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Comment We had "Hot Wheels week" in high school physics (Score 4, Funny) 246

Oh sure, we were calculating velocity and acceleration and angles, but we were putting it to practical use with a Hot Wheels car on tracks set to angles to make them fly through a target. It was tons of math but also lots of giggling 17-year olds playing with cars like they haven't done in ten years.

During another unit, we calculated our own personal horsepower by running up the stairs.

Comment Re:race to the bottom (Score 1) 94

Their new DX11 client launched without a hitch, though - some people's FPS went up even as their GPU usage went down, and the graphics are a bit prettier.

Most of the people demanding a Mac native client were already playing the game - they just wanted something that they could play and also alt-tab out to surf the web and check email and crap the way the Windows people do.

Comment Human profs already use AI tools (Score 3, Interesting) 109

Husband is currently grading final papers for college classes. He slaps them into software that detects plagiarism, then another software that picks out vocabulary level, typos, etc, and assigns a grammar score. Only then does he read it, quickly skimming over it and seeing whether there are citations on the "plagiarized" parts, if there are any, and whether he agrees with the AI score. Nine times out of ten, he does, and he uses the grammar score assigned by the AI. If someone plagiarized whole paragraphs without citations, they get an incomplete and need to do a rewrite. If someone didn't write the required number of words or pages, they get points knocked off the grammar score. It's faster than manually marking 150 papers, but still takes him about 15-20 hours of labor over the course of 2-3 days.

Comment Re:Don't fix what ain't broke (Score 4, Interesting) 184

Army hospitals too. My father worked in the records department of a 13 story giant Army medical center in the '80s and '90s. While the records themselves were fat paper folders, much of the patient information was kept in a database (which I think by the '90s was an AS/400) - and part of the job of the record keepers was to take the new information from the doctors and update the patient files in the database. So while the historical record was all on paper, the most up to date stuff was in the database where it belonged. They had about 30 people doing this kind of data entry full time for a hospital of 100 doctors.

Comment Re:I can summarize article (Score 1) 489

The philosophy works under the assumption that everyone in business is a decent human being. That is patently untrue. While some savvy businessmen are also great guys, most successful businessmen are cuthroat heartless bastards that would sell their grandma for another 2% profit margin boost to the bottom line.

Comment Re:Start with basics (Score 1) 216

Funny, I got all those things in my middle school and high school classes. The difference was I actually paid attention in class. Daily aerobics and later ballet in high school? Check. Balanced lunches, even if they were overcooked? Check. Balancing a checkbook? That was 7th grade math class. Check. Basic child raising skills? 12th grade anatomy class. We carried around bags of sugar for six weeks, kept a "feeding" journal, and would fail if our bag of sugar had tears or leaks at the end (child abuse!). Politics? 9th grade civics class, 10th grade economics class. About the only thing missing was "protecting the environment" - that was sort of included but not explicitly taught. So maybe in biology class?

Comment Re:Alternative Explanations (Score 1) 385

The thing about a terrorism attack, though, is that one of the known terrorist organizations would need to be taking credit for it for any of these to be plausible. If ISIS came out today and said, "Haha he was secretly one of us BE AFRAID" then it'd most certainly be reclassed from murder suicide to terrorism. But if a lone dude does it, and no organization claims credit for it, the murder-suicide theory will be the only logical one. Terrorism works by publicity of actions.

Comment Re:A Bit Fishy (Score 1) 385

That's a good idea. Rapid shedding of altitude should automatically pop the lock. Say, 20,000 feet descent in under 5 minutes. That is very clearly not normal behavior of a large plane, which takes 30 minutes to reach cruising altitude of 30K+ feet, usually in small increments of 1000 feet every 2-3 minutes after the initial rise. If the plane really is crashing due to catastrophe, popping the lock on the cabin door won't make a difference. If it's crashing because the pilot saw a vision of Jesus who told him to kill everyone on board, it might save the plane.

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