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Comment Re:Some advice.... (Score 0) 317

I would agree with the above sentiment above on project management or even business administration courses if you feel you enjoy working with the people more than the code/technology itself. There is always a spot for management that came up through the ranks and understands the actual job of those around them. There are some great alternatives to just an MBA that combine some business/accounting with other skills depending on your career path. One example is University of Wisconsin's Masters in Engineering Management (formerly Masters of Engineering in Professional Practice). There are other similar degrees to this one that might be closer to your ambitions than an MBA if you look around.

Comment Beta (Score 0) 158

Well if the facial recognition software would allow law enforcement to identify the creators of the beta to lock them up and do unspeakable things to them, such as forcing them to wear Google glass to stare at the beta site (the usual cruel and unusual laws need not apply to monsters like them), I think it would be a terrific idea.

... it can't be any worse of an idea than the beta after all.

Comment LIMIT being the keyword (Score 1, Insightful) 210

First, I am going to have to call B.S. on at least part of the summary:

infants and toddlers "just have no idea what's going on" no matter how well done a video is

They can enjoy music, motion, colors, and even learn to understand what is going on. My first daughter watched https://www.babysigningtime.com/ from about 6 months (give or take a bit) and by 1 had a rather extensive signing vocabulary. At first she would watch 1 segment and gradually would watch one 30 minute episode (each episode had about 6 segments with a group of related signs in song format). The songs were catchy and the colors were flashy. Even if she was just sitting and playing and not paying full attention, I felt it was a fine musical background. Also, her watching was not always a solo activity. Many days, her and I would curl up together on the couch and watch the episode right before bed as a way to unwind. I was hoping http://www.yourbabycanread.com/ would catch her attention too, but when she wanted a show on it was almost always Signing Time.

Most people will immediately take the knee-jerk reaction and think they can't let a child watch anything. Sure, if you let the television babysit your child for hours you will have issues. Like everything else in this world, there is a need for moderation and parental involvement. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with letting a child watch things like the previously mentioned shows, Sesame Street, Super Why, or Sid the Science Kid, so long as it is not being used as a substitute for parenting.

(I do not work for nor have any association with any of the aforementioned programming)
(Post based on empirical evidence, not a scientific study. Your mileage may vary. Perhaps my child turned out great DESPITE my efforts.)

Comment Tracking (Score 0) 461

If it is necessary for your credit card to go through, then you have to give it anyway.

If it isn't needed by your credit card, then there is no reason you can't just interpret their question as "please name a zip code". There is a store by my house that I know will ask zip code prior to any purchase that probably thinks they have had a customer from every state including Alaska and Hawaii last year.

Comment Re:Good idea (Score -1) 275

[1] Mega Man 9 is an obvious counterexample. It's pretty hard for a modern day game--somewhere between MM2 and the later ones which could actually be beaten fairly easily. And it sold like hotcakes.

You enjoyed Mega Man 9, yet you could rubber band down "right" on controller number 2, hop down any hole, and become a GOD (not to mention the jumping 5x higher)... pretty much removed all challenge from the game, but allowed you to play through the level. They could also freeze the bad guys with the controller making things easier, or harder (fun to do to siblings or friends at inconvenient times) Did that ruin YOUR experience if somebody else was able to do that? Now if the complaint was "I am too weak willed to not cheat when it is so readily available", I would understand, but complaining that cheats you don't have to use ruin YOUR experience is just silly.

Feed Maggots Rid Patients Of Antibiotic-resistant Infection, MRSA (sciencedaily.com)

Medical researchers are ridding diabetic patients of the superbug MRSA -- by treating their foot ulcers with maggots. The scientists used green bottle fly larvae to treat 13 diabetic patients whose foot ulcers were contaminated with MRSA and found all but one were cured within a mean period of three weeks, much quicker than the 28-week duration for the conventional treatment.

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