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Comment Re:Sadly? (Score 1) 387

So how about when I'm at home watching baseball on my time and they expect me to actually answer the phone if they call?

And if they want me to log in using my personal computer and internet connection, do I gain personal ownership of the project?Why not, a portion was developed on my time using my resources.

Comment Re:You were hired to work for THEM (Score 1) 387

There is a barrier between work and the rest of one's life. It may be impermeable or permeable. Ever have to work late, come in on a weekend, deal with work emails or calls after hours? It just got permeable. That permeability goes in both directions. That's not so complicated.

Submission + - Spying on Students in the Classroom (eff.org)

schwit1 writes: It seems a day doesn’t go by without another report of a company monitoring what we do on the Internet and selling that data to generate more revenue. And now the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has examined what happens to the data that's collected from students using technology in the classroom. They released the results of an extensive survey covering students in grades K-12.

What they found was that little work has been done to protect the privacy of the student information that is collected from both the classroom and from using the online software the schools issue for use at home on the students' own devices. They found that while many school districts have embraced technology and all of the benefits it can bring to the schools and students, often little thought has been given to one of the unintended consequences of this: the students' privacy.

The study was very extensive and took two years to complete. Virtually everything was examined, including what's being done along each point from the suppliers of hardware and software and the cloud services, to the schools and the students. They found that lots of data is being collected without permission and that it's easy for outside companies to access the data. They also discovered that there's little to prevent suppliers from sharing data with others, including advertisers.

Comment Re:The obsession with degrees hold good people bac (Score 1) 199

You apparently flunked logic. First, he did not claim degrees are useless at all. He said they are unnecessary for programming. He went on to say that he then chose to get 2 degrees to further his knowledge. Indeed, a degree program is a valid way to do that. It is not the only way to do that.

Comment Not really a new problem (Score 1) 220

This isn't any thing new. People are bad at estimating how long a task will take, wether it is developing or building a skyscraper. There is a lot of literature on why people are bad at estimating the time it will take to perform a sequence of tasks. Development is simply the next in a long line of activities that people try to estimate, and do badly.

Comment Re:ATT is NOT a charity (Score 1) 166

The government never collected tax money for universal healthcare. Obamacare was never claimed to be universal healthcare. It was claimed to expand the availability of health insurance and it did that. Feel free to argue if it was a good value or if it expanded it enough or even if insurance was an appropriate approach to healthcare, but it did what was claimed. The telecoms get heaps of money to implement universal service and have for a long time.

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