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60-Second Adventures in Thought

Although, GPS does not use special relativity in it's function - it has to account for it in order to function - If special relativity did not exist, gps would still be possible.

Valedictorian Speaks Out Against School

"The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality."

Campus hookups: college sex isn’t new, but hookups are different

Lisa Wade, a sociology prof at Occidental College, presented a talk on "The Promise and Perils of Hook-Up Culture" at Franklin & Marshall College, explaining her research findings in a survey of students' attitudes to casual sex on campus. She affirms that casual sex on campus is nothing new, but that the "hookup culture"'s expectations [...]

Why Johnny Can’t Program

Why Johnny Can’t Program

This was just published this on Huffington Post. Maybe some policymakers will consider adding programming to the US public school curriculum... Just last year, while researching a book on America's digital illiteracy, I met with the Air Force General then in charge of America's cybercommand. He said he had plenty of new recruits ready and [...]

The Student Loan Scheme

The Student Loan Scheme

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Seven Reasons Not to Send Your Kids to College

Seven Reasons Not to Send Your Kids to College, by JAMES ALTUCHER: Imagine a retirement where you could have an extra $1million to $3 million in the bank with basically no effort. Now imagine telling your kids that you aren't going to send them to college. And, you go on, you want them to immediately start a business or get to work as soon as [...]

Five high school students sent home for wearing American flag shirts in Morgan Hill, CA

Five high school students sent home for wearing American flag shirts in Morgan Hill, CA

On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population. Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch [...]

An interesting TEDx talk on flaws of math books

"You can pass this physics course without learning any physics. You just need to learn how to decode a textbook." I have felt this cognitive dissonance for years, but haven't been able to articulate it clearly. I've always said that the ability to get stellar grades has little to do with being a good engineer. Now I know why.

MIT Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

MIT Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

Course Description This subject is aimed at students with little or no programming experience. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems. It also aims to help students, regardless of their major, to feel justifiably confident of their ability to write small programs that allow them to [...]

A fascinating look into the way textbooks are produced and how that process is ruining education

A fascinating look into the way textbooks are produced and how that process is ruining education

The textbook business has been rotten for decades. 46 years ago the renowned Caltech physicist Richard Feynman served on a California state committee for adopting textbooks for high schools. He wrote about the incompetence and corruption in the whole process in his autobiography Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!. You can read an online version of [...]

School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home

School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home

According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. The issue came to light when the [...]

SoCal school district bans the dictionary

SoCal school district bans the dictionary

Southern California's Menifee Union school district has banned the Merriam Webster's 10th edition from use in fourth and fifth grade classes, over this salacious definition of "oral sex": "oral stimulation of the genitals." "It's hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we'll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature," district [...]

Ten Credit Score Myths Dispelled in 60 Seconds

A former FICO executive, now head of VideoCreditScore, knocks down 10 common misconceptions and myths of the seemingly monolithic, impenetrable credit score. Learn the real deal on credit cards, frequent checking, and the 50-point "swings." Here's Andy Jolls dishing out 10 answers in 60 seconds: (more…)

MIT calls academia’s bluff

MIT calls academia’s bluff

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has begun the most revolutionary experiment in the history of education, stretching all the way back to the pharaohs. It now gives away its curriculum to anyone smart enough to learn it. It has posted its curriculum on-line for free. These days, this means a staggering 1900 courses. This number will [...]

University professor wants to put drinking on the curriculum

University professor wants to put drinking on the curriculum

John McCardell (a president emeritus and a professor of history at Middlebury College) in the Atlantic argues that the US national drinking age of 21 is a failure... it has failed to stop underage drinking, and has instead driven it underground and made it more dangerous. I grew up with Ontario's drinking age of 19, but I started drinking at [...]

Remember: freecreditreport.com is a scam from the credit bureaus, the one they’re required, by law to offer you, for free is AnnualCreditReport.com

Remember: freecreditreport.com is a scam from the credit bureaus, the one they’re required, by law to offer you, for free is AnnualCreditReport.com

AnnualCreditReport.com is free, mandated by law to provide you with one report from each of the big three credit bureaus once every 12 months. Note that you don't get your FICO score (aka your I Love Debt score), just the reports. FreeCreditReport.com is a business, selling worthless credit monitoring and tossing a free credit report in the [...]

Let Microsoft Live Search Do Your Algebra

Let Microsoft Live Search Do Your Algebra

Students in high school, or college kids without embedded math knowledge, take note: Microsoft's Live Search can solve math equations with variables. That means everything from 3x=18 to x+(x*8)=256, and basically any equation where there's a definite answer for one (possibly two?) variables can be solved from the Live Search bar. It might not [...]

More Linux tips every geek should know

More Linux tips every geek should know

Auto-correct typos Typing on the command line isn't easy. First, it takes a lot of time to learn how all the commands work, but then even after that you need to be very precise with your file and directory names, otherwise you'll need to try and try again. But there's a way out: Bash has a built-in command called "shopt" that lets you set [...]

Beware the Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal

Beware the Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal

CNN is running an article on the notorious effects of caffeine withdrawal, a problem that seems to be affecting an increasing number of people. Citing numerous reasons why people might need to cut back on their caffeine intake (pregnancy, pre-surgery requirements, etc), the story notes a significant number of people who are simply unable to [...]

Hackerspaces around the world

Hackerspaces around the world

Wired has a great piece up on the world's burgeoning crop of Hacker Spaces -- clubhouses where members pitch in to share the rent in exchange for a role in governing a collectively managed collection of hacking kit: workbenches, tools, and components. I've visited hacker lofts in Vienna, San Diego, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and they always have a [...]

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