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Comment School is not supposed to be like work (Score 1) 870 870

If class more closely mimicked "real world scenarios":
Exams would be open note, open classmate, open textbook, open internet, etc.
A student that (without permission/notice) skipped five class sessions or came to class drunk would be expelled, possibly with no transcript.
A student could do everything right and still fail an exam because of the performance of a classmate.
Examples done in class would never directly apply to exams.
Lectures would consist of an office politician trying to "sell" a project that would increase his budget, and use inaccurate-but-impractical-to-falsify information to do it.
50% - 90% of class time would be spent on stuff that had little to do with the class title, description or syllabus.
Exams would often be on an entirely different subject with no warning to prepare.
Grades would depend on vague criteria that can always be used to justify any grade the professor chose to give you.

Comment Re:I hope it catches on (Score 1) 160 160

The only reason you actually need an ungainly VGA connector on your laptop is if you either refuse to pay $30 for an adapter, or you expect that you might lose the adapter yet still have your laptop for that super-important presentation.

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Don't you ever do anything for convenience?

Comment Re:Nope, sorry (Score 1) 507 507

If you think that piece accurately reflects Card's views, you should do a little of your own research on original sources. Read what he actually wrote, without an additional layer of prejudice from someone that disagrees with him. You know, like you'd do for the words of a detractor of someone you agreed with.


550 Metric Tons of Uranium Removed From Iraq 647 647

Orion Blastar tips us to an AP report that 550 metric tons of "yellowcake" uranium has successfully been removed from Iraq. The operation lasted three months, and it required 37 separate flights and an 8,500-mile trip by boat to reach a port in Montreal. Quoting: "While yellowcake alone is not considered potent enough for a so-called 'dirty bomb' -- a conventional explosive that disperses radioactive material -- it could stir widespread panic if incorporated in a blast. Yellowcake also can be enriched for use in reactors and, at higher levels, nuclear weapons using sophisticated equipment. The Iraqi government sold the yellowcake to a Canadian uranium producer, Cameco Corp., in a transaction the official described as worth 'tens of millions of dollars.' A Cameco spokesman, Lyle Krahn, declined to discuss the price, but said the yellowcake will be processed at facilities in Ontario for use in energy-producing reactors."
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Java DST Patch Breaks DST

Christopher_G_Lewis writes: "This is just coming out, but Sun's DST patch "may break backward compatibility for the Eastern, Hawaiian, and Mountain time zones, under certain circumstances." DST: Daylight Saving Time Changes (2007) There's a Sun alert, but only for subscribed members: Sun Alert 102836 for Java. The introduction of Olson Timezone (TZ) data, version 2005r or greater, may break backward compatibility for the Eastern, Hawaiian, and Mountain time zones, under certain circumstances. This issue is also outlined in Sun BugIDs 6466476 and 6530336, listed at: 6466476 6530336"

Submission + - Linux & Open Source Greener Than Windows

eldavojohn writes: "A recent UK report is saying that Linux is greener than Windows upon deciding that Linux on a server will cause the machine to have a much longer life expectancy (up to twice) than the same machine running a Windows server. This, in turn, reduces the amount of e-waste that results from the operation of the machine. But the report doesn't stop there, it goes on to reason about open source in general: "One of the benefits frequently put forward for the use of open source software is the level of resources needed to support it. This means that for equivalent open source and Microsoft Windows systems, the open source will require less memory and a slower processor speed for the same functionality.""
The Internet

Submission + - Wikipedia May Require Proof of Credentials

narramissic writes: "According to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, a new policy is currently under discussion by the community of users who regularly write and maintain Wikipedia that would require contributors to the site who claim certain credentials to prove they really have them. The new policy comes after one of Wikipedia's most prolific and respected editors, who went by the pseudonym 'Essjay,' was found not to be the 'tenured professor of theology' he claimed to be but a run-of-the-mill 24 year-old from Kentucky. Said Wales, 'To discover that someone had been deceiving the community for a long time really was a bit of a blow to our trust. Wikipedia is built on the idea of trusting other people and people being honest and we find that in the most part everyone is, so it was a real disappointment.'"

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