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Comment: Re:Sad (Score 1) 129

by Frankenshteen (#39956201) Attached to: Heathkit Educational Systems Closes Shop For Good
Exactly. Today's Heathkit is an iOS subscription, xcode and itunesU. Or a linux seat, compiler and java how-to. No doubt some bright mind will find a way to resurrect the name and semblance of the original mission - the brand is likely an affordable expense. Many of us wouldn't be doing what we are today w/o the stuff Heathkit brought to our homes and classrooms. RIP.

Comment: Re:Credit Card data? (Score 1) 243

by Frankenshteen (#34465174) Attached to: Apple Impasse With Magazines Over Subscriber Data
One could argue that magazines exist solely for targeted marketing. Just like TV. Programming is geared at a particular demographic to facilitate marketing particular products. Cable's taken it to the next level with whole channels aimed at a tribal demographic, and then refined to the markets within that demo. Very much like a magazine is aimed at a tribe, with articles geared to particular interests surrounded by ads targeting the sort of folks who read such articles.

Union Boycotts LA Times Over Teacher Evaluation Disclosure 629

Posted by timothy
from the but-that-stuff-should-be-locked-up dept.
Atypical Geek writes "According to Newsweek, the local teachers union is infuriated over the disclosure of teacher performance metrics. Quoting: 'Do parents have the right to know which of their kids' teachers are the most and least effective? That's the controversy roaring in California this week with the publication of an investigative series by the Los Angeles Times's Jason Song and Jason Felch, who used seven years of math and English test data to publicly identify the best and the worst third- to fifth-grade teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The newspaper's announcement of its plans to release data later this month on all 6,000 of the city's elementary-school teachers has prompted the local teachers' union to rally members to organize a boycott of the newspaper.' According to the linked Times article, United Teachers Los Angeles president A.J. Duffy said the database was 'an irresponsible, offensive intrusion into your professional life that will do nothing to improve student learning.'"

Comment: Re:PostgreSQL a better choice for database (Score 1) 346

by Frankenshteen (#33091034) Attached to: How Should a Non-Techie Learn Programming?
Reads like contortions came up because the original question mentions analysis, and mysql - while a dandy persistant data store - isn't much on the analytics. But i'd disagree with improv wrt HTML/CSS. For most; the interweb is what computers are for. The capacity to self publish, maybe even do something revenue generating with slick analysis is a worthy skill. The more that have that, the more info the rest of us get to scrape.

Comment: Re:Better Outlook than Slashdot (Score 1) 119

by Frankenshteen (#32989958) Attached to: Outlook Plug-In Keeps Tone of Your Email In Check
Emotion stirs the inbox, makes the day colorful and often interesting. What's next; an ivr that tones down your phone voice? We don't need more robotic "socially acceptable" blather. People a) should be responsible for what they write, and b) free to speak their mind. This is just one step closer to the duracel stacks for us all.

One has to look out for engineers -- they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb. -- Marcel Pagnol