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Comment Re:Common Core Makes This Worse (Score 1) 228

Early school years are mostly memorization, with some understanding. Understanding should be the focus in later years, after a solid foundation is established.

My kids are in first grade, and I'm very surprised by the level of home work they have (French immersion school, homework in English).

You mentioned Advanced CS students, I would like to change the topic to early grade school students:

Memorization: Words and numbers, the basic tool kit - not a small set of tools either.

Understanding: Story structure, addition/subtraction (math in general). These also hinge on memorization, a concept forgotten is not useful (for me, calculus, and the statistics and actuarial risk concepts based on calculus - which I no longer remember, my forgetting was actually on purpose...).

I appreciate the comment but wanted to bring the conversation down to the... level of the submission.

Comment This weekend, advertising in the US (Score 1) 86

During American football (background noise for me, I call it handegg).

I was thinking, rather than advertising the features of the phone, they should push it as an "exciting" purchase, with the key question being: Will it explode?

One would think, after a total recall, that all product related activities would stop immediately. I understand advertising contracts and such, but swap out the content with a warning and notice of the recall, rather than continuing to push the product.

Comment Makes sense given the movie's plot (Score 1) 241

This makes sense, especially seen as an attempt to prevent the movie from becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is about the final days of the desktop OS "transformation", with Microsoft Windows permanently losing the desktop war to Linux.

The last Windows users move to the moon and are banished from Earth, effectively becoming "extinct" from Earth's perspective.

So, in order to ensure this doesn't happen, they associate Linux distros with the movie, utilizing the DMCA as a preventative tool.

Wasn't a very good, or convincing movie though.

Comment Re: And the crowd goes mild!!! (Score 1) 226

I can't think of an industry that has such wild changes in capital investments and wild contractions of the same assets.

When oil was $140+ shale and old wells were very profitable and built or started back up en mass.

Now at sub $50, all of that investment is shut down. It's still mostly available later, but the investments are expensive (and companies pay much higher interest rates than the government).

Coal companies are bankrupting as well, and they have always provided the fuel for the cheapest energy (natural gas is a big problem for them).

Coal Problems:

Interesting dynamics.

Submission + - DEA regularly mines Americans' travel records to seize millions in cash (

turp182 writes: FTA:
Federal drug agents regularly mine Americans’ travel information to profile people who might be ferrying money for narcotics traffickers — though they almost never use what they learn to make arrests or build criminal cases.

Instead, that targeting has helped the Drug Enforcement Administration seize a small fortune in cash.

Comment Re:I guess Law are useless then (Score 1) 95

You should also consider the flip side. Law enforcement and the private prison complex are another corollary from prohibition, and they are big money.

There's a lot of money to be made on either side of the fence with prohibition.

I would argue that both sides are cartels, and both sides seem to enjoy the war, it is very profitable.


Walmart Buys Jet For $3 Billion, Hopes To Turbo Charge Ecommerce ( 98

Walmart says it has agreed to acquire online retailer for $3 billion in cash. As a promise, says it will deliver cheaper prices on a range of goods by encouraging users to buy more items at the same time or to purchase products located in the same distribution center -- thereby cutting collection and shipping costs. ZDNet reports:Overall, it's clear that Wal-Mart has Amazon envy and needs to scale its e-commerce operations. The Jet management team has had experience battling Amazon through Quidsi and its brands such as As for the deal, Wal-Mart said some of the $3 billion for Jet will be paid over time and $300 million of Wal-Mart shares will also be part of the transaction over time.

Comment Re:Just add Armor (Score 1) 111

I've wondered this myself and thought about it a bit.

My conclusions were:
1.a. People like to decorate their phones as they see fit (proper armor would make cases that much larger)
1.b. The ability to decorate a phone using after market cases is important to the phone manufacturer since more people are likely to buy a phone if they can dress it up as they would like.
2. Aftermarket products have varying levels of protection, the consumer can choose what suits them (a woman with her phone in her purse all of the time has different needs than myself, I carry my phone in a pants pocket).

So they focus on thin phones of various rectangular sizes.

Comment So they are just letting the fakes win? (Score 3, Interesting) 347

It seems like this approach would just let the counterfeit products completely control the Amazon market for their type of product.

I wonder if Birkenstock is aware of a website called A quick search shows that $20 off retail is much more than one needs to pay for a counterfeit version of their shoes.

Comment Minecraft Story Mode (Score 1) 91

There is a version of Minecraft called Story Mode, and from what I've seen of my son playing it, it seems in the vein of Indiana Jones.

And it has a story.

The original director dropped out because he wanted to do a Goonies style story. That would have probably worked, especially if it was targeted at younger children through early teens (the ones playing Minecraft Story Mode).

Spoiler Alert for Lego Movie:
Shoot, Lego made a fantastic film about Krazy Glue.

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