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Are High MOOC Failure Rates a Bug Or a Feature?

Anitra Re:Curious (122 comments)

Ah, but I had at least one class like that while I was in university. Then the question becomes, if you can't get help from the professor... do you stick it out anyway and TRY to finish, or give up and waste thousands of dollars?

I would expect MOOCs to have less oversight than classes at a traditional university, so more of those unsuitable professor/teachers will slip through. My point is that paying for a class and showing up in person still does not guarantee an education in that subject (unfortunately).

1 year,28 days

Postal Service Starting To Use Mobile Point of Sale Tech

Anitra Re:Competition (75 comments)

You've got a point, but did you know... FedEx has a contract with USPS to actually move a lot of USPS packages around the country?

1 year,28 days

Bill Gates Says Tablets Aren't Much Help In Education

Anitra Re:Access to free (text-) books is reason enough (575 comments)

Many subjects don't NEED "new and updated" textbooks. Honestly, has primary & secondary math changed in 50 years? Yet new textbooks are issued every 2-3 years. Science changes, but even that is slow compared to a high school student's career - doctorate-level ground-breaking research takes 30 years to filter down to the high school level.

If you're looking at e-books, history and science texts could be simply added on to instead of completely replaced. The publishers probably won't let that happen, though. Big money in textbook publishing.

more than 2 years ago

At local midnight on the last day of the 2008 ...

Anitra Complaining about options (301 comments)

What about friends AND a romantic partner? My husband and
i can't go to a party together? ... or did that imply a different type of "celebrating"?

more than 5 years ago

Wii Launches, Sells Out Peacefully

Anitra Re:Sold Out? huh?? (565 comments)

A friend of mine had planned to go stand in line for 8-12 hours for the midnight launch at the Super Walmart in Concord NH. We knew there would be "minumum 20 per store"... and heard rumors that this store would have somewhere in the range of 30-40. When we got there at noon, there were already over 50 people in line; we told our friend and he decided it wasn't worth 12 hours wait in the cold for the possibility that the store had more.

Well, the store did have more. 80, in fact... they didn't sell out until noon on Sunday. My friend was pissed.

That said, I think everyone who really wants a Wii will be able to get one (at market price of $250) by Christmas. I don't think the same can be said for those who want a PS3.

more than 8 years ago


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Anitra Anitra writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I realized looking at my /. profile that the last time I journalled here, I was still angst-ing about my job. I have since been hired full-time at the same job, and gotten married to my geeky guy. If you really want to know more about me, I keep a livejournal and a personal website. Don't expect updates here.


Job - Two months down

Anitra Anitra writes  |  more than 11 years ago

One month of full-time left. Three weeks, really - I'm taking a week of unpaid vacation to go home & go sailing before school starts. Then I have at least two months of part-time, but more likely I will be working here part-time through December. My boss really wants to offer me a full-time job, but is not sure if there will be money in the budget to allow it.

I really should be happy with this opportunity: I'm making more money than I ever have before, I'm actually working in IT (at least mostly), and I'll be able to work & pay my rent while I'm finishing up my classes this fall.

But I don't enjoy much of the work I do here. Even though they've given me (almost) as much responsibility as a "real" webdev, the work is boring. I like interacting with the clients and figuring out their requirements, I like building spiffy pages that they'll be happy with. But most of my work is reworking templated pages, or doing QA. I'd imagine I'll get to do a bit more if I'm a salaried employee... or at least I'd hope so. I tried to get some work with the IT group, so I might actually learn something, but my boss said that we were too busy with one of the webdevs on extended vacation; they needed me too much here. Bullshit. I've been spending the last 2-3 days only doing QA and minor fixes, both of which I'd still be able to get done (OK, the QA would go slower) if I was working on other things.

I'm hoping it won't be so bad once I'm only working here 24 hours/week instead of 40, but I don't think that will address the root of the problem: I'm bored and I'm not being challenged. It'd be really nice if the people were a little geekier too, seeing as this is an IT company, but I'll take what I can get.

Need to polish up my resume (AGAIN) and start job-hunting for real - at least this time I have 4-5 months, and I'll be able to relocate.


It's been 5 weeks at my job.

Anitra Anitra writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Things are going pretty well at my job. This past week sucked, because I was trying to fit my normal 40 hours into 4 days (one of the perils of being a wage slave). However, I'm getting into some work that the "normal" webdevs do, finally. I don't exactly have my own clients, but I share them with the woman who trained me (who is part-time). I've done some "design" work (choosing colors, laying out front pages for IR sections), and my boss is absolutely thrilled. It's a nice feeling.

On top of it all, I am acclaimed as the Mac chic - especially when it comes to OS X. I don't think most of the people in that office have a clue about Macs. Though it's not hard - as far as web stuff is concerned, they really are pretty close to Windows nowadays.

~Two more months of full-time left, then two months of part-time. I need to start looking for a job again. With the excitement my boss has shown, it's plausible that they would offer me a real job; but I'm not going to bet on it. Just need to get my resume in shape *again*.



Anitra Anitra writes  |  more than 11 years ago

So, after whining and complaing and generally being annoying because I didn't have a job... guess what? I managed to land an internship at Shareholder.com. It's kind of weird working in a cube farm, and working 40 hours a week, but I think I'm getting used to it. It certainly helps that the general atmosphere is pretty casual (the CTO was crawling under my desk the first day, wearing jeans & a T-shirt) and the people tend to be pretty young. They're also starting to give me (mildly) interesting work, which makes the time go by faster.

So, I'm a web-development intern. In one respect, it's too bad - that's the one field/occupation/position/whatever I know quite a bit about.. and as an intern, they're trying to come up with stuff to teach me. Heh. I'm trying to figure out a way that I could spend time with the Tech team (the sysadmins & other people that the CTO is in charge of), but I don't see them much, and I'm a pretty quiet person by nature - compounded by the fact I'm in my own cube all day.

I want to extend my thanks to the people who gave me advice months ago on getting a job. I think I got this job not only because of my qualifications, but also because I wasn't as rigid and formal.. and I tried to sell myself on the web experience I already have (a fair amount actually, considering I knew nothing about computers 4 years ago.)

In any case, it's nice to have some money at my disposal for a change. It will be nice to have some free time once the internship ends (I'm part time in Sept/Oct, but then it's over)... but then I'll have to look for a "real" job. And hopefully, I'll have my degree by then.


OK, maybe just a tiny bit of karma whoring.

Anitra Anitra writes  |  more than 11 years ago

So I stroked my own ego by making this post to the Aimee Deep conversation. Nice to hear people think I'm attractive ("in a geek chick kind of way"), even if I was fishing for it a bit.


Mine SegFault be Gone!

Anitra Anitra writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Finally figured out what was causing my project code to segfault... a measly little 7 integer array... that wasn't being deleted. And that code is supposed to be used thousands of times in a single run of the program. Oops.

Now I just have to figure out where the other few (smaller) errors are coming from. Like why it occasionally fails in accessing the array.

This project will be done soon... this project will be done soon.. [chanting]


WBER's still popular...

Anitra Anitra writes  |  about 12 years ago

Funny. I post this comment, and by the time I look at it again, 2 more people have posted, also extolling the virtues of WBER. It's been a long time since I've listened, but it's still my favorite radio station EVER... I listen to the Christian AM station here in Worcester, MA, but it's kind of sucky. It just gives me something to listen to in the morning (and occasionally in my boyfriend's car).

I'm going to have to start listening to WBER again. Real soon now. After I finish my homework.


Linux & the general public.

Anitra Anitra writes  |  about 12 years ago

Oops. I meant to include this link (usability study on seniors) in this comment (about Linux in schools).

Don't get me wrong; I like Linux. But a system is not appropriate for the general public if they can't use it without looking at the guts of it. And from what I've seen of Linux, that just doesn't happen.

I guess if the environment is similar to that of our campus Unix system, where you can only make changes to the files & directories in your home directory, THEN it might be usable to the general public. But in a home setting, where you would like to install more software, etc., it won't work. Hell, I've never installed Linux without help.. and only one or two Unix programs/applications without help.

I like Linux... and it may be ready for business use. But it's not ready for casual home use yet. For that to happen, there needs to be a greater level of abstraction between the OS and the user.


Whiny college student strikes again!

Anitra Anitra writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I just went through my old comments.. wow, am I whiny. I'm always whining about how I don't have a car, or a job, or something else that most /. users would probably consider important. Hm. I should try to say more stuff that's positive, maybe.. but I like my whiny style (especially when I'm actually making a point with it).

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