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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

fplatten Re:It should be taught as a tool (313 comments)

Exactly, I've always thought that Calculus, Trig, and Statistics should be taught in high school with computers only. No paper, pencil, and NO math notation. Learn how to use it to solve problems and get the concepts down. Plenty of time to learn the theory and notation in college when you've had a couple years of doing tasks on a computer. Teachers spend so much time teaching the notation regurgitating the theory that has no basis in how it's actually used that it's no wonder so many teens get turned off to higher math and consequently programming. Saying "well, not everyone is cutout for math or programming" is a cop-out. Like saying not everyone is cutout for reading or writing. If I was king, programming would be taught every year from the first grade just like writing.

about 7 months ago

EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

fplatten Re:Disingenuous and manipulative summary, article (367 comments)

I wouldn't be so cynical if they had forwarded those ratings on to Google Play so people browsing the store for a good game had a more accurate rating of the game before they installed it and started playing it for themselves, discovered it was a bad game and then the cycle repeats thousands of times. Seems to me EA is the cynical bastard here.

about 7 months ago

EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

fplatten Re:Extra apostrophes (367 comments)

Wow, I guess it's my ignorance. Haven't seen a movie rating on Amazon Prime below 4 stars ever. Also, I don't understand why Amazon recommends all the previous novels when you are looking at the last novel of a series. Seems a waste, especially if I've already bought the book. Amazon should be much smarter. Looks like they may recognize that with the Goodreads purchase.

about 7 months ago

EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

fplatten Re:Extra apostrophes (367 comments)

You're right, my bad, I rushed the submission. Should have also included some links about all the rating manipulation going on at eBay, Amazon, and Yelp. Has me wondering if there is any place were ratings are still useful. Maybe GoodReads, but that may just be ignorance on my part.

about 7 months ago

Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

fplatten Re: and the TSA exists because... (393 comments)

Bad advice. If you don't have enough tax withheld and owe more than $1000 when you file your taxes, you have to pay a penalty with interest on the amount.

about 8 months ago

20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

fplatten Re: "Soylent Green is people!" (543 comments)

Hey, the kindle version is only $8.99! Harry Harrison died in 2012. Glad to see that an eBook which costs nothing to produce and written 47 years ago is still making money for someone. Too bad they can only make money for another 68 years. Public domain is just thievery.

about 8 months ago



IE drops to single digit market share

fplatten fplatten writes  |  about 8 months ago

fplatten (588351) writes "I think this is all you need to see to know what legacy Steve Ballmer has left at Microsoft where it's IE browser market share has collapsed from a high of 86% in 2002 to just 9% now. I guess this is just another in a long list of tech companies that failed to maintain it's dominant market share. Also, IE may be the one product that never really deserved it, but just piggybacked on Windows and users left in droves once decent (more secure) alternatives and standards became popular."


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