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Comment Re:deja vu (Score 1) 394

As for actually memorizing a text book in general, yes I did, thought not for a class. I was in an group that participated in the Citizen Bee, in my sophomore or junior year. I memorized every question and chart in a ~200-page book.

You could memorize 200 pages but can't remember if it was your sophomore or junior year?

Comment Re:Traditional banks are dead (Score 4, Interesting) 167

I was sued by a local business in small claims court. I brought in a printed copy of the electronic statement from my bank billpay with confirmation codes showing that I sent the online payment (the bank then cut a paper check and mailed it, the business was not set up for electronic payment). I also had a copy of the hard-copy, mailed statement from my bank with the same information. The judge did not accept my printed copy, he thought it was too easily faked. He did accept my hard-copy mailed statement from the bank and I won my case. This was small claims court, the rules are different than in other courts.

Comment Re:Visual vs wall of code (Score 5, Insightful) 158

It shouldn't matter how the code itself is created. You can code the same thing in any number of languages in any number of code types. If the kids don't know what loops are, what case statements are etc, then they'll still suck at "coding" even if you are dumping a bunch of text based functions on their head.

You are correct. Not only that, the learning objective with drag and drop might be colloquially called "coding" but in reality it might be to teach the logic of problem solving and the logic of coding using graphics, yet still having something that either works or does not work at the end of the project. Thinking logically before putting fingers to keyboard is a skill that needs to be learned - seeing the working project at the end is motivation.

Lego Mindstorms is an example of this. Drag and drop the objects, have the robot do something and then troubleshoot why it did not work (both hardware and software). Then build on success. As you become more proficient, you can solve some pretty complex problems. When the problems become too complex, you can move into a variety of actual languages to either solve a previously unsolvable problem or solve the problem in a more efficient manner.

Comment Re: Well then... (Score 4, Informative) 125

I'm not saying "Fuck you; you dialup clods" - just explaining why streaming works for me.

I do: fuck you, you dialup clods. This is the 21st Century: you have no right to complain and want to hold the rest of us back because you're a rural bunch of no-monied crap-o-rama shitfolks. We want to move forwards: progress for the most people and for the worthy ones. You don't like it? Choke on a shovel and die in a manure fire.

Fuck you, you city dwelling bitch. I live in a very rural area of Indiana and have gigabit fiber.

Comment Re:Rural areas (Score 2) 242

I live in a very rural area where houses and intersections were at least 1000 feet off from my GPS. My house showed up over a mile from the road and the the road was labeled with the wrong name. Then one day about 4 or 5 years ago everything was accurate. Super accurate as a matter of fact. I looked at the little man icon on the map, clicked it and noticed that a Google Street View car, or whatever they're called, drove by a couple months before that (based on what was shown in the picture) and the maps were updated. When the maps were wrong, street view was not available in my area. I would also assume Google, and everyone else, takes GPS readings from your phone and updates maps where they haven't sent their own equipment. The problem you envisioned will be corrected long before the first snowfall and an autonomous vehicle meet.

Comment Re:I don't think it will mean much (Score 2) 203

Even though they'll take responsibility, in every state in the US you must still have liability coverage. If these companies are to be their own underwriters so to speak then they'd have to jump through hurdles to be approved to operate as an insurance company as well. They could obviously partner with insurance companies as well.

In many states, you do not need insurance, but proof of financial security which can be a surety bond with the DMV. In my state it's only $50,000. The company I work for does this and we are in no way associated with or approved as an Insurance Company.

Comment Re:Honest Question (Score 1) 2115

10X of the poverty line might be gravy, but higher taxes at that level might also be a disinsentive to produce more wealth - and more jobs.

Why 10X the poverty line, why don't we just tax everything above the poverty line since that is the place that you can survive?

Taxes on income punish a person for producing (earning) no matter the level. Have you ever seen the articles that show a family of 4 earning roughly $20K actually has more disposable income than a family earning $50K? It takes a considerable amount of money (percentage wise) to go from welfare to taxpayer - so much so, that it isn't always worth the effort.

The Almighty Buck

Boy Finds £2.5M Gold Locket With Metal Detector 169

Instead of bottle caps and ridicule from his peers, 3-year-old James Hyatt found a locket worth millions with his metal detector. James and his dad found the gold locket last May in Essex. Since then the 500-year-old treasure has been appraised at around £2.5million. From the article: "James’s father Jason, 34, said: ‘My son is one of the luckiest people ever. If we go to the doctors he’ll put his hand down the side of the sofa and pull out a tenner.’"

Comment Re:And what about the players.. (Score 0, Offtopic) 185

"The difference being that software, games, music, TV shows, and movies can continue working as long as you have the media"

"So, when I buy a ticket to see a musical concert, that gives me the ability to see that same concert again whenever I please? Amazing. I thought that once the concert was over, that was it."

Jackass, have you always been a douche?

Comment Re:What a joke of a survey. (Score 1) 490

I travel between Phoenix, San Jose, Salt Lake City, St. George, and Las Vegas, and I've never had an issue with ATT and my iPhone 3gs.

You and most people I know don't have problems with using their iphone, but I hate when someone calls me on their iphone - either to my landline or cell. The voice quality is terrible from the iphone.

Comment Re:What about Google? (Score 1) 487

Well, I think you can, actually. Capitalism is often described as 'greed is good'. Socialism at least ATTEMPTS to set up a system that actively resists the greed impulse. It may not succeed, and greed will exist no matter what system you set up, but that doesn't make every system equal in terms of how much greed is encouraged.

It's not how much greed is encouraged that makes socialism good or bad, it is how greed is tolerated that makes it bad. The ruling class only tolerates their own greed.

Comment Re:I'm ignorant (Score 3, Interesting) 206

Local radio and opportunities for niche programming are disappearing.

Dr. Demento was syndicated, not local. He is definately niche.

It is a shame that it is harder to find a place for something different in this world.

Too bad there is not some system that can allow people to connect and search for content using computers.

I live in a small town. Clear Channel is one more way to erode something unique. The corporate whores at the FCC have decide to server their corporate masters, and this is just one more sympton.

I also live in a small town and if it weren't for the clear channel stations, I'd receive no radio stations (we have weak local stations with lots of static).

Comment Re:The main danger is (Score 1) 357

I've mentioned it a few times before, but one of the major reasons I refuse to believe the sincerity of measures like this scanning technology is that one can purchase large glass bottles in any airport departure lounge. A glass bottle is a far more effective weapon than many of the other items that they'll confiscate from hand luggage, yet I've never even seen the issue mentioned.

A pen and pencil are also very effective weapons.

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