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Comment Watch the teacher (Score 1) 389

You also have to be careful about who is teaching and how they are doing it. Plus how that's different from the environment where you actually use this knowledge.

Otherwise, you end up with the situation in Starman:

"I learned how to drive by watching you! Green means go, red means stop, yellow means go very fast!"

Comment Great Judge (Score 5, Insightful) 231

It's long, but that transcript is really worth a read. First the judge thoughtfully skewers every argument the government presents, and tries to get to the fundamental principles involved. Then he thoughtfully skewers every argument Apple presents and tries to get them to throw away all of the marketing nonsense and just say what they think the actual issues are. Then he takes it all into consideration and says he'll go try to find the proper balance in his ruling.

No matter how that case comes out, that's one judge who is doing his job.

Comment Re:Not really news at this point (Score 2) 186

On the other hand, the media is often sensationalizing a few outlying cases. A single research group was caught falsifying global warming data? A few dozen others were publishing real data.

In this case, 100 papers were retracted for fraud. The most recent two issues of the planetary astronomy journal I frequently publish in which few of you have even heard of comprised 100 articles total. 100 articles retracted is a *tiny* tiny percentage of the reliable peer reviews published.

Fraud is bad. When found, punish it. But this single incident does not signal the end of science.

Comment Why is this an issue? (Score 2) 1038

We have complete understanding of how to knock someone so far out that you can cut into them for hours in an operating room, even to the point of removing their heart for a transplant. Why the heck to people have to go from fully conscious to dead in a single shot? Knock them out completely painlessly, and then kill them while they can feel nothing. I've never understood lethal injections at all!

Comment Re:Makes no sense (Score 1) 580

I'm also happy our state tied for first, but you can't take a number like "only 44% passed" and know that it means much of anything. After my high school career, I was ready to commit seppuku when I receive my first Astrophysics grade in college. A 63% seemed like the worst thing I had ever done, clearly indicating I was unfit for my chosen profession. Until I found out that 63% was the highest grade in the class.

Tests don't measure anything other than how good you are at passing that particular test. A well-crafted test will spread students out allowing educators to understand where the better students still have room to grow, and where the weaker students are lacking. If everyone passes a test with flying colors, it doesn't mean everyone knows all they need. I merely means the test is useless.

Comment Re:At face value... (Score 2) 150

>They spend money on quality materials where others do not. But it doesn't justify a 100% premium over their competitors.

Actually, that is pretty much the *only* thing that *does* justify such margins. In just about every other manufacturing industry, there's the cheap crap you can buy at a discount, and the high-quality, well-made stuff that has a much greater than >100% price premium. Toasters, Dining Room Tables, Cars... You name it, and paying for quality has always been profitable.

The only question that remains is whether you think Apple is providing the quality. Given your statement above, it is.

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