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Comment Re:Incredible learning tool (Score 4, Insightful) 72

I had the pleasure of taking Human Anatomy and Physiology a few years ago. The professor was superb, but our school didn't have the resources to afford a cadaver lab.

Pictures and plastic models are OK, but there are times when being able to visualize something like this would greatly help the learning experience.

I agree that visualizing greatly helps the learning experience in science and engineering and that tools like this would be very helpful in the areas of medicine and biology. A cool next step to this would be some sort of "virtual surgery" that could pay attention to what both hands were doing at once.

Comment Re:Seems low (Score 1) 272

That's what money is -- a convenient way of exchanging limited resources...When the money represents nothing, we may as well be pretending that we have infinite resources at our disposal, at which point one wonders why we're bothering with money at all.

Sort of. Money is (also) a representation of your labor, not just of your goods. Money (in the US) doesn't represent nothing, it represents the effort the laborers add to the economy. While that effort is intangible it isn't "nothing". The money supply is backed by the efforts of the people using that money. Ideally, the money supply should expand such that every product/service produced could be purchased. However, our numbers aren't quite that accurate and it is better to have a little extra money than not enough money so we aim for a small, but measurable amount of inflation.

I also want to mention that gold is also a "fiat" currency. It only has value as money if the parties to the trade declare that it has that value.
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Comment don't jail the corporation... (Score 1) 488

How do we put a corporation in jail?

We don't have to. The thing that everyone seems to forget is that corporations as such don't do anything. People who work for corporations, and people who run corporations do.

Jail the person responsible - be it a director, or some other manager or drone - and the risk-free abuse will suddenly seem much less risk-free!

Comment Re:Waste MORE time!? (Score 1) 1073

A lot of children do not get the topic that is being taught without repetition. When they get it, the homework is done much faster so the hours of homework become a lot less.

Children should not be deciding what they need to learn. Mostly since home nay children are going to say "Yes, please assign us more homework". Teachers need to be better, yes. But also children need to learn. Many kids do not want to learn. And many adults allow these excuses for children to not learn. The acting out and pointing at ADHD, ADD, and everything else. This was not the case 20 years ago. Children that did this either shaped up or were sent else where. Today, these disruptive children are kept with the regular kids and bring the group as a whole down. What happened? I still blame the parents. For these parents are not doing their job of parenting. The parents will blame everything and everyone but themselves and their children.

Businesses

Submission + - 12% of Americans Will Purchase Greener Electronics (news.com)

eldavojohn writes: "A recent survey shows that in the market of electronics 12% of Americans will actually take greener products into account when considering their purchases. This is becoming a bigger and bigger deal for marketing in many businesses. From the article, "Green labels on gadgets are not prominent, and products made by companies with ecologically aware practices generally don't cost more than others. People interested in buying more efficient products will see the EnergyStar seal on products. EPEAT ratings of energy-efficient electronics, on the other hand, do not mark goods in stores." Given two products that are the same price and quality, would you buy the one with a Gold EPEAT rating on it?"
Programming

Submission + - Best programming chair

Caffeinebot writes: "As a programmer I have a tendency to get engrossed in the current bug/feature/solution, for hours at a time. Even when Gnome imposes a typing break every hour, by the end of the day my back gets sore and my overall body is unhappy- so I ask slashdotters what is your favorite chair that gives you maximum upper and lower lumbar support for maximum ergonomic comfort?"
Software

Submission + - How do I record my memories for the future?

magister159 writes: "I'm 23 years old. I've always been a little absent minded. I can't remember most people's birthdays, phone numbers, etc. I've gotten around this problem by using computers to store all the important information. But lately, I've been starting to worry about forgetting memories from my past. I'm not so concerned about my day-to-day working, as that all seems to blend together, but things like family vacations, childhood friends, grade school, etc. It always seems like I'm struggling to remember things that happened in the past. Even as far back as 5-7 years ago. I'm worried that I'm going to turn 40, and not remember the important things.

So I've decided to try to record all of my memories into electronic format to help me remember and reference as I age. This is probably going to get very large, and contain a lot of information that I'd like to keep organized. This isn't going to be like a daily journal, but a place to hold all of the things worth remembering.

It has to have at least the following:
  • Open access and portability. I plan on keeping this for a while. I can't be locked into a specific format that will be obsolete in a few years.
  • Availability. If I'm walking down the street, I want to be able to jot down something that popped into my head quickly.
  • Security. This is probably going to contain a lot of personal information. Names of people, embarrassments, etc. I don't want the whole world to know about every aspect of my life.

So there I am. My fist though was a simple document, but that will get messy very quickly. Besides, this isn't going to be entered like a story, but a collection of facts. I'm leaning toward a wiki. It should be easy to organize and should be pretty portable. I want it to be online, but not available to everyone. I don't know if Mediawiki has that ability. I'd also have to find a host I trust, and keep it paid up and make sure I do backups. I want redundancy so I don't loose all of this if my HD crashes.

What is the best way to achieve what I'm trying to do?"
Robotics

Submission + - Nanobots powered by sperm energy (presscue.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "The biological pathway that powers sperm to swim long distances could be harnessed to nanotech devices, releasing drugs or performing mechanical functions inside the body, according to a presentation at the American Society for Cell Biology's 47th Annual meeting. The work by researchers at Cornell's Baker Institute of Animal Health may be the first demonstration of how multistep biological pathways can be assembled and function on a human-made device."
Portables

Submission + - XOgiving OLPCs to work without mesh, over jabber (laptop.org)

Dave Crossland writes: "One Laptop Per Child is running its "Give One Get One" (G1G1) sale for North Americans — only 6 days left! — and one of the most widely touted innovations in the XO laptop is the mesh networking which is integrated into all the applications. Since people buying XOs in the G1G1 scheme will only get ONE, it was announced on the sugar mailing today that "for G1G1, there is a Jabber server preconfigured. When you have internet access, [the mesh features] will "Just Work". The Neighborhood screen does show all those on that server currently.""
Software

Submission + - Designers, Architects Celebrate 25 Years of CAD (wired.com)

scott3778 writes: "On Thursday, Nov. 15, AutoCAD — and the company that created it — celebrate their 25th anniversary. During the past quarter-century, much has changed in the computer-aided drafting world. And while Carol Bartz's famous "If God didn't create it, AutoCAD did" catch phrase isn't as true today as it was 15 years ago, Autodesk can still claim credit for bringing CAD to the masses."

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