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Comment: Re:This is a scam (Score 1) 399

by mordenkhai (#46083995) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules
I wasn't clear, by performance I meant more about attendance, and and past performance (previous years). A student who misses weeks of school just shouldn't matter as much as one who misses no days. Also a student who has had straight A's for years should be a heavier weight when they suddenly fall to D's than a kids who has skated by on C's and D's and continues to get them. Because I agree completely that tests end up gamed and pointless and in the end they distract from teaching subjects and become teaching tests.

Comment: Re:This is a scam (Score 4, Insightful) 399

by mordenkhai (#46077199) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules
Because none of those others who has to get a degree to become a professional have to deal with children. In addition I haven't heard of any CEO having his mother come to the board meeting and complaining that her boy isn't getting the job done because the board isn't helping him after work enough, while ignoring that little Steve Balmer has missed 10 days of work this quarter, and it still isn't his fault that people don't like Windows 8 UI designs.

Should there be some form of performance metric? Sure. It needs to be very carefully set up though, and the child's own performance needs to be a part of it as well as the parents. NO teacher is going to be able teach calculus to a kid who skips 2 days a week to babysit for his siblings because his parent(s) can't afford childcare. It also needs to be politics resistant, I don't want my kids teacher worried about their job because some new guy won an election. I want them worried about how to best teach the next chapter, and that is it.

Comment: Re:Pocket change for Google (Score 3, Informative) 117

by mordenkhai (#42338801) Attached to: Kodak Patents Sold for $525 Million
As usual the summary tells a tiny bit and its not the whole story so from the article here is your answer:

A group including Apple Inc. (AAPL), Google Inc. (GOOG) and Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) agreed to buy patents from bankrupt Eastman Kodak Co. for about $525 million, gaining the right to use the digital technology to capture and share photos.

The group is led by Intellectual Ventures Management LLC and RPX Corp. (RPXC), Kodak said in a statement today. Google, Apple and RIM are among the 12 companies that will license the patents in the deal, according to a court filing. Under the terms, Intellectual Ventures will split the payment with the licensees.

Facebook Inc. (FB), Inc. (AMZN) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) also are part of the group, the court filing shows, along with Samsung Electronics Co., Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE), Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (4901), Huawei Technologies Co., HTC Corp. (2498) and Shutterfly Inc. (SFLY) The auctioned patents -- more than 1,100 related to the capture, manipulation and sharing of digital images -- were previously estimated by advisory firm 284 Partners LLC to be worth as much as $2.6 billion.

“This is a fraction of our overall patent portfolio,” said Chris Veronda, a spokesman for Rochester, New York-based Kodak. “We retain ownership of about 9,600 other patents for our ongoing businesses.” The agreement resolves all patent-infringement lawsuits between Kodak and the 12 licensees, Veronda said. That includes suits Kodak had against Apple, RIM, Fujifilm, HTC, Samsung and Shutterfly. In a May filing, Kodak had said Apple alone owed it more than $1 billion in patent royalties.

Scientists Link Deep Wells To Deadly Spanish Quake 118

Posted by timothy
from the better-tell-those-guys-in-russia dept.
Meshach writes "Research has suggested that human activity triggered an earthquake in Spain that killed nine and injured over three hundred. Drilling deeper and deeper wells to water crops over the past 50 years were identified as the culprit by scientist who examined satellite images of the area. It was noted that even without the strain caused by water extraction, a quake would likely have occurred at some point in the area but the extra stress of pumping vast amounts of water from a nearby aquifer may have been enough to trigger a quake at that particular time and place."

Comment: Re:Probably (Score 1) 761

by mordenkhai (#41402261) Attached to: Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?
I disagree, it is only seemingly about vengeance because it isn't handled correctly. You say lets take that mass murderer, sure let consider him. He did it, he admits it, he is not remorseful. He is clearly dangerous, why risk keeping him around? He is exactly the case the death penalty should be for. It shouldn't be handed out willy nilly, but reserved for cases where there is clear evidence. Perhaps require a confession, and not in the interrogation room but in the court room, perhaps require video of the crime (shootings in public), eye witnesses can be wrong and have proven unreliable in several cases so maybe we just have to have either a confession or video. That may mean that 99% of the death penalties handed out in the US are invalid, I am ok with that, cancel them unless they meet the new requirments.

The key is once you raise this bar, no more years and years of delaying and waiting. If you have his confession, why put it off. Once the trial is over, the sentence given, 30 days. Then a single bullet to the head and its over. Why risk keeping someone as dangerous as that mass murderer around, and why risk innocent people guarding him. Why pay for the criminal to live when all they represent is a huge risk should they ever decide to have another go, on a guard or even another inmate.

Could the wrong guy cop to a crime? Yes, he could lie and the person who did it could have given him enough info to cover all the bases and allow an investigation to conclude that he was the criminal instead of the actual person. There is no fool proof system, if my family member copped to a crime and got the death penalty when I knew they were innocent, I'd still support the death penalty.

You talk about forgiveness, but there is nothing for me to forgive. I didn't know any of the victims, or their families, or their friends. What I know is, there is a person who is a known danger, truly dangerous to all of those around him. Why take the risks?

Comment: Re:The catch-22 for Steam's lock-in (Score 1) 880

You give MS far too much credit for owning game studios. Look at the number of MS owned games, much less AAA titles, for 2012. It is underwhelming compared to days past, especially if you drop the Kinect games. Then compare Xbox with Games for Windows Live, its very sad. I can't imagine ever buying things from GFWL, instead of Steam. I would always choose Steam if available. While MS could go back to creating great games on their own, I don't see them writing the checks to create new Age Of Empires/Mythology, Mechwarrior, Flight Simulator etc games.

I suppose MS could spend the money needed to get GFWL to work as well as Steam, then make enough AAA games that are only available on GFWL in order to draw customers. I just don't see them doing it, ever. I can't imagine them investing in Windows as a gaming platform while they have Xbox. I agree that Steam is expendable if someone produces an equivalent product, but noone has really, not even close. I think if anyone had a shot it would have been Stardock post Gamestop but in the end they would rather also make money on Steam Wallet card sales as well.

Comment: Re:Snowflakes (Score 1) 133

by mordenkhai (#39773529) Attached to: Brain Scan Can Predict Math Mistakes
I agree with your assessment of there being more than 1 type of "Question Guy", and as someone who really hates some of those types...

I am taking an Assembly Language class right now, and there is a question guy. Luckily he is not types 2 or 4, as those are for me the worst. He does meander into 3 a lot and that's where it is an issue for me. When the professor is teaching I am following, I have no issues with focus, and its good for me. Then along comes a question, which almost always will be added to mid answer. He seems to always want to talk about C, and there is a lot of "In C..... global variable..... pointer...". My problem is just that, my problem and not his fault, is about focus. I feel like the long questions he asks that just go over what the teacher said or then go into these seemingly random hypothetical situations make it hard for me to focus on the new material being taught. That's why I cringe when he asks a question. If its a short clarification or something I don't have any problems getting back on task, but the meandering comparisons to C make me drift off and it gets harder and harder to get back. The people I sit near take bets on how many minutes these offshoots go, it averages 5-6 per. I just wish he would teach a section and then take questions afterwards and not in the middle, but I know everyone learns differently so I just gotta find a way to focus up after a long mental walk around the C/pointer/variable/memory map lane that seems to happen 2-3 times per class. It doesn't help that after class is a lab, which the questioner never attends.

Luckily our teacher seems to never have issues with #4, as he always shows something and then says "Oh, and now you say 'but professor Tak, I don't believe you, I don't think that works', well lets do it then and find out" and I think he does a fantastic job of showing what he means rather than just telling us "I said so and my PhD means I can't be wrong!"

Never put off till run-time what you can do at compile-time. -- D. Gries