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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Sparrow_CA Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

Stop that. Reading aggregate news is too hard if we can't greatly oversimplify things. We likes our nice simple Us vs Them stories.

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Sparrow_CA Secondary objective (528 comments)

Why on earth is the following being removed?

"The state board shall ensure that the standards do all of the following: ... Be clearly written, transparent, and understandable by parents, educators, and the general public."

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

Sparrow_CA Re:Check their work (394 comments)

I had to do this very recently with an Oracle product who's documentation was inadequate.

The fact is, it is very expensive to record every detail of highly configurable and pluggable software where the line between internal and external workings is so blurry. In this case having access to the source code can be much cheaper, as it allows the channel/community to dig out the nasty details if/when needed.

about a year ago
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Russia Mandates Free Software For Public Schools

Sparrow_CA MS Should RAISE the price (271 comments)

I have an uncle who lives in Russia, where he bought a computer preloaded with XP. After some time he realized it wasn't a legit copy, and went back to the place he bought it from to inquire about getting an "upgraded" version. The manager had this to say to him: "There is exactly ONE legal copy of Windows in Russia, what makes you think that YOU should have it?"

Hence, MS should just raise the price of that one copy.

more than 5 years ago

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