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Comment Robots.... Dash, Sphero, and Ozobots (Score 2) 353

Kids need an exposure to programming at a young age so they understand it is simply giving instructions to a machine to do something. Some great toys for doing this are:

Dash by Wonderware

The early exposure is key because if they don't have a successful early experience, they are less likely to try programming later in education. They will think, "Hmmmm... I programmed in 3rd grade, I can do computer programming, let me take that class."

Without the successful exposure at a young age they may think that computer programming is only for smart people.

Comment Re:Why the hell do they think it's going to work? (Score 4, Insightful) 786

Did you even read the memo?

It's rhetorical, I know you didn't read it, you are just another member of the Internet echo chamber.... Here is some of the horrible inflammatory speech, note the word "p*nis" and biology used repeatedly.

“I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem.”

I guess he is right, we can't have an honest discussion or solve any problems.

It is better just not to talk about problems and differences. Just put the metaphorical "I'm offended" beatdown on anyone who steps out of line and fire them. That will solve all the diversity problems.

Comment What did he actually say? (Score 1) 786

As many who read past the headlines would later observe, its author, who was later fired, began, “I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem.”


“Philosophically, I don’t think we should do arbitrary social engineering of tech just to make it appealing to equal portions of both men and women. For each of these changes, we need principled reasons for why it helps Google; that is, we should be optimizing for Google—with Google’s diversity being a component of that.” Someone who believes diversity is one component of many for “optimizing” a company is not anti-diversity, even if he places a lesser value on achieving gender parity in staff, vis-a-vis other goods, than those who argue that Google should make whatever tradeoffs are necessary to achieve equal gender representation."

This is radical, racist, sexist, bigoted, and privileged.

Seriously, do you see the names he called people in this memo?

Do you see he is not willing to find common ground and look for a solution?

This is truly a fire-able offense. Check the DO NOT REHIRE, box on this guy.

Google needs to get over themselves, sheesh.

Comment Just remember.... my rights are more important (Score 0) 786

Just remember, my right to be offended by anything you think or say is more important than your right to hold a core belief, value, or nuanced conversation.

Welcome to the snowflake generation!

I'd stay and discuss this further, but a millenifail was reading this post over my shoulder and just headed for their safe space.

Comment Pot vs. Kettle (Score 1) 50

Yes, Qualcomm is trying to establish a monopoly which is a page from the Intel play book when Intel tried to crush and run their competition out of business, like AMD.

It's terrible when someone uses your own tactic against you. I guess it is time to innovate Intel! You missed the mobile boat and tried to lockup the desktop, too bad no one is using desktops anymore at their primary computing device.

Did AMD go in the corner and cry? No, they innovated and now we have Ryzen!

Comment Cash is bad for .... (Score 1) 660

Cash is bad for VISA/MC/ApplePay transaction fees....
Cash is bad to tax collectors....
Cash is bad for government creepers that like to spy on you while you move your money around....
Cash is bad for affiliates that like the buy your name, contact information, and purchase history so they can create a profile and market to you....

Cash is good for privacy and getting things done.

Comment It's a walkie-talkie with a base station (Score 1) 83

Why not just get a solar powered walkie talkie and forget it?
This is not a full-duplex nor is it a cell phone communicating in the 2.4Ghz band to a cell tower 1-10 miles away.

News flash, you can build something far superior to this today, get a Nokia brick phone and a solar panel case. Boom! Done! No base station required, not PTT (Push to Talk) button required. It will have a battery but never need traditional charging.

How is this high-tech geek news?


Comment READ THIS -- 'Chiropractors Are Bullshit' and Pain (Score 1) 328

So here is the deal, 'Chiropractors Are Bullshit' , sure they might fix an ache or pain, but your body will slip back into that state. That is why you need to go for regular relalignment appointments.

Also, Chiropracty caries lots of risk, stroke, pinched nerves, broken/cracked/chipped bones and the list goes on. A family member of mine was in a car accident and had a messed up neck, so they went to the Chiropractor. Next thing we knew they were on the way to the emergency room with the symptoms of a stroke. The adjustments tore and artery in the neck which lodged in the brain, causing irreversible brain damage from the clot.

I sit in a chair all day like you, and messed up my back. I was in PT (physical therapy) for two summers trying to get better, but I still had chronic pain.

What finally helped?

Core strength, exercising, moving.

Now, 3-4 times per week I exersise. 20-30 minutes of cardio, followed by 30 minutes of core/back strengthening exercises.

I am healthy, fit, and strong AND NO MORE BACK PAIN.

It will take you about 3 months for the pain to go away, but you will see it decline and fade away. I can sit in a chair, play on the floor, pull weeds, pick strawberries, bike ride, life heavy objects.

Make fitness part of your life, you will feel better and can escape regular chiropractor visits and addiction to pain medication.

I could barely walk a few years ago. I couldn't jump without intense back-pain and now I can run, jump, and play in my mid 40's.

Even if you can barely move, start today. Visit your local YMCA, get a trainer, start slow, keep at it, and slowly day-after-day you will make gains and in 3 months your core will be able to take a punch from Mike Tyson and you will be strong and fit.

A strong body core is like a second set of back muscles. It supports you and holds you together. When you tighten your core/stomach it helps you back. immensely.

There are no quick fixes in life, no silver bullets, no magic pills. You have to earn the gains. No one can do it for you. You can't buy it. You can't steal it. It is something that requires routine and a little mental toughness. Do it, it will change your quality of life.

Remember this, by saying, "Oh, I don't have time to work out, exercise, or strengthen my core." what you are really saying is that, "I am choosing not to make my physical fitness and quality of life a priority." Say it outloud 3 times and see how it sounds, "I am choosing not to make this a priority, then add I would rather have back surgery and spinal fusion surgery, and be addicted to pain medicine."

I do it 3-4 time per week at 8PM. I am choosing to make my health and quality of life a priority. I don't want to be in chronic pain. I don't want to visit a quack to crack my bones. I don't want to take 6 Alleve pills per day.

As a side benefit, putting on muscles will help anyone who is pre-diabetic, and it will lower your cholesterol. Exercise has an amazing effect on the body.

Do it. Put down the DAMN COMPUTER and drive to the YMCA or GYM with a trainer NOW. Go, get off your ass. Start slow, give it 3 months and you will be a new person.

Leave NOW!

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