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Comment: Re:In other words, ... (Score 1) 307

What I don't get is why they aren't addressing the real problem.

Normally, it can be good to have students of varying skill levels*, because the better students can help the lesser students. However, it seems that we often see stories about "Cheating in CS classes" here, which effectively discourages people from collaborating at all because it gets seen as cheating. Ideally, helping others should be rewarded, so that people who know the content would get their easy credit, while those who want to learn it would be able to do so more easily.

*Some education programs take this way too far. I've heard horror stories about how a high school geometry class had actual geometry students lumped in with special education students. Obviously that doesn't work but some overpaid idiot thought it would be a good idea anyway.

Comment: Re:Oxymoron? (Score 1) 125

by mattventura (#48559337) Attached to: Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices
I love how the claim they make is that they're bringing the desktop experience to mobile. They're not. They redefined their desktop experience into some horrid mobile UI, and now that they're actually putting that mobile UI where it belongs, they can claim that they're delivering the desktop UI on mobile.

Comment: Re:Everyone? (Score 1) 545

by mattventura (#48539467) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
But the problem is that over time, as more and more people do it, it becomes more and more of a necessity due to pushing the cost of labor down. If, overnight, everyone switched from 1 working adult households to 2 working adults, after the market had time to adjust, each family would be doing twice the work but not receiving twice the compensation.

Comment: Re:Everyone? (Score 0) 545

by mattventura (#48535169) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
But then you still run into the issue of each individual worker being paid less.

Really, what people fail to realize in this whole issue of employment/wages is that the issue is on the supply side, not the demand. More and more people are trying to work (e.g. more households with both parents working), which pushes down the price of labor.

Not that there's an easy solution to that (you can't pick people and ban them from working). Most liberal measures like minimum wage and forced overtime pay are in good faith, but don't actually work that well. They don't help the 99%, it just shuffles wealth around within it.

On one hand, I think a basic income would help because then less people at the bottom would be inclined to search for jobs in the first place. On the other hand, it's would just turn a chunk of society into absolute deadweight.

Comment: Re:WRONG! (Score 1) 602

by mattventura (#48519469) Attached to: UK Announces 'Google Tax'
Nothing you just said refutes "That hour is worth less to you than $50 otherwise you wouldn't trade." This is stuff people learn in Econ 101. Yes, it's worth more than $50 to the employer, that's where their profit comes from. If they weren't profitable, the employer wouldn't exist in the first place.

Comment: Re:ios/android support? (Score 1) 92

by mattventura (#48516379) Attached to: Valve Rolls Out Game Broadcasting Service For Steam
I'm assuming that since it only supports a few select browsers, it's using some kind of HTML5 streaming. Flash is total garbage for anything video related so this is an amazing change. It's simply amazing how flash can manage to slow down a system with basically any video card regardless of whether flash's hardware accel is on or off.

Comment: Re:Owning stock (Score 1) 203

by mattventura (#48435609) Attached to: Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court
It's probably a classic case of people not knowing the slightest thing about economics. Unless it's an IPO or something similar, when you buy stock you're just buying it from another investor who wants to sell theirs. The most damage you'll do to the company by selling your stock is lowering their stock price, and it's not clear from TFS if they actually own enough to actually make a noticeable impact (guessing not).

Comment: I used to want something kind of like this (Score 1) 101

by mattventura (#48430327) Attached to: Intel Planning Thumb-Sized PCs For Next Year
Basically, a minimal PC that you would plug into all the I/O hardware, so that you could bring it anywhere, plug it into someone else's hardware, always have all your files and programs there.

But then that became completely unecessary with the advent of cheap phones, tablets, and netbooks.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 327

by mattventura (#48406589) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X
Speaking of form-over-function, when I was looking for a laptop in 2010 or so, I noticed that Mac laptops weren't available with quad-cores. I wondered why, and figured out that it was because Apple didn't want to make their laptops a little bit thicker so that there would be room for a proper socket (back then, the i7 QMs were only available in socketed form).

Apple tends to focus on things that provide the most tangible improvement to the average user. Namely huge screen resolutions and good SSDs. Apart from that, the notion that Macs have good specs is somewhat of a myth.

Speaking of hot Apple products, Time Capsules had the same problem, where the power supply would fail, probably due to overheating. So now I have mine modified to run off a 4-pin molex so I can power it externally. Not that it's an Apple-specific thing, my thinkpad has awful thermal design too (one fan with terrible intake trying to cool a quad core and a quadro).

Comment: Re:Depends on Embargo Lift (Score 2) 474

Its astonishing to me that anyone agreed to operate under such an NDA anyway. 17 hours is sufficiently long that you could aquire the game, play it for 2 hours to get a feel for it, 1 hour to record a video, edit for another 2 hours, and then post it with 10 hours left on the embargo.

But the effect of doing so might make reviews less valuable. Some games might take far more than 2 hours to really get in to, while others might get worse after 2 hours by virtue of being too repetitive. Or, in the case of this game, you might not run into bugs in 2 hours.

Not that impulse buying a game before good, in-depth reviews have been published is a good idea to start with.

Comment: Re:Call Comcast? (Score 2) 405

by mattventura (#48380381) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?
Comcast provides a smarthost for customers to use. This is nothing new, I had to deal with this years ago. Hell, nowadays they even block outgoing port 25. Just look up what the comcast smarthost is and point your server there. If you're coming from a comcast IP, you don't even have to authenticate or anything.

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