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Comment Where are the Sand (or Playdough) Tables? (Score 2, Insightful) 290

I am a "computer guy" for a fairly affleunt K-12 district, and for years I have been saying that for K, 1 & 2 there shouldn't even be computers or other "gadgets". As Clifford Stoll asked in his book "Silicon Snake Oil", "Where are the sand tables?" and other hands-on, tactile, open ended learning stations. Most teachers, even Principals I bring it up to more or less agree... but... everyone says the parents won't stand for it.
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Another DENT in Apples "Honest Advertising"

Webster Phreaky writes: "Apple settles colour lawsuit Apple has reached an out of court settlement to outstanding action over colour in its laptops — "Apple has agreed an out of court settlement to a ten-month old complaint against the way it has claimed its Macs display "millions of colours"."

"They claimed that they had been fooled into purchasing Apple laptops by Apple's claimed support for millions of colours. "The displays are only capable of displaying the illusion of millions of colors through the use of a software technique referred to as 'dithering,' " the lawsuit said."

Bwah ha ha ha ha ..... Apple "armour" is looking PRETTY DENTED! (Webster Phreaky)
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United States

Submission + - Google attempts to allay privacy fears (thestandard.com)

Ian Lamont writes: "Google is in the midst of a full-court privacy effort in Washington that involves pushing consumer privacy legislation in U.S. Congress, reaching out to privacy advocates in an effort to allay concerns about its acquisition of DoubleClick, and working with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to "fine-tune online advertising principles" that the agency proposed last year. Google has been under fire in Washington in recent years — the FTC investigated the Google/DoubleClick deal and the EFF has issued warnings over Google services in the past. Is Google being sincere about these issues, or is this effort mostly paying lip service to its "do no evil" policy and an attempt to head off future clashes with policy makers?"
Television

Submission + - Torchwood Season extended trailer released (sffmedia.com)

bowman9991 writes: "Excellent clip. The BBC has released an extended trailer for Torchwood Season 2. The clip shows James Marsters, best known as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, along with Freema Agyeman, who played Martha in Doctor Who's third season. Look's like the action will be ramped up in the second season. Can't wait."
Math

Submission + - Surfer Creates Grand Unified Theory (foxnews.com)

surferGuy writes: ""A surfer dude with no fixed address may be this century's Einstein. A. Garrett Lisi, a physicist who divides his time between surfing in Maui and teaching snowboarding in Lake Tahoe, has come up with what may be the Grand Unified Theory. That's the "holy grail" of physics that scientists have been searching for ever since Albert Einstein presented his General Theory of Relativity nearly 100 years ago. Even more remarkable is that Lisi, who has a Ph.D. but no permanent university affiliation, solves the problem without resorting to exotic dimensions, string theory or exceptionally complex mathematics." http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,311952,00.html"
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Journal Journal: Does the Flying Spaghetti Monster exist? 6

It all started when supporters of Intelligent Design tried to claim a religious precept should be held on the same level as a scientific theory when it comes to Evolution. From that, the Flying Spaghetti Monster was born, somewhat in jest but also to raise the point: There's no more scientific basis for intelligent design than there is for the idea an omniscient creature made of pasta created the universe.
Space

Submission + - Surfer dude stuns physicists with theory of every (telegraph.co.uk)

GDI Lord writes: "An impoverished surfer has drawn up a new theory of the universe, seen by some as the Holy Grail of physics, which has received rave reviews from scientists. Garrett Lisi, 39, has a doctorate but no university affiliation and spends most of the year surfing in Hawaii, where he has also been a hiking guide and bridge builder (when he slept in a jungle yurt)... his proposal is remarkable because, by the arcane standards of particle physics, it does not require highly complex mathematics. Even better, it does not require more than one dimension of time and three of space, when some rival theories need ten or even more spatial dimensions and other bizarre concepts. And it may even be possible to test his theory, which predicts a host of new particles, perhaps even using the new Large Hadron Collider atom smasher that will go into action near Geneva next year... Lisi's inspiration lies in the most elegant and intricate shape known to mathematics, called E8 — a complex, eight-dimensional mathematical pattern with 248 points first found in 1887, but only fully understood by mathematicians this year after workings, that, if written out in tiny print, would cover an area the size of Manhattan."
The Matrix

Submission + - Surfer's Theory of Everything Stuns Physicists (arxiv.org)

Baldrson writes: "The UK Telegraph reports that: A surfer dude named Garrett Lisi has come up with a new theory of everything which physicists are calling "fabulous", "incredibly beautiful", "profound" and "most compelling". Lisi's peer-reviewed paper titled "An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything" is being published with the New Scientist. The Telegraph article continues: "Lisi is now calculating the masses that the 20 new particles should have, in the hope that they may be spotted when the Large Hadron Collider starts up.""

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