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Comment Re:Disgusting (Score 1) 54

Making education entertaining conditions children into enjoying education. A common thread among the geniuses of the past is that they all started education at a very early age and it was ground into them, so they almost instinctively had it become their raison d'tere. Not everyone has that kind of upbringing. LEGO has created more engineers than ENG101 because it taught children how to enjoy the process of building, regardless of whether that was their original inclination. The same has been done with computer games and programming. Now we're seeing attempts to do the same via Minecraft.

You can't roll back the clock, so talking about the good old days doesn't solve anything. Work with where we are now, the world we are in today.

Comment Re:People getting too illiterate for email? (Score 1) 290

There are reasons for voice communication. I've asked an either/or question of someone via email and gotten a response of "yes" which was quite infuriating. Doubly so because they were on the west coast and replied after my business hours on the east coast, then I had to wait till 11 AM the next day to get a proper response. All of this could be avoided with real-time communication.

Comment Re:Lucky you're not in Australia (Score 1) 623

The saying "9 you're fine, 10 you're mine" is common in the US. It refers to the threshold most police use to pull you over. Unless you're going through a speed trap or a small town, you're unlikely to get pulled going 9 or less because you can get it wiped out at court fairly easy.

Comment Assuming people can go without internet (Score 1) 174

In my circles and with my career, internet has become a necessity not an option. Looking at it through this lens, you factor the difference between the internet you'd have without netflix and what you'd have with it, not the entire cost. In my case, that's $10/mo extra, not the whole $50.

Comment Re:Does this pass the smell test? (Score 1) 147

That being said, the risk potential probably would be much more acceptable for a smaller scale of rivers and inland lakes, where a vessel would arguably be easier to salvage if there is an issue.

You have it entirely flipped, this is the exact opposite of reality and smaller rivers and inlets are the most dangerous places for a ship big enough to want automation. The river may look wide, but the channel in which bigger ships can actually travel inside a river is often very small due to depth constraints. A ship running aground in a channel can shut down commerce there for days, weeks, or months depending on the severity, and a collision can cause hundreds of millions in damage to fixed infrastructure. The risk and concern is so severe that most ports have what we call "pilots" that are specialized ship drivers who know that port location - they drive out to the large ship in a small boat, climb the ladder, and drive the ship to its berth. It can take up to 2-3 hours just to dock a ship at one of the outer terminals because of the low speed and safety factors. The turning tolerances and weather constraints make it very dangerous and difficult should something go wrong.

Comment You're holding it wrong :) (Score 1) 99

Sorta kinda serious with the subject line. We've been conditioned over the years to be very precise about our steps in working with computers, especially as techies, because we know the limitations. Well, these tools actually remove multiple steps and we aren't taking advantage of it.

For example, when I first tried using it I would say "OK Google, directions to 1234 Main Street, Anytown, USA 21222 - then put in my location, then click navigate. Now, I say "OK Google, navigate to home" and that's it. Or "OK Google, navigate to Chipotle" and it'll figure out the closest one on its own. Much easier and you don't have to worry about the details.

Another example, sometimes I like to sleep for a few extra minutes in the morning after getting ready, so my alarm changes. I'll say "OK Google, set alarm for 7" and I don't need to specific the day, "O'clock", AM or PM, or how often the alarm goes off, the default behavior is setting a one-time alarm closest to your current time. After using it for a while you get used to these shortcuts and it becomes quicker.

Comment A take from a young buck (Score 1) 351

Doom was a little before my time, but I did enjoy playing it around 11 years old on the Jaguar. I'm not sure why, but for some reason we ended up with fairly odd names for a lot of the monsters. The pig men were "Biscuit Eaters" the floating balls were meatballs (obviously) and we ended up calling one of them "Leaning Jowlers" which is a pig roll position from Pass the Pigs. We had a lot of fun with it :)

My LAN days focused mainly on CS, Starcraft, and AoE2.

Comment Bad teachers make bad note-takers (Score 1) 192

Unfortunately, all through middle and high school, I had anal-retentive teachers who demanded you transcribe their notes word-for-word and took 10% or more of your grade from random note tests. I had one teacher whose tests would consist of questions like "what is the third word on the 5th page of section 5 in your notes" and the answer would be "the" or something ridiculous. As a slow writer, I found it infuriating and it really left a bad taste in my mouth about education for many years. It wasn't about learning, it was about learning the way they say is best, individuality be damned.

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