a phone or tablet as a pacifier, so they don't have to parent the tykes.

Ah yes, the rallying call of the childless. I'm sure that if you ever have kids, you'll have the means and inclination to devote N hours of your own time every day simply to keeping them entertained.

I have kids of my own, and we also have several tablets, two iPhones (my wife and I each have one), and many gadgets in the house. However, we don't mix tablets/phones in the sense that if I ever have to enter a password into a tablet, that particular tablet does not ever get used by the kids. But you don't need to even have separate tablets (i.e. one for you and one for them). If they ever ask me to enter a password, the answer is no. When my toddler plays with my phone, I make sure that it won't ever get messed up when I get it back from him by taking precautionary steps (e.g. turn off emails, make sure everything requires passwords, etc.) I don't just hand them the device and cry to Apple when they break it.

Then there's also the question of "keeping your kids entertained." You don't need to devote hours of your own time. There are myriad types of toys to entertain your kids -- and even educate them while they're playing. If your tablet is causing problems, then perhaps they could use something else as edutainment. Get them puzzles, coloring books, reading books, etc.

Comment: The FEB-12-2014 firmware fixes N66 units (Score 4, Informative) 148

by rs1n (#46274517) Attached to: Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us
As the title suggest, the firmware update on 2/12/2014 supposedly fixes the issues.

ASUS RT-N66U Firmware version
Security related issues:
1. Fixed lighthttpd vulnerability.
2. Fixed cross-site scripting vulnerability (CWE-79).
3. Fixed the authentication bypass (CWW-592).
4. Added notification to help avoid security risks.
5. Fixed network place(samba) and FTP vulnerability.

1. Redesigned the parental control time setting UI.
2. Updated multi language strings.
3. Adjusted FW checking algorithm.
4. Adjusted Time zone detecting algorithm.
5. Improved web UI performance.

Comment: Cops can get around this ruling (Score 1) 457

by rs1n (#46166363) Attached to: Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps
Full disclosure: I would rather the police not be allowed to ticket you for flashing your lights to warn others. That said, depending on the time of day, could flashing lights still get you a ticket? If it's during the evening, the law requires that you have your lights in working order, and on at all times. So technically, you'd be breaking the law by flashing your lights, no? Of course this is a very strict reading of the law...

Comment: Flawed study -- grade inflation (Score 1) 273

by rs1n (#44840419) Attached to: Study Shows Professors With Tenure Are Worse Teachers
Full disclosure: I did not pay to read the article. Based on the summary, there are some pretty outstanding flaws. Also, I have not received tenure yet (but will be up for tenure soon). I do spend quite a lot of time off-the-clock (i.e. anywhere not on campus) focusing on how to improve my teaching. I also feel that I am more enthused than some of my older, tenured counterparts. I teach both lower level courses as well as graduate courses. That said, 1. Non-tenure faculty tend to teach lower level courses. From a career standpoint, they are more likely to care about students' reactions to their courses because it could reflect poorly on their tenure portfolio. Grade inflation would not be out of the ordinary. If anything, the results of this study confirm my suspicion that there tends to be more grade inflation among non-tenured faculty. Not only does it make students a bit happier, it means these faculties are less likely to get bad reviews from students (and hence less likely to be fired). 2. Tenured faculty tend to teach more advanced courses. Not only is the material more difficult to learn, one may argue it is more difficult to teach (especially if the students are actually not well prepared due to weak foundations from lower level courses).

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