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Comment Our Experience (Score 4, Informative) 269

My girlfriend got a Windows 8 netbook, since that's all they had in the store. She hates it. The default metro apps take a long time to load and feel sluggish, even though they're meant for tablets. She also complains that they're poorly thought-out, and it's hard to figure out simple functionality. IE, how do you move the to the next picture when looking at pictures in a folder. Also, she's getting tired of everything wanting to go full screen.

Comment Re:Not Thankful (Score 1) 197

Some people hate it with a frightening absence of passion. They drink tea out of delicate porcelain cups, while stroking a white cat. Their bluish lips tighten briefly, and there is a hint of tightness in their eyes as they steeple their fingers and regard the offending desktop with disdain.

Or so I imagine. I've never tried Gnome 3. I hear it sucks.

Comment Re:Suprising how? (Score 4, Insightful) 771

We notice that all of the mentioned 'science' issues are tied to public policy positions of the left and that the 'scientists' are working outside their areas of expertise when they push policy solutions to the problems they 'find.'

Whole lines of research were simply forbidden as career ending. Consipracy theories almost always pop up in vacumns of fact, especially when it is pretty obvious that facts are suspected but being supressed.

So... is your post some kind of satire, or what?

Comment Misleading Summary (Score 4, Insightful) 734

The actual quote is:

Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

It sounds like "Outcome-Based Education" is that you aren't graded by how many hours you spend learning or working, but by the output you can produce. So they're saying you could use this to brainwash students based on the teacher's political agenda? IE, at the end of the class you will show you understand his views, and why everyone else is wrong. When you put it like that, it doesn't seem so bad...

Of course, what they're really saying is don't challenge our creationist views with your fancy logic. And that's sad.

Comment Re:Paradoxical (Score 1) 465

Hmmm... if we were to keep Alice and Bob one light-millisecond from Victor, could we send messages back in time? Imagine we're continually repeating the process of emitting photons as in the summary.

1) An earthquake happens. Victor entangles the photons.
2) Alice and Bob detect correlated polarizations, and instruct Victor to entangle his photons.
3) This process continues, bringing us one millisecond backwards in time at each step. (Minus the time to perform the measurements and inform Victor)
4) Lab staff notice that Alice and Bob have spontaneously correlated polarizations, and deduce that a disaster will shortly occur.

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