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Comment: Re:"auditing" courses (Score 1) 47

>> do you not have to go back and it take the class over again for credit?

Yes, you do, but the typical pattern seemed to be to stick with an audited course for six weeks or so (the "trial period"), decide you want to take it for real next semester, and then buckle down on your real courses for the rest of the semester.

Comment: "auditing" courses (Score 2) 47

>> schools be willing to deal with higher MOOC failure rates, and allow large numbers of students to try — and possibly drop or fail — AP CS without economic or academic consequences?

This used to be called "auditing" a course. It's pretty rare to do today, but when college was affordable it used to be a way to try out a course and an instructor before you committed academic consequences.

Comment: Re:four (4) questions three (3) answers (Score 1) 64

Ah...the "respectively." However, I think that's just part of the last answer, so I'll update this to:

But what, exactly, does this mean? no
Does it mean that we're seeing the "edge" of the Universe? no
Does it mean that there's nothing to see, farther back beyond it? yes, respectively
Does it mean that, as time goes on, we're going to be able to see farther back in time and space? (no response)

Personally, I like his "what, exactly, does this mean" answer: it would have avoided a lot of religious wars. :)

Comment: How the executive wipes away democratic power? (Score 4, Insightful) 121

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#49718093) Attached to: Learning About Constitutional Law With Star Wars

I thought the political message of Star Wars was clear: a powerful executive gradually demonizes, marginalizes, ignores and then disbands a representative body, while using force to intimidate and even kill anyone who resists or speaks against the central government.

Now where could we find a parallel....hmmm...

Comment: Re:So, we're going to get Toyota clones? (Score 3, Informative) 284

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#49717223) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry

>> IBM wasn't undone by the platform, they were undone by the CLONES running the platform.

IBM wasn't "undone" - period. Instead, the termination of its consumer-facing foray allowed it to tighten its grip on the short and curlies of the far more profitable corporate world, and even gave it a "PC 2.0" phase where it sold premium laptops (ThinkPads) to corporate buyers before selling that business too.

Comment: four (4) questions three (3) answers (Score 1, Flamebait) 64

>> The answers are no, no, and yes, respectively.

If I'm reading this right, you just said:
But what, exactly, does this mean? no
Does it mean that we're seeing the "edge" of the Universe? no
Does it mean that there's nothing to see, farther back beyond it? yes
Does it mean that, as time goes on, we're going to be able to see farther back in time and space? (no response)

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