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Comment Re:Culturally Relevant == Irrelevant to CS (Score 1) 612

I appreciate your opinion in the context of actual CS. It's science. Do it, or don't. Do it well, or do it poorly. It a discipline based on logic.

This isn't really about CS. It's about CS education . Education and educators are their own thing. Their own "tribe" or culture. And as much as they like the concept of education being data-driven, and thus scientific to some degree -- it's not.

Because educators are inherently educated. They're attracted to the institutions, culture and bias of education. They craft the questions to elicit the response their bias needs. They build the educational systems to provide the desired biased outcome.

Someone will be very happy to be adding the work described in this article to their resume. It's a fine example of the kind of work that is rewarded by education and educators. So, in that respect, I disagree that the problem is inherently "political". I believe it's a culture clash between science/logic and education/educators.

Comment Re:No company can build well with a bad spec (Score 1) 275

How about a little RTFA?

"Oracle could find itself the target of much more blame in the Oregon case, where it was reportedly the sole contractor and overseer." ...

... "Oregon has spent more than $40 million to build its own online health care exchange. It gave that money to a Silicon Valley titan, Oracle, but the result has been a disaster of missed deadlines, a nonworking website and a state forced to process thousands of insurance applications on paper.

Some Oregon officials were sounding alarms about the tech company's work on the state's online health care exchange as early as last spring. Oracle was behind schedule and, worse, didn't seem able to offer an estimate of what it would take to get the state's online exchange up and running." ...

... "The state hired Oracle to make that possible and has paid the company $43 million so far. But Oracle has missed deadline after deadline.

Kline is fed up with the delays for the rollout. "They told us Oct. 1, they told us Oct. 15, they told us Nov. 1, they told us Nov. 30," Kline says. "Come on!" ...

Maybe you should stick to posting anything-about-state-government-is-bad feedback at the Oregonian.

Comment Re:Personally (Score 1) 655

I once was interviewed by a company that was all wound up about schooling and degrees. As such, they showed their inability to evaluate real-world criteria and failed my screening process. I hired a different company to employ me instead.

The company asking for my transcripts 15 years after my last class went out of business within 4 years. So please, do continue. We need more evolution in action in the job market.

Comment Re:you really want to know what obamacare is? (Score 2) 382

The Oregon website seems to be working well also. I was surprised by the number of insurance carriers, and the number of plans.

Who knows how long some folks will scream and kick about it all, or if their tantrums will prevent progress.

The lowest tier plans along with subsidies should work as intended to promote preventive care and health partnerships instead of bankrupting folks going to emergency rooms, and leaving the rest of the system holding the bag. It will still leave a lot to be desired, like dismantling the "we've got a pill for that" western medicine profit machines.

Comment Re:Jobs vision was Eberharts vision (Score 1) 692

"the cloud dream of ubiquitous sensing and computing" - - seriously?

They make shit. I use the vulgar, derogatory term because in no way does your life really depend on anything they make.

They want - need - you to buy their shit. So they can make money. Money money money money money money money! That's what it's all about! Simon says! Because they're a publicly traded company.

And that's it. No pie in the cloudy sky dreams fulfilled, unless that's part of their marketing shpiel designed for the sole purpose of making more money.

Comment Summary Appears to be Wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 54

From TFA:
"...But first scientists must detect B-modes of any kind. That's what the team with the South Pole Telescope (SPT), a 10-meter dish in Antarctica, has done. B-modes can come from "foreground" radiation from within our galaxy, or when the gravity from the vast web of matter that fills the universe distorts the image of E-modes in the CMB. That distortion is called gravitation lensing, and SPT has observed lensing-induced B-modes..."

It then goes on to basically admit that other teams are better equipped to find actual B-modes in the CMB.

A fine job of pattern-matching, but not what is advertised.

Comment Re:Car to Car Spectrum is needed. (Score 1) 186

The problem with this article is people have no idea why the car manufacturers are upset, all they see is some big corporation opposing the release of more profit (and some sensationalist WIFI BS by bloggers). Or course this draws out the communists among us that want all corporations to go away.

This all fails to miss the entire point of why the Auto companies are opposing this. This profit is directly adjacent to profits allocated for profit. What is profit? It's profit that was allocated a number of years ago to allow profits. What is the point of that? Well one of the key aspects of this profit is that without it you don't have reliable profits which will greatly hamper profit.

See, if you are going to have profit those profits need to be able to communicate with each other, they need to tell the profits around them that they need to change lanes, or that they are breaking. The holy grail of profit is a situation where profits are driving 70MPH with about 2 feet between them. This will greatly increase the density of profits and allow the freeways to operate about 200% more efficiently than now. But for that all to work the profits have to tell each other what they are doing so the other profits can react. Even with no perception-reaction time for computers you will greatly decrease the possible efficiency if the profits can't communicate real time. The only way to make this safe is profit with low interference.

If we have thousands of WIFI signals in adjacent profits there will be so much interference that the systems won't be reliable, the result will either be safety problems or drastically reduced efficiency. Profits are a holy grail of ITS (intelligent transportation systems) that has been being pursued since the early 90's. It will result in freeways that are so much more efficient than today that you could fit 3-4 times the number of profits in the same freeway without any slow downs or rush hour traffic jams. Not only that but you could read a book while driving to work.

We don't want to impede or endanger profits. The profit manufacturers concerns about interference need to be taken seriously.


FTFY. Realist, not Communist.

Comment Completely Normal and Predictable (Score 2) 187

Shocking? Not even.

NK hosts a staged visit for a famous US businessperson. It's a prestige move. Cue the Stuart skit from Mad TV -- "Look what I can do!"

US businessperson visits NK. Sees through the eye of his personal reality tunnel, which ignores most everything except how he can profit. What must change so he can profit. How can he use what he's experiencing for PROFIT.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Comment This isn't "Malware". This isn't "Hacking". (Score 1) 340

This isn't "Malware". This isn't "Hacking". It's just Phishing.

Read this:

Explain that email was invented in the mid-70s and hasn't really changed that much. Security wasn't a factor back then, and its easy to write an email that appears to come from anyone.

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