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Comment: Interactive JS lessons (Score 3, Interesting) 355

by YoJ (#39212665) Attached to: Khan Academy Chooses JavaScript As Intro Language
I'm a fan of learning JavaScript as a first language, it can be presented in a nice way. One of the best parts of js is closures, it really gets them right. I put together some interactive js lessons to teach closures a little while ago, give them a try and let me know what you think.

Comment: Re:Terms of Service (Score 2, Informative) 713

by YoJ (#18537149) Attached to: Students Sue Anti-Plagiarism Service
I'm an instructor for a university. The general principle that universities use is that anything you turn in, you assign copyright to the university. This means the instructor can use turnitin without violating copyright law. Is it right to require students to give up copyright over their own work? I don't agree with it, but it's not unreasonable. Most assignments are similar to "work for hire", written to a specification of someone else for a particular purpose (in this case, grading).

For public school, you can't choose whether to attend or compare policies between schools. In this case it is the government stealing intellectual property of its citizens. I applaud the kids for standing up to it.

You can tell how far we have to go, when FORTRAN is the language of supercomputers. -- Steven Feiner

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