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Comment RSS (Score 1) 2254

THANK GOD I moved to RSS for keeping up with /., the new UI blows, I can't find an easy way to expand all the stories on the index. Who the thought it would be intelligent to collapse certain stories so you have to click on the titles and reload the page to read themt? I mean, if it was really long, then cut it off and put in a "read more after the 'jump'" link. The reason I stayed with the old design was to read all the stories and decide if I wanted to read comments. That and I could just scroll down the index without having to do a crap load of clicking.

Well, Google Reader to the rescue. No souped up CPU usage and crap JavaScript coding to slow my browser down.

Now, if someone can explain how to expand all the stories on the index page so that I can get that fixed, that'd be great. But until then, RSS only for me.

Comment Re:Beat me to it. (Score 3, Insightful) 467

Right on. Most CS students are unaware that they have signed on for math, set theory, relational algebra, etc. They mostly think that they're going to learn how to program games and become rich.

There's also the other subset of CS students who are forced to take beginning CS classes due to their major. Bioinformatics for instance. They really don't have the head to figure this stuff out.

I would say that 95% of the CS students I have taught in lab or tutoring were in above their heads and 60% either switched majors or failed. Some of them failed the CS intro to programming 3-4 times before they figured it out.

You may not realize it, but the 90/9/1 principle applies to CS as well. 90% won't get it, 9% will get through it, and 1% will go on to Masters or PhD.

So, the best way to teach CS students about Linux is to wrap it up in a series of lectures that include different OSes such as Windows, Linux, Mac OS, DOS, etc. That's probably the only way to get them interested (most will gravitate towards the pretty ones).

Comment Attention to detail is key... (Score 1) 684

I was a TA for my university's CS department for a few years. There was this one semester where two students decided they were going to cheat off each other in Intro to Programming.

They might have pulled it off since they were in two different classes and had two different TAs doing the grading.

Except one of the berks decided he wasn't going to change anything in the copied project, not even in the file headers where the other student's name sat staring at me...


Comment Re:DiVx brought this up years ago. (Score 2, Interesting) 275

The difference between this and with Circuit City's Divx fiasco is physical media. Those people who were sucked in by CC's idiocy at least have the hardware that can be hacked or made to work in some way. If I can recall correctly, your player was able to play normal DVD as well as gold and platinum Divx discs.

With digital media and DRM you have to rely on finding a software solution. But there is no physical media.

Comment Re:Local Capthca (Score 1) 297

With respect to "local captcha," you could easily ask residents for the current message on any of a number of signs that belong to churches.

Asking about features other than this is pretty much useless since the color of a church at a certain address can be discerned through any number of google maps or msn maps or whatnot.

Asking about local sports teams is useless unless you know for a fact that everyone on the board is going to deal with sports.

However, anybody can drive past church X on Y street and give the second and fourth words on their message. None of the mapping software will show this unless the sign hasn't changed significantly...

You could also ask this question: When you or your friends are away for a long time, what is one of the top three restaurants that you visit when you come back? or something similar.

There's this one place in my hometown that *everyone* wants to eat at when they visit home...I want to go there right now... :)


New York Bill Aims To Restrict Games Containing Profanity 133

GamePolitics notes a new bill out of New York which seeks to prohibit "the sale to minors of certain rated video games containing a rating that reflects content of various degrees of profanity, racist stereotypes or derogatory language, and/or actions toward a specific group of persons." It goes on to say: "These games, containing adult images such as morbid violence, rape, alcohol and illegal drug use, as well as other malicious acts, are not appropriate for children under 18. This legislation will regulate the sale of such games." The full text of the bill is available. It also suggests that children who are exposed to in-game crimes are more likely to participate in real-life crime.

Tech Companies That Won't Survive 2009 385

buzzardsbay writes "Fresh off their annual market survey, eWEEK channel folks have compiled the list of tech vendors their readers think will fail, falter, or be sold off in 2009. It's important to note that these aren't the opinions of the magazine or its editors. The list comes from folks who work in IT, mostly technology resellers, who are out in the field selling, installing and maintaining this stuff. If there were ever canaries in the tech coal mine, they'd be these service and solution providers who live and die by the slightest shift in the markets. Some of the companies on this list, like Sun and AMD, are shocking because of their size. Others, like CA and Symantec, not so surprising." What other companies are headed for implosion, or should be if all were right with the universe?

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