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Comment Abstrate Thinking skills may be required (Score 1) 231

I took a lot special education due to having dyslexia. However the memory that sticks out the most is sitting in a Normal Grade 10 Math Class in High School with 3/4 of the class very upset about the idea of "x" entering into Math. Really they had a HUGE problem with it. Apparently that normal because you actually need to get quiet a long way before you develop abstract thinking skills. Now I'm sure some of the children of people on slashdot are really good at it at a young age however there are limits. Similar ever try to teach someone in Grade 2 about Irony or Theme in English Lit? I understand one of the hardest things to do is as Magician is impress 2 years with a rabbit coming out of a top hat because they do not see an reason why that would not be normal. Get the kids good at factoring and able to handle BEDMAS. It sort like says my child will be independent at 18 therefore at 2 his/she should know 1/9 of all though skills but can't keep their room clean. Younger children may be the best learn but older people can handle more complex ideas if slower.

Comment Size problem? (Score 1) 655

The Royal Ontario Museum a number of years ago did a poster (think normal movie poster from HMV etc) with all the insects on it life size and the tag line "Bug Your Parents take you to the ROM" I got a free copy as being part of a camp run by the Museum. Very very few of the bugs on that poster were even as large as a chicken wing.Then there would be the reducing to shell them. I believe for most of the first world there would be a huge cost to grow them in the winter to meet standards of livestock and keep things cleans and that nothing about controlling the populations from breaking out. Even in the "Banana Belt" of Southern Canada we only get 1 crop a year of most things...I not interested in risking it.

Comment Lots of Faces to any person (Score 1) 218

Having spend some time during my BA in History reading copy books (books with copys of letter that people sent out) and other stuff they wrote - keeping a collection of selfs is normal. People behave differently to their family, around different friends at work and to neighbors. My sister I understand when her sisters aren't around is very talkative. At home Mom put in a 30 sound bite summary of the day rule in at dinner when she was in high school because otherwise she'd never tell us anything. Facebook is what the person lets it become. You can says some really dumb things; it could be an insight into your heart or you can fill it up with quotes write over pictures. As a historian I say fill it up or will make nice essay for future Historians to try pick into something useful later.

Comment So how many packs a day you want to bet? (Score 1) 490

As a Canada with Government Health Care and nothing from work I must say this isn't that terrible and I am glad that US is tip toeing into prevent its citizens going broke when their health fails them. Though I really like to know how many packs a day the programmer who wrote that bug into the system smoked and how he/she/it demo around it at review and demos.

Comment Can we face the fact People Violent Creatures? (Score 3, Interesting) 113

Having recently finished as BA in history I feel it safe to say people are violent creatures. You can read about the Ancient Greek's Gymnasium, Roman Gladiators, Europe Divine Right Trials - who won the duel won the law case b/c God won't let the wrong person win, the range of piting animal v's animal fights, the military as the solution when talks break down and a host of belief around pain removing sin. Let face it the only thing violent video games allow is people who aren't very good not to get scared up physically while learning. Possible less people die too.

Submission + - Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture ( 1

schwit1 writes: After 2,000 years, a long-lost secret behind the creation of one of the world’s most durable man-made creations ever—Roman concrete—has finally been discovered by an international team of scientists, and it may have a significant impact on how we build cities of the future.

Researchers have analyzed 11 harbors in the Mediterranean basin where, in many cases, 2,000-year-old (and sometimes older) headwaters constructed out of Roman concrete stand perfectly intact despite constant pounding by the sea. The most common blend of modern concrete, known as Portland cement, a formulation in use for nearly 200 years, can’t come close to matching that track record. In seawater, it has a service life of less than 50 years. After that, it begins to erode.

The secret to Roman concrete lies in its unique mineral formulation and production technique. As the researchers explain in a press release outlining their findings, “The Romans made concrete by mixing lime and volcanic rock. For underwater structures, lime and volcanic ash were mixed to form mortar, and this mortar and volcanic tuff were packed into wooden forms. The seawater instantly triggered a hot chemical reaction. The lime was hydrated—incorporating water molecules into its structure—and reacted with the ash to cement the whole mixture together.”

Comment Being the at the User end (Score 1) 597

Our team is the user end of Agile and I have to admit; I was really very tired of it about 8 months; at 1.25 yr into the project am really ready to look for something better.I don't want to talk to the programmers every day - they need to talk to each other all the time- I want to take a look at each release doing some testing and give feedback and get stuff fix. The effect of Agile for me on this project is 2-2.5 hrs of meetings every day. The programmers seem to be in meetings about 4 hours a day. The rest of the pEng's in the building are able to get being with thing like walking over and talking to each other without a formal daily chat.

Comment Borg is now powering down... (Score 1) 473

What Star Terk Captions didn't know was that Zapp Brannigan means of dealing with Robot Wars would have worked for them too. Kept seen waves of men until the batteries are drained. Also I wonder how long until people deaths are put down not see the real world but only at their screen. Headphones are bad but visual distraction is worst.

Comment Re:Never (Score 2) 255

Moving the family to OSX however did. That was 3 years ago and there has not been a single tech support issue since then.

The question is whether this is because they have no problems, or because they're reluctant to call the person who inflicted OSX on them.

I totally agree. My father decided to get a iMac. I thought great then I have to keep explaining, finding software and the NAS never worked correctly ! Personally I'm grateful after 7 long years to get him back on Windows 7.

Comment What about your local library? (Score 1) 203

One the best ideas I would do is to visit the local public library and the school library and talk to the librarian. (Aka not the person checking the books but with a desk and likely a catalog of books handy) That way you know the books are accessible and don't have to worry about the kids not having the money. They might not only know what books they have in but more importantly YOU would be about to ensure they know that this is something that might come up again next year so they BUY books targeted to meet such needs. Running a library isn't a one way thing. If nothing else you can then spend some happy time looking at all the books and see if anything looks good. In the mean time: - For the highly Regulus: The Cross and the Abacus ->More math than science but very interesting. -The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900 ->Not a long book but one chapter might make a good report

Comment The Natural of Anti-Cellphone while Driving Operat (Score 1) 417

While studing for my BA in History one of the things that I learn historians look for is law that re-passed or re-presented to the public multiple times. This is seen as a good hint that the law was A) not being followed B) not being enforced and/or C) causing other social problems that were pressing the political ruler of the time. Given that driving is a licensed active; it is not unreasonable that people operating the vehicle be required to primarily be forced on the operation of the said vehicle. It therefore in the drivers, the passager(s) and the regulators best interest to attempt to sure people just drove the car. I find it hard to believe at any point in time (when motor vehicles could travel fast eff. to kill people) that part of the licencing process did not included the requirement that the driver not attempt to kill or injure people. Therefore the laws requiring the banning of cellphone operation can be seen as the government (select level of your choice) acting to re-enforce the idea to the operators, of a select but clearly to some people unresistant desire, there phones. It isn't a freedom thing; it's a stop doing stupid things guys.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Removing Ads Solutions and Support of Populare Sites 1

oxnyx writes: "Recently on Kickstart a friend pointed out Adtrap ( While there is no doubt that I am sick of ads, banners and commericals; I am also aware that they provide the money to cover the costs of my visits rather then a PBS style begging for money every quarter. If you had your chooice would you rather pay for more content or view & load ads to offset the cost? There are software and physical solutions to block ads/banners but is this thieft or jumping the fence by not providing the site owner with a means to offset the cost of serving the site?Slashdot is one of a very few sites I know that offers the option. So where you stand on covering the cost of admission to the content of the internet?"

Comment Really...9/11 forced a lot of large Corps to (Score 1) 226

The security laws in the US after 9/11 force alot of big corps to encrypt. As far as I tell it slow down boot time and forces IT to take 2 days to turn around anything as there is 12hrs to decrypt the hdd and then 12 to re-crypt.This month we got told to put stickers on all documents to state it security level...I'm really sure those stickers "CORP. INTERNAL ONLY" will really slow down those outsider eyes. Soon I'm sure we will have to us a secret de-coder ring to read the print out. Really have you guys read most internal documents? They are of little interest to the people who are PAID to read them.

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