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Comment Re:So, failure from Microsoft's part ... (Score 1) 316

I mean, imagine if this happened with hardware: "Hi, I have a USB and I'd like to read my files" "Oh, I'm sorry, our USB-reader is only compatible with USB sticks made by our company. It can't read just any USB you give it because we use a different method to write and read data from it." What's the correct response. Is it "Oh, well, I'll buy a usb that's only compatible with you guys then", or is it "well, fuck you and your company, I'll get a reader that reads USBs like it's supposed to"?

Comment Re:Not just computer science (Score 1) 211

I disagree. You can gauge your interns' level of knowledge *while* having a lesson plan, and an insight on why it merits teaching in the first place; just showing up for a hard-arranged tutorial completely unprepared and willing to just 'wing it' because you totally think you know your stuff and can't be bothered to prepare a structure, let alone a topic, just doesn't cut it.
If you *really* want to ensure you don't tread on previously covered ground, you prepare a couple of topics, and allow the students to choose. You don't just show up with coffee.

Also, seriously, there was no *actual* need for the smug retort at the end there really, was there? What are we, twelve?

In all seriousness, there's an epidemic of clinicians who haven't done a day's worth of formal teaching-skills education in their lives, who suck in teaching as a result, but think they're hot stuff because they know their medicine well. And when the clinician is unable to transmit his ideas, the students / interns get blamed instead. To bring it back to the original article, it's worse than "just read the code", it's more like "just read the code that's in my head".

Comment Not just computer science (Score 2) 211

It is not the responsibility of the student to fix a broken lesson plan. For fuck’s sake, the entire point of having a teacher is that they know what the students need to learn and the students don’t!

This. I've lost count of the number of times as a medical student when I showed up in a pompous consultant's teaching session, (arranged with great difficulty, no less), and the first sentence was "So, what would you like me to teach you today?".
If I knew I'd have gone and read about it myself rather than waste time here with you, thank you very much you arrogant prick!

Comment How do you share the result?! (Score 1) 67

How do you actually get other people to see what you've found? Is it built in the tool somehow? Shouldn't I then be able to see other people's finds? Or is the whole of slashdot meant to start posting random map links to each other?
Anyway for what it's worth, what do you think of this? oblong structure around 70ft with a homogeneously white (eye-of-faith-reddish?) 10-20ft structure slightly left and above it? Top mid-right of the map (on my portrait-oriented monitor)

Comment Re:Need any more proof? (Score 1) 70

Religion and reality don't mix.

Am I missing something in your comment?
I don't see the role of religion here, or an insinuation in the article that there is religious motivation behind this.

The story is about the Saudi government wanting to contain outgoing information relating to its handling of an epidemic, and researchers criticising this attitude as dangerous to public health beyond Saudi borders, and drawing links to SARS etc.

Yes, it so happens that this epidemic has been kindled by the fact that there is an influx of people on a religious occasion, but it might as well have been an international proctologist conference as far as I care; I just don't see the religious link to the government's attitude to misinformation that you seem to be implying.

If anything, your comment smells more like a pre-programmed knee-jerk reaction rather than some sort of informed and well-constructed argument against religion. Talk about irony ...

Comment Counterargument (Score 5, Insightful) 243

"That's fine. However, I suspect the company has ulterior motives behind this decision; therefore I would like to have all emails by the director and finance departments to go through with a lawyer and an accountant to prove their motives. If they have nothing to hide then they shouldn't object, and it's only fair since you believe handing over passwords and examining *MY* private communications with any party to be fair play. I look forward to receiving the company emails. Regards."

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