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Comment Re:Excellent idea, but... (Score 1) 128

My (in my opinion perfectly capable) wife wanted to take this course but decided against it after reading those prerequisites.

It will take more than just free online courses for academia to overcome its walled garden and truly be more accessible. Why is something given as a prerequisite that can just as easily be explained in a couple of minutes in the first lecture?

Comment The Office (Score 1) 1200

Does nobody else remember this from The Office:
Pam: "I’m failing my computer class."
Jim: “I thought you were good at Flash?”
Pam: “I was. But then they switched to Acrobat just as I was learning Quark. I hate computers.”

Scenes like the virus one in Independence Day are at least believable enough that my dad doesn't think twice about it. Even he knows that dialog from The Office was BS.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 449

From TFA:
"Mr. Gates said the nation owed quality health care to those in uniform, their families and veterans, but pointed out that members of the military health care system have not been charged increases in premiums for 15 years — even though the program’s annual cost has risen to $50 billion from $19 billion a decade ago.

'Health care costs are eating the Defense Department alive,' Mr. Gates said."

He's suggesting changing the cost structure of it, not cutting what it covers. Given no premium increases in 15 years, I'd have to say that it's time to make some changes to it.

After Learning Java Syntax, What Next? 293

Niris writes "I'm currently taking a course called Advanced Java Programming, which is using the text book Absolute Java, 4th edition, by Walter Savitch. As I work at night as a security guard in the middle of nowhere, I've had enough time to read through the entire course part of the book, finish all eleven chapter quizzes, and do all of the assignments within a month, so all that's left is a group assignment that won't be ready until late April. I'm trying to figure out what else to read that's Java related aside from the usual 'This is how to create a tree. This is recursion. This is how to implement an interface and make an anonymous object,' and wanted to see what Slashdotters have to suggest. So far I'm looking at reading Beginning Algorithms, by Simon Harris and James Ross."

Comment Re:Pompous military time (Score 1) 383

Complaining about someones presentation of time when the thing that is in error is the value of the presentation is silly.

Not if you believe that the presentation contributed to the error, as I do. Everyone who knows who Colbert is knows that the show is on at 11:30PM. Using military time confused the issue and introduced an error.

Military time is a synonym for 24-hour clock notation. I call it military time because I only use it when dealing with the military. It may not be your preference, but calling it that is neither wrong nor silly.

Comment Interview advice for introverts (Score 1) 581

I've taken very similar tests on sites which give ME the results and it shows that, while I possess many good qualities, my reserved nature makes me hard for others to read, particularly in that my expression of happiness or enthusiasm are externally muted.

I'm the same way, and, despite my excellent GPA and decent experience upon graduation from college, I was unable to get a job for a long time. I had no end of interviews, but no follow-ups.

I eventually went to an interview coach, who suggested that I explain to people exactly what you just said. So at my next interview, I ended each of the individual interviews with a brief statement along the lines of "I may not seem like I'm excited about this job, but that's just because of how I am. Etc."

It was hard for me to do, and some people seemed shocked to hear me talk about myself in such an open way, but they all seemed to appreciate it. And a bunch of the interviewers empathized and said they had the same problem. It worked out well, and I'd recommend it to other introverts out there.

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