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Comment Re:False analogy. (Score 1) 664

In fact often the exact opposite - one of my friends back when we where studying told me that he remembers lectures better when doodling (he got top marks in his masters degree), back then I started doodling and found that I have the same experience, doodling "removes" the bored part of me and helps me focus on whats going on.

These days I do the same during meetings and I find that I cope better with the meeting and often remember better what went on.

Comment Re:Wait.... (Score 1) 664

It has to do with practicality. You've got limited numbers of professors, and huge amounts of students. For some general courses, packing 200 students into a lecture hall is about the only way to cover the material.

When it comes to more specific courses, where you're only going to get 20 students anyway, a seminar format works better.

And yes, I'm a grad student.

Comment Re:Sun had 20 years, and still lost the OS battle. (Score 2, Interesting) 241

So, they made a single error (not releasing Solaris under the GPL 10 years earlier) and wound up losing one battle because of it. They did not lose the Java battle (although if Oracle does not pull it together, Java may yet be crushed by .NET) and they did not lose the battle (they do not have Microsoft's market share, but adoption of is certainly growing), and those two are probably much more important than Solaris, in the long run; had Sun realized this sooner, perhaps they would not have been taken over.

Comment Paper is just as bad! (Score 1) 664

If you write, you don’t listen. If you listen, you don’t write. Simple as that.

I HATED “teachers” who gave us the homework of just copying book pages by hand to “learn” them. I couldn’t remember a word of what was written on them.

I specifically avoided taking any notes, as much as possible. And only wrote down formulas, or basic laws. (In a graph, like a mind map, but without the stupid limitations.)
If I didn’t understand everything, I pressed pause, and went back a minute.

Oh, did I mention, that the lectures themselves were only half of where the learning took place, and watching it on video a second time at home filled in the blanks that made the whole lecture useful and stick in the first place?

Comment Re:Reminds me of broadband internet in the beginni (Score 1) 479

Poppycock to the Regulations. In the phone, power, gas companies, the are all use to and know the various regulators. When I worked at US West, I saw exactly how much of an impact that had on us. BUT, we knew how to work within the framework. Now, with that said, regulations DO cost money. The company response is not free.

But the power companies are holding off doing more power lines in hope that the feds will do it for them, while they take the profits to the bank. And you know what? I am thinking that the feds SHOULD do it. And then charge the power companies for use of it, and the power company would then be allowed to ONLY pass it through (no profits from it). I am not normally a fan of gov. intervention, but in this case, the fed is the right group to get large projects like this done. It used to be that the companies had responsible leaders, but now they have abdicated their role. It is time for the US to do what companies us to do.

Submission + - Obama, Huckabee win Iowa caucuses

An anonymous reader writes: Democratic Illinois Senator Barack Obama and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican, have been declared the winners of their presidential caucuses in Iowa, the first test in the race for the White House. Obama, who had been in a tough three-way battle against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and former senator John Edwards, won convincingly. Vying to become the first black president, Obama had 37 per cent support among Democrats. Edwards appeared headed for second place with Clinton finishing a close third.

Submission + - Toads Mate across the Species Barrier

Hugh Pickens writes: "Although mating with another species (hybridization) is often maladaptive and females typically avoid other species as mates, Nature magazine is reporting the first example of harsh environmental conditions driving an animal across the species barrier. When drought threatens, one species of spadefoot toad will mate with more drought resistant toads of another species so that their offspring will have the best chance of survival even if it means that those offspring will have a lower chance of reproducing successfully. One possibility is that the toads need their offspring to develop more quickly when water is in short supply and field tests confirmed that hybrid tadpoles were more likely to survive through metamorphosis in rapidly drying pools. "Females are probably assessing a lot more out there than just how long the male's tail is," says Maurice Sabelis, Professor of Population Biology at the University of Amsterdam. "They are probably more sensitive to their own condition and environment when choosing a male.""

Submission + - The effects of Open Source on Software Development (

phomer writes: "We live an an era where software was become open and freely available. The Open Source revolution has brought huge changes to programming, but underneath all of the noise and hype, what are the real effects of having access to a glut of software? Is this helping to enhance Computer Science, or are the effects actually hurting it? This series of two essays looks at the impact of Open Source on Computer Science (shrink-wrapped software) and on Consulting."

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