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Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

dittbub Re:Well (306 comments)

Yes. I ordered a bunch of PCs from Dell for work and they had an Ubuntu option which saved us some $$$ since we have volume Windows licensing anyway.

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

dittbub Re:First?? (306 comments)

Is this really on the consumer side of dells sales? I've definitely seen it on the corporate side of their "premier" website. They also charge 6$ for a bunch of individual bios changes. If you're a big company getting a fleet of PCs and IT labour is at a premium then yeah it might be worth having Dell configure them instead.

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

dittbub Selling the labour (306 comments)

Dell also charges to set up bios parameters. Big woop

about 6 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

dittbub Re:there's lots of them (426 comments)

Grade 13 was not optional if you wanted to go to university. Grade 13 was eliminated by the Mike Harris government to save on education spending. It had nothing to do with giving Ontarians an unfair advantage (lol). In fact it was a disadvantage to be a year behind everyone else in the country. They didn't just scrap grade 13. They planned way ahead. They changed the curriculum at grade 6 (I was in grade 7 when the new curriculum hit the grade 6ers). When I graduated 13, my grade 12 cohorts were just as educated.

about 7 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

dittbub Re:headline fix (426 comments)

Can you really study another culture without knowing some of their language? You're argument isn't incorrect but it works the same way for programming language. You won't get anything valuable from it if you take the class just to get the credit. The point of high school is to get your toe wet in a variety of fields. You don't know you have an aptitude for something until you try it. Take a foreign language, and take programming. I grew up in english Canadian and it always baffles me how English speakers (especially in Canada) are so phobic about foreign languages. "Two languages in one head!? No one can think at that speed!" ~ Eddie Izzard

about 7 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

dittbub Re:The crux of the problem: Science is compression (426 comments)

At what age do we decide who takes what route in specialized education? At what age should general education turn into specialized education? I think grade 12 is a good end point for general education, what about you? If the previous generation could get both a foreign language credit and a mathematics/logic credit why can't todays generation? They managed to become engineers in a specific field. Yes there are more specialized fields to chose from but why does it matter? Its scalable. Or are you suggesting too much general knowledge is being crammed into the k-12 curriculum?

about 7 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

dittbub Re:Don't Need French to Serve French Fries (426 comments)

Scrap foreign language and fractions. Just teach em how to flip burgers. Chinese is incredibly useful BTW. The consumer base there is growing and no doubt if you know Chinese and English there is a good job waiting for you.

about 7 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

dittbub Re:Sounds good to me. (426 comments)

Judging by this thread, kids will use and value their programming credit as much as their foreign language credit.

about 7 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

dittbub Re:Should be Alternative Language Requirement (426 comments)

The purpose of k-12 should not be to train workers for our corporate overlords. k-12 is to instill a love of learning. Expose kids to the world so they can decide what route they want to take in life. I am really tired of this cold and sterile view of education.

about 7 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

dittbub Re:I like this idea (426 comments)

Also, other languages are hard as shit. We might share lots of vocabulary with french but the grammar is so different. And fuck genders.

about 7 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

dittbub Re:I like this idea (426 comments)

And the person who has to program that universal communicator will have to know programming AND foreign languages.

about 7 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

dittbub Re:You are the one missing the point (426 comments)

Why is it one or the other? I managed to take Visual Basic AND French. Both equally useless. Its simply not accurate to call any programming language a "foreign" language. Programming belongs in the mathematics and engineering side of academia, not language.

about 7 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

dittbub Re:I like this idea (426 comments)

I'd agree that in North America learning a coding program will be more valuable to a student from a low income background. But catagorizing it as a foreign language is ridiculous and slimy, and nonacademic.

about 7 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

dittbub Re:there's lots of them (426 comments)

I was the last year subjected to grade 13. If every other province can send students from grade 12 to university, so can Ontario.

about 7 months ago
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Probe of Einstein's Brain Reveals Clues To His Genius

dittbub Genetic or Developed? (195 comments)

I wonder if those parts of the brain can be developed like you develop muscles. Or is it genetic?

about a year ago
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The Memo That Spawned Microsoft Research

dittbub Re:TL;DR Version (148 comments)

Theres was a slashdot story yesterday about how an airline company is buying 11k of the surface 2

about a year ago
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The Memo That Spawned Microsoft Research

dittbub Future!? (148 comments)

Why is Microsoft's future in question?

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

dittbub Re: Unless im misunderstanding (510 comments)

I think the point is you don't have to be a linux zealot to use a linux based OS anymore.

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

dittbub Re: Unless im misunderstanding (510 comments)

Your steam on your PC links to steam OS. Nvidia has already done this with their hand held device. You play the game on your nvidia sheild thing, but its actually being processed by your PC.

about a year ago
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Flash Memory Won't Get Cheaper Any Time Soon

dittbub for YEARS (166 comments)

2 years? Yeah I believe him!

about a year ago

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