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State Colleges May Offer Best ROI On Comp Sci Degrees

J. T. MacLeod Re:Bullshit. (127 comments)

> The MIT or Harvard, for a degree in Computer Science doesn't offer you superior education, it just looks nice on your resume.

Computer Science is severely improving in many universities, but the top-tier univeristies for Computer Science really do provide a CS education that's a step above what's available in most places.

This isn't liberal arts where it's money and alumni politics. Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, Carnagie Mellon, and Harvard have *fantastic* undergraduate education for computing and engineering. There are a good number of state schools that have become comparable, but they've earned their reputation for a good reason.

This comes from someone without a degree.

about 7 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

J. T. MacLeod Re: It doesn't cost any more to serve more data (479 comments)

I'm not sure if you can get a 100 Mbps link for $45/mth, but you definitely can get a 1000Mbps link for $450.

Transit is so cheap these days that it's almost free; it's very cheap, keeps getting cheaper, while many other costs are not getting any cheaper (electricity prices don't ever seem to go down, for example). As a result, transit seems to be making up a smaller and smaller percentage of costs.

I agree with you on the general principle involved here (and the pricing scheme being discussed here is nonsensical), but transit is only that cheap at major junctions. When you get farther away, it gets much more expensive. Additionally, in rural areas, fewer customers have to support cost of the backhaul infrastructure to make it out that far (and trying to economize .

It gets expensive for rural customers on both levels.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

J. T. MacLeod It worked out well for me. (285 comments)

As a kid, my mother's record collection introduced me to music from her past, and Nick at Night introduced me to television from her era. Shared culture is an ongoing story, and being able to see the earlier parts of that story really helped me to be able to appreciate the later parts. As well, understanding a medium from its simplest implementation to its most complex helps to create a more informed taste.

I don't have children yet, but my little brother is about 25 years younger than me. I've introduced him to old video games that are accessible to him. He loves them, and he's building experiences that will allow him greater appreciation of things he's going to run into later.

If my future children take an interest in technology, I won't force them to use an old PC... but I will certainly drag one out and set it up for them to fiddle with!

about 10 months ago
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Amazon Offers To Help Train Workers For Other Jobs

J. T. MacLeod Re:Scam (148 comments)

No, it basically reads *many if not most community colleges*.

I don't know where you got the idea that these kids of classes weren't available at community colleges (or other lower-cost/public vocational schools), but it certainly wasn't through research.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Offers To Help Train Workers For Other Jobs

J. T. MacLeod Re:Scam (148 comments)

Did you even read the article?

It's not a diploma mill. Amazon is funding tuition for any accredited school, as long as the coursework is in the list of in-demand fields. There aren't kickbacks (Although if there were, so what? It would just mean it's not as generous, not that it's a scam.).

Amazon is also willing to pay for 95% of the cost, up to their annual limit. At a community college, that will generally cover everything. There is no saddling anyone with ridiculous debt.

This is a genuinely good program. There is no scam or any taking advantage of anyone. How did you even invent this in your imagination?

more than 2 years ago
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Khan Academy: the Teachers Strike Back

J. T. MacLeod Re:Adverse reactions? (575 comments)

You don't even have to deal with a chipmunk: http://tux4life.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/change-mplayer-playback-speed/

more than 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Catch Khan Academy?

J. T. MacLeod Re:non-profit vs profit (190 comments)

This is not a universal.

If there is money to be made in doing good, someone just might do good better to make that money.

A non-profit staffed by motivated visionaries and given sufficient funding will usually do far better, but the non-profit is only one aspect of that.

more than 2 years ago
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12 Dead, 50 Injured at The Dark Knight Rises Showing In Colorado

J. T. MacLeod Re:Willing to bet.. (1706 comments)

Not with a flint knife and an atlatl, but there are plenty of easily improvised weapons. You would have to take us back to the stone age to remove our ability to improvise such munitions.

And then we'd just be subject to whoever's biggest.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Launches Endangered Languages Project

J. T. MacLeod Re:why in the hell (194 comments)

English is needlessly complex and highly irregular.

Esperanto is the ideal language for standardization.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

J. T. MacLeod Re:uhhh... (1027 comments)

The single top menu has a great deal of functionality in it by design.

Targets in the middle of your screen are harder to find and harder to hit. You don't have a problem? Well, it isn't HARD. It's just hardER. Losing per-window menus was one thing I was not looking forward to when I started using OS X. As it turns out, those little savings in effort are worth it. It's easier this way for most things, and clicking on an application to bring its menu up is a far smaller loss than the gains.

It also saves vertical space since *every* application doesn't have to display its menu 100% of the time. Small loss, bigger gain.

more than 2 years ago
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Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

J. T. MacLeod Re:Damn! (1165 comments)

You aren't AWARE of any, presumably because of willing ignorance. Quick searches on Google return numerous results of gun defense stories in news. Many of them involve people going to their cars to get their guns and then going back. Imagine how much faster they could have responded if they'd had their guns with them instead of respecting the "gun free zone" like the attacker didn't. If you're a coward, fine, but stop projecting on decent people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_High_School_shooting
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachian_School_of_Law_shooting
How about a site that links media reports with legal firearm use thwarting crime? http://www.goodguyswin.org/

There are plenty such stories out there. Many MORE such tales don't hit the public radar, because that's not as catching a story as when innocent people die. Media outlets often "fail" to report if guns were used when ordinary citizens stop crime. It makes sense why the average person wouldn't be aware of such things. What makes less sense is why someone who would spout off an opinion wouldn't even make half an effort to research.

more than 2 years ago
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Comcast To Remove Data Cap, Implement Tiered Pricing

J. T. MacLeod Re:Put our collective foot down! (329 comments)

Outside traffic is usually more expensive, but it's not the only expense. Local network traffic can cost a pretty penny, too, when we're talking about areas bigger than your home LAN.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Soon Ship On 5% of New PCs

J. T. MacLeod Re:The best part... (441 comments)

That works great for people that have already bought two different machines.

The issue is not that it can't be worked out later (with effort and knowledge), but that the situation exists in the first place.

more than 2 years ago
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How Apple Sidesteps Billions In Global Taxes

J. T. MacLeod Re:Why does Apple hate America? (599 comments)

Can it really be called "fat cats getting fatter" when they are stacking cash up and not paying it to individuals? If it is a business saving cash, that value is actually being used (giving the company liquidity and leverage to do business or STAY in business) or will be used. Both of which are typically good for the economy.

Of course, when taxing corporations is the method to raise funds for the states, people have no idea how much tax they're really paying since it's hidden in the cost of what they buy.

more than 2 years ago
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Macbook Owner With Defective GPU Beats Apple In Court

J. T. MacLeod Re:Not what you think (280 comments)

The cost of replacement boards is high due to small supply, not due to cost of manufacturing (because manufacturing is what they're no longer doing).

more than 2 years ago
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Can $60 Games Survive?

J. T. MacLeod Re:$60 games? Luxury! (435 comments)

Australia's game pricing is ridiculously high, but so are your salaries and thusly the cost of everything else in the store.

more than 2 years ago
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Chromium-Based Spinoffs Worth Trying

J. T. MacLeod Re:I just want a sensible UI (185 comments)

If you're talking about the narrow case of wanting to see just what's in those last few pixels on a page that extends past the viewable window, sure. I'm talking about the far more common case of a page that justifies information at the bottom of the window or when it is justified at the bottom of a page which is scrolled all the way to the bottom.

more than 2 years ago
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Chromium-Based Spinoffs Worth Trying

J. T. MacLeod Re:I just want a sensible UI (185 comments)

I love it when I can reclaim some screen space (stuff the menus away where ever!). I don't love it when it comes at the expense of functionality.

Like status popups covering up part of a web page I'm trying to read. Which happens ALL THE %^@^% TIME.

more than 2 years ago
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Chromium-Based Spinoffs Worth Trying

J. T. MacLeod Re:I just want a sensible UI (185 comments)

Yeah, that's just wonderful until it displays while there is a viewable page, covering up elements at the bottom.

more than 2 years ago
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Chromium-Based Spinoffs Worth Trying

J. T. MacLeod I just want a sensible UI (185 comments)

I would love Chrome if it had a status bar instead of a status popup that covers page elements and a URL bar that either shows the http or doesn't include it when you copy and paste the URL (what kind of moronic...).

So, basically a browser that doesn't go out of its way to annoy me. Is there a version of Chrome like THAT?

more than 2 years ago

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