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Comment Re:What World Does He Live On? (Score 1) 1153

This is not the point. The point is not to fill your mind with memoties of trig identities. It's to prepare you for memorisation and to teach you to remember.That would be like saying "Miss! I wrote this short story and I don't get why I did it! I'll never need to write THIS SHORT STORY ever again! What a waste of my schooling!". Sometimes you gotta do useless stuff to learn skills. A footballer doesn't need to dribble the ball around traffic cones anytime in his life except for at training.

You even say 'we need to know how to think mathematically'. A part of that is using your memory to good effect, both in having a large bank of memorised knowledge and in knowing what you need to memorise and what you can do without.

Comment Re:Revenue Collection (Score 1) 297

I'll start worrying about the slippery slope once someone is actually being persecuted who isn't guilty.

The fact is, nobody gets fined who doesn't break the law, and while the Police may get money from the red light cameras and the speed cameras, nobody loses who doesn't break the rules. There are no losers here except criminals.

This isn't like (to go down a slashdot rabbit hole, perhaps) Sony removing Other OS from the PS3 to prevent piracy while stepping on your freedoms. The only freedom being taken by a red light camera is your freedom to run red lights. If you have a problem with this then Id ask you to explain to me who the loser is.

Comment Re:Not Sony: Closed; Yes Nintendo: Open (Score 2, Informative) 182

Sony may like its systems closed, but Nintendo has as long a history of locked-down, anti-piracy measures and closed systems. The Wii does not play DVDs. Homebrew (slash piracy...) cartridges for DS are banned. Online is a joke. As far back as the NES and as recently as the DSi (no transferring downloadable games between systems), Nintendo is all about proprietary.

Classic Games (Games)

The Best Video Games On Awful Systems 272

Buffalo55 writes "For the most part, classic games manage to reappear on different systems. Just look at Nintendo. The publisher has done an excellent job bringing NES, SNES, Genesis and even old school Neo Geo titles to the Wii's Virtual Console, while Microsoft's Game Room brings the best of Atari's 2600 into the living room. Of course, not every console was a success. The '90s, in particular, saw quite a few flops from companies like Panasonic, Sega and Atari. Just because a system is a failure, though, doesn't mean all of its games suck. On the contrary, most of these machines have a few gems that fell between the cracks once the console croaked." What overlooked game on a failed platform would you like to see revived?
XBox (Games)

Microsoft Unveils New Xbox 360 Wireless Controller 150

adeelarshad82 writes "Microsoft unveiled a new wireless Xbox 360 controller, which features a revamped D-pad that transforms from a plus to a disc. The new D-pad was developed to address complaints from users. Other new features include: A, B, X, and Y buttons that are gray instead of the standard red, green, yellow, and blue; and a matte silver color. The controller includes 2.4-GHz wireless technology with a 30-foot range."

School District Drops 'D' Grades 617

Students in one New Jersey school district will no longer be able to squeak by in class after the Morris County School Board approved dropping the D grade. Beginning in the fall students who don't get a C or higher will get an F on their report card. "I'm tired of kids coming to school and not learning and getting credit for it," said Superintendent Larrie Reynolds in a Daily Record report.

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