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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

codepigeon Its half of a good idea (307 comments)

I think I could buy into the intimidation theory. It seems feasable. The other side of the problem is what pisses me off: why are charging me three credit hours' + book amount of money for something I have already mastered!? ...

about a week ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

codepigeon My pedantic comment (375 comments)

A single credit card, for places that have not embraced, but soon will

So do you have a separate card for places that have not embraced and never will?

Here is a (funny) anecdote, a couple years ago I went to a small comic book store with my son. I hardly ever have cash on hand. When we went to checkout I asked the guy if he took credit cards, and he puffed out "not until they outlaw cash!". ... We ended up going to a nearby ATM so I could by the comics.

about three weeks ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

codepigeon Re:De facto a la carte cable (130 comments)

I welcome another streaming service. Why? Because it increases the alternative options for cable customers.
Consider:
Netflix ($9) + Hulu Plus ($8) + Amazon Prime ($8.25) + Sony ("competitive") = ~$35
Comcast's Digital Preferred (where I live): $86 (not counting taxes) + $10 HD fee + $8 DVR fee = $104

Lets project that into the future:
Netflix ($9) + Hulu Plus ($8) + Amazon Prime ($8.25) + Sony ("competitive") + Comcast SuperFriendlyLoveCustomer Internet service ($86) + Comcast Modem fee ($10) = ~ $131

Yeah, I am looking forward to the future /s

about a month ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

codepigeon sending pictures while it can (132 comments)

Those aren't pictures from the surface(as of right now). They were taken by rosetta from orbit.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

codepigeon Who is ubmfuturecities? (219 comments)

I have never heard of this website before. I read the story and didn't see any links to data to support the authors observations about usage rates; just some anecdotal comments.

Having said that, my son's school uses Chromebooks to replace all text books and paper homework/assignments. I have to say I am very impressed. I like that all homework and assignments are available to the teacher at any time and the teacher can intervene if they detect the student is falling behind or doing poorly. I have some worries about Google probably mining and cataloging his work though.

I don't see the usefulness of an iPad in a classroom unless it comes with a keyboard and the infrastructure to support them (no clue about what apple provides for "cloud" services for schools). My company issues iPads with a Logitech keyboard to managers. In this case it seems more like an excuse for them to check their mail while they are supposed to be paying attention to the meeting.

about a month ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

codepigeon Re:Oh yeah, that guy (289 comments)

That was a quote from an Adam Sandler movie....

about 2 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

codepigeon Re:worker wearing full protective gear (421 comments)

Does anyone know how the virus can penetrate a hermetically sealed suit?

It cant, but when the health worker does not use care to disinfect and properly remove the gear, he/she may not as well have worn the suit in the first place.
One of the workers infected in africa admitted that that was the cause of their infection; accidentaly touching their bare skin with the outside of the suit.

about 2 months ago
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Startup's Open Source Device Promises Gamers "Surround Sound For Your Eyes"

codepigeon Redshift (43 comments)

I found this tool a while back. In a matter of minutes I could feel my eyes sigh in relief:

http://jonls.dk/redshift/

about 2 months ago
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Satellites Reveal Hidden Features At the Bottom of Earth's Seas

codepigeon Re:Dive! Dive! Dive! (54 comments)

How deep is a league? about 3,000 fathoms

about 3 months ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

codepigeon Re:Open Sores is Insecure (236 comments)

I guess you cocksucking faggots should have used Microsoft Windows Server instead of something as insecure as Linux. For best results use Microsoft Windows, faggots!

Oh man, this comment has me pissing my pants laughing. Its so over the top. it should be in a Will Ferrel movie. If you are not trying to be funny, that would make it even more hilarious. Hehe.

about 3 months ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

codepigeon What has changed? (221 comments)

There was a time that a citizen could walk right up to the white house. What has changed with our society that our president needs to live in a castle with a moat and defense force?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

codepigeon Re:Discreteness (471 comments)

not looking like a douche with your face in your phone all the time

No, you will just be the weirdo who is constantly picking at his watch. :)

about 3 months ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

codepigeon Off topic (152 comments)

I have been a daily slashdot visitor since about the year 2001. Just now I was redirected to a full page ad that I would associate with crappy, suspicious websites.

I don't want to be another complainer, but this site is begging me to stop visiting. I am not very happy.

about 4 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

codepigeon Re:Good! (619 comments)

Using Average Income is dishonest/misleading. You should use median income:

1993: $48,000
2014: $52,000

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_income_in_the_United_States

about 6 months ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

codepigeon Is this lady taking credit? (208 comments)

I heard this story on NPR yesterday and they said the idea came from a 7 year old Dutch girl who wrote LEGO a letter complaining about the lack of girl figurines doing the cools things the boys figures where doing.

about 6 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

codepigeon Re:If not... (865 comments)

You'd be surprised. It seems every time there is change in the tech sphere, Slashdot is the first to voice skepticism and discomfort.

If not outright luddism...

I like to think of it as tempered opposition to running headlong towards the latest fad or 'next big thing'.

"OMG this is going to change the world you luddites! Damn caution, full speed ahead!"

about 7 months ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

codepigeon Re:Marissa + Apple (150 comments)

Apple depends heavily on its image. I really can't see them ever attach themselves to yahoo. The impression i have gotten from people under 30, is that yahoo/aol are services for your mom/grandma. Remember the "im a mac, im a pc" commercials?

about 8 months ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

codepigeon Not news for nerds... (152 comments)

I was going to say not news for nerds, but it looks like that subtitle is missing from the slashdot logo....oh well.

At least now I get popup adds on my mobile while on slashdot. Awesome.

about 9 months ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

codepigeon Re:Wrong target (295 comments)

Maybe we should only let people smart enough to figure it out go to college

Fuck you and your holier than thou attitude. Your touching story is a great example of how in america, if you just work hard enough, just try, you will win in the end. You will be debt free with a husband and a house, working at the Mayo clinic.

La - de - fucking - da. Your story represents about 1% of america bud. Its a fucking fantasy and not even possible for most people. Maybe all us 'stupid' people should just be put down like rabid dogs, so we don't tarnish your perfect world. Come down off your Ivory Tower and meet the rest of the people in your society you self righteous ass hat.

about 9 months ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

codepigeon Looking at it wrong (295 comments)

What this tells me, is that there is clearly a demand that is not being met by 'traditional' colleges/universities. These schools offer people a chance at a diploma that they can put on their resume. If you don't have that piece of paper on your resume, you are not even going to get an interview regardless of how knowledgeable you are in the field (unless you have a contact inside the company already).

These schools give people, who maybe got off to a bad start, a chance to go to classes in the evenings, it is a path for those students who were not necessarily 'good' at school and would score poorly on an ACT or SAT test. When more and more of the jobs those people used to get go overseas or to mexico, they have to have some way into the 'new' economy. Either that or they find a way to game the system with welfare/disability (or get stuck forever in working poverty). They have to live, they have to feed their families. These schools offer them a way to do that. (or more likely, the false hope that they can do that)

I think the traditional colleges need to take notice and start offering programs that mimic what these for-profit schools offer. Flexible schedules for adult students, shorter paths to a certificate or diploma, etc. Side note: aren't all colleges 'for profit'? I see the million dollar salaires of university presidents, massive coffers, and multi-billion dollar sport franchises and have to think that they are all 'for-profit'; the profit just goes in different directions.

about 9 months ago

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