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+ - Youth Arrested for "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "In South Carolina a 16-year old boy, Alex Stone, was arrested and charged with creating a disturbance at his school, as well as suspended, for choosing to write: "I killed my neighbor's pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business," in response to a class writing assignment. The story has attracted international attention."

Comment: Re:A Programmer Competency Matrix (Score 2) 533

I like it too, but it's kind of brutal. :) I'd say that even if you land somewhere between level 1 and 2, you're pretty good already. This is how I would interpret it:

Level 0: Rookie
Level 1: Competent for many programming jobs
Level 2: Experienced guy competent for most programming jobs
Level 3: A true genius competent for the most advanced tasks

+ - Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year->

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "When Steve Ballmer announced he was stepping down from Microsoft’s board of directors, he cited a fall schedule that would 'be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season.' It turns out Ballmer will teach an MBA class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in the fall, and a class at USC’s Marshall School of Business in the spring. Helen Chang, assistant director of communications at Stanford’s Business School, told Business Insider that Ballmer will be working with faculty member Susan Athey for a strategic management course called 'TRAMGT588: Leading organizations.' As for the spring semester, Ballmer will head to Los Angeles — closer to where his Clippers will be playing — and teach a course at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. We reached out to the Marshall School, which declined to offer more details about Ballmer’s class."
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Comment: Re:Blind coding for the blind (Score 1) 690

by jones_supa (#47718629) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

I'd love to run Linux as a primary OS, but I've tried all kinds of distros, and there has not been a single desktop environment that felt robust and professional, where things were in places I'd expect and everything just worked without a lot of unnecessary fiddling and looking up of vague error messages.

Same experience here.

Comment: Re:Linux could own the desktop... (Score 1) 690

by jones_supa (#47718533) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

I can already see in my mind how that kind of development system would break after some development package gets upgraded:

In, line 1208:
deb-pkg: Invalid argument: --no-externals

When Windows programs use robust binary interfaces, Linux programs always use this kind of fragile backend scripts.

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing viability of FORTRAN. -- Alan Perlis