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Scoble, Alex Scoble

Scoble, Alex Scoble

Gamer, home theater enthusiast, IT Security professional ex-CISSP, lover of cats, married to the always wonderful and compassionate (and passionate) Cassie.
I think I just realized that Microsoft isn't really going after the gaming market with the XBOne, but rather is going after the same market that Roku, Apple TV, Google ChromeCast and others are in.
For me as a gamer, this is pretty depressing. Between the PC, Xbox 360 and Apple TV, there's no room for yet another internet connected "TV" device in my house. I'm sure that a lot of people will love it as a device, I just won't be one of them. Microsoft really needed to have backwards compatibility between the XBOne and the 360 to even have a change at getting my money. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Requiring an XBox Gold subscription seems counterproductive if that's really their target http://friendfeed.com/aswang... - Victor Ganata
I think they're going for it all. Gaming and home entertainment. Actually it would be good for you since it comes with a HDMI in port. You can connect the Apple TV or whatever to it. Forget about backwards compatibility. They're totally different hardware. PS4 won't have backwards compatibility either. - Rodfather
Sorry, but the totally different hardware argument doesn't fly for me. They could have done it if they wanted to, one way or another, and they would have been much more likely to get my money since I still play plenty of 360 games and there are no compelling XBOne titles. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
For multiplayer, it makes sense, especially since the PS4 requires PlayStation Plus, but I don't see how it can even compete with Chromecast or Apple TV or anything else that's free after the price of the device. Consider that one year of XBox Gold is more expensive than a Chromecast and half the price of an AppleTV. - Victor Ganata
Alex, that's bullshit, they would have had to shove a complete 360 chipset into the thing, plus extra hardware and software. So the device would cost an extra $100-200 easily. Which isn't worth it for either company. The whole reason both chose this architecture is that it is commonplace and makes porting across systems much simpler (better for all gamers). Both companies learned their lesson with the PS3. - NOT THE CRICKET
Hell, you need 3+Ghz to emulate a SNES accurately, and good luck finding a 3Ghz CPU in most commodity computers, when even modern games don't require that. - NOT THE CRICKET
It's all about the games for me. When there's a compelling title on either system, I'll pick it up. Last year, gaming on the Nintendo 3DS and Vita have been some of my best gaming experiences ever. I also caught up with a lot of PS3 exclusives. There's so many good games out there. - Rodfather
Yeah, I think the XBox One makes sense as a gaming machine, less so for anything else. - Victor Ganata
For someone who doesn't game much and would mostly use the Xbox One for Netflix, then it doesn't make much sense to pick it up. Yeah, it's silly Xbox Live is required for those apps. - Rodfather
Pinkman, what? I was running an SNES emulator very acceptably (maybe not 100% perfectly) about ten years ago, on a then-midrange PC. - Andrew C (✔)
Yeah, you don't need much. I have a SNES emulator and Zelda Link to the Past on my phone. The DS emulator works well on my phone too. I'm pretty sure there's a N64 and PSP emulator on Android too. - Rodfather
Andrew, yes you can play most games acceptably, not accurately, but there is no denying the increased cost of emulating newer devices. And accuracy is necessary for some subtle effects and preventing timing issues. http://arstechnica.com/gaming... - NOT THE CRICKET
Would emulating an XBox 360 on an XBox One really be acceptable, though? It doesn't seem like as enormous of a technological gap as between a modern smartphone and a 16-bit gaming machine or even an N64 or original PSX. - Victor Ganata
I opted for a PS4 because I 'lost' fewer PS3 games I could no longer play. XBOne's lack of backward compatibility even for XBLA games is a kick in the pants to folks that have invested funds and times in those and can't take them with. Nintendo got some of that right. - Neal Krummell
I'm sure it's more than just emulating a Xbox 360 game. There's the underlying services and controller compatibility. Maybe Xbox Live on the Xbox One is totally different underneath the surface. - Rodfather from Android
I'm probably going to pick up a PS4 eventually. Remote play with the Vita sounds nice. Sony generally has better support for indie developers and they have a lot of developers on their payroll for exclusive games. I'm in no rush. I picked up the PS3 when the Slim version came out. - Rodfather from Android
Victor, it would definitely be better than the PS4 having a PS3 emulator. But the issue with emulation is you'd have to emulate a whole different instruction set, because of a design decision with the 360, as well as handle the bus timings and other issues that can break games that have been tuned to a specific architecture. You're easily looking at 4-5x cost in addressing those issues for a system that had 3.2GHZ to begin with, so 15-20Ghz required for acceptable emulation. - NOT THE CRICKET
Microsoft and Sony play long games. They don't have a strong suite of games just 2 months from launch but most units sell years 2-4. - Johnny from iPhone
Some people are skipping the Xbox One and PS4 and going with PC gaming and the Wii U. That covers indie games, multiplatform games, and Nintendo exclusives. - Rodfather from Android
There's a shit ton of people who aren't gamers in the traditional sense, but they'll pick up a system just for Call of Duty or Madden. And that's all the games they will ever play. - Rodfather from Android
There's no point in arguing. Cristo is just commenting to talk about himself. - Rodfather from Android
The Xbox 360 wasn't backwards compatible unless you bought the $$$ Xbox hard drive. - Johnny from iPhone
The 360 emulation of the original xbox was a custom translation/emulation thing, which is why it had to be tuned per game (engine) and left a large chunk of the original catalog out. They did try to make the most popular games backwards compatible. - Andrew C (✔)
When we're talking about 8-bit and 16-bit and even 32-bit emulation, we're definitely at the point where current CPUs/GPUs can just emulate the hardware in software, so they can be really faithful, including all the "unsupported" kludges. - Victor Ganata
Victor, sure, the issue isn't the emulation of just the processor though. You may get a working emulator for it, but it doesn't mean it's going to function well or properly. You've got various bus timings to account for as well as I/O and other subsystem emulation to include. Those ancillary systems are more important, due to the construction of the software. Processor emulation is good... more... - NOT THE CRICKET
Imaging playing an FPS at 3-4x speed, so that you're facing ~0.5-2s latency in your actions. It'd get annoying very quickly. - NOT THE CRICKET
Look at any existing 8-bit and 16-bit emulators and you'll find that they're emulating much more than the CPU, though. An x64 machine is more than adequate to fully emulate the I/O controllers, the serial buses, the video chipsets, and the sound chipsets of these machines down to the quirks. It's not as impossible as you make it out to be. - Victor Ganata
Like, C64 emulators even emulate the 6502 CPU on the floppy drive and the hardware-dependent kludge you need to trick the VIC-II chip via the raster interrupt to split the screen into graphics and text portions and to display more than 8 sprites. Of *course* you need to emulate all the subsystems too for full emulation. - Victor Ganata
Yes, and they get by, but we're also talking about systems that had Mhz chipsets. And I'm not saying you can't emulate these systems, just because of the subsystems. But to do full software emulation at speed X, for just the single chipset, requires some low multiple of X. Then you have the costs associated with subsystems, and handling the bus interactions, that adds extra multiples of X. - NOT THE CRICKET
The 360 had a 3.2Ghz system, so you have to emulate a 3.2Ghz system, which can't be done on a system with less than 3.2Ghz, with any kind of accuracy. And that's before addressing subsystem and timing synchronization. I'm not going to argue about the feasibility of emulation, for 15-20 year old systems. It's possible. - NOT THE CRICKET
Yeah, I'm not saying you're going to emulate the hardware of an XBox 360 fully in software on a modern-day x64 machine, but a computer with multiple cores running faster than 2 GHz is probably going to be adequate to perfectly emulate the hardware of a machine with a CPU running at 1 MHz or even 33 MHz. If you figure out a way to plug in the original controllers, the game play will be indistinguishable. - Victor Ganata
Remember, the XBOX 360 has a Power PC with NVidia graphics, and the XBOX One is all x86 on AMD. They are running a modified Hyper-V hypervisor on the box, but I doubt there is enough horsepower to get 360 compatibility done, but who knows? - Eric - It's My Thing
Victor, not my words. That's from the creator of bsnes, he says 3+ Ghz for full accuracy of the SNES, and some games are unplayable without the accurate timings. For the 8-bit systems, I have no doubt you could probably get full-emulation with accuracy most likely under the 2Ghz mark. 16-bit at 21Mhz, it's questionable. Because you can't just stuff the register, even if that would allow... more... - NOT THE CRICKET
Yeah, I mean with 8-bit machines, we're talking about buses that run in single-digit millihertz and with response times measured in 10s and 100s of microseconds, not nanoseconds, so I don't think modern day hardware will have any problems with timings. - Victor Ganata
Yeah but you have to run lots of sleeps and fire requests in the right cycles. If a system has to pass through the loop every 50 cycles. And audio every 6.25 cycles and video has to run every 12.5 cycles, there is already an issue of timing. You "can" just estimate the audio to 6 cycles (and it will run too quickly), and you can estimate the video at 12 or 13, but you're going to end up... more... - NOT THE CRICKET
I'm not denying that you can't get reasonable gameplay out of systems that fall under the optimal measure. That's veritably proven, by a whole host of emulators that have been on the market for years. I was just pointing out why Alex's 'backwards compatibility" request was bullshit without requiring them to add an Xbox 360 to the system itself. - NOT THE CRICKET
Well, I'm arguing you can get perfect fidelity when you have such a massive gap between the host and guest systems. The best emulators actually do have to hand-tune the timings, but it's definitely not impossible for systems that are well documented after all the decades of hacking and reverse engineering. - Victor Ganata
Well you're going to have to disagree with the guy who build the most accurate SNES emulator. http://arstechnica.com/gaming... - NOT THE CRICKET
I wasn't talking about the SNES specifically, though. It has proprietary subsystems that haven't been fully reverse engineered and documented, so, yeah, it's going to be tough to get full fidelity. But when you know the exact specs, it's not an impossible task. - Victor Ganata
Now mind you, the SNES also had the advantage of cartridges that could store extra components, which is a disadvantage for emulators. - NOT THE CRICKET
Even the SNES's CPU is proprietary--a custom version of an off-the-shelf 16-bit CPU--so without the specs you're going to have to go with trial and error. The computers and game systems based on 8-bit 65xx CPUs were much closer to the off-the-shelf chips, and there have been more than 30 years to reverse engineer them anyway. - Victor Ganata
Well I wasn't really arguing with your 8-bit argument of getting them to run under 2Ghz with accuracy. (In fact, I already conceded that, in fact you'd probably be able to do it with something between 1.3-1.6 Ghz.) And I think all the components for the SNES (including the cartridge chipsets) were finally reverse-engineered a few months ago. (It may have been the NES.) - NOT THE CRICKET
It seems like the meat of his argument is that it's always a tradeoff between speed and fidelity. Like, he also says you can probably build an SNES emulator that only requires a 300 MHz CPU that will run a number of games, but the ones that rely on obscured hacks and kludges will (1) look terrible (2) play terribly (3) not work at all. But full fidelity will require a lot more CPU power, and will actually require keeping in known bugs (like how Starfox will have random moments of bad, bad lag.) - Victor Ganata
I guess my point (and I think the author's point) is that it's not technically unfeasible, you just need to know the specific details of game implementation, and some of them really use obscure techniques to push the hardware to the limit. So you're stuck with either emulating the hardware at the per-cycle level (which is obviously CPU intensive) or you work around it in the emulator or you just directly hack the ROM. - Victor Ganata
"There's no denying it, absolutely perfect synchronization is very rarely required. But the fact is, there are cases where it is." - Victor Ganata
Reverse engineering the co-processors/custom chipsets/DSPs in the cartridges seems pretty tricky, and I'd be surprised if people have bothered with all but the most popular titles. "LLE is also a very expensive operation, monetarily speaking: to obtain the DSP program code requires melting the integrated circuit with nitric acid, scanning in the surface of a chip with an electron... more... - Victor Ganata
"Once finished, you must realize that DSPs are usually one-off specialty parts. Instruction sets must be reverse-engineered from binary blobs and emulated with virtually no documentation at all." - Victor Ganata
But I do agree with your point. Including full backward compatibility with the last generation would've been insanely cost prohibitive. It would probably just be cheaper to buy an XBox 360 and an XBox One than to buy an XBox One that could play every single XBox 360 title. - Victor Ganata
Also my argument was never that you couldn't reasonably emulate games at lower threshold speeds. Just that you couldn't accurately do it, or do it without overhead surpassing the original specs (which was me being confused about what I was arguing about [I was making the general claim, as it would relate back to my original argument]). - NOT THE CRICKET
I can't find the initial announcement, but all DSP's have been decapped and dumped for official titles, for almost 2 years. http://www.tested.com/tech... - NOT THE CRICKET
OK, that's reasonable, you probably can't ever have 100% full software emulation, ever, no matter how much raw CPU/GPU power you have, because it's just absurdly impractical. But even the author says you can probably attain 90% fidelity without having crazy requirements. - Victor Ganata
I'm still confused. DOES IT STILL PLAY GAMES? I like that my Xbox 360 can do all the other stuff (most of which is geo-blocked) but I never ever use it. I want a stable and fast piece of kit that I can turn on and jam on. Unless the new "social and TV" features on the Xbox One detract from the basic function of playing games then this is all a bit silly. - Johnny from iPhone
Yeah, towards the end of the article he talked about the Fully (transistor level with transistor delays) Emulated Pong requiring 3Ghz. Some attempts at transistor level (without delay) emulation for the NES & C64 existing but being horribly slow. And fully emulated N64 likely never being achievable in our lifetimes. - NOT THE CRICKET
Johnny, but it doesn't play Xbox 360 games. /sarcasm - NOT THE CRICKET
"Unless the new "social and TV" features on the Xbox One detract from the basic function of playing games then this is all a bit silly." -- well, both the PS4 and Xbox One have 8 gigs of RAM and devote 2-3 gigs of it to non-game stuff, so yeah, in some sense the new features do detract from gaming. There's silicon in there (I think they also devote a core each?) basically permanently dedicated to the other features and which game devs can't use, so. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew, but it's shared memory allocation (the 360 had this, but it was only 512MB), so they get the benefit of being able to use it to build video buffers. So they have quite a bit of memory they can use either for IOPS(CPU) or FLOPS(GPU), which means they can pull more out of the system. Depending on what they need. Having 5-6GB available to the GPU is awesome for game devs. - NOT THE CRICKET
Yeah, I actually think MS *is* going for the gaming market. If they really wanted people to use the XBox One for other things, they wouldn't require a $49.95 annual subscription for features that are free on every other system out there. - Victor Ganata
And you don't sell 80 million Xbox 360s just to gamers. You need the casual gamer and the media centre consumer to help fund new things like the Xbox One. As long as they don't effect the core gameplay, bemoaning that Microsoft are targeting these consumers somehow makes this less of a gaming machine is silly. Just because the features are there doesn't mean you have to use them. - Johnny from iPhone
MS is aiming for the integrated home. Who hasn't watched a Sci-Fi film where the houses listen and talk back to commands. But we aren't there yet, so they give you other reasons to talk to this box in your living room, that you'll actually use. They're just training people. - NOT THE CRICKET
If you think about it, when it comes to gaming consoles, backward compatibility has been the exception rather than the rule. It's only really been for the last couple of generations. For the rest of the history of consoles, they've always expected you to buy a new console that can't play any of your old games. - Victor Ganata
I can see the frustration with not having backwards compatibility this time around. A lot of content is tied to your account now. Music, movies, Xbox Live Arcade, and Xbox Games on Demand are all sitting in the cloud. Fortunately, the movies and music are transferrable. It's a nice touch that Nintendo put in the Wii emulator and allows you to transfer downloaded content to the Wii U. - Rodfather
I'm wondering how long Microsoft will keep Xbox Live for the Xbox 360. 3-4 years? Even if you had a physical disk to play, will it download updates and DLC after they shut off the service? - Rodfather
I'd say at least 3-4. Took them a while for the original Xbox. Most consoles get bought years 2-3 so they need to keep it up for all the paying punters. Plus the second hand game market is huge. - Johnny from iPhone
I'm thinking it'll be longer this time around. There's so much content tied to Xbox Live. It's going to be a mess when Microsoft cancels Games for Windows Live this year, which is basically PC games on Xbox Live. Games like Fallout 3 are tied to it. - Rodfather
http://deadspin.com/i-was-a... This is just one side of the story, but if it is even mostly true, it's just shameful on the part of the Vikings. Absolutely shameful.
I can't help but say "Sweet!" every time I see a Tesla sedan.
So when are you buying one? :P - imabonehead
Maybe in 5 years hehe...it will take me that many years if I do as well in the market as I did this year to be able to afford one. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Facebook ad seen for an "Internet Bonding Device", you know, so that you too can become one with the internet.
Resistance is futile. - Wicked Bat Catcher from iPhone
Sounds like bots are now directly turning patent applications into commercials. I can see some patent with a description of how Facebook is a machine for bonding advertising entities together over a communication network. - Todd Hoff
It's kind of funny that you can't tell people not to tell people how to use language without telling people how to use language.
A punch in the throat works. - Johnny from iPhone
That's how the apocalypse starts, Johnny. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Happy Holidays to one and all!
Merry Crustmas! - Big Joe Silence
Merry Christmas, Alex! - Soup in a TARDIS
South Bay finally gets revenge against SF for all of the jokes by taking their football team away. Who's "The City" now? LOL
Apparently marketers think that I'm not supposed to be watching Scandal on Hulu Plus. All the commercials are marketing to women.
Weird. When I watch the shows more likely to be marketed towards men, I still get the commercials aimed at women (and the stuff that's more local.) - Jennifer Dittrich
You go...oh never mind. - Todd Hoff
Heh, Jennifer, Cassie pointed out that she watches Hulu more than me, so that might explain it. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
http://www.forbes.com/sites... Seems like a good list to me.
Is that a list defining a sociopath? - Todd Hoff
I don't think so, Todd. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I partly agree with Todd here. - Walt Crawford
I don't see anything in there that has much to do with sociopathic tendencies. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Looks like I'm going to let my CISSP lapse as I failed to get 20 CPEs in 2011. Just as well as it no longer aligns with my career goals of focusing on devops, automation and enterprise Linux administration
That's basically what I'm doing currently at work. - imabonehead
Who out there is getting a Coin Card? Sounds really interesting. All your credit cards in one card.
I'm pretty tempted but I'd rather wait until a few get out in the real world and tested. I'm wondering how stores and restaurants are going to handle not being able to flip a card over for a signature? - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Brett King's answer to: ★ Coin (startup): What are the risks associated with Coin as a product? http://www.quora.com/Coin-st... - Eric Logan
For anyone who does a lot of git commits this is so true http://xkcd.com/1296/
Mine get better. *shrug* I have a really hard time explaining what I'm doing from a blank slate. Productivity increases as well. - NOT THE CRICKET
Heh, Jimminy, my commits have a flow where they get more explanatory as I add features and then get a lot more vague as I am troubleshooting the same bug or problem for the 5th time - Scoble, Alex Scoble
For bugs I generally do: "Fix [issue] in class::method" Occassionally add descriptive text past the commit title. I usually ignore the diff when writing commits. So they do get less explanatory, but still useful enough. - NOT THE CRICKET
The most non-explanatory line in my logs for my current projects: "Flesh out index" - NOT THE CRICKET
Yeah, I'd say that half the time, a detailed explanation of a change is pretty unnecessary. People can do a diff if they really want to know where you added that single comma. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
LOL, "Add comma to by-line" - NOT THE CRICKET
If the comma was actually important for execution, it shouldn't have been committed in the first place. :P - NOT THE CRICKET
Because you never make mistakes? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
In Puppet there are times when you need commas in a list, hash or array and times when you don't. Sometimes I forget which is where when I'm creating new modules. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Alex, because if it doesn't run, or pass the tests, it doesn't get committed until it's fixed. But I drop comma's by accident on occasion, they're just always fixed before a commit. - NOT THE CRICKET
Ahh, yeah, we aren't that mature yet...getting something like Jenkins up and running is something I need to do within the year - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Jenkins is easy to set up. I have set up a couple of instances at work. - imabonehead from Android
Present tense, Cristo. :P "Clean up code" Just noticed the comic failed at that, too. - NOT THE CRICKET
But it's not imperative. [1] I should probably use bullet points, now that I'm thinking about it, because there's always the possibility of someone doing something that collapses whitespace. Normally I just use a hanging indent. Though listed points usually only fall under subheadings REASONS:, TODO:, or FIXES: with a hanging indent. [1] http://tbaggery.com/2008... - NOT THE CRICKET
Why am I arguing with Cristo, when it's Alex's thread? - NOT THE CRICKET
I don't agree that commit statements should be in present tense because it makes no sense to me to say that I'm doing something that I just did, but I'm not a programmer. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Then again it appears that even programmers disagree on whether to use present or past tense when doing a commit. Anyhow, just because present tense was Linus' choice, doesn't mean I need to adhere to it, because grammatically, it doesn't make sense. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I guess the question revolves around whether the commit message explains what the commit does, or what was done in the commit. Religious wars for the win! - Scoble, Alex Scoble
You just ask this question: "What will the commit do: It will [imperative clause]" "What does the commit do: It [declarative clause]". Either way, you're not supposed to talk about yourself. - NOT THE CRICKET
We can never work together. Your syntax is wrong. :P I don't care that much, but personally I do stick to it, and have immediately run --amend -m to fix the message to be imperative. - NOT THE CRICKET
git commit statements in present tense or past tense? #religiouswarsforthewin
It's odd that many, if not most, Thanksgiving Turkey recipes still recommend washing the bird even though researchers have found that to be a very bad idea that won't do anything to kill the bacteria that may be on the bird. Plus with modern processing methods it's absolutely unnecessary.
Cause everything has to be right? - Johnny from iPhone
It's done to rid the cooties. :P - imabonehead from Android
Wait, why would researchers feel it is a "bad idea" if it simply does nothing? - Soup in a TARDIS
it spreads the bacteria all over your sink/kitchen when you wash it (while it does nothing to the bird) - holly #ravingfangirl
But, if Alex says above, it's doesn't need washing, what would it be spreading over the sink? - Johnny from iPhone
Not everything has to be right, Johnny, but credible sites should at least avoid tips that are unsafe. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Johnny, the washing doesn't do anything to get rid of the pathogens that may be on the bird. Cooking the bird to 165 degrees F does that. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I think it's the same advice as for chickens: They *can be presumed to have* salmonella or other bacteria on their surfaces; washing just spreads the stuff around; cooking properly kills them. ("Modern processing methods," I assume, means cooking to 165F?) - Walt Crawford
I assume "modern processing methods" refers to what goes on at the abattoir. - John (bird whisperer)
I just hate organized washing. - Akiva
LOL, modern processing methods is what happens at the poultry processing plants. The birds are completely plucked these days, so no need to remove the odd feather that may be left as in the days of yore. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Forsooth! From yonder hilltop, Cristo leaves a comment - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I swear that thermodynamics must work differently in my kitchen than anyone else's. It's supposed to take 4 to 5 hours to cook a 19.5 pound turkey and in my kitchen it takes about 3. This is is doing 450 for half hour and 350 for the rest. Guess I need to start doing 325 for the bulk. I think next year we're going to tell people to arrive at time...
There are so many factors that effect cooking times. The temperature of the bird when you put it in, the volume of the oven, the air patterns, shelf position. I know that if I cook a lamb roast in our oven, if I put the roast with the leg shank bone facing out it will cook faster that shank bone facing in. That's why chef's are so nurotic about their ovens. - Johnny
Google's Thanksgiving doodle is pretty cute https://www.google.com/
http://qz.com/113597... This is pretty interesting. I wish that more restaurants would try this as I think that far too many people stiff wait staff by paying a mediocre tip.
Link to Jay Porter's actual blog, where he's got 6 posts on the issue. http://jayporter.com/dispatc... - NOT THE CRICKET
^And just clicked on it, and noticed his site has become a usability nightmare, do to low-contrast background and text. - NOT THE CRICKET
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there! Hope you have a good Turkey day.
Happy Thanksgiving, Alex! - Anne Bouey
Enjoy your holiday Alex! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy Thanksgiving! - Mary B: #TeamMonique
This is complete BS http://www.buzzfeed.com/stevefr... Companies that contract with the US government should not be able to give money to politicians in any way shape or form. Period. End of story.
I think that it's pretty safe to say at this point that Bill Gates doesn't know jack about education and that his foundation is doing more harm than good in the space. But hey, thanks for ramming the Common Core down teachers' throats without using their input to craft it.
He doesn't know much about agriculture either. Or the internet. - Todd Hoff
Or a science book, nor the french he took. :) - Ken Gidley
This dude puts a serious spotlight on the new Common Core education standards, why they won't improve education in this country and is a very targeted argument against just about everything that the so-called education reform movement stands for. http://www.youtube.com/watch...
This dude puts a serious spotlight on the new Common Core education standards, why they won't improve education in this country and is a very targeted argument against just about everything that the so-called education reform movement stands for. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PprP5TCZBRI
Play
If you really want to know what's wrong with education today, watch this five minute video. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I agree with his comments but I don't hear any suggestions on what to teach and how in this presentation. He just says we need change. Great what's the change? - Steve C Team Marina
http://neowin.net/news... Yep, I'm not going with either the PS4 or the XBOne.
Neither is nearly the leap forward that we should be getting and both are completely mismanaging their respective ecosystems. No 1080p for BF4 on XBOne and now this for PS4? No thanks. Just when you thought that PC gaming was dead, both of these companies are making so many mistakes that they are leaving us no choice but to go back to the more open PC gaming space. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
When you say "us" you mean "you", right? I haven't PC gamed since 1995. - Johnny
I've never PC gamed. I have no street cred. :) But I won't be getting the upgraded systems either they don't look leaps better. - Steve C Team Marina
I'm sorry, who thought PC gaming was dead? - Soup in a TARDIS
Soup, it was on the brink of death for several years, from about 2005-2010. A lot of development shifted to being console first, and a lot of games either didn't get ports or got crappy ports to PC during that period. One of the big issues was cost in comparison to the consoles. It didn't die, it just kind of faded and PC game development was mostly dead. - NOT THE CRICKET
Odd. My nephew with his souped-up custom-built PC to use mostly for gaming might argue that PC gaming isn't dead. - Walt Crawford
I'm not sure the change in their agreement is automatically a cause for panic. It doesn't say that Sony or third-party game developers can't authorize the resale of discs if they want to. (Although I'm still not getting a PS4 anyway.) - Victor Ganata
I don't think anything has changed in the ToS - Rodfather from Android
I'll eventually pick up a PS4 for the indie support and exclusives. - Rodfather
Well those of us who don't rent or resell games are still perfectly happy with our PS4 preorders (said the PC gamer who never thought PC gaming was dead because the world cannot exist solely on consoles). - Hookuh Tinypants
Dollar Shave Club? Sounds like a good premise, but I have one even better. Stop shaving altogether and just trim. A decent trimmer costs $30-$50 and I guarantee you'll have it for far longer than it would take to save money by not buying blades and shaving gel. Not to mention that your face will be far happier. No ingrown hairs, no razor burn, etc.
Do men need a shaving club in the first place? - Steven Smith
Remember when being a Boston Red Sox fan was about the same as being a masochist guaranteed to be disappointed yearly? Yeah, me neither. (For the record, I am not a Red Sox fan, but know people who are and who wore that yearly badge of disappointment and shame with honor, but happily took it off when the Red Sox won the world series)
I do, and I still feel no pain for them. - Eric - It's My Thing
TBF, most Red Sox fans genuinely thought [Year X] would be 'The Year We Make It All The Way' over and over and over - Soup in a TARDIS
I do, but I grew up rooting for the first franchise to lose 10,000 games, so I was never sure rooting for the Red Sox was true baseball masochism. - John (bird whisperer)
When the team honored Bill Buckner in 2008 after the second World Series win. The curse really was over. It was also one of the most moving events I have ever seen in sports. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
I always thought Cubs fans had it worse. - Rodfather
These days, I give props to people who grew up an Astros fan and are still sticking with them. - Rodfather
Nothing can be worse than being a Cubs fan. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Being a Tigers fan is pretty close ;) - Soup in a TARDIS
Being a Cubs fan is a philosophy of life. - Ivan Crema
Heh, Cubs fans have it way worse. They even missed the Back to the Future deadline. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
after you've put up with this, you can put up with everything: http://youtu.be/_SEXJeSLblI - Ivan Crema
That teachers get 2 months of paid time off a year has to be one of the more sinister myths spread about the profession. They are only paid for the days they teach plus the 10 or so holidays they get. If they actually got paid for those two months off, I don't think that we'd be having any conversations about how poorly teachers get paid.
One punch to the groin to whoever says that they get paid enough as it is. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Thank you so much for posting this. - Jed from iPhone
Even worse when fewer hours count as "full time." - Julian
If they got paid for those 2 months off, I wouldn't be seeing so many of them working as cashiers for minimum wage during the summer. - April Russo
April, our teachers choose how their salary is dispensed. Less amount for 52 weeks or larger amount for time worked. - Janet from FFHound!
Our dog, Leela's leg has been bothering her for a few weeks now. She hadn't really been able to walk fully on it for about two weeks now...and of course she starts to get better right before her vet visit to get it checked out, LOL.
I don't think this dog feels any pain though...as much as she was hopping around, she was still able to jump up using both hind legs. How did we end up with such an odd dog? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Are you still going to have it checked out? - Katy S
My Zahra is quite stoic when it comes to pain. The vet says that makes it harder to judge sometimes! Hope you still take her. Poor baby! - Jenny
We got her legs xrayed and it appears that she has a torn doggy ACL (yes, it's called something else in dogs, but I don't know what it's actually called, nor do I care to look it up and it's more fun to call it the doggy ACL anyhow), so we are waiting a few weeks to see if she improves before deciding to shell out the $2500 required to fix it. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I was going to ask if it's a lab, it's pretty common injury for them - Steve C Team Marina
My friend had it done on her 13 year old labor doodle and she said she moves like a 6 year old! So much playing and vigor! - Jenny from Android
Lab, pit, pointer, greyhound mix, SteVe. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
That's a cool dog, best wishes to her whatever path is taken - Steve C Team Marina
http://darryl-cunningham.blogspot.co.nz/2011... This is a great primer on how evolution works and why it's the best (and only scientifically valid) explanation of how life on earth got where it is today.
that's pretty neat - Steve C Team Marina
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