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Comment: Re:Good (Score 2, Interesting) 156

by xtronics (#46158153) Attached to: Kansas Delays Municipal Broadband Ban

As a non believer that actually lives in Kansas - I find my Christian neighbors to have more respect for my beliefs than the socialist leftists have. Tolerance needs to work in all directions.

In the end - I have the choice of 4 ISP providers in my town - setting up cartels would prevent that. Life is good here - we don't need bigots here - stay on the coasts.

Comment: Re:2x Lithium battery and cars still don't work (Score 1) 172

by xtronics (#45444139) Attached to: U.S. 5X Battery Research Sets Three Paths For Replacing Lithium

Except those numbers just are not true. (Normally we specify the cycle life at the point where the battery still has 60% of capacity and full discharge cycles. )

And of course if your goal was to reduce CO2 you have the opposite effect due to conversion losses.

Comment: Leaving a voice message used to bother many (Score 1) 211

by xtronics (#45386993) Attached to: LeVar Burton On Google Glass

I think it will become accepted - there may need to be some etiquette established with it's use - not that that has happened with smart-phones.

Just imagine - if you do something stupid - someone might tape it and keep it in your face for ever - the Internet never forgets. ,.,.

What would you say to someone taping you with their Google-glass and you found it uncomfortable?

What do we say to our kids when we try to talk to them, but the TXTing keeps interrupting?

In the end we are still social creatures, wired to react to irrepressible facial and voice expressions. Even over the phone, I can sometimes tell if someone is lying to me by bits of stress in their voice (but harder with CODEX distortion and latency).

I suppose taping peoples conversations will either make people more honest or more angry.. but definitely less forthcoming - thus an anti-social effect.

Comment: I think this is 'feel-good' BS (Score 3, Interesting) 108

by xtronics (#45328433) Attached to: Fuel Cell-Powered Data Centers Could Cut Costs and Carbon

Fuel cells need ultra pure fuel in order to not spoil their extremely expensive reactors. Creating this fuel and transporting it cleanly is not cheap.

I've seen no end of articles claiming that fuel cells are the cure to everything. Tons of grant money has flowed and no products are displacing other technology.

The market place is far from perfect, but it is far better than any panel of pointy headed academics at providing workable solutions. M$ has shown the lack of ability to create new profitable products for many years now - this looks like yet another windoze fone effort.

Comment: Re:How hard can that possibly be? (Score 1) 663

by xtronics (#45313149) Attached to: A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

The problem is that they were trying to avoid words and vocabulary - thus they created symbolic abstraction - probably not realizing it is just another form of vocabulary. I would much rather use a test written by a practicing math teacher than some pointed headed Phd.

Having taught math, the real problem is the books are written by committees and a prime goal is to keep parents from complaining that their kids have to do real work to learn. ( If you want to teach your child math - find older books - books after the 60's and 70's have gone way down hill. )

Comment: Re:Positive vs negative reinforcement (Score 1) 136

by xtronics (#45313097) Attached to: The Neuroscience of Happiness

I think you should hesitate and think for yourself about the definition (there are way to many that parrot and preach int the world). Not all rewards are physical items. And a physical item can remove a different feedback - both positive and negative. It isn't that difficult to analyze the vocabulary and realize the arbitrary nature of the issue. In the end, we have to ask if it has helped of hurt our true understanding of what is going on.

The reality of psychology is that people coining new poorly defined terms can publish books and papers - get grant money and profit. There are others of us that want to truly understand the world we live in. This requires a consistent, objective epistemology and the type of science described perhaps best by Richard Feynman.

Food reward is the most studied feedback - and is the food positive or the hunger a negative?

The way out of this is to realize that we evolved to survive - and the feedback impacts our survival. How psychologists classify feedback does not really matter.

Comment: Re:Positive vs negative reinforcement (Score 5, Interesting) 136

by xtronics (#45231019) Attached to: The Neuroscience of Happiness

Animal trainers have demonstrated repeatedly that positive reinforcement is more effective at eliciting behavior than negative. In other words, the carrot works better than the stick.

To me, this seems contradictory.

There is a lot of papers on the point you bring up. What makes something positive? Eating after not having food is positive or is it the end of a negative experience? If you have plenty to eat, is food still a reward? (animal trainers keep their animals a bit hungry ).

So is a paycheck positive? Or is it preventing a negative. etc etc..

Comment: Time to sell off thier stock? (Score 1) 257

by xtronics (#45111923) Attached to: A Peek At Apple's Planned $5B HQ

Seems quite problematic. if a company is now building a $5B edifice to the egos of the bosses - is that going to make a good investment into the future? I don't think so.

The real world is full of people waiting for Apple to make a misstep - there is plenty of office space available at reasonable rates.

Comment: Re:The real story... (Score 1) 224

by xtronics (#44943641) Attached to: Google To Encrypt All Keyword Searches

Mod this up.

I figured this out - I was doing Google searches and a little while later I would have related SPAM. So I changed to using https - this stopped - so the spam was not from Google - traceroute and the only provider between me and Google was ATT - but they may be renting capacity and the traffic may be in others hands.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"

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