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Comment: professional looking disposable addresses (Score 1) 225

by i.r.id10t (#49597909) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

Get a professional sounding/spelling domain and create your own emails on it. Get creative with your extended addressing and use that address only for job hunting. When you aren't on the hunt, either kill the address until you need it again or just send the mail it receives to /dev/null

Comment: Re:Lucky bastards (Score 1) 181

I'm right on the edge of the distance limit according to an old router firmware I had at the time. 1.5m down w/ 384 up is rock solid, 3m down w/ 512 up had too much S:N going on and would disconnect every 3-30 minutes.

Two weeks ago the local telco (windstream) drug a new fiber line past my house, but it comes from the opposite town exchange... and it is on the other side of the road. Don't care if I get fiber hookup direct, but I'd like faster DSL service...

Comment: Re: Ted Lieu (Score 1) 172

by i.r.id10t (#49590657) Attached to: FBI Slammed On Capitol Hill For "Stupid" Ideas About Encryption

Indeed. There are 4 boxes to use in the defense of liberty, and they need to be used in order. Right now we are at the soap box stage. Next is the ballot box stage, and there isn't a lot being done there now. Then the jury box - much like the ballot box, not a lot going on there, and there needs to be. The last choice is the ammo box, a desperate measure.

If 1946 is contemporary enough, you may want to read up on the Battle of Athens -

I think McVeigh was a terrorist - there are LOTS of other targets out there for "an attack against the government" or even a particular branch or department of the government where there would've been a lot less civilian "sucks to be you" casualties esp with the daycare center.

Comment: Re:Sign off. (Score 1) 325

by i.r.id10t (#49490629) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

I don't think the process is corrupt, just that my fellow admins and I don't think we need to be part of the sales process. The way it went with Pearson and us enabling the LTI integration on our Canvas install was

"Hi, I'm Suzy Salesdroid district rep from Pearson. I need you to configure your production system for our new beta product to work so we can show it off to faculty at your school to get them to adopt our textbooks and online content"

No, we don't do things unless instructors or departments ask us to, and we don't do beta stuff. Are other Canvas schools using this? Can you give me references from other admins?

"Well, no"

Well, we it isn't beta, and other schools are using it or the support folks at Instructure give it a OK we won't even think of installing it. And after we think about installing it, we won't do it until our faculty tell us that they've adopted your stuff and want us to enable it.

9 months later it was really ready to go, and we've not had an issue with it technology wise.

Content wise, as I said in another post, they are showing the instructors shiny things and telling them that creating a (poorly designed) online course is just a few clicks, exams included. While some things the various publisher provide really are cool and awesome and Good Educational Stuff a lot of it is "read the online slideshow and book chapter, take the multiple choice quiz", Not exactly good pedagogy.

Comment: Re:Was there a small scale pilot test? (Score 1) 325

by i.r.id10t (#49488113) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

No they didn't even examine the curriculum in depth. They didn't understand what they were buying.

Yup. Because what the curriculum/book vendors do is show the shiny, promise that starting a new semester is as simple as deciding who is going to be in the class, the shiny stuff is kept up to date, is (supposed to be) ADA compliant, and the content is mapped to the standards/outcomes that the various overseeing groups (accreditation, local school board, state ed dept, fed ed dept, whatever) have decided are important.

The average faculty look at this and say "yes please" without care of cost to student, being tied to a particular system, etc.

Granted my experience is with community college level, but I'm pretty sure that it is almost a verbatim thing for county school boards or state k-12 ed systems, probably with fewer actual classroom teachers involved vs more admin types...

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 2) 325

by i.r.id10t (#49488057) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

But the school system wasn't the one doing the development - Pearson was. OK, perhaps the school system did spend money rolling out wireless, etc. on their school campuses, but that can be used for lots of other purposes so it isn't a wasted spend. From the summary, and having not read the article in slashdot tradition, it seems that indeed Pearson made promises of rainbows and unicorns and delivered a sick donkey with a MLP tattoo on it.

Comment: Re:Sign off. (Score 4, Informative) 325

by i.r.id10t (#49488033) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

Which is why when a vendor asks us to enable integration for their stuff - and Pearson is one of 'em with their myFooLab emporium, I always tell 'em three things.

1) I don't work for $vendor - so no, I don't "have to" or "need to" do anything for them

2) We only accept requests from faculty or departments who have decided to adopt the resource, not from the sales person or vendor tech support folks. Again, see #1

3) The product must not be in beta or "brand new last week", and I must see it work on their system, our course management vendor's system (used for demos), or get good reports from other LMS Admins at other schools

Have had several unhappy vendors/sales folks, but have had minimal issues about promised features not working, existing, etc.

Comment: Re:Discrimination is legal (Score 1) 517

Indeed. I've been on hiring committees for CxO, AVP, and tenure track instructors in the past, and I'm on one now for a tenure track instructor. We are directly told by HR that if *everything* else is equal about a candidate, or even close to equal, recommend "the candidate that increases diversity". To heck with the better social fit, higher skills, etc. Hire the diverse one.

Comment: Re:People with artificial lenses can already see U (Score 4, Funny) 137

by i.r.id10t (#49460903) Attached to: UW Scientists, Biotech Firm May Have Cure For Colorblindness

Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach: I just got kicked out of the unit. My flight status has been withdrawn. I'm through, Dead Meat!

Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson: What happened?

Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach: It's my eyes. I've got walleye-vision.

Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson: Isn't there something that can be done?

Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach: Well, there's a delicate corneal inversion procedure... a multi-opti-pupil-optomy. But, in order to keep from damaging the eye sockets, they've got to go in through the rectum. Ain't no man going to take that route with me!

Testing can show the presense of bugs, but not their absence. -- Dijkstra