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Privacy Vulnerabilities In Coursera, Including Exposed Student Email Addresses

fropenn Re:And, once again ... (31 comments)

It's not a problem. It's a feature.

about two weeks ago

Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

fropenn Re:Statistical Practitioners need to Modernize (115 comments)

I would add that many disciplines are recognizing the importance of statistics and are therefore introducing applied statistics courses for [discipline X]. This causes a drop in enrollment in the pure statistics courses, thus decreasing the number of pure statistics instructors, thus decreasing the demand for individuals trained in pure statistics. In this way statistics is losing itself as a discipline and is quickly becoming specialized into various disciplines (e.g., the application of statistics for medical research).

about three weeks ago

Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

fropenn Re:Let's see, just at the top six nuisances... (249 comments)

Add: Filter by OS version. I have an older device and it is really irritating to find most apps won't even load on it (especially after taking the time to search for something and review its features).

about a month ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

fropenn Re:Time will tell (354 comments)

I've never had a disc processed on a Saturday. Frankly, I didn't think they even did this. So yes, I am now outraged that I no longer have access to a feature that I've never used!

about a month ago

Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

fropenn Re:Time to Legislate Data Mining (162 comments)

There are plenty of benefits that can be found from data mining. Lots of research, for example, uses data mining to identify trends, patterns, relationships, etc. that are then used to develop and test hypotheses.

So it's not data mining that's the problem, rather, it's the way some corporations and institutions use data mining for their best interest and not in the best interest of those whose data they have.

about 3 months ago

Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

fropenn Re: while we're bitching about cable companies.. (170 comments)

Tossing the niche channels would, presumably, increase viewership on the non-niche channels, thereby making them more profitable. Seems like there could be substantial savings for the consumer. I know I'm not supposed to respond to AC, but, again, the logic makes no sense.

about 3 months ago

Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

fropenn Re:while we're bitching about cable companies.. (170 comments)

This reasoning makes no sense. If it's a niche market, then there are other ways of reaching that market than making the masses pay for it. (Have they, perhaps, heard of the internet?) Further, I am guessing that most niche channels make their profit off advertising, not subscriber fees. So they would have a very low (or even negative) monthly cost to subscribers. These niche channels could even be "sweeteners" that the cable companies offer as a competitive advantage over each other.

about 3 months ago

How 'Fast Lanes' Will Change the Internet

fropenn Re:won't matter for 90% (192 comments)

If I wanted the same thing that cable TV provides, I'd buy cable TV. But this isn't about Netflix - they are just the first since they use so much bandwidth. Rather, it's about who gets to decide what is delivered to your computer at what speed. Today the argument is over Netflix. But tomorrow it could be CNN. Or Slashdot. Or YouTube. Or Facebook. It's bad for consumers because it will cost you more for the services you like and use and it discourages competition (just wait and see what "doesn't work" when Comcast decides they want to start a streaming video service).

about 5 months ago

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

fropenn Re:Punch actual numbers into this calculator (482 comments)

A good lease is better than buying a bad used car. Buying a good used car is better than a bad lease. Buying a new car is better than buying a bad used car. Walking, biking, or taking the bus is even better if you want to save money.

In general, buying anything on time is a bad deal - especially if can't afford it!

about 5 months ago

Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

fropenn Re:Guard (332 comments)

Besides, aren't most residents of Portland accustomed to consuming a little urine every now and then?

about 5 months ago

Bill Gates Plays Secret Santa To Reddit User

fropenn Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (118 comments)

If he does, I have two Christmas wishes of my own:
the first would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of harmony and peace...
...and the second would be for $30 million a month to be given to me, tax-free, in a Swiss bank account.

(Thanks, Steve Martin!)

about 9 months ago

Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

fropenn Re:Mostly... (343 comments)

There's a tremendous amount of research that has been done on this very question. I refer you to Pascarella and Terinzini's 2005 book: How College Affects Students. At 848 pages, it comprehensively covers studies on every imaginable aspect of the college experience, summarizing how it affects students (it's not just a catchy title).

The short summary? College matters. And not just STEM degrees, either.

Here's a link to more information about the book. You can find it in your local library, too.

about 10 months ago

Give Your Child the Gift of an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

fropenn Re:Don't test kids. (198 comments)

I think you misunderstand the accuracy of modern genetic testing. In most cases "markers" are identified that are associated with an increased risk of a condition or disorder. Increased risk != a guarantee that the person will develop the disorder or condition. Further, many (myself included) would consider screening for disorders or conditions (like alzheimer's) for which there is no cure and no benefit to early intervention in children unethical. (Once you become an adult, you are free to make your own choices.) Who is to say that living a life with an increased risk of _____ (alzheimer's, breast cancer, skin cancer, etc.) is not a life worth living?

about a year ago

Car Dealers vs the Web: GM Shifts Toward Online Purchasing

fropenn Re:This just in... (160 comments)

It has nothing to do with what you want. It has everything to do with what they can sell. They make much more money on bundling the various "packages" together because it forces people to buy features they really don't want.

about a year ago

What Works In Education: Scientific Evidence Gets Ignored

fropenn Re:D.A.R.E has no benefit (440 comments)

Have you compared the rent in DC to the rent anywhere in Kentucky? The cost of living in DC is much, much higher and as a result you would expect them to spend more on facilities and personnel. By analyzing only "average" spending, you miss the true tragedy of U.S. public education - we have some of the best public schools in the world and some of the worst. The best schools tend to be attended by the children of the wealthy (if they attend public schools), and the worst are much more likely to be attended by the poor. And while money by itself doesn't "solve" anything, money provides the opportunity to implement reforms and changes that can make a big difference in quality. Improvement without spending more money seems quite unlikely.

1 year,18 days

What Works In Education: Scientific Evidence Gets Ignored

fropenn Re:D.A.R.E has no benefit (440 comments)

Please go visit an underfunded school - a school that has a crumbling, dangerous building, too few or outdated textbooks, under-prepared, under-paid, and over-worked teachers who are charged with teaching too many students - and tell them that "money does not solve this problem." Unfortunately in the U.S., you won't have to go too far to find such a school.

1 year,18 days

Georgia Tech and Udacity Partner for Online M.S. in Computer Science

fropenn Require exam proctoring (122 comments)

Homework is one thing, but many online courses are moving to require proctored examinations (either in person at a testing center or using a webcam and screen monitor). So unless you can fake your photo and all of your personal info (which the online proctors use to verify your identity), you may actually have to demonstrate some kind of skill or knowledge.

about a year ago

US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

fropenn Re:Well... (1063 comments)

I don't see why seasonal produce is better. You can get nearly anything "in season" if you are willing to ship it. Sure, a tomato grown down the street tastes better in August than a tomato from Brazil in February, but I don't see any way to get a tomato to grow here in February. If I want to eat a balanced diet year-round, it is not possible to eat locally all the time.

about a year and a half ago

School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

fropenn Re:Gingrich & Huckabee Weigh In (1168 comments)

As a country we spend millions of dollars every year on cancer research. New treatments are being investigated and studied all the time. What are we doing to prevent gun violence?

about 2 years ago

School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

fropenn Re:videogames are like #3 or lower on that list (1168 comments)

Because kids also die in car accidents and from hunger, we shouldn't be bothered to do anything about gun violence? That is illogical.
Please explain how the so-called "fiscal cliff," related to taxes and spending, has anything to do with school security, gun violence, or mental health care.

about 2 years ago


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