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Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

BaldingByMicrosoft Re:Culturally Relevant == Irrelevant to CS (612 comments)

I appreciate your opinion in the context of actual CS. It's science. Do it, or don't. Do it well, or do it poorly. It a discipline based on logic.

This isn't really about CS. It's about CS education . Education and educators are their own thing. Their own "tribe" or culture. And as much as they like the concept of education being data-driven, and thus scientific to some degree -- it's not.

Because educators are inherently educated. They're attracted to the institutions, culture and bias of education. They craft the questions to elicit the response their bias needs. They build the educational systems to provide the desired biased outcome.

Someone will be very happy to be adding the work described in this article to their resume. It's a fine example of the kind of work that is rewarded by education and educators. So, in that respect, I disagree that the problem is inherently "political". I believe it's a culture clash between science/logic and education/educators.

about a year ago

How Much Is Oracle To Blame For Healthcare IT Woes?

BaldingByMicrosoft Re:No company can build well with a bad spec (275 comments)

How about a little RTFA?

"Oracle could find itself the target of much more blame in the Oregon case, where it was reportedly the sole contractor and overseer." ...

... "Oregon has spent more than $40 million to build its own online health care exchange. It gave that money to a Silicon Valley titan, Oracle, but the result has been a disaster of missed deadlines, a nonworking website and a state forced to process thousands of insurance applications on paper.

Some Oregon officials were sounding alarms about the tech company's work on the state's online health care exchange as early as last spring. Oracle was behind schedule and, worse, didn't seem able to offer an estimate of what it would take to get the state's online exchange up and running." ...

... "The state hired Oracle to make that possible and has paid the company $43 million so far. But Oracle has missed deadline after deadline.

Kline is fed up with the delays for the rollout. "They told us Oct. 1, they told us Oct. 15, they told us Nov. 1, they told us Nov. 30," Kline says. "Come on!" ...

Maybe you should stick to posting anything-about-state-government-is-bad feedback at the Oregonian.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

BaldingByMicrosoft Mission Accomplished (477 comments)

Came looking for Apple fanbois to basically tell the OP to shove off and deal with it.

Am not disappoint.

about a year ago

GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads

BaldingByMicrosoft Not. Acceptable. (336 comments)

Please inform your "corporate parent" that installer hijacking is a dick move.

about a year ago

David Craddock and Two Blizzard North Co-Founders Answer Your Questions (Video)

BaldingByMicrosoft No Time for the Damn Video (40 comments)

Please produce transcripts. Thanks.

about a year ago

Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

BaldingByMicrosoft Re:Personally (655 comments)

I once was interviewed by a company that was all wound up about schooling and degrees. As such, they showed their inability to evaluate real-world criteria and failed my screening process. I hired a different company to employ me instead.

The company asking for my transcripts 15 years after my last class went out of business within 4 years. So please, do continue. We need more evolution in action in the job market.

about a year ago

Obamacare Website Fixes Could Take Two Weeks Or Two Months

BaldingByMicrosoft Re:you really want to know what obamacare is? (382 comments)

The Oregon website seems to be working well also. I was surprised by the number of insurance carriers, and the number of plans.

Who knows how long some folks will scream and kick about it all, or if their tantrums will prevent progress.

The lowest tier plans along with subsidies should work as intended to promote preventive care and health partnerships instead of bankrupting folks going to emergency rooms, and leaving the rest of the system holding the bag. It will still leave a lot to be desired, like dismantling the "we've got a pill for that" western medicine profit machines.

about a year ago

Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

BaldingByMicrosoft Re:Jobs vision was Eberharts vision (692 comments)

"the cloud dream of ubiquitous sensing and computing" - - seriously?

They make shit. I use the vulgar, derogatory term because in no way does your life really depend on anything they make.

They want - need - you to buy their shit. So they can make money. Money money money money money money money! That's what it's all about! Simon says! Because they're a publicly traded company.

And that's it. No pie in the cloudy sky dreams fulfilled, unless that's part of their marketing shpiel designed for the sole purpose of making more money.

about a year and a half ago

Swirls In the Afterglow of the Big Bang Could Set Stage For Major Discovery

BaldingByMicrosoft Summary Appears to be Wrong (54 comments)

From TFA:
"...But first scientists must detect B-modes of any kind. That's what the team with the South Pole Telescope (SPT), a 10-meter dish in Antarctica, has done. B-modes can come from "foreground" radiation from within our galaxy, or when the gravity from the vast web of matter that fills the universe distorts the image of E-modes in the CMB. That distortion is called gravitation lensing, and SPT has observed lensing-induced B-modes..."

It then goes on to basically admit that other teams are better equipped to find actual B-modes in the CMB.

A fine job of pattern-matching, but not what is advertised.

about a year and a half ago

Carmakers Oppose Opening Up 5GHZ Spectrum Space For Unlicensed Wi-Fi

BaldingByMicrosoft Re:Car to Car Spectrum is needed. (186 comments)

The problem with this article is people have no idea why the car manufacturers are upset, all they see is some big corporation opposing the release of more profit (and some sensationalist WIFI BS by bloggers). Or course this draws out the communists among us that want all corporations to go away.

This all fails to miss the entire point of why the Auto companies are opposing this. This profit is directly adjacent to profits allocated for profit. What is profit? It's profit that was allocated a number of years ago to allow profits. What is the point of that? Well one of the key aspects of this profit is that without it you don't have reliable profits which will greatly hamper profit.

See, if you are going to have profit those profits need to be able to communicate with each other, they need to tell the profits around them that they need to change lanes, or that they are breaking. The holy grail of profit is a situation where profits are driving 70MPH with about 2 feet between them. This will greatly increase the density of profits and allow the freeways to operate about 200% more efficiently than now. But for that all to work the profits have to tell each other what they are doing so the other profits can react. Even with no perception-reaction time for computers you will greatly decrease the possible efficiency if the profits can't communicate real time. The only way to make this safe is profit with low interference.

If we have thousands of WIFI signals in adjacent profits there will be so much interference that the systems won't be reliable, the result will either be safety problems or drastically reduced efficiency. Profits are a holy grail of ITS (intelligent transportation systems) that has been being pursued since the early 90's. It will result in freeways that are so much more efficient than today that you could fit 3-4 times the number of profits in the same freeway without any slow downs or rush hour traffic jams. Not only that but you could read a book while driving to work.

We don't want to impede or endanger profits. The profit manufacturers concerns about interference need to be taken seriously.


FTFY. Realist, not Communist.

about 2 years ago

Schmidt, Daughter Talk About North Korea Trip

BaldingByMicrosoft Completely Normal and Predictable (187 comments)

Shocking? Not even.

NK hosts a staged visit for a famous US businessperson. It's a prestige move. Cue the Stuart skit from Mad TV -- "Look what I can do!"

US businessperson visits NK. Sees through the eye of his personal reality tunnel, which ignores most everything except how he can profit. What must change so he can profit. How can he use what he's experiencing for PROFIT.

Nothing to see here, move along.

about 2 years ago

Forbes 2013 Career List Flamed By University Professors

BaldingByMicrosoft Welcome to Big Data Research (370 comments)

Welcome to Big Data Research, where the algorithms can't lie. Actually evaluating the stressors of real jobs using scientific methods is so old-school. And if the outcome appears incorrect we just need a bigger database...

about 2 years ago

Judge Issues Temporary Order Blocking Expulsion For Refusing To Wear RFID Tag

BaldingByMicrosoft Re:From the original article... (305 comments)

Yea... But infowars.com looks a bit like the Time Cube site with like-minded advertising...

Methinks they'd print anything as long as it was way far-right leaning and/or controversial.

more than 2 years ago

Roaming Robot May Explore Mysterious Moon Caverns

BaldingByMicrosoft Re:darn! (29 comments)

So... You want to see a hole-y rover, then.

more than 2 years ago

To Google Friends Or Not To Google, That Is the Question

BaldingByMicrosoft Not the Same (117 comments)

General searches will tell you a lot more about what somebody was like in the past. People change... particularly over the course of decades. And now we're accumulating those lengths of histories on the 'net.

Also, some sources will reflect who you are in relation to the theme or concept you interacted with. LinkedIn is a great example -- it tells how a person is when they're posturing for job contacts.

I do also agree with some of the previous statements regarding trust, as it's the basis of any relationship.

And social accountability? I'm reminded of that phrase, "None of us is a dumb as all of us."

Maybe there are some positive use-cases to this concept. But there are definitely some huge pitfalls. No panacea of human matchmaking will be found here. And our propensity to attach a label to someone -- "they are a ..." -- based on something they did in the past and then never re-evaluating the person they've become... It's pretty lame. It's like we can't be bothered to find the reality of a person. And I can see this amplifying that propensity.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Surface Review: a Tale of Two Tablets

BaldingByMicrosoft Re:Not impressed (183 comments)

"legacy" x86 apps? What?

When you're referring to the entirety of the -current- Windows software ecosystem, except for a few corner cases that have been ported, "legacy" hardly seems the proper label.

more than 2 years ago

iPhone 5 GeekBench Results

BaldingByMicrosoft Re:WGAF? (470 comments)

You, sir, have mis-spoken.
When you compare the new iPheone to any Android-based device in real-world conditions, you'll see that the iPhone is much faster.
And by real-world conditions, I mean how fast the scroll list will go bouncy when its flicked really fast. So show me an Android that can do that better!


No, pay no attention to the pack of growling, drooling lawyers behind me... C'mon... Show me! I dare ya!

more than 2 years ago

Are You Gaming For the Right Reasons?

BaldingByMicrosoft Fear of Failure (220 comments)

The things that people pin on "fear of failure" really crack me up. Some people are better at some things than others, and running with your areas of expertise while eschewing others seems perfectly reasonable.

And then so much of life is a roll of the bones anyway... Why aren't you playing the lottery? It must be your fear of failure...

more than 2 years ago



PC Sharing Technologies

BaldingByMicrosoft BaldingByMicrosoft writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BaldingByMicrosoft (585534) writes "Does anyone who has real experience administrating an NComputing environment care to weigh in on the usability and sustainability? Other than horsepower limitations, I've heard that they frequently react poorly to patching the base Windows environment.

We have some resource-restricted K-12 environments looking at this, as well as Microsoft's Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 to save money on workstations and power infrastructure. Fair warning, the Microsoft site seems practically devoid of substantial implementation detail and is more geared toward the kind of fluffy K-12 marketing that makes school administrators spend your tax dollars. I think it's somehow using USB keyboards, mice and monitors — but I haven't been able to tell.

These technologies seem to be under consideration in place of, say, a "nettop" (atom-based) lab running workstation management for ease of administration, and possibly one of the many teacher-snoop-and-control software applications for managing their use. Given state testing requirements, most of our region uses Windows or Macs for compatibility with their testing software. The Macs are generally too expensive for regular purchase cycles, but it's apparently easier to find grants for them as opposed to PCs."


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