Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:None. (Score 1) 299

by Jhon (#49728013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Skills Do HS Students Need To Know Now?

Well, when *I* went to school it was "IBM Selectric" and "Print Shop". Not the software "print shop", but a big room with a bunch of machines and lots and lots of movable type.

Yes, whatever they learn will be wrong by the time they get out in into the work force but part of learning is learning how to LEARN, if that makes sense...

Comment: Re:News? (Score 5, Insightful) 19

by Jhon (#49697347) Attached to: Kepler Observes Neptune Dancing With Its Moons

Honestly, I was thinking the same thing. Then I watched it.

It was much more fascinating than I expected. It not only captured Neptune/moons as it crossed the field of view -- it also captured Neptune retrograde.

While I never went beyond basic astronomy classes in college, when I was younger I was very interested in astronomy. I was a member of The Planetary Society when I was 10. I actually met Carl Sagan once (because of my young age and membership). I had a telescope which I spent hours seeing what I can see in my light-polluted skies. I made a "flip book" of nightly sketches of Jupiter and it's moons which when "flipped" showed the moons orbiting Jupiter.

When I watched this I was suddenly 10 years old again and excited about astronomy. If this isn't the definition of "nerdy news" I can't help you.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by Jhon (#49683235) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love

"To get rid of tenure, teacher pay would need to be increased."

When you toss in the value of their benefits, many are incredibly well paid. Want them to have more pay? Have them pay for some of their health insurance. Have them contribute to their own pensions.

"Apparently you did not benefit from education as much as you think you did..."

Aren't you cute. Can't or wont really address anything I said so you pick out two minor errors (a typo and a failure to fully edit a sentence I had changed mid way). I bet you feel grand.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score -1, Troll) 284

by Jhon (#49682177) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love

"Explaining that is so simple:"
Really? You have an interesting definition of simple.

"1. Parents either don't have the skills or the time to assist their kids in succeeding."
Bluntly, then they shouldn't have kids -- but I don't think that's the issue. It's very difficult for a diligent single parent to 'assist their kids in succeeding', never mind one who's more apathetic.

"2. Less resources in inner-city schools."
The problem wasn't as as terrible in the past -- when they had less resources. Maybe there was less single parent households?

"3. Poor attitudes towards learning amongst the kids (see item 1)."
Yes -- and see my response to item 1.

"4. Poor teachers: Because teachers in these inner-city areas do not get paid more than their colleagues in good districts, only the worst teachers will teach there. Also, as a teacher, where pay is determined by test results, would you work in an area where the dice are stacked against you (see items 1, 2 and 3 above)?"
Alot of it is based on union tenure in many districts. Also, some districts are just too large (LAUSD, for example) and should be broken up.

The fact is that more an more we as a society are abdicating parental responsibility. Schools have become "food" programs where kids get 2 of their meals a day. Many are open over the summer just to provide food. If the answer is to feed kids where the parents CANT then I think we're scratching the surface of what the real issue is... Maybe we need discuss taking kids away from parents who cant or wont provide for their kids vs. the alternative of raising an ever increasing population of people who cannot or will not take care of themselves and bring in to the world children whom they are not equipped to provide adequate care.

Comment: Re:Expert Users (Score 1) 405

by Jhon (#49650625) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?

"Anyone who is calling a support line probably isn't an "expert" in the technology they're using."

Are we talking CONSUMER support lines or INTERNAL BUSINESS support lines? Because many of those calls are to report something is broken or not working as expected by people who are very familiar with what they do.

Comment: Re:Um... (Score 2) 405

by Jhon (#49650609) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?

'... define "expert" and qualify "users" - social-media apps on smartphones or things actually used in an office or real work/dev environment?'

I'd say by "expert" they are familiar with the basic interfaces used on many operating systems. Do they know how to create a word document without hand holding? More than likely. Can they create a basic spreadsheet? Probably. Do they understand how to use office (MS or open or whatever version you pick) to its fullest? No. My experience is that many millennials seem to think "expert" knowledge of such software suites comes easy and they actually have it but get frustrated quickly when asked to do something complicated (like db links, mutli-sheet vlookup or *gasp* vb macros ).

I find it easier to train 40 y/o + how to arrange and manipulate their data than I do anyone under 30 years old. Well... maybe not easier, but more enjoyable. It gets old trying to train or teach someone without any real attention span.

Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 3, Insightful) 144

I think it's a stupid idea. The "smart watch" technology is great for ALERTS and maybe simple push button replies and can integrate fine with a phone or tablet. But trying to use it as a "phone" or a "computer" is silly.

Voice-to-text input is an option and Siri/Cortana or whatever your flavor does a decent job but the function would be a battery hog.

Just let the watch be like an "extra" display and stop trying to make it in to a Dick Tracy watch/video-phone.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 1) 676

by Jhon (#49463127) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

"I don't care about Bill Clinton's consensual sex life. I'm not talking about Monica."

But there are valid reasons to discuss this topic in particular. If the guy who has the "football" which can blow up the world engages in actions which could result in his blackmail is this REALLY the guy we want holding the trigger? The "football" isn't the only blackmail-able power the President of the United States has.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton