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Comment Re:Technology is not the answer (Score 0) 319

You appear to believe that teaching ability is an externally originating quality, such that when the blessing of the gods of teaching falls on a professor, his endeavors succeed. I am afraid this is (probably) not true. The difference between effective and ineffective teaching comes down to the choices made in methodology (assuming equal knowledge on the subject between compared teachers) and a large majority of those are discrete, tangible choices. Like not using a page of text on the handout when a single picture would do.

I'd like to challenge your claim. While you could obviously achieve a lot despite being restricted to a chalk and board, inability and unwillingness to use more effective tools at his disposal is precisely the feature of a bad teacher. It is not the only feature, but it is one of them.

Comment Re:You have a bad sales model (Score 0) 438

Well, if you assume price*copies sold is constant, sounds like he can make a maximum of 6250$ per week at 50 cents per copy, with your figures.

To be serious, dear Cruciform: Nobody is buying your game at 2$ but they are getting it for free. Note how the market is bigger than 25k, which means many people won't even play your game for free. I bet some of those 25k downloaded it, tried it, and uninstalled it. But even assuming all of those 25k people became addicted within moments, you still have to face it: Your game is just not that good. Most people would literally not play it unless you paid them to.

Comment Re:Bosses earn too much (Score 0) 1018

When you have last seen a job listing for "CEO of a successful company"? You are ridiculous. There are three ways to end up in that position: (1) Be born into a family with lots of influence to begin with, (2) rise up through the ranks to get to the position, (3) start your own business and make it huge. 2 is very hard, and 3 is obviously very risky- many businesses do not succeed. The boss with a million dollar salary is reaping the rewards of his past success in face of the risks taken at the time, not just his current performance.

Comment Re:Bosses earn too much (Score 0) 1018

If you don't like it that someone else is making more money than you are, well, maybe you should have taken the tougher classes in school.

Except the boss who earns ten times as much as the programmer probably took classes ten times less tough, and for less than half the time. Your notion that revenue is a function of how hard your classes were is so absurd that it's effective comedy on its own.

Yes, if someone does harder work and gets paid better you should either work harder or stop complaining. The problem is that the boss is not working harder.

Comment Re:No sensible, honest person would work for HP? (Score 0) 651

Inkjet cartridges don't clog, not before a couple of refills at any rate. And I've never heard of HP even acknowledging that there is such a thing as refilling cartridges. Anyway, so what if it clogs or the rubber is messed up? Then you chuck away the cartridge and buy a new one. Until then? Keep refilling. The worst that can happen is eventually you'll get a page printed all messed up because something failed, and if that gives you nightmares just keep a spare cartridge.

Comment Re:They're mad at Canon (Score 0) 651

I refill my HP cartridges too, they are usually good for 3-6 refills. For some reason, the $40 cartridge can be refilled with that super expensive ink for some $2 and works just fine. I've barely had any problems with the printing either, what happens most often is the cartridge won't work after the particular refill.

It's no wonder the guy who sells very expensive cartridges whines about how they have no choice but to sell them at those prices because BS BS BS. It's practically common knowledge printer manufacturers sell the device at a loss and make it up with the profits from cartridges.

You also gotta love how they won't disclose ink volume because the "customer would get confused". Damn right I'd get confused when my cartridge has 10 ml of ink, and suddenly decides it's "empty" after 4 ml are used up.

And why is the parent Funny again?

Comment Re:EVE Online (Score 0) 142

based on the EVE Online universe. Keep it very dark, moving, and awe inspiring.

You mean like a million victims locked an evil corporation's vicious cycle of desperate addiction, all the while bleeding money into the same corp's pockets, and then one day a faulty fuse forces one of them to go outside and discover... A whole new world?

Comment Re:in other news, cementing the BP CEO has started (Score 0) 611

You hire truckers who don't sleep on the job, and implement systems to monitor behavior in case any start to get sloppy. You educate employees about why it's very important for them not to screw up and what they can do about it.

The CEOs already do make "a bajillion" dollars, as you put it. They might as well do their end of the bargain. You don't like the job description? Feel free not to apply. It's not like thousands of CEOs for huge multinational energy corps are needed anyway.

Of course nobody is asking for you to be sued over an accident beyond your control, but that is beside the point. Many corporate-caused disasters occur for reasons quite under the corps' control: They cut corners on the preventive measures.

Comment Re:IOW (Score 0) 111

The olfactory system recognizes substances based on their chemical characteristic, mostly molecule shape. "Light", or photons carrying it, have no molecule shape or chemical characteristic, not in the sense of interacting with olfactory receptor proteins at any rate. You can't smell light. That's like saying I can "see" pain when someone jabs a spike in my eye.

Comment Re:I must be new here (Score 0) 146

When you spend 8 hours to gain what you might as well have gained in 8 minutes, you have wasted your time. It's not even about regret. And in a more relevant form, when you pay money to work a second job, overtime, you are wasting time.

Stop pretending hardcore MMO players are all perfectly well adjusted people with no issues in the name of rationalizing your little hobby. Why be so defensive anyway? So what if it's wasting time. Maybe you just enjoy wasting time.

By the way, the Sistine Chapel is something. A fictional language is something. Even a pornography collection, if it has an interesting theme or accentuates a surprising trend, is something. You can point to it and say "this is the product of my efforts, regardless of the value of that product, I accomplished something". What does a WoW player accomplish? The sword they looted was already there, in the game. The game they play has been designed literally in every detail. The action the player performs in order to acquire the carrot is already obvious and clear from the beginning, and it is clear what the carrot is and does. And the carrot is not even a physical object. Gaining the carrot provides absolutely no benefit of any kind, and cannot, because there is nothing to be gained, except maybe the approval of other players who are also pursuing the same worthless goal, and admire your "achievement" out of misguided envy.


Mark Twain To Reveal All After 100 Year Wait 298

Hugh Pickens writes "The Independent reports that one of Mark Twain's dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published one hundred years after his death. Twain, the pen name of Samuel Clemens, left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century, but in November, the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain's three-volume autobiography. Scholars are divided as to why Twain wanted his autobiography kept under wraps for so long, with some believing it was because he wanted to talk freely about issues such as religion and politics. Michael Shelden, who this year published Man in White, an account of Twain's final years, says that some of his privately held views could have hurt his public image. 'He had doubts about God, and in the autobiography, he questions the imperial mission of the US in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines,' says Shelden. 'He's also critical of [Theodore] Roosevelt, and takes the view that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel. Twain also disliked sending Christian missionaries to Africa. He said they had enough business to be getting on with at home: with lynching going on in the South, he thought they should try to convert the heathens down there.' Interestingly enough, Twain had a cunning plan to beat the early 20th century copyright law with its short copyright terms. Twain planned to republish every one of his works the moment it went out of copyright with one-third more content, hoping that availability of such 'premium' version will make prints based on the out-of-copyright version less desirable on the market."

Nine Chip Makers Fined $400M In EU For Price Fixing 215

eldavojohn writes "In a disturbing case for average consumers, nine DRAM chip manufacturers have been fined more than $400 million for price fixing. The named companies are Samsung, Hynix, Infineon, NEC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Elpida, and Nanya. A tenth company, Micron, avoided fines by reporting the other nine to the authorities. Since all companies cooperated with the probe, they received a 10% reduction in fines, so it could have been worse. The US DoJ has had its own history with chip makers and LCD makers in price fixing scandals."

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