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Comment: When is Hadfield's disciplinary hearing? (Score 2) 212

by markdowling (#43712561) Attached to: Astronaut Chris Hadfield Performs Space Oddity On the ISS

Obviously nobody sent him the memo where Canadian scientists and public servants have to get approval for talking to the media or even giving evidence to members of Parliament. All these pictures and videos - oh boy is he ever going to get it when he gets back to CSA HQ.

Comment: Re:Dumb. (Score 1) 341

by markdowling (#43411197) Attached to: Sequester Grounds Blue Angels

or they could allow the F-22 to be sold abroad - OR EVEN JUST WITHIN NORAD - where it would be a far better fit for Canada's Arctic Patrol requirement than the single engine F-35 - after all that's what USAF themselves fly out of Alaska to intercept pesky Russian varmints flying too close to Sarah Palin's house. (Although RCAF would probably want a probe and drogue refuel which would complicate matters)

Comment: Physical keyboard (Score 1) 505

by markdowling (#43204765) Attached to: Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

Nokia are still "gauging demand"
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Technology/2013/02/28/Nokia-holds-off-on-QWERTY-phone-keyboards/UPI-98831362092469/

That's nice. We might be deploying Nokias if they actually just got off their ass and made some, but instead we'll continue to wait on Blackberry Q10 as the only other enterprise ready device with a physical keyboard, which is what our USERS want.

Comment: Jim Balsillie (Score 1) 114

by markdowling (#42909767) Attached to: RIM Co-Founder Drops His Stock

From the Summary: This has to be seen as a massive vote of 'no confidence' from someone who was on the inside long enough to know what's going on in the company."

The guy who was desperately trying to buy an NHL franchise while Blackberry were spinning its wheels in the face of Android and iPhone? Yeah, that guy knew what was going on all right.

Comment: You could teach all of chemistry with a whiteboard (Score 1) 372

by markdowling (#42870741) Attached to: Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

and give your students eyestrain while they learned because DAMMIT MY PROF COULDN'T PRINT OR DRAW EITHER.

I had one prof who spoke in a low voice and thus half the class became disinterested and talked among themselves so you really learned nothing unless you snagged a chair in the first three rows. Naturally, they promoted him to Dean.

Comment: Student ID number? (Score 1) 383

Student Joe P. Bloggs enrolls in 2013 and receives Student Services ID 13123456, IT therefore gives him:
username jpb.23456@college.edu

You're not giving away the store by embedding the full ID number but 3 initials (could use X for those who don't have one) and 5 digits would probably have few collisions

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