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Comment: Argh, no! (Score 2) 237

by 0101000001001010 (#46281981) Attached to: A New Car UI

A car UI should be usable without looking at it. That's why physical buttons and dials of different sizes and shapes with satisfying tactile feedback are the gold standard. Touchscreens should be limited to interaction while parked, such as setting up your sat nav.

+ - BOOOO

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An anonymous reader writes "BETA BOOOOOOOO"

+ - How to fix Slashdot Beta? 17

Submitted by Forbo
Forbo (3035827) writes "Since the migration to Slashdot Beta was announced, it seems all meaningful discussion has been completely disrupted with calls to boycott and protest. Rather than pull an Occupy, what can be done to focus and organize the action? What is the end goal: To revert entirely to the previous site, or to address the problems with the new site?"

Comment: Re:As the saying goes... (Score 1) 999

by 0101000001001010 (#45152015) Attached to: US Government Shutdown Ends

And nothing of value was lost. Or gained.

In addition to the lost productivity, increased uncertainty, 3 points off GDP growth (estimate by Macroeconomic Advisers), there's also the plain old bill of $24 billion in shutdown and startup cost.

In Slashdot money, that would have built about 4 Large Hadron Colliders including fully funding the experiments; or about 1.5 ITERs.

Comment: Careers (Score 1) 20

Think of online learning and platforms to create great online course material not as making teachers obsolete, but as tools for teachers, which will enable them to do a lot more than they could previously with the time they had. [...] Blogging sites and online news did not make journalists obsolete, rather created 10 million journalists, while making news much more interactive and exciting. In much the same manner, online learning has the potential to transform education.

Agarwal liked that line so much, he used it in the answer to two questions about the future of lecturers. But let's be real here. Online news has not been good for journalists. Arguably it has been good for the public in terms of access to journalism or journalism quality; these are debatable notions that I don't want to get into.

But without a doubt journalists have been layed off in droves, salaries have fallen, and careers especially at the low end have ended. Just look at what has happened to local newspapers. Even the premier papers like the NYT have fallen on hard times.

So maybe MOOCs are a good idea. Maybe they'll make education more accessible, cheaper, meritocratic, higher quality, etc. Let's talk about that. But let us not pretend that it isn't very bad news for all but the very top tier of instructors, and perhaps even bad news for them. Pointing this out is not a sufficient argument against MOOCs. All sorts of job fields have been made obsolete by technology.

I dislike the spin of pretending this is good news for instructors though.

Comment: College Expenses != Tuitition (Score 4, Interesting) 827

by 0101000001001010 (#44586573) Attached to: The College-Loan Scandal

This article, like many others, misses an important point. Even if colleges hold their total expenditures to the rate of inflation, state support has been declining dramatically over the past decades. As a consequences students are picking up a greater share of the total expenditures through tuition. Clearly that will result in tuition rising at a rate faster than inflation.

If you want to attack wasteful college expenditures, which is a worthwhile topic, you must focus on total expenditures per unit of size (student, degree, credit hour, whatever). Looking at only the part of the expenditure financed by tuition is highly misleading. Unless we're talking about for-profit colleges. Those are sucking the lifeblood out of college-bound youth. Just look at the per degree debt levels of college loans that go to for-profits. "Among all bachelor's degree recipients, median debt was about $7,960 at public four-year institutions, $17,040 at private not-for-profit four-year institutions, and $31,190 at for-profit institutions." [http://www.asa.org/policy/resources/stats/]

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 4, Interesting) 727

by 0101000001001010 (#43104817) Attached to: North Korea Threatens US With Preemptive Nuclear Strike

They said that if the US is about to start a nuclear war they reserve the right to make a pre-emptive strike, just like all nuclear armed countries do. There is no threat of action, merely a warning to the US that NK will defend itself.

Actually, they are at war. There's a cease-fire in place, there's no fighting to speak of, but the Korean war hasn't actually ended.

Correction to two posts above:

1. Not every nuclear nation reserves the right to a pre-emptive strike. Russia for example has a no-first-use policy. The U.S. on the other hand changed to a more aggressive stance under Bush II, where it may use ("mini") nukes to attack targets not reachable by conventional weapons.

2. N.K. has quit the armistice with an effective date of March 11. So ever so technically we'll be back to an active war.

Comment: Re:Dead giveaway (Score 1) 312

by 0101000001001010 (#41925729) Attached to: Cisco VP To Memo Leaker: Finding You Now 'My Hobby'

True he might not have anything on him at the time that he sent the email, but he may have something now.

If fat face is smart he sent a slightly different email to each department to narrow down his list of suspects.

I would hope the leaker would be smart enough not to leak this email. Presumably it was leaked somewhere else since it was sent to a large number of employees.

Comment: Can Work Needs Planning (Score 4, Insightful) 504

by 0101000001001010 (#41305831) Attached to: School Regrets Swapping Laptops For iPads

iPads in the classroom can be a great tool. But here's the thing. You have to plan for it before adoption.

Projection: AirPlay, HDMI, or VGA?
Documents: KeyNote, Quicktime, PDF; or maybe go to something less prepared and more on the fly. It can be neat to have a blackboard in your hand that projects on the screen.
Storage: Internal cloud, iBooks/iTunes for education where you can create your own courses with files, Moodle.

etc, etc. And only after you've worked these things out, you then beta-test by having a few tech savvy instructors run courses with them. Collect feedback. Discuss. Revise.

For the love of gods, don't just buy a bunch of hardware, hand it to people, and tell them to go educate. How's that supposed to work?

Comment: Re:Perfect american corporate business practice (Score 2) 231

by 0101000001001010 (#38311040) Attached to: Cnet Apologizes For Nmap Adware Mess

"Flying Coffin." Interesting nickname. In my home country it was called the Widow Maker. Erich Hartmann, the highest-scoring fighter ace in the history of air warfare, called it fundamentally flawed and unfit for service. Lockheed's money caused his superiors to force him into early retirement. 115 German pilots were killed in non-combat missions while piloting the F104.

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