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Comment Application Insights (Score 1) 421

VS2015 Update 2 introduced IDE support for Application Insights, an Azure-hosted desktop/web application performance and error analytics service. We use it at my work - it's great and super easy to get up and running and use. I assume these are just enabling methods for generic application-wide logging/telemetry-based functionality, and I'd put my money on them not sending any telemetry data by themselves. The word "telemetry" in the method names was probably a bad choice, considering how many of you it spooked.

Comment Re:Resolution (Score 3, Interesting) 397

When you increase the DPI so you can actually read the content, some poorly designed programs struggle. You can see this for yourself by going into Display settings and increasing DPI from Smaller (100%) to Medium or Larger (125/150%). Windows doesn't "zoom" the content, but more or less forces changes in positioning and sizing of elements and font sizes. This screws with many apps that have positioning defined that is incompatible with this type of resizing. Honestly though, the problems encountered are minimal.

One basic example: iTunes (Updater) in Windows has a Label element with text such as "...blah blah blah, for more information, click this URL: ". To the right of the "URL" text is a Hyperlink control that is independent of that Label control containing the hyperlink. It is positioned explicitly so it fits the flow of text (at normal DPI). When you change the DPI in Windows, the text in the label changes position relative to the Hyperlink control, and the text overlaps.

So sure, if you left DPI at the normal setting, everything would work fine, but you probably couldn't read very much comfortably. You would want to increase DPI at such a high relative resolution, but as described, there are some shortfalls.

Comment Re:Not blocking, just ignoring (Score 1) 291

If performance pay is properly designed, I think you can avoid both problems. In Queensland, every quarter each school sends representatives for each subject to a district "teacher's meeting," and as a component of this, the teachers must assess each other, from test content to top students. I'm not sure of the exact details, but I know it was designed to ensure each school was testing their students equally. I remember that my physics teacher was made to make the final question in our final physics test relatively complicated in order to justify giving certain students top grades.

There is also a state-wide curriculum (or is it national now?), which in my opinion is quite broad, and teachers are made to test many aspects of it.

On top of this district-based system, there is a state-wide test which gives a weighting factor to the grades of students in each school and also to the students within each subject within each school. If a teacher in one school was to somehow bypass the district-based system and give students easier tests, one would assume the students would perform worse in this national test, which would then impact their overall grade regardless. The opposite it also true.

As an interesting side-note, because of the implications bad students have on good students as a result of this weighting system, some schools pressure underperformers (e.g. weed smokers, kids who always skip class, etc) to leave and find work. I'm sure there are varied opinions about whether this is good or bad.

Anyway, to conclude, if performance pay took into consideration the systems that are designed to make assessment fair, then I think it would have a better chance at benefiting students. As with most systems, design is important.

Comment Re:Not blocking, just ignoring (Score 1) 291

In my public high school in Australia, students were split into different classes based on their intelligence (however defined or measured). It was an unspoken thing. Kids in the A,B,C class were the smartest, D,E,F next, and so on. Movement between classes did occur, but was rare. It worked excellently.

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