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Comment Re:Visual vs wall of code (Score 1) 158

It's not quite that simple. I've been teaching math for years and I see this happen all the time with classes that use products like MyMathLab. Students use all of the "help" tools, get the right result and think they know what they're doing. In reality, they didn't solve the problem - the computer did. Many of the students who do this stumble badly when they're presented with a problem that they have to solve without any support. That sounds like what's happening here. There's a very big cliff between drag and drop and looking at a blank page.

Comment Re:So what's the problem here? (Score 1) 398

The summary makes the naive assumption that a financial accounting is the only way to evaluate the benefits of the transaction. If Sterling didn't want to sell the team and give up the profits and benefits of ownership then the sale could be a net loss for him even if he turns a profit on the sale. This position is particularly surprising given that the summary identifies the players as losers even though I don't believe they're going to suffer any financial loss form the transaction.

Comment Re:Experience of which industry? (Score 2) 295

Experience of which industry? I'm a physics prof. [...] Being involved in research means that I can take the latest research results and bring them into lectures so the students learn about them and perhaps find ways to apply that knowledge wherever they end up. This is not only good for the student but good for society as a whole and someone from industry is unlikely to be able to do that.

You may be a great researcher but can you teach worth a damn? One doesn't automatically imply the other. I've had plenty of professors who were well respected in their fields but had no business being in a classroom. I can see how being a good researcher could be beneficial to teaching but it shouldn't be the end of the conversation in a University job interview.

Comment Re:Best Buy (Score 1) 385

My biggest issue with Amazon is delivery. It seems like most of the time when I need something, I need it now. For example, the other day I broke the microphone/headset that I use to record video presentations and make Skype calls with my students. I drove down to Best Buy, picked one off the shelf and was back home at work in less than an hour. Waiting two or three days for Amazon to get it to my door really wasn't an option.

Comment Madden? (Score 2) 52

I'll admit up front that I haven't read the article but, based just on,

"'involves a graphical user interface on a computer that includes a graphic of an athletic playing field or a portion thereof, and a plurality of player positions on the athletic field. At least some of the player positions contain thumbnail images selected by a first user."

isn't this Madden NFL?

Comment Normal Distribution (Score 3, Informative) 605

I'm a college professor, and my students seem to follow a relatively normal distribution. I have a few who can write well, a few who would have a hard time making a grocery list and a large majority that do okay. The ones who do poorly often do very *very* poorly and I think their relative impact may cause outside observers to overstate the situation. I've also noticed that, predictably, full length papers tend to be more problematic than individual discussion posts. Students who do okay in the discussion often start to go down hill when they have to put together a multi-page argument.

Comment Re:Bargain (Score 1) 735

As an IT manager, I would be pissed if someone came to me with leverage.

I've never understood this sentiment although I've heard it many times from my father who was a manager for a large part of his career. Why is it okay for management to come to me and say, "We've got some problems with our relationship and, if you don't make some changes, you'll be fired.", but it isn't okay for me to go to management and say, "We've got some problems with our relationship and, if you don't make some changes, I'm going to quit."? Most of the time, management is in a superior bargaining position because it's harder for me to do without a job for a period of time than it is for them to do without someone in my position for a period of time. Would you, as a manager, be reluctant to use that advantage to bring an employ into line with a new set of job requirements that you or senior management felt were necessary?

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