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Comment: Re:Spikes (Score 3, Interesting) 119

Sounds good until you hit a latency spike. I'd hate to be getting sutured up and see the ping times climb to 2000 ms.

Maybe they should queue up sets of movements that are dependent. It would also suck if the internet connection dropped right after a cut but before the bleeding could be stopped. Although I'm sure they have physical staff present in case of emergency.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 131

by thedonger (#49800029) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

Sounds like in addition to being just a dispatcher for illegal cabs, Uber is also a bunch of self entitled assholes who want to spam your friends.

No, it's basically a bunch of Wall Street weenies riding the overinflated 'valuation' bubble.

Maybe they have had so much exposure based on bad publicity that they decided to make it standard operating procedure? They don't need to spam your friends because the internet is spamming the internet with talk of Uber.

Comment: Re:Time for a change? (Score 1) 232

by thedonger (#49783095) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

Perhaps, but leaving them together doesn't teach that lesson. Instead, it teaches that being smart is good way to get a beating and that the authorities aren't there to help you.

Again, that is how it happens within the current system. We all played nice together until some of us became the smart kids, and then suddenly we were different because we were treated differently, and because not being one of the smart kids became a stigma. We're not going to hash out the solution in the comments section on Slashdot; but, please open your mind to the possibility that another way exists.

Comment: Re:Time for a change? (Score 2) 232

by thedonger (#49776719) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

Perhaps the issue is trying to implement such a system within the current system.

I don't think further sequestering the "smart kids" from (presumably) "not smart" kids is a good idea -- unless you want to promote the idea of classes of people and, indirectly, the values of those classes to society. Smart kids need to learn that the alleged dumb kids aren't useless members of society, and dumb kids needs to learn that smart kids are just kids, too. They will have plenty of time to be smart as they get older, and this way they might be better people, too.

Also, you think that if we had smart kid school that magically those children would accept everyone in the school as an equal? It just isn't the nature of kids, no matter how much some adult (or system) tells them they are the same. Or in this case, better. And your rosy ideal would leave dumb kid schools in shambles, and parents with children right at the cusp outraged that one percentage point on some alleged standardized test has their child cast into the frying pan with the rest of the mushrooms.

Comment: Re:In other news (Score 1) 75

Grass isn't green -- it just absorbs red and blue light. And the sky refracts white light, letting through blue. And even so, "red," "green," and "blue," and "wet" are human created constructs. In an absolute sense, there's no difference between water and air and dirt; they're all made up of the same stuff. Holy shit, that means we can turn lead into gold! I'll be back -- gotta alchemize my fortune.

Comment: Re:Real Life Skills (Score 1) 302

by thedonger (#49735471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Skills Do HS Students Need To Know Now?

1. Change a tire, fill the radiator, change the battery, change the oil (at least know how to check it). 2. Understand the plumbing system in your home. 3. Know how to cook without a microwave and prepackaged foods. 4. Basic least know the difference between North South East West. 5. Basic understanding of firearms. 6. Read a map and get somewhere without GPS. 7. How to sharpen a knife. 8. Long division, multiplication, etc...with a pencil and paper. 9. How to swim. 10. Make fire.

Time to go home, so that's all you get.

I learned all of those (except half of #1) before I was 12 (for perspective, 1984), so I take for granted their presence in my life. Unfortunately, I think numbers 3, 4, 6, and 7 are skills in short supply among parents these days, which means their children will also not have those skills. (People think they know how to sharpen knives, but give them a set of stones and some honing oil and they will look at you cross eyed.) Number 5 is taboo for many people, as their understanding is simply "firearms are dangerous and they kill people," which engenders fear rather than understanding or respect.

In regard to the original question, I think "writing" is the most appropriate answer. People should learn your 10 steps before 7th grade.

Comment: Re:Cursive (Score 1) 302

by thedonger (#49729407) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Skills Do HS Students Need To Know Now?


Grammar, Spelling, and Effective Communication Skills

You can learn all the technology skills you can imagine -- SQL, code from the lowest level to the most abstract, transfer protocols, etc. -- but effective communication skills (writing, speaking, and presenting) will set you apart from others.

Comment: Re:PT Barnum (and the Onceler) knew the answer... (Score 1) 270

by thedonger (#49699285) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything

>> does having a single- or limited-purpose device make really make sense for consumables that aren't coffee?

If you can find enough suckers to buy them and yield big profits, then yes. (See the original Keurig, for example.)

It isn't just about suckers. It is also about the old Star Trek ideal: The Replicator. Some people will want it for novelty. Others will actually want it, as they seed food only as nourishment and don't care how it is delivered. Look at all the shit we have put into our bodies over the decades - TV dinners, microwaveable everything, frozen whatnot, meal replacement [insert unit of food here] - and you'll see we're always looking for a shortcut. We aren't any healthier for it, and of course blame everyone (marketers, government or lack thereof, evil corporations, Bill Gates and his eugenics squad) and everything (saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, cholesterol, gluten, grain, etc) other than ourselves.

Sorry, that derailed a bit. Uh. Replicator. Seacrest out.

Air is water with holes in it.