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Comment Re:Grades grammar not content. A.I. not ready yet. (Score 1) 253

But this is precisely why it makes this system useful AND should please teachers. If the system works well for grammar and ( hopefully programmable) essay structure, then the teachers can focus on the content, style, and finer points of writing. A computer can correct to/too/two, and if it frees up more time for the expert that is being paid to grade in depth, this is a good thing.

That is exactly what my last 3 English teachers did. They would mark improper grammar and spelling errors, but generally did not care as long as the content was effectively presented. These courses were all generally above the required university-level writing courses though, so it wasn't like we were turning in a bunch of youtube comments. At that point, our teachers let us into the secret of English writing...grammar really doesn't exist as long as your writing is understandable.

My theatre teacher took a different approach though and would make us re-write a paper that had grammatical errors. He also did not point out what they were. In those instances, we had to rely on our classmates to check our work.

Comment Re:Decoder Ring for You Out-of-date Nerds (Score 1) 43

For the haters:
SaaS = Web 2.0
IaaS = VM
PaaS = Don't have a single dismissive equivalency for this one, but I'm thinking one of those point and click things where you move blocks around to make a "program".

For the parent, thanks for the concise descriptions that I can point to...and I do consider all the *aaS buzzwords since they generally describe things that have existed for years. The *aaS trick is mostly automation. I'm thinking "click button and get a VM" vs "poke admin and get a VM".

Comment Re:To learn Red Hat .... (Score 1) 573

Learning to write shell scripts is also an essential skill, but stick with a mainstream shell. Csh is godawful, and zsh is too obscure for the enterprise. Ksh implementations used to be very spotty, especially when moving scripts between Solaris and Linux.

Learn some of the other tools like awk, sed, grep, cut, sort and uniq.

There's a huge shortage of decent Unix admins and a glut of Windows admins. Most of the Unix Admins we interview can't script unless they're stealing from something someone else wrote and most don't understand the innards of how the OS even works.

zsh isn't too obscure for the enterprise...it comes with RHEL. zsh tricks are better left after learning sh, bash, and ksh though.

Comment Re:Linus Torvalds is his own worst enemy (Score 3) 786

Speaking from the small window of the world that I can see... tons. SuSE is the preferred distro for anything that VMWare puts out today since, you know, they own the distro. That means that all of the pre-built appliances for their management services and apps are built on SuSE. Beyond that it's the distribution that IBM uses on any strange architecture they decide to run linux on, for example Watson is SuSE running on Power. I figured it would have been AIX but I was wrong. Beyond that, I'm told that it's also the preferred internal architecture for SAP development and if they can suggest an OS to you for the app servers, that's what it is... although officially they are OS agnostic. I don't think you get near any of those things without a pretty big checkbook, so I'll go ahead and call them professional.

That is a bizarre world indeed. Since when does VMWare own SuSE? Last a heard they were bought from Novell by Attachmate, and I don't see where anything has changed there.

Comment Re:Fixed it (Score 4, Insightful) 758

How is giving preferential treatment to the highest corporate bidder == small, constitutionally limited government? Or banning gay marriage? Or limiting women's choices? Or cutting entitlement programs to shift funding over to the military? I'm ok with the small, constitutionally limited government that conservatives always talk about, I just don't want the social and moral legislation that always seems to be mentioned in the next breath.

Comment Re:I am a chemistry professor... (Score 2) 372

So you have a syllabus. Is it handwritten or did you type it up on a computer?
If you typed it up on a computer, then you will have a file saved.
If you take that file and save it somewhere that can be easily accessed...like maybe some shared storage space on the department's webserver, then there is no syllabus for anybody to keep track of.
How hard is it to copy a file to a webserver?

Comment Re:Customized resumes?????! (Score 1) 113

Not sure about where you are, but I've found that places in Tampa are generally having a hard time finding the right person. Last couple times I've hired somebody, it took months until we finally found somebody from out of town in both cases. I also recently changed jobs and heard that I was pretty much the only qualified person they talked to.

Also, there is the difference between looking for "a job" and "the job you want". I've only worked a handful of places, and I can see that the company can make a huge difference. The last place I worked was kind of a "I need a job, oh there's a job" situation, and it was not good.

Comment Re:Interesting idea (Score 1) 141

Technical articles and opinions should have a level of proof and logic behind them. Incomplete arguments should be noted, and invalid arguments should be immediately identifiable. Furthermore, authors should be forced to stand on the merits of their arguments rather than some alleged claim to authority such as, "I've been a teacher at a major University for 15 years..." And they should be forced to create psudonyms that don't imply and opinion. (For instance, no one named "Alexander Hamilton" should be allowed on the forum, and certainly not to comment on the Federal Budget.)

Any other ideas?

What if my name actually is Alexander Hamilton? ...and you think that people shouldn't talk about anything about which they have an opinion or form opinions based on anything other than bulletproof logic founded on verifiable proof? You sound like somebody who would be no fun at a party.

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