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Comment: Re: Fast track (Score 1) 353

by MenThal (#49580271) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

Courses like Strategic management (and management classes in general) are "soft" sciences, whereas Financial analysis, Investments, Micro- and macroeconomics are "hard" sciences, sort of. It is an age old dichotomy in academics.

Hard science classes are hard to pass because it is hard to actually do what you know you are supposed to do.

Soft science classes are hard to pass because you really have no clue what you are doing or are supposed to be doing. BS and common sense only get you so far.

Any soft class I took, I ended up in the middle of the scale. Any hard class I took, I ended up either high or low, never middle.

  I've had a ton of IT, economic and management classes in a wide range over the years, and the grades on my diplomas thus looks like a scatter shot diagram. Only management classes I really liked were those that actually tried to use real, valid and useful metrics in a meaningful way... ... although I wish be here had been a Herding Cats class, that would have been useful.

Comment: Re: It is an ad. (Score 1) 216

by MenThal (#49579991) Attached to: How Google Searches Are Promoting Genocide Denial

There needs to be two such options ; Any of the above (I don't care), and None of the above (they all suck).

If the first gets a majority, the winner should be selected at random, with people being able to play a lottery betting on candidates.

If the latter gets a majority, all the candidates are [CENSORED] on live television as new candidates are presented. This should help get both voting and ratings up. Or lead to anarchy. It's a toss up.

Comment: Re: Car analogy (Score 1) 125

Never had much trouble with motion sickness in Descent, but I grew up with very long car drives in the summer vacation as a kid.

Descent did disoriented me quite a bit. I think I spent nearly an hour on a level, not recognizing any location... Until I rolled 180 and noticed I was staring at the entrance. I'd flown the whole way back upside down...

As for watching others play anything 3D; how can you not get sick? If not by motion, then by frustration that they are DOING IT ALL WRONG! But more seriously, watching others, your brain has no compensation due to expectations on visual input based on your action, which I think an important and critical component to consider in the design. But we might just be in the VR version of Uncanny Valley here.

Comment: Re: sage (Score 1) 352

by MenThal (#49559825) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

Owners can kick the board. The board can kick the CEO. And all three can kick the cronies.

But in practice, that is all theoretical, and due to the high visibility, they are not "fired", but rather "step down" with a golden parachute to pursue "other opportunities".

It is basically like firing, but with a silver tounge and golden severance package.

Comment: Re: Not Applicable to North America (Score 1) 293

by MenThal (#49517389) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

Not sure where here means, but that hadn't been a problem anyway. Two thumb buttons to easily switch stations on the steering wheel, and a third to jump from radio to CD to AUX.

Only 8 channels at a time, need to run automatic station tracking every hour as I cross the land. Ads never was the annoyance, the news was. They all seem to run the news at the exact same time with the exact same news, meaning I get the same blurbs across all stations 10 to 12 times during the drive. Those are the times I swap to the CD with 150 tracks, which I have heard to death by now.

I have a small stack of CDs like this with me, but I've heard them all so much I both know which song comes after which, and even with shuffle on, I've grown accustomed to the PRNG to the where I am sensing patterns.

I seldom use AUX and my phone, because it is a distraction. The stereo has all the main controls I need on the steering wheel, so when I hear more than three seconds of an ad, I'm usually in steeper turns (or trying to overtake someone).

Spotify and other mobile streaming of the phone is spotty at best; there's a lot of steep mountains and long tunnels, some under the Sea. But guess what? They've often ensured that one or two of the National channels actually work in these tunnels! Curios if that'll work with DAB+ as well.

But anything on mobile or external devices are a distraction I do not want when driving; I drive fast, but safe. And given trends with car manufacturers not wanting us to tinker with stuff, and compatibility of handsets not being ideal, I don't expect to see my phone and steering wheel integrate seamlessly over Bluetooth any time soon.

On a tangent; and to kill this subthread with Godwin, I am surprised the older WW2 generation isn't up in arms about this. Owning a home radio during the occupation was a huge danger and act of defiance against the Nazis here back then, much more so than the paper clip on the lapelle...

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