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Provocative Thought

  1. Are we as a society becoming OK with failure?

    Throughout my life, I've asked this question several times.

    Let's look at some examples where we're basically saying "it's OK you failed, let's make it so that you don't have to learn from your failure":

    Grade curves in school/college. Why do we offer curves for classes that you either pass or fail? If you did really bad on a test, you should get a really bad grade. Why should someone who got a 50% all of a sudden get a 65%, when they didn't know the material the first time around? Curves don't affect people who score consistently well anyway, so curves can just be considered a way to tell people it's OK to be mediocre. If I were to have things my way, anyone who gets below a 50% on a test immediately gets ...
  2. Universal Induction Charging

    So, I got bored today and started looking up information around the net about induction charging. Wires have always been a hassle for me, getting tangled, cut (wires cut), chewed on by pets (thus making them unreliable), and generally being a hassle to carry around. Induction power produces an interesting alternative to wire-charging devices.

    Pros: Wires, except the one used to power the induction mat, are eliminated from your devices. In addition, there is no electrical hazard from poorly shielded or worn-out wires (should you have charging cords that have been chewed on by pets). "Charging ports" become a thing of the past; physical conductors to charge the battery can be bent and broken from repeated use. An induction ...