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College Board To Rethink the SAT, Partner With Khan Academy

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Liberal arts professors' worst nightmare (134 comments)

How did you arrive at the conclusion that there's a strong correlation between SAT scores and graduation rates? I mean, we're even commenting in an article about the correlation being so low that they're changing the test...

about 6 months ago

The Tech Industry Is Getting Ridiculous

BonzaiThePenguin Re:You have to admit (102 comments)

Your personal tests disagree with everyone else's experience, as well as the change log for their code. The bug was introduced a few months ago.

about 7 months ago

FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

BonzaiThePenguin Re:LLVM was offered for GCC-Next (1098 comments)

Holy moly, I thought you were joking about that:

Are we really supposed to be rooting for the people who will only share if they get something in return, and will intentionally make things difficult to try to get their way? That's hardly the noble cause they make it out to be. And then when LLVM tries to be as easy to use as possible and doesn't ask for anything in return, they belittle it.

about 8 months ago

George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

BonzaiThePenguin Re:I'm amazed... (1737 comments)

No, juries are sequestered so they can't be swayed by popular opinion.

about a year ago

Google Chrome 28 Is Out: Rich Notifications For Apps, Extensions

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Well that explains why the killed google Reader (90 comments)

Notifications is a new API being added to the HTML5 spec, since every operating system seems to use a global notification system now.

about a year ago

Sent To Jail Because of a Software Bug

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Open Source... (239 comments)

Everyone assumes someone is already out there testing all open-source software, which is why it never seems to get done.

Also, deliberate bugs and backdoors simply wouldn't be checked back in.

about a year ago

Bug Sends Lost-Phone Seekers To Same Wrong Address

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Would a yard-sign help? (298 comments)

In that case, people who really don't have the phone can put up another sign explaining that the first sign isn't there to trick them, because they really seriously don't have their phone. Problem solved.

about a year and a half ago

Should Microsoft Switch To WebKit?

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Diversity is good (244 comments)

More different browser engines is a good thing.

How so?

Monoculture has bad consequences.

Such as?

Seriously, do people tell themselves that Chrome and Safari aren't competing with each other or something? Are we just supposed to ignore the fact that innovation and competition have been fierce and that web development has never been easier, out of irrational fears of "monocultures"?

about a year and a half ago

Better Tools For Programming Literacy

BonzaiThePenguin Automator and AppleScript (317 comments)

No setup and handles everyday tasks? Sounds like Automator and AppleScript.

about a year and a half ago

Change the ThinkPad and It Will Die

BonzaiThePenguin Re:What is the relation... (347 comments)

There is no relation here in the real world, but there has always been a sizable group of people who imagine form is the exact opposite of function. Fortunately, until that changes there's no harm in letting them have their own choice in hardware.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Platform == racketeering (724 comments)

You mean like Windows 8? You can't release Metro apps outside of the Windows Store.

about 2 years ago

Over 1000 Volunteers For 'Suicide' Mission To Mars

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Not really (453 comments)

I was thinking more along the lines of repairing houses or helping keep kids away from gangs (why do people always think soup?), but there is this one guy who finished contributing to the gene pool, worked in community service, and will be remembered because he leveraged that experience to become President.

Sounds like that road has better odds and less work, and you don't even have to die!

about 2 years ago

Over 1000 Volunteers For 'Suicide' Mission To Mars

BonzaiThePenguin Re:one condition (453 comments)

That's why you open 100 tabs and read one while the other 99 are in various states of reaching Earth. Pipelining, baby.

about 2 years ago

Over 1000 Volunteers For 'Suicide' Mission To Mars

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Not really (453 comments)

There's more to life than having kids, wasting resources, and traveling to Mars. Maybe they could try community service or something.

about 2 years ago

Ad Blocking – a Coming Legal Battleground?

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Short answer: (686 comments)

It's not about clicking the ads, it's about the impressions. Oftentimes the ads are about increasing awareness of a brand's existence.

about 2 years ago

Just In Time for the Holidays, Nintendo Wii U Gets Its US Release

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Bye bye Nintendo (174 comments)

Reality is, there are many great titles for the Wii, just none worth mentioning for COD fans.

Which is ironic since the Wii has quite a few Call of Duty games.

about 2 years ago

Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Death with Dignity. (439 comments)

Terminally-ill patients who wish to die are a drain on society. You're conflating two separate issues.

about 2 years ago

Shake-up at Apple: Forstall Out; iOS Executive Fired For Maps Debacle?

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Skeuomorphic design is useless and stupid (487 comments)

ok, anti skeuomophic people, answer me a few simple questions.

what do you propose to use to replace the following (when text is not an option)

the 'save icon'

How can you have such a strong opinion on something you clearly know nothing about? Apple's products have never featured save icons, and that isn't what we mean by skeuomorphic...

about 2 years ago

Researchers Beat Google's Bouncer

BonzaiThePenguin Re:Community Relations (44 comments)

He was kicked out for knowingly creating and releasing malware that downloaded malicious code to take control of the user's device, not because he discovered a flaw in iOS. Just sayin'.

more than 2 years ago


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