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Comment: Re:even more telling... (Score 1) 255

by atherophage (#47148311) Attached to: A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"
Exactly, it's a management issue. Employee reviews should catch the lack of productivity. It's a different issue when the under-performer takes advantage of his or her status/ won't get-up-to speed. When management refuses to act on blatant productivity issues morale plummets. First management steps should identify the problem then make corrective efforts. But if the efforts fail termination should be an option otherwise the organization is merely enabling bad behavior.

Comment: Re:this makes no sense to me. (Score 1) 135

by atherophage (#46806507) Attached to: Venus' Crust Heals Too Fast For Plate Tectonics
Plate tectonics is a theory (; one with a great many believers. Velikovsky writes Venus is hot because it is so young; having been a comet not that long ago, a theory too. An idea based upon another assumption, albeit one sold as fact, remains an idea.

Comment: Re:Soccer (Score 1) 405

by atherophage (#46806345) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes
More than the hole size would have to change. Spent six years working on a golf course. The hole has to be changed daily. When the grass is cut to 3/16ths of an inch it is difficult for some greens keepers to get the the old hole flush (the contents of the new hole fill the old old hole). Too high and the grass is shaved; too low and a dip (with longer grass develops). This is tough enough with a 4 inch hole. A 15 inch hole would make the job of changing cups that much more time consuming and difficult - unless it gets automated somehow. It would be easier to just add more cups to the greens. Golf courses might want more players; but the golfers enjoy the exclusivity: a place to go where the rest of us can't; those of us who do are servants.

Comment: Re:Pythonista (Score 1) 340

by atherophage (#44725823) Attached to: For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad
"If schools are just doing the same old thing with iPads, or drinking the snake-oil-salesmen-turned-courseware-vendor Kool Aid, don't blame the tools." This is the problem. From what I have experienced working in a K-14 district for nine years, those teaching computer classes have a weak understanding of the technology; even less enthusiasm for the topic.

Comment: Re:distant, but fairly accessible (Score 1) 90

by atherophage (#44725489) Attached to: First Asteroid Discovered At Uranus's Leading Trojan Point
All based on the possibly flawed assumption comets are composed of slushy ice and rocky dusty bits. The good folks at have for years been gathering information which suggests cometary bodies are dry rocky objects.

Comment: icons (Score 1) 264

by atherophage (#44272795) Attached to: DuckDuckGo: Illusion of Privacy
At least it appears DDG is trying to help with privacy. They have links on their minimalist home page which lead to suggestions for protecting your search privacy. Found out about through DDG. DDG also has way cool swag [] on the cheap.

Comment: Re:#1 reason this is stupid (Score 1) 232

by atherophage (#44141727) Attached to: L.A. School District's 30,000 iPads May Come With Free Lock-In
Teachers love this stuff. Students log into teacher-proof lesson plans. Some assignments can be automatically graded and submitted to the online grading system. School districts enjoy showing off all the wonderful technology they have implemented under the guise of "Look what we are doing for your children". The hidden truth is district administrators often have no idea how this tech works. Teachers rarely have an opportunity to be fully trained on the effective use of this tech (some don't want to learn). The end result is these iPads often get used as educational soothers to keep students quiet and in their seats.

Comment: hardware repair grief (Score 1) 556

by atherophage (#37724924) Attached to: Is Apple Pushing Away Professionals?
Apple hasn't had tech friendly desktop hardware in over a decade. School districts buy desktops in bulk. It's nice when the hardware can stack - (not counting laptops). It's cheaper if common tools can repair desktops; not suction cups and Torx drivers. Techs I work with whine if anything more than a phillips driver is needed. I feel Apple is forgetting the creative professional market and the educational.

If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence.