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Comment Re:Just because it's patented... (Score 1) 381

I can't agree more. I think I would like this feature for a few different reasons including some noted below such as undetected malware installation. I think I read somewhere about the Androids are being hit with the first wave of malware tech recently?

In any case, I think the patent app inclusion are interesting. I particularly enjoyed: "The electronic device of claim 11, further comprising: an accelerometer operable to record a vibration profile of the electronic device; and a signal processor operable to compare the recorded vibration profile with a library of vibration profiles to determine a current mode of transportation of the electronic device."

However, some prudence needs to be placed on user consent.

Comment Re:Well, that explains things. (Score 1) 1268

I don't think you are being an old crotchety bastard by saying that. Oh...did I inject new descriptors? I just wanted to say crotchety.

I try to stay away from generalizations. Blanket labels and policies are a major part of the problem. Having just sat through a summer pre-cal course, my objective isn't to run through the steps, but to actually UNDERSTAND what is happening. I am a visual thinker. I need explanation such as those that line the wiki entry for the pythagorean therem. That's not what I get. What I am faced with are teachers who don't know how to teach. Regurgitating what is in the book will not suffice everyone.

This is not to say that teachers are the only reason. I would like to think that the majority of the teachers are great at what they do. Part of the problem is the system. Reduced funding, and not giving them the resources they need in order to teach falls on the local and federal government. Conversely, a student may have a great teacher, but lack the support of the guardians to succeed. Sometimes, it is just a matter of dual income or single-parent families and the inability to MAKE (or even be able to make) time to sit down with their child and help.

In the interest of making sure I do not apply blanket terms, education is a dynamic environment, as is insufficient learning progress. I think each student's strengths and weaknesses should be looked at on an individual basis. Our current system does not allow the time for a student to be given a clear assessment before they have left a teachers classroom for the year. Next year, the new teacher must start from scratch.

It is a challenge to teach today. I'm not a teacher. I could be wrong. But I would like to teach one day. And as I am going through my education, I make it a priority to absorb what I am going through my own education in the physics and engineering field, and devise methods to teach visual thinkers like myself. I think everyone deserves the right opportunity to be taught how our world works. I truly believe everyone can understand it, if they are taught the right way.

I'm sure someone will find fault in something I've said. But I have an idea, and I am moving forward with it.

Comment Re:the empty set (Score 1) 1186

The biggest problem with tattoos is that the tend to viewed as less professional, it is the only reason why I don't have a sleeve myself.

When I got my bubble chamber tat on my wrist, I got it there because I wanted to keep myself out of corporate america. I'd rather be on the ground floor doing the work. I figured this would help me stay out of the rat race. I will let you know how it is working out in 6 months when my resignation comes up and I go back to school fulltime.

Comment Re:Art in Science: Bubble Chamber & 137 (Score 1) 1186

I want to add 137 to it as well.

To how many decimal places? (Yes, it has them. The claim on that "One hundred thirty-seven is the value of a number called the fine-structure constant." is not true:

  1. 137 is approximately the reciprocal of the fine-structure constant;
  2. the reciprocal of the measured value of the fine-structure constant is a little bit larger than 137.)

137 was rounded off for the purposes of physics promotion. Richard Feynman suggested that all physicists should display the number around their offices and homes as a constant reminder that there is still so much we don't know. Leon Lederman, Director Emeritus of Fermilab, chose 137 Eola Rd. for the address of his home while serving as Director onsite at the Lab. He even joked that if you are every lost, hold up a sign that says 137 and a physicist would come to your aid.

I enjoy physics education. A simple 137 is all you need to convey the complexity.

I've also convinced myself that the only guys worth dating are the ones who know what 137 means. Suffice to say, I haven't been on a date in over 2 years.

Comment Art in Science: Bubble Chamber & 137 (Score 1) 1186

I have a replication of a bubble chamber photo on my wrist. I think there is so much beauty in science and math, and want to be reminded of this in everything I do....there is more to this world than the petty little things I find myself involved in from time to time. I want to add 137 to it as well. People ask all the time what it means, and it's an open opportunity to drop some knowledge on some people. Of course it helps if you can figure a way to dumb it down so they understand.

Tattoos For the Math and Science Geek? 1186

An anonymous reader writes "I've been thinking of getting a sleeve of math and science tattoos for quite a while now. With the money saved up, the only question remaining is, what equations/ideas should I get? I know for certain that I'm going to include some of Maxwell's equations, and definitely Ohm's Law. So, if you were going to put a tribute to the great math and science minds on your body forever, which ones would you choose?"

Submission + - Take a hike Tokamak...the Hoverdisc is here! (

icantbemiyu writes: Lamenting the "I 3 ITER" tattoo I got: "MIT boffins this week have taken the wraps off a new kind of nuclear fusion reactor, different from the humdrum tokamaks and laser-ignition chambers which have thus far offered such disappointing results. The new kit is called the Levitated Dipole Experiment (LDX), and features a half-ton magnetic doughnut suspended in midair by super powerful force fields. The underlying principles were discovered by observing the behaviour of space plasma interacting with the magnetic fields of planets such as Jupiter. The LDX's hovering dipole, made of superconducting coils housed inside a steel container, "flies" inside the larger chamber in which the experiment's plasma is held. According to Jay Kesner, MIT's LDX honcho, the difference between his baby and a regular tokamak is simple: with the tokamak the plasma is inside the magnet, whereas in the LDX the magnet is inside the plasma." Real time video is shown on the linked page.

Comment Re:uhh... (Score 1) 144

Agree, lowest bidder is fine. Just have a solid contract and an accountable monitoring system in place. It's all about project controls. The trick to not getting screwed over by a crack is making sure there could never be a crack, having someone who can see unforeseen cracks before they hit, and a plan in place prior to it hitting. But that would mean more money in the front end that you can't really quantify value to because they actually do there jobs.

Comment Mentor (Score 1) 366

What about volunteering for a kids program? For instance, I work in the civil engineering industry, and there are programs such as TechXploration where they have a week of hands on experience with mentors. You should certainly be able to find a similair organization somewhere. My suggestion would be to double up on it. Pick something out of your state, maybe a university summer course for kids/students, and offer to work with them for the week you are there. Picking another state means you can still feel like it is a vacation because you aren't driving the same streets, seeing the same people, and answering the same emails.

Comment Re:eating (Score 1) 232

How come we only get 5% conversion efficiency? I think we should be able to swing something higher than that. 10% should cut it down to like..what? 1/3 Calorie consumtion? Your standard P-cell gets %20. In any case....eating is what needs to go. It's sleep. I want to evolve to be the creature that does not need sleep.

Submission + - Higgs boson: You can do it Fermi! (

icantbemiyu writes: The only fundamental particle in the Standard Model yet to be discovered, the Higgs – or more precisely its associated field – is supposed to “stick” to other particles and thus give them the property of mass. Many particle physicists have been hoping that the [CERN] LHC’s expected collision energies of 14 TeV will be powerful enough to finally unearth the Higgs, and in doing so wrap up the Standard Model.

However, Taoso’s group, which includes members in the US at Argonne National Laboratory, Northwestern University in Illinois and the University of California in Irvine, thinks experiments searching for traces of dark matter might get there first. Dark matter is thought to make up more than 80% of the matter in the universe but it does not interact with light (hence being "dark") so its presence has only been inferred from its gravitational effects on normal matter. Although dark matter itself doesn’t interact with light, such an annihilation could generate a photon and another particle, possibly the Higgs. The researchers claim that detecting this Higgs would be a matter of spotting the partner photon with an energy reflecting the Higgs’s mass. If their calculations are correct, gamma-ray telescopes like Fermi might see the first evidence within a year.

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