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Comment Re:The birth part is silly. (Score 1) 834

If anything the reasons a woman has a baby has nothing to do with her looks and everything to do with her sense of well being, security along with cultural beliefs.

Everything else being equal, a better-looking woman has more chance of securing a more prosperous male, and therefore has a better sense of well being and end up having more kids, no?

Comment Re:take a look at alice.org (Score 1) 634

I'll have to respectfully disagree there. Having TA-ed a programming class that used Alice and Python, my experience is that students find 3D a distraction: they spend too much time tweaking their objects' positioning and not enough on actually writing code.

Plus, Alice's lack of physics modeling makes it rather unintuitive to use at times. I'd rather recommend MIT Scratch -- it's 2D, object-oriented, with a visual drag-and-drop approach that makes it really hard to make syntax errors.

Comment Salling MediaSync ... (Score 1) 396

Not sure why Palm does not bundle Salling's <a href="http://www.salling.com/MediaSync/mac/">MediaSync</a>, which allows syncing of multiple smartphones with iTunes (without pretending that the device synced is an iPod).

Maybe they could license a version that only sync the Pre, or pay Salling to create a version that performs fast sync on the Pre but not on other devices (if you download directly from Salling, the free version does basic sync; paying gives you a faster experience).

Comment Re:DX9 vs DX10 / 11 (Score 1) 554

Interesting looking game. How does the gameplay compare to Oolite, which is open-source and cross-platform? Graphically, it looks superior to the default Oolite graphics -- which can be customized, and Oolite uses fixed maps, but it's hard to tell before playing it.

Comment Re:Good riddence (Score 1) 829

F-15 has the radar profile of a barn, and is inferior to the Eurofighter in maneuverability, and worse, the current batch of Russian fighters (Su-30 and derivatives) that are being sold for $30m a pop to anyone with money to buy them.

The only country I can think of still purchasing F-15s is South Korea (custom-made F-15Ks) but the decision was widely believed to be political. And it's not as if North Korea could afford to operate many modern planes; their pilot training is supposed to be barely sufficient due to lack of avgas.

Comment Re:Money well spent? (Score 1) 41

I guess it really depends on the details. The two bottlenecks are certainly worrisome: 1) the need for analysts familiar with both the system, and domain experts, to classify the data; 2) that the data is made available to a a wide range of users.

Let's hope the trial is realistic enough to bring up potential problems before real people get pulled in because of an overreliance on technology...

Comment Re:Money well spent? (Score 1) 41

You could say the same thing about search engines back in the mid-90s, before Google's PageRank. What's the point of indexing more and more information if it's impossible to find the relevant page? Necessity is the mother of all inventions. The only regret here is that whatever they come up with, probably won't see daylight until someone outside reimplements it.

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