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Comment: Did I call it or did I call it? (Score 5, Insightful) 263 263

Comment: Ahh Dice (Score 4, Funny)
by Verloc on Thursday June 04, 2015 @10:08PM (#49844935) Attached to: How Much JavaScript Do You Need To Know For an Entry-Level Job?

Last week it was "How much C++ do you need to know for an entry level job"

next week it'll be "How much Python do you need for an entry level job"

Must be nice crowd sourcing your job requirements from Slashdot.

It was even Python. Amazing. I predict next week: Ruby.

Comment: Re:The quality of a lot of that feedback is suspec (Score 5, Interesting) 236 236

I think it was more of a PR stunt for Microsoft to be able to say "there are enough people interested in Windows 10 to contribute 1 million pieces of feedback" and "we're listening to you, the computer-using community" than it is about responding properly to any particular piece of feedback.

Comment: Lapham's Quarterly (Score 1) 363 363

It only comes out 4 times a year, no ads whatsoever; each issue is filled with super interesting excepts from history alongside artwork regarding one subject. Lewis Lapham is a former editor for Harpers, which I would read on occasion. It's the only magazine that I buy regularly, and have for several years.

Comment: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Score 1) 726 726

The Little Prince is a fantasy/sci-fi novel that is extremely multidimensional (you can read it on many levels). It's something that one can read at 8 and enjoyed, then read again at 12, 16 and enjoyed for entirely different reasons. I cannot recommend this book enough for young readers.

Comment: Nationalist Culture (Score 3, Informative) 404 404

All the posts I'm reading are "Canada has no culture". Seriously?

Of course Canada has a culture; Quebec has a more unique example, but for English Canada there are a lot of cultural similarities between their culture and the United States' culture, so most of those characteristics are subsumed under the US cultural umbrella. Canada's resulting perceived culture is more fragmented, less in your face than other cultures. We could easily lose these fragments and become more 'international' (though most English speaking Canadians get information from english speaking countries, so that means the US and UK mostly). All nationalist cultures will face this in the coming years.

The question, really, is does this constitute a problem? It's a question of identity: 'what cultural groups do you identify with?'. Nationalism has a very real hold on our identity. We need that feeling of belonging to something, and everybody is born into a nation. However, online experience has already show us that 'virtual reality' provides that feeling of belonging and the groups with which we identify and to which we belong have changed drastically. This is a fragmentation of previous groups, and of course the previously established cultural groups are going to fight back.

Of course, the results of this fragmentation remain to be seen. Maybe it's better to belong to a group that all your neighbours belong to so that we share something in common with them, and some weak nationalism has a greater value then we currently understand. Maybe the explosion of smaller groups will allow a stronger connection within the group while a weaker without. I personally think that both are useful, and that Canadians should want to understand their culture, just as all other nations should want to understand their own culture. Having to legislate it in fear of losing it shows mistrust on one side and disinterest on the other, an ugly combination.

+ - Megaupload down, FBI Charges Seven With Online Pir-> 3 3

Syobon writes: WASHINGTON – Seven individuals and two corporations have been charged in the United States with running an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works, through and other related sites, generating more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and causing more than half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners, the U.S. Justice Department and FBI announced today.
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Comment: Re:Yes, you are right (Score 1) 804 804

Actually you are 100% wrong.

How can somebody say this and claim to be educated? Is it part of those "conflict resolution skills" you're talking about?

I'm glad you've had success, but there are simply too many people to ask each one nicely. And sure, some might say yes, but some will not. And dragging the whole class to a halt and assuming that the class as a whole will agree on ANYTHING is both an unproductive use of class time and naive.

"Can you program?" "Well, I'm literate, if that's what you mean!"