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Comment Re:Ah the 90s. (Score 1) 228

I am a parent, and I also feel like perhaps Kindergrarten should not be about only "play time". By the time I was in 1st grade, everybody could read, Dick and Jane level books. Those books are such beginner level that you wouldn't use them to teach an adult learning a new language.

As an example:

"Who is it?"
Mother said, "It is not DIck. It is not Jane...."

The fact is, most children entering into first grade nowadays aren't at that level. Their parents - frankly - suck !
So, Kindergartens have little choice to spend this time trying to provide the most basic instruction that used to be left to parents.
In fact I vaguely recall that it was mandatory that a child be able to write their own name, and address and telephone number before they could attend Kindergarten. Guaranteed that requirement doesn't exist any more. From some of the stories I have heard, Kindergarten teachers are happy if all their kids are toilette trained.

Comment Re:It's absolutely amazing (Score 4, Informative) 225

The answer 61K joules doesn't tell you much unless you are really familiar with energy.
So, let's look at another similar energy values to help us understand how much energy the solar panel experienced (for lack of a better word).
This bullet (when fired) has a muzzle energy value of about half that amount. This is basically the size of round fired from a .50 Calibre machine gun. That gun is so large, that it is difficult for one person to carry it, and is normally fired from an anchored position (a mount). This is a common ship-board defense weapon against small craft.

Comment Re:It was user error, not a spreadsheet problem .. (Score 1) 349

If I open a new spreadsheet (without a template) the default behavior is to convert data types to randomness. Some numbers are interpreted as dates, and so on.
Not only that, but frequently, having converted it, I am unable to reset. Instead Excel will display #ERROR or some such nonsense, even though clicking on the cell will show the original data in the toolbar area.
Please tell me you understand why this is a design flaw. The default behavior for an application like Excel should be to preserve data, not convert it. Just as the default behavior for a Word Processor should not include making decisions about how I want text formatted without me explicitly formatting it - changing font, indentation, line spacing, etc. Yet, Microsoft Word does this too, and then doesn't even include an option to show me what formatting codes are responsible, so that I can remove them, and restore the text to un-formatted.

This is simply crap programming from MS, as per usual.

Comment Re:It was user error, not a spreadsheet problem .. (Score 5, Insightful) 349

Oh, yeah, the single quote - so obvious that the solution to the problem of Excel's stupid, stupid, stupid default behavior of *silently modifying your data* is to put a freaking Single Quote character in front of every cell data element.

Why can't the default behavior be that the data is just not modified, at all, unless I tell Excel I want it to be.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 1) 622

Hmm. let's see. median age.

Let's assume that nobody buys a car before they are old enough to drive - 16 in most US states but let's round it down to 15.

Let's assume that most people beyond the age of 85 don't buy a new car because of failing health, eyesight, finances, etc.

It is completely logical that the median age for a Toyota purchaser is 50 - in fact, I suspect the median age for the purchaser of almost any item other than a lolipop, or adult diapers is about 50.

Time to learn a little about math.

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