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Are High MOOC Failure Rates a Bug Or a Feature?

KFW Also allows for checking out the content (122 comments)

I've signed up for MOOC classes that seemed interesting, but once I started I realized the subject matter wasn't what I had thought, or that the instructor's style didn't suit me. So I abandoned those classes. I guess I show up as a "failure" as far as the MOOC goes, but I don't think it really reflects my inability to master the material. So it's not just about being able to repeat until mastery is obtained - it's about being able to check courses out. /K

about 8 months ago
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TSA Decides Against Allowing Small Knives On Aircraft

KFW Re:X-actly (298 comments)

Good thing no terrorist can afford to fly first class where they still have metal utensils with meals. And good think no terrorist would think to bring aboard a duty-free liquor bottle they could smash into a sharp weapon. Good thing that the scissors, screwdrivers, canes, high heels, stems of eyeglasses, etc., etc. people are allowed to bring on board couldn't possibly hurt anyone. Good thing the TSA has protected all of us from all possible harm on flights with their wise and discerning policies. /K

about a year ago
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Good Database Design Books?

KFW Re:Database Design for Mere Mortals (291 comments)

I second that. Not extremely technical, but a good first read about relational databases, normalizing, etc. /K

more than 4 years ago
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For Some Medical Workers, a Flu Shot Or Possible Job Loss

KFW Re:Captain TwatObvious (541 comments)

This is only partly true (only a very small part) and much less so now.

The drug companies did sponsor some thin "throw-away" quick reference books on narrow topics. With the crackdown on drug companies, this is much less true now.

Drug companies didn't and still don't fund or write any of the major medical reference texts that are used primarily. They would sometimes buy them to give away to doctors (again, this happens much less now), but they didn't have input on the content. I've edited major medical texts, and know the editors of other leading texts, and know that drug company concerns had nothing to do with the content.

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source Russian Vacuum Fluorescent Tube Clock

KFW Re:"Open Source" hardware (155 comments)

I spent my teen and pre-teen years building electronics from freely-available plans. But we never called it "open source" back then, so why start now?

Um, because we have a good general purpose term for it now that wasn't in use when you were a pre-teen? /K

more than 4 years ago

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Microsoft bids $44.6 billion for Yahoo

KFW KFW writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KFW (3689) writes "C-Net is reporting that Microsoft is offering $31 a share (a 62% premium over Thursday's closing price) for Yahoo. In a letter to the board there is mention of earlier offers that had been rebuffed. This would be Microsoft's largest acquisition if the deal closes. I wonder what the DOJ will say?"
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