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Comment: Re:Boring? (Score 1) 123

by aaandre (#42247577) Attached to: Professor Cliff Lampe Talks About Gamification in Academia (Video)

The fact that education is expensive does not mean its quality is high. Boring and un-engaging lectures will put a student to sleep regardless of how much they pay and whether or not they believe they "should" be awake. Putting responsibility on students in this situation is asking them to react in a non-natural way to the circumstances.

Lecture-based education is inefficient and broken by design.

"Gamifying" unnecessarily boring material does not make it better and tries to address the wrong issue.

Ideally college engages discussion and critical thinking, rather than demanding listening to a monotone voice reciting facts which can be easily referenced and never remembered.

Comment: The 5th Sacred Thing by Starhawk (Score 2) 1244

by aaandre (#39269271) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

"An epic tale of freedom and slavery, love and war, and the potential futures of humankind tells of a twenty-first century California clan caught between two clashing worlds, one based on tolerance, the other on repression."

The description does not do it justice... this is a post-apocalyptic fiction at its finest, addressing the dividing forces of our society and looking at the possibilities presented by our political structures, values, technologies and attitude towards nature and magic.

It is awesome, intense, sexy and rewarding.

Comment: Re:Police have no expectation of privacy (Score 1) 384

> If they have something to hide, which they don't want revealed in court, they need to find some other line of work.

That would be nice. In reality, they use the power entrusted in them to smash phones, charge innocent citizens with false charges, physically and verbally abuse innocent women, children and men, including tazing for pleasure and shooting to kill for no reason.

So it seems that what they think they need is legal protection for the illegal actions they are already taking.

Comment: Re:Uh (Score 5, Insightful) 725

by aaandre (#33902480) Attached to: Wikileaks Donations Account Shut Down

Imagine that you were just imagining that this might happen. Would you act on your imagination?

Also imagine that your wife sleepwalked to the kitchen drawer, picked up an pair of scissors and stabbed you in the eye while you slept.

Imagine your dog attacking you and killing you in front of your children.

I suggest you first take care of the clear and imminent danger presented by your wife and dog and maybe then consider wikileaks.

Still not convinced?

SUDO imagine you have a wife and a dog...

Comment: Re:hosted maybe (Score 1) 225

by aaandre (#33728510) Attached to: UK's Two Biggest ISPs Rip Up Net Neutrality

The point is it's not important who hosts the data. It's important who owns the subscribers.

"Owning" a large number of subscribers allows to manipulate what gets shown and how fast and therefore charge for it.

I'm sure it would be also possible to charge to "disappear" certain sites, indie media outlets etc. from the "internet" as seen by said subscribers.

Right now, AT&T can easily censor the internet for a huge number of iphones. Comcast, Verizon and Earthlink are not exactly beyond this either.

Guess where your tax dollars may go next.

Comment: Re:In The Name of The Father, The Son, & Teh F (Score 0, Redundant) 308

by aaandre (#33640416) Attached to: Pope's Astronomer Would Love To Baptize an Alien

Understand? If you are talking of the details of a specific religion... Too many imaginary friends, too little time.

If you are talking of the essence of "religion," it's easy: Evil old men drunk on power burning everyone and everything in their way, getting off on raping children, corrupting as many innocent souls as possible.

Where would the devil hide if not in church. What would the devil have you believe about god if not that it's separate from you?? What would the devil have you believe about yourself if not that there's something wrong with you?

Anyone who tries to stand between you and your divinity is selling you shit.

"Lead us in a few words of silent prayer." -- Bill Peterson, former Houston Oiler football coach

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