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Comment: Re:Stop responding to polls! (Score 1) 110 110

by timothy (#50017119) Attached to: My relationship to 4th of July noise:

I've put in a request that the polls be labeled such; I agree.

This is a pretty conservative site (to put it mildly) when it comes to design, down to what might in other circumstances seem like pretty small changes, so it's always with some trepidation that we make any changes at all, and (nature of the beast, universally true for probably any site, household, business, or therapy group) we who work on the site don't all agree on everything, so sometimes we make moves that at least some people will think are foolish. It's very hard to please all the people, all the time.

I happen not to mind polls on the front page (as a reader), but we're still working on this change; we might find a way to better balance the front-page (visible, gives more front-page-only page-scanning readers obvious notification that it's there) with the sidebar (harder to spot, but longer-lasting placement). Other changes we hope to see include credit for submitting polls (!) -- overdue, but complicated a bit because of the way polls have been done on the site since they first appeared. (When a regular old submission is upgraded to a posted story, the submitter gets a karma boost and credit; with polls, the interface we use to create the multi-option poll doesn't handle that step as we'd like.)

Orthogonal to above: we like poll ideas, even while we currently have a gap in crediting them, so submitting some ideas (Question or topic, and optional but welcome a set of possible answers) is always appreciated.

Education

AP CS Test Takers and Pass Rates Up, Half of Kids Don't Get Sparse Arrays At All 120 120

Posted by timothy
from the kids-these-days dept.
theodp writes: Each June, the College Board tweets out teasers of the fuller breakouts of its Advanced Placement (AP) test results, which aren't made available until the fall. So, here's a roundup of this year's AP Computer Science tweetstorm: 1. "Wow — massive gains in AP Computer Science participation (25% growth) AND scores this year; big increase in % of students earning 4s & 5s!" 2. "2015 AP Computer Science scores: 5: 24.4%; 4: 24.6%; 3: 15.3%; 2: 7.1%; 1: 28.6%." [3 or above is passing] 3."Count them: a whopping 66 AP Computer Science students out of 50,000 worldwide earned all 80 pts possible on this year's exam." 4. "Remember that AP exam standards are equated from year to year, so when scores go up, it's a direct indication of increased student mastery." 5. "Many AP Computer Science students did very well on Q1 (2D array processing–diverse array); >20% earned all 9/9 pts" [2015 AP CS A Free-Response Questions] 6. "The major gap in this year's AP Computer Sci classrooms seems to be array list processing; Q3 (sparse array): 47% of students got 0/9 pts."

+ - AP CS Test Takers and Pass Rates Up, Half of Kids Don't Get Sparse Arrays At All

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theodp writes: Each June, the College Board tweets out teasers of the fuller breakouts of its Advanced Placement (AP) test results, which aren't made available until the fall. So, here's a roundup of this year's AP Computer Science tweetstorm: 1. "Wow — massive gains in AP Computer Science participation (25% growth) AND scores this year; big increase in % of students earning 4s & 5s!" 2. "2015 AP Computer Science scores: 5: 24.4%; 4: 24.6%; 3: 15.3%; 2: 7.1%; 1: 28.6%." [3 or above is passing] 3."Count them: a whopping 66 AP Computer Science students out of 50,000 worldwide earned all 80 pts possible on this year’s exam." 4. "Remember that AP exam standards are equated from year to year, so when scores go up, it's a direct indication of increased student mastery." 5. "Many AP Computer Science students did very well on Q1 (2D array processing–diverse array); >20% earned all 9/9 pts" [2015 AP CS A Free-Response Questions] 6. "The major gap in this year’s AP Computer Sci classrooms seems to be array list processing; Q3 (sparse array): 47% of students got 0/9 pts."
Government

How Uber Takes Over a City 206 206

Posted by timothy
from the taking-the-offensive dept.
schwit1 suggests Bloomberg's story on one aspect of Uber's corporate behavior that may leave a sour taste in the mouth of anyone who'd like to believe the Uber-vs.-the-Cartels narrative. The company hired David Plouffe, known for managing Barack Obama's rise to fame, and many others as well, to help them navigate inevitable and ongoing moves for regulation. The scale is impressive; according to the article: Over the past year, Uber built one of the largest and most successful lobbying forces in the country, with a presence in almost every statehouse. It has 250 lobbyists and 29 lobbying firms registered in capitols around the nation, at least a third more than Wal-Mart Stores. That doesn't count municipal lobbyists. In Portland, the 28th-largest city in the U.S., 10 people would ultimately register to lobby on Uber's behalf. And while the article focuses mostly on the example of Portland, the effort is ongoing and nationwide.

+ - This Is How Uber Takes Over a City->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: To conquer America's quirkiest city, the company unleashed its biggest weapon.

Charlie Hales, the mayor of Portland, Ore., was running a zoning hearing last December when he missed a call on his cell from David Plouffe, the campaign mastermind behind Barack Obama's ascent. Although Hales had never met him, Plouffe left a voice mail that had an air of charming familiarity, reminiscing about the 2008 rally when 75,000 Obama supporters thronged Portland's waterfront. "Sure love your city," Plouffe gushed. "I'm now working for Uber and would love to talk."

Over the past year, Uber built one of the largest and most successful lobbying forces in the country, with a presence in almost every statehouse. It has 250 lobbyists and 29 lobbying firms registered in capitols around the nation, at least a third more than Wal-Mart Stores. That doesn't count municipal lobbyists. In Portland, the 28th-largest city in the U.S., 10 people would ultimately register to lobby on Uber's behalf.

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Microsoft

New Leaked Build Is Evidence That Windows 10 Will Be Ready By July 29 223 223

Posted by timothy
from the is-that-an-obscure-linux-distro? dept.
Ammalgam writes: A new pre-released build of Microsoft's latest Operating System Windows 10 leaked to the internet today. The build (10151) shows a more refined and significantly faster user interface than previous versions of the product. Microsoft seem to be focused on last minute refinements of the UI at this point and the product looks almost ready for prime time. A picture gallery of Windows 10 build 10151 can be found here.

+ - New leaked build is evidence that Windows 10 will be ready by July 29->

Submitted by Ammalgam
Ammalgam writes: A new pre-released build of Microsoft’s latest Operating System Windows 10 leaked to the internet today. The build (10151) shows a more refined and significantly faster user interface than previous versions of the product. Microsoft seem to be focused on last minute refinements of the UI at this point and the product looks almost ready for prime time. A picture gallery of Windows 10 build 10151 can be found here.
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Transportation

Solar Impulse, Continuing World-Spanning Trip, Attempts To Cross The Pacific 39 39

Posted by timothy
from the can't-find-your-bags-at-all-sir dept.
The BBC reports that Solar Impulse has resumed its 'round-the-world attempt, having taken off today from Nagoya, Japan for what is intended to be a 120-hour voyage to Hawaii. [If pilot Andre Borschberg] succeeds, it will be the longest-duration solo flight in aviation history, as well as the furthest distance flown by a craft that is powered only by the Sun. The Pacific crossing is the eighth leg of Solar Impulse's journey around the world. But this stage has proven to be the most difficult, and has been hit by weeks of delays." The circumnavigation attempt began earlier this year.

Google News Sci Tech: Solar plane restarts record bid - Brisbane Times->

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Brisbane Times

Solar plane restarts record bid
Brisbane Times
RAW VIDEO: Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane attempting a round-the-world flight, finally took off from Japan for Hawaii after long delays due to bad weather. 29/06/15. Escaped prisoner Sweat in 'critical condition' (Video Thumbnail). Up next... Escaped...
Solar-powered plane attempts Japan-Hawaii flightFox News
Solar Impulse Plane Departs Japan, Headed for HawaiiABC News
Solar-powered plane finally leaves Japan for HawaiiUSA TODAY
The Guardian
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Bug

Chromecast Update Bringing Grief For Many Users 135 135

Posted by timothy
from the everyone-complains dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Last week, many Chromecast users were automatically "upgraded" to build 32904. Among the issues seen with this update are placing some users on the 'beta' release track, issues with popular apps such as Plex, HBO GO, (more embarassingly) YouTube, and others. Google so far has been slow to respond or even acknowledge the issues brought by customers, save for the beta release mishap. If you're a Chromecast user, what's been your experience?

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (4) How many times do we have to tell you, "No prior art!"

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