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Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 789

by XxtraLarGe (#48878355) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Same for the Ecoboost. It purrs at idle, but put your foot in it and you hear the horsepower.

I just got a 2015 Ford Explorer, and that's exactly right. I was actually shocked at how quiet it is when it's idling, and how throaty it gets when I hit the gas to pass someone.

Comment: Re:Your analogy doesn't hold up (Score 1) 200

You are comparing students who clearly are there just to get the credit for whatever reason and not pursuing CompSci as a degree to students who are majoring in it. Presumably people who want to learn to code are not just there to show up and retain their Pell grants. I am reading this as a false equivalence logical fallacy. It's also a very negative perspective on the untapped potential of today's youth.

Nobody takes my Java course who *isn't* a Computer Science or Computer Information System major. I don't have business or English lit majors taking my courses. I know this because I have them fill out a survey on the first day, so no, it's not a false equivalence fallacy. But if I were you, I'd have a look at a different fallacy before constructing my arguments.

Comment: Re:Here's why this is a bad idea (Score 1) 200

So if I understand your argument correctly. We would be better off firing you to save money because you are incapable of stimulating or teaching 5/6th of your class to do better?

No, you don't understand my argument at all. Rather it sounds like you're purposely being obtuse about the whole matter, and your opinions are tainted by class envy rather than concern for the individuals. You aren't doing anyone a favor trying to force them to be something they don't want to be simply because it makes you feel good.

Comment: Re:Not "like Slashdot" (Score 3, Funny) 224

by XxtraLarGe (#48865431) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Any articles about religion. Will be marked false from the atheists.
Any articles against religion. Will be marked false from all the religious.
The Right will mark false everything that is left leaning.
The Left will mark false everything that is right leaning.

This gives a new meaning to "false flag" operations! :-D

Comment: Here's why this is a bad idea (Score 5, Interesting) 200

I teach Computer Information Systems at a community college, which includes some programming courses (C++, Java, JavaScript & PHP w/MySQL, etc.), and some non-programming courses on general computer use. When I teach a programming course, I teach it with the idea that the students I have need to be competent in order to succeed when they move on to a 4 year college. What ends up happening is about 1/3 will stop coming to class after about the first few weeks of school--just long enough to not have their Pell Grants and other financial taken away. Then they go off to party/play video games/whatever. About another 1/2 will struggle, complain that there's too much homework, that the homework is too hard, but they either don't post messages on the course message board, or they do it the evening before the homework's due. They also tend to skip class if they didn't get the homework done. Then about 1/6 excel in the course. They show up every time, do most of the homework, and try to assist other students who are struggling.

I've been teaching for 5 years now and this has been a consistent pattern. The first & last groups are typically composed of traditional students, and the middle one is mostly non-traditional students. I think the reason why NT students struggle so much is because they're shuttled into CS/CIS but have no technical background. They're told "go into computers, that's where all the jobs are", then they take the classes & struggle. I try to accommodate them as best I can, but there's only so much hand-holding you can do.

So basically from my anecdotal experience, you're going to be pissing away money on about 5/6ths of the students you're sending into the field. The number of successes may increase when this program kicks into gear, but that's not really going to be a good indication. "Why's that?" you ask. The answer is simple: There will be more smart students at community colleges who probably would have gone to a better 4-year school if community college wasn't "free".

I want to see everyone have as much success as possible, but the truth is, some students would be better suited for going straight into the job market rather than go to college. Most of the students in the lower 1/3 I mentioned previously either lack the intelligence, (but mostly) the maturity, or both.

Comment: Re:Wow... Just "no". (Score 2) 203

by XxtraLarGe (#48864487) Attached to: Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

I think if the government needs to fine itself, they should refund the money back to the tax payers for services failed to render.

Laws are for other people. When the government does it, it's different. If you think this is bad, just wait until they nationalize the internet under the guise of "net neutrality".

Comment: Re:low requirements (Score 1) 629

by XxtraLarGe (#48857309) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

You don't even need a text editor if you use a site such as CodePen.

Who has access to a computer that doesn't have a text editor?!? Even if the default ones that come with Windows or Mac OS X are pretty much throw-aways, there are plenty of free text editors for either one, including NotePad++ for Windows or TextWrangler for the Mac, and Sublime which is available on both.

Comment: Wife likes Gotham & Walking Dead (Score 1) 148

by XxtraLarGe (#48812119) Attached to: Best current live-action TV show based on comics?
It's great when you can share something like shows based on comics with your wife. We watch Agents of Shield and Peggy Carter, which are all pretty good, but my wife could take or leave them. She really likes Gotham & The Walking Dead, which made me happy. It took her several episodes of Walking Dead to get her into it, but she liked Gotham right from the first episode. I tried to get her into Green Arrow & Flash, but she didn't care for them.

Comment: Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (Score 1) 417

by XxtraLarGe (#48810781) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

"The market" cannot work because of laws that have been pushed by politicians who have been basically bought by lobbyists. Lobbying is just another word for bribery. This used to be illegal and I'm not sure how or why it became legal in the first place.

It's called the 1st Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Comment: Re:Time for some leaps and not baby steps (Score 1) 142

by XxtraLarGe (#48761015) Attached to: Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos

Do we share genetics with life on Mars, showing that life can travel between planets on asteroids?

While I don't put any stock in panspermia, I find it interesting that when the theory is presented, it only seems to travel to Earth, and never from it. It seems to me that it would be more likely that panspermia FROM Earth to Mars would be the more likely scenario if such a thing was possible, and then life on Mars would have existed for a short while in an inhospitable environment.

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