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Comment: Been there, done that (Score 1) 427

by frisket (#46745197) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?
This was all tried in the UK in the late 50s and early 60s and rapidly gotten rid of. Sadly, I am not surprised that the educationalists seem not to know their asses from their elbows and have resurrected a completely discredited theory yet again. All it does is cripple another generation of kids.

Comment: Re:As a Linux Mint proponent, I say no. (Score 1) 448

by frisket (#46719843) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

However I continually run into limitations from it just not being windows.

This is the biggest problem. Not just the Window-only applications (that's an organisational problem) but the UI behaviour.

To be a candidate for Windows replacement, Linux interfaces need to do things the way Windows people expect them, like opening the right application when you click on an email attachment or a web link. I've seen Chrome open Mutt instead of Thunderbird in order to follow a mailto: link, and Thunderbird open Libre Office in order to handle a .eml attachment, instead of opening it itself. I won't even get into what happens when you click on a https link in a PDF when using Okular...

If you're prepared to fix all this kind of stuff and preconfigure every application to work sensibly, you might just make it.

Comment: Re:Danger Danger Danger (Score 1) 448

by frisket (#46719755) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

You are getting yourself in a world of pain!

XP users will bitch and moan enough already if they have to use Windows 7 or 8. Giving them Linux would be much worse.

Not necessarily. Run up a couple of demo machines, half with Win8 and half with Linux. Let the users try them out, and go with whichever one they feel most comfortable with.

A dime gets a dollar that's Win8. It's management's problem if the employees' productivity falters because they are using an incompetently-designed UI that management imposed on them; it's IT's job to recommend the best course of action for the business — if management choose to pick a loser, don't blame IT (unless they also recommended the loser, which they sometimes do :-)

+ - Digital Humanities articles to be published visually->

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frisket (149522) writes "Digital Humanities Quarterly is making its articles available as a "set of visualizations which will be published as a surrogate for the article", according to editor Julia Flanders of Northeastern University. "[This] helps address a growing problem of inequity between scholars who have time to read and those whose jobs are more technical or managerial and don’t allow time to keep up with the growing literature in DH. By removing the full text of the article from view and providing a surrogate that can be easily scanned in a few minutes, we hope to rectify this imbalance, putting everyone on an equal footing. A second, related problem has to do with the radical insufficiency of reading cycles compared with the demand for reading and citation to drive journal impact factor.""
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Comment: Re:Wouldn't work (Score 1) 313

by frisket (#46378599) Attached to: Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?
My kids did Logo extramural classes at the local school, so they learned what a program is, how to express Boolean logic, and why programs sometimes fail. The eldest "got it" and is now a fully-qualified (although not practising) COBOL programmer (work for a *bank*? the ignominy :-) but still working in IT. The other two are in unrelated fields, but the legacy of having learned how to make a computer do something means they have no problems in understanding pretty much anything user-level IT can throw at them, and often a lot more.

Comment: Re:Why now? (Score 2) 105

by frisket (#46326401) Attached to: Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone

If they fuck it up (and fuck the users over) like they did with the N800, N9, and Meego, then forgeddit.

but it's hard to see why Nokia would be working on such a project at this time

Because they suffer from what my medical colleagues refer to as Glutaeo-Humeroid Distinction Disability (the medical term for not knowing your ass from your elbow). They had exactly what was needed three times (a pocket computer that was also a phone, or could at least run Skype) and threw it away three times. There is precisely zero evidence that they are even marginally competent nowadays to run a phone company,

Comment: Re:Reward if Found (Score 1) 250

by frisket (#46318883) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

On a visit to CERN many years ago I noticed all their keyboards, monitors, etc (stuff in plastic boxes, basically) was not engraved but branded with a heated device that melted their name deep into it. Virtually impossible to remove or obliterate.

Expensive stuff I label with "There is a reward for returning this device to XYZ Corp" followed by a contact number. The only time I lost such an item it was returned anonymously in the mail, so thank you to whoever that was.

Cheaper stuff just gets a label with my company name and contact number.

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