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Comment: CDs that come with Text Books & youtube (Score 1) 166

by troylanes (#40210039) Attached to: Ask Slashdot. Best Online Science Course?
Get on craigslist/ebay and find some used text books that come with CDs. They typically have wonderful animations and interactive diagrams that helped me immensely in my Bio/Biochem undergrad. Also, do a cursory search on youtube. My wife recently completed some basic chemistry courses and showed me some of the stuff that was on youtube -- amazing it was.

Comment: Back to the Garage (Score 1) 155

by troylanes (#39486409) Attached to: Dysfunction In Modern Science?

I'd love to see more real science and research done in the garage/basement rather than in environments which are prone to the "publish or perish" disease. Are there still basic concepts of the universe to be discovered that don't require a particle accelerator or electron microscope? I'd be willing to be there are. It also seems that current academia is so focused on such tiny details of a particular phenomenon that they can't see the forest through the trees...

Comment: Please don't send him to university (Score 1) 659

by troylanes (#37663954) Attached to: How Do You Educate a Prodigy?
First off, do what will make him a well rounded, happy human being. Doing so includes being socialized -- even if the best way is to make him deal with the drudgery and tedium that is the American public school system. Second, please don't send him to _any_ university. I'm afraid that if he follows and focuses too much on contemporary science he'll get lost in the trees and won't be able to see the forest. Newton and Einstein followed some precedent but managed to forge forward with brand new, world-changing science. This is what the world needs. Try to find an environment that will stimulate his curiosity about the universe -- let him find his own way. A university will most likely force him down a certain path into areas that have already well been charted. Just my 2c.... Hope all ends up well. Make sure the kid is happy. Don't put too much pressure on him. Remember to have fun.

Comment: Can't make a call from inside (Score 5, Informative) 337

by troylanes (#34539094) Attached to: SatPhones — Why Can't They Make It Work?
I've worked in the industry for the past 7 years or so -- most of the support calls that came in were related to the fact that the phone would not work indoors or in a car. People were really confused and often angry when you told them they need to be outside to make a call. This is small fact is one of the reasons, not to mention the cost, that satphone adoption has been stagnant.

Comment: Re:pea-nutty holocaust has no basis in science. (Score 1) 146

by troylanes (#33963926) Attached to: Woman Develops Peanut Allergy After Lung Transplant
I would have recently agreed wholeheartedly with your ascertains. However, having recently witness my daughter suffer a violent allergic reaction accompanied by an expensive trip to the ER by doing something as innocuous as eating a cookie, I've had to shift my stance. In places such as daycare and primary schools where a child does not have enough faculty to understand that taking a bite of a friends lunch could kill them I'm all for peanut free zones. In settings where the child is old enough to know and to ask, It's a reasonable risk to allow. Until you've personally experienced a 3 year old son or daughter unable to breath and swelling up like a baloon, I doubt you can understand the "hysteria." So, for now, I'm sorry that your kids have to suffer such that my kid may live.

Comment: Aestetic enhancements... Non-blind users? (Score 1) 107

by troylanes (#31497698) Attached to: Blind Soldier Uses Tongue To "See"
I'd imagine that it wouldn't be too difficult to use a wireless link from the camera to a battery powered dental retainer like receiver (think junior high and pimples). This way, the wearer, wouldn't draw unnecessary gawking. A few drawbacks, perhaps, would be that the tongue would need to be flush with the retainer on the roof of the mouth, so no talking whilst looking. Also, if you are running up a flight of stairs and need to draw breath through the mouth, it may impede vision. I am sure, a sighted person, could use this device to "see" light out of our normal range. What would it be like to see IR or UV?

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