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Comment Common Core or a crappy test? (Score 5, Insightful) 663

I don't see the Common Core standards as the problem, this is just a poorly written test made by people who were not the authors of Common Core. Unless I misunderstand, Common Core simply defines what skills a student should be proficient at by the end of school years. It doesn't define these test questions, Pearson Education did.

Comment Re:Planned obsolescence (Score 2) 512

The same way Windows 7 x64 made all Windows 7 installations and 32-bit programs worthless, huh?

Oh...wait...

I didn't say it would make 32-bit programs useless. Rather, I said it will make the 32-bit iOS devices useless when the OS leans heavily on new hardware capabilities that degrades user experience on old hardware, just like Apple has consistently done on iOS releases for a couple years now.

Hardware

Submission + - PARC unveils first printed, flexible CMOS circuit (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "Researchers at PARC and Thinfilm Electronics have finally managed to print — as in, using a printer that is similar to the one attached to your computer — a computer circuit consisting of transistor-transistor logic and memory. Dubbed Thinfilm Addressable Memory, the new device marries Thinfilm’s printed memory technology and PARC’s printed transistors to create an honest-to-Moore CMOS circuit. How? Using organic, ferroelectric polymer ink. The exact process isn’t detailed, but the printed circuit basically looks like a horizontal, rolled-out-flat integrated circuit. In other words, instead of stacking multiple layers of semiconductor to make a transistor, they are laid out next to each other, with different inks forming the various features required to make a memory cell or transistor. It’s no where near as space-efficient, and the number and size of components is obviously limited to the resolution of the printer but by Thor, it actually works, they're very cheap to produce (a few cents), and they're physically very flexible."
Space

Submission + - KickSat Would Launch Members' Nanosatellites into (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Pssst, do you wanna buy a satellite? No, really — do you? Well, Zac Manchester would like to sell you one. Not only that, but he claims that the thing could be built and launched into orbit for just a few hundred dollars. For that price, however, you're not going to be getting a big satellite. Manchester's Sprite spacecraft are actually about the size of a couple of postage stamps, but they have tiny versions of all the basic equipment that the big ones have, and yours could end up transmitting your initials from outer space.

Submission + - Obama Issues Executive Orders to Forgive Student L (whitehouse.gov)

cjcurrie writes: "(My first submission and I accidentally posted anonymously. Resubmitted here so you can get a copy of the full email if you want it.)

IIRC, the Obama Administration took all online petitions with over 25,000 signatures and promised an official response. Today, at 6:31 Central, they issued an email to all voters with a link to this reply:

"Today, the Obama Administration announced [...] a series of executive actions to put Americans back to work and strengthen the economy because we can’t wait for Congressional Republicans to act.

[...]

"The new “Pay As You Earn” proposal will allow about 1.6 million students the ability to cap their loan payments at 10 percent [...] and forgive the balance of their debt after 20 years of payments."

After describing mortgage consolidation tweaks, the Office of the Press Secretary also announces (in the email, but not in the letter):

"In addition to capping student loan repayments, the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act helped increase the maximum Pell Grant to $5,500 and saved taxpayers billions by cutting out banks as middlemen. Because of this reform, there will be over 800,000 additional Pell Grants awarded over the next 10 years and the value of Pell Grants will be able to keep up with additional college costs."

Pell Grants are not loans, but money given to students to help pay for a bachelor's degree.

This executive order will take place starting January 2012."

NASA

Submission + - NASA Scientist Claims Evidence of Alien Fossils (journalofcosmology.com)

the_scoots writes: "Dr. Richard B. Hoover of the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center has published "definitive evidence" in this month's Journal of Cosmology of alien microbe fossils in meteorites. The findings were previously made available to other researchers and responses will be published along side the article beginning March 7th."

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