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Comment Computers got faster over ten years... (Score 1) 147

I don't see how they controlled for equipment getting faster. A computer in 2004 was probably a ~3Ghz Pentium 4 with a 800MHz bus and 1Gb of RAM. Now you have an i5 or i7 with an SSD that's probably 10 times faster. People just don't wait that long for their computer anymore.

(I miss the good old days when a print job got you a 15-20 minute break.)

Comment These articles miss a very important point... (Score 1) 448

Who says a channel has to charge? TBS costs cable companies $.63 a month per subscriber, bringing in $731 million a year for 96,700 homes. ESPN is $5.75 a month per subscriber in 94,000 homes.

I'd pay $1 a month for TBS. Some channels wouldn't have to charge. QVC? That's just a big infomercial. Golf? Offer it for free.

It looks like we may get choices soon: Cable Under Fire: Plunge in Ratings Could Spell Trouble for Top Nets

Comment Re:Chat is terrible hellscape (Score 1) 79

Now we're seeing the slow death of IRC too at the hands of better but more proprietary user experiences being offered by Skype and Slack.

And it's easy to see why too. The proprietary chat tools out there like Slack are absolutely incredible user experiences.

If IRC and XMPP are ever going to be competitive with the new proprietary guys in town, it needs to get competitive on the usability front.

I think Slack is built on IRC, I use a bouncer and whatever IRC client I have handy to connect to our work Slack.

IRCCloud is putting a pretty face on IRC, if they would offer the Slack integrations they could be a real competitor.

Comment Re: TCO (Score 1) 158

As someone who is doing Linux in schools, let me correct a few things. - Imaging isn't done anymore, except for a base image with nothing installed. The tools to manage machines can take care of anything that needs to be set. - To set up our 1:1 Linux desktops we boot from the network, enter the machine name and user name, and walk away. Ubuntu installs with minimal software and Puppet. Everything else is configured through Puppet. Configuration includes software to be installed and creating the username and password of the student that is assigned to the laptop. We haven't hopped on the Chromebook bandwagon. Linux can do everything Chromebooks can do but so much more.

Comment Charter schools as is aren't the answer (Score 1) 715

Since they are for-profit institutions, learning is usually not one of the things they want to do.

Ohioâ(TM)s Largest Taxpayer-Funded Charter School, ECOT, Receives Bonus Check

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) is the largest charter school in the state of Ohio. The online school is larger than the vast majority of Ohioâ(TM)s traditional school districts and received over $88 million in state funding last school year. This year that amount is expected to jump to over $92 million. On the latest report cards released by the Ohio Department of Education, ECOT continues to rank below all of the 8 large urban schools that are often-criticized by legislators and in the media for their "sub-par" performance.

15 Months in Virtual Charter Hell: A Teacher's Tale - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

Last year I had a student who never showed up to class, never turned work in, skimmed by on gaming the system with a phone call every few weeks, just enough to keep from being dropped from the rosters. She called me three days after my final grades were submitted in June, desperate to find a way to graduate. I apologized, said my grades had been submitted, and offered information for the summer school we were holding. A week or so later, when I arrived for graduation an administrator pulled me aside to tell me that this student had passed "by the proficiency method" and would be graduating. Our graduation rate was so low that this was not a surprise to me, not after the year I had spent working in this system.

Comment Wrong definition of A players (Score 1) 397

I think most of the comments about A players are defining them incorrectly. An A player is one that:

- is competent in their skills and is continually upgrading their skillset
- works well with others, viewing criticism not personally. The A player uses criticism to get better
- will go the extra mile(s) so their projects and the company will be a success. No task is too menial. When they walk down the hall they will pick up any trash they find to throw away.
- is humble
- is not afraid of failure

In education, you see A players all the time. These are the ones you want to work with and work for. They make you better.

Comment Serverless Puppet (Score 2) 141

Puppet can also run with out a server. You can clone your puppet repo and simply run "puppet apply main manifest.pp" The server gives you more control over what the machine receives, so each machine wouldn't have access to items such as ssh keys or user info that doesn't pertain to the machine.

Comment Re:...and not academic freedom (Score 1) 284

This is a simple question about owning the intellectual property rights on material produced. Frankly the way I think this should be is that I own the copyright but the university has a permanent license to use any material I generate for education of its own students.

This has already come up under teacherspayteachers.com. Any work you do for your job would most likely fall under "work-for-hire" and your employer, the univiersity, owns the copyright. This whole article is written by someone who doesn't realize that professors don't own the copyright on materials produced by the professors for their job.

Public school districts own the copyright on the lesson plans and supporting materials created by teachers, this is now different at the higher ed level.

Comment Why let users choose their passwords? (Score 1) 211

If you are going to do this, then why even let the user choose their password? Use an algorithm to create user's passwords (for example, randomly select a length, then randomly generate a password). Guaranteed strong passwords.

Yes, users will write it down. Is this worse or better than what is happening now?

(For the most part, I prefer OAUTH. I let Google handle the two factor authentication.)

Comment Re:Still fiddly if you RTFA (Score 1) 181

It's bad enough having to find room on my already cluttered desk (3 desktops + monitors + 1 laptop + 4 mice + handover/ events diary + this shift's operations paperwork) in 1.3sq.m of desk space, but having to find space for each mouse when I need to move to each system

Check out Synergy. Use one mouse/keyboard with all four machines.

Comment Re:Good point about archiving (Score 1) 137

About archiving photos, videos, and the like to a hard drive, you make a good point. I'd like to see what certain staunch iOS advocates on Slashdot would say about that.

iOS users use the free 5GB of iCloud storage for backup, and when that is filled, they pay Apple for more storage. All automatic and no maintenance. Device dies/is replaced? Start it up and tell it to restore from iCloud. Everything is right back where it was. This even works going between the different iOS devices (have an iPhone and get an iPad? Restore your iPhone backup onto your iPad).

Pretty slick, and doesn't require the user to do anything but plug in their device at night (assuming they have wifi, if not, then no, it's not slick).

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