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Professor Cliff Lampe Talks About Gamification in Academia (Video)

aaandre Re:It's about effective teaching (123 comments)

So... Stanford: our education is so shitty that only the brightest and most committed retain anything!

about 2 years ago

Professor Cliff Lampe Talks About Gamification in Academia (Video)

aaandre Re:Boring? (123 comments)

The fact that education is expensive does not mean its quality is high. Boring and un-engaging lectures will put a student to sleep regardless of how much they pay and whether or not they believe they "should" be awake. Putting responsibility on students in this situation is asking them to react in a non-natural way to the circumstances.

Lecture-based education is inefficient and broken by design.

"Gamifying" unnecessarily boring material does not make it better and tries to address the wrong issue.

Ideally college engages discussion and critical thinking, rather than demanding listening to a monotone voice reciting facts which can be easily referenced and never remembered.

about 2 years ago

Facebook To Buy Instagram For $1 Billion

aaandre Re:One Billion? (162 comments)

The application details are a formality. The 30+million users are the product.

Facebook is buying cattle fenced in by another app, and moving it within its world (where Google cannot reach :).

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

aaandre The 5th Sacred Thing by Starhawk (1244 comments)

"An epic tale of freedom and slavery, love and war, and the potential futures of humankind tells of a twenty-first century California clan caught between two clashing worlds, one based on tolerance, the other on repression."

The description does not do it justice... this is a post-apocalyptic fiction at its finest, addressing the dividing forces of our society and looking at the possibilities presented by our political structures, values, technologies and attitude towards nature and magic.

It is awesome, intense, sexy and rewarding.

more than 2 years ago

Court Case To Test Legality of Recording the Police With Your Cell Phone

aaandre Re:Police have no expectation of privacy (384 comments)

> If they have something to hide, which they don't want revealed in court, they need to find some other line of work.

That would be nice. In reality, they use the power entrusted in them to smash phones, charge innocent citizens with false charges, physically and verbally abuse innocent women, children and men, including tazing for pleasure and shooting to kill for no reason.

So it seems that what they think they need is legal protection for the illegal actions they are already taking.

more than 3 years ago

Paramount Pictures To Release Film On Bittorrent

aaandre Profit (178 comments)

1. Release free movie over BT
2. Sue everyone who downloads for $3k settlement
3. Profit!!!!

more than 3 years ago

Prosecutors Request Closed Courtroom For Goldman HFT Programmer's Trial

aaandre Re:Money (250 comments)

You don't have to let them do that.

How do I "don't let them do that?"

What are my legal, efficient means to initiate change and reverse the inertia of corrupt lawmaking?

(I hope you don't say "voting" and mean it seriously)

about 4 years ago

Inside a Full-Body-Scanning X-Ray Van

aaandre It's an $800k van... but is it safe to drive? (313 comments)

Given that the 2nd photo in FOX's slideshow shows the driver looking into a laptop screen WHILE DRIVING, all I have to say is give me my tax money back!

Oh, and nice choice of propaganda photos, Fox "News"

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Donations Account Shut Down

aaandre Re:Uh (725 comments)

Imagine that you were just imagining that this might happen. Would you act on your imagination?

Also imagine that your wife sleepwalked to the kitchen drawer, picked up an pair of scissors and stabbed you in the eye while you slept.

Imagine your dog attacking you and killing you in front of your children.

I suggest you first take care of the clear and imminent danger presented by your wife and dog and maybe then consider wikileaks.

Still not convinced?

SUDO imagine you have a wife and a dog...

more than 4 years ago

French ISP Refuses To Send Out Infringement Notices

aaandre Re:10,000 users a day... (302 comments)

Criminalizing everyone is convenient.

more than 4 years ago

French ISP Refuses To Send Out Infringement Notices

aaandre Re:Where are the parents? (302 comments)

Not even a mouse. A picture of a mouse.

more than 4 years ago

Flat Pay Prompts 1 In 3 In IT To Consider Jump

aaandre Re:As the economy improves??? (608 comments)

I agree with your post up to the point where you say politicians suck. I think they are doing an excellent job. They just work, collectively, for themselves and serve the 1-10% percent of wealthiest individuals who practically own them.

Democracy! = Squirrel!

more than 4 years ago

UK's Two Biggest ISPs Rip Up Net Neutrality

aaandre Re:hosted maybe (225 comments)

The point is it's not important who hosts the data. It's important who owns the subscribers.

"Owning" a large number of subscribers allows to manipulate what gets shown and how fast and therefore charge for it.

I'm sure it would be also possible to charge to "disappear" certain sites, indie media outlets etc. from the "internet" as seen by said subscribers.

Right now, AT&T can easily censor the internet for a huge number of iphones. Comcast, Verizon and Earthlink are not exactly beyond this either.

Guess where your tax dollars may go next.

more than 4 years ago

Pope's Astronomer Would Love To Baptize an Alien

aaandre Re:In The Name of The Father, The Son, & Teh F (308 comments)

Understand? If you are talking of the details of a specific religion... Too many imaginary friends, too little time.

If you are talking of the essence of "religion," it's easy: Evil old men drunk on power burning everyone and everything in their way, getting off on raping children, corrupting as many innocent souls as possible.

Where would the devil hide if not in church. What would the devil have you believe about god if not that it's separate from you?? What would the devil have you believe about yourself if not that there's something wrong with you?

Anyone who tries to stand between you and your divinity is selling you shit.

more than 4 years ago

Teacher Asks Students To Plan a Terrorist Attack

aaandre Re:How do you anticipate weak points (412 comments)

U.S. 16 year olds != trained/brainwashed jihad "warriors."

I tend to think "the people who flew the 4 airplanes on 9/11" are a. not very well known to us (in fiction vs. fact kind of way) and b. they were probably feeling like warriors sacrificing for a "just cause"... as they were programmed to. After all they gave their lives... so they must've believed something was more important.

P.S. All soldiers are programmed/brainwashed in order to be able to kill fellow human beings without immediate severe emotional trauma.

more than 4 years ago

Newspapers Cut Wikileaks Out of Shield Law

aaandre doesn't deserve source protection because ... (602 comments)

doesn't deserve source protection because 'it IS journalism, with the potential of revealing some very, very dirty laundry and because it interrupts the regular programming that keeps the sheep sleeping"

Here, fixed that for you.

more than 4 years ago

Building Prisons Without Walls Using GPS Devices

aaandre Re:Only killing works (545 comments)

Remember, "criminal" is a flexible label easily attached to anyone... even you.

more than 4 years ago

Building Prisons Without Walls Using GPS Devices

aaandre Re:Already used in the UK (545 comments)

Exactly. And just a reminder,

It wouldn't take too long before you'd have a sizable underclass which would have no rights, but still be able to do various manual labour jobs. It wouldn't very much different than slavery.

How is usury not creating slavery? How does most of the land being property of a very few people not lead to slavery? You are born and must work in order to have a place to live, for the right to occupy space. Then you borrow money for something and must return more for what you borrowed, so you must work more.

How is this not (wage) slavery for most?

You may want to see this for how slavery really works: http://bit.ly/economichitmanvideo

more than 4 years ago



Maryland Police Put Activists Names on Terror List

aaandre aaandre writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aaandre writes "A few years back, when the "Anti-terror" laws nixing human and constitutional rights were being passed in a hurry, I was wondering who are these terrorists we are talking about? Now we are starting to find out more and more how these laws are being used. Seems that giving (unlimited) power to the government leads to serious abuse... Who would've thought?! From the article:

The Maryland State Police classified 53 nonviolent activists as terrorists and entered their names and personal information into state and federal databases that track terrorism suspects, the state police chief acknowledged yesterday.

The police also entered the activists' names into the federal Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area database, which tracks suspected terrorists. One well-known antiwar activist from Baltimore, Max Obuszewski, was singled out in the intelligence logs released by the ACLU, which described a "primary crime" of "terrorism-anti-government" and a "secondary crime" of "terrorism-anti-war protesters.""

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