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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

innerweb Re:Nonsense (219 comments)

I remember using Hypercard to help with some classes in grade school in the late 80 and early 90s. It was magic. The students (4th and 5th grade) used it with something called Jasper. It was amazing how much faster the entire class (even the typically slower children) grasped not only the lessons, but the new tools. They excelled more with that tool set than other tool set I had ever seen. The children developed their presentations using the Hypercard stacks and then presented them to the entire grade level. They were almost all completely engaged and focused without the teachers having to keep on them. This worked throughout the years it was used, and unlike every other medium used, the students with very few exceptions never strayed from the subjects when done with Hypecard. It was more popular for most of the students than recess was!

Unfortunately we were given a new IT director in the mid 90s (who is still in the same position) who decided that IBM and MS were the only way to go and that nothing outside of MS was worth anything. So, the Jasper program and the Hypercard application were canned. Nothing else ever came close to that success. We still have the same person in charge, and our IT in the system is based on MS and barely functional outside of administrative use (depending on who you ask, not even performing that well with the administrative tasks).

My youngest child is passing through high school, and I get to hear about the problems they have on a daily basis from the current teachers and administrators. The only school not having any problems is a magnet school that is currently outside of the current IT dept and uses linux and is now including android devices. They do their work in Open Office and create their presentations in HTML. They are group and project focused. The kids coming out of that school routinely wind up getting good academic scholarships and good jobs after college. Now, I am certain you can not blame all of that on software, but given the issues of compatibility of different versions of MS products, many students not being able to afford the MS products (or PCs), I am also certain that the software choices are a central part of the issue.

about two weeks ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

innerweb Re:Old saying (249 comments)

Two men, or two watches and which Bush?

about three weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

innerweb Re:For some it was just a plain black screen (304 comments)

Windows is my gaming system, from which I browse when I have been gaming (as I just finished a bit ago).

Linux is actually where I do most of my work already.

about 3 months ago
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

innerweb Re:Actually... (123 comments)

The chances of us wiping ourselves out before the asteroid arrives is better than the odds of the asteroid wiping us out.

Isn't that Ironic

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

innerweb Re:Polishing Turds (426 comments)

lmao. Even the IT staff where I work, who are heavily pro-windows, MCSEs and such joke about the *reliability* of MS products. Yes, they complain about the relative complexity of setting up some things in Linux, but as of now, we are down two windows servers, replaced with one Linux server. The overall system utilization is almost twice as much, yet the system runs faster.

Yeah, I know, many will say they were doing something wrong, but they are not. MS just eats more resources and handles applications with problems far less well than Linux. The Linux machine has been running non-stop since it was put together early last year, the windows servers still need to bounce every month (which is better than the 2000s with every night). And before you blame the applications poor design, yeah its poor, but the OS is what needs to protect against that. If it can not then the OS has problems. MS just has more of those types of issues than Linux or BSD do.

You can call this whatever you want. It is just how it is.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

innerweb Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (426 comments)

We just got rid of IE and use chrome or firefox now. IE is blocked as a policy, though some applications want to use it. We have simply blocked those applications from accessing anything outside of the local network by policy.

about 3 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

innerweb Re:Spreadsheets - best and worst thing there is (422 comments)

This is the sane way to do it, but it still falls on me to do this. I get spreadsheets from others and I *fix* them. I would rather they talk to me first and then I build it correctly and then things just work. *sigh*

about 6 months ago
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Europe's Cybersecurity Policy Under Attack

innerweb They will share all kinds of information (22 comments)

Such as the day of the week, what is being server at Tom's Pub, what the movie schedule is. But, they are definitely not going to share their mother's chicken pie recipe!

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

innerweb Re:Why? (2219 comments)

Truly, you nailed it on the head. Demographics. What they need to sell advertising to make money to have an income and pay for the sites expenses. Maybe they want more? From what I see, the Beta says this site will become less. Hopefully I am wrong, but my experience over the years in all products has been the more a company tries to look like another company, the more they are abandoning their current market in favor of a different market. Most people still think the grass is greener in the other yard. If the site heads that way, I will not follow. I will just aggregate my own news and look elsewhere for online social discussions.

Of course, the reality is, as slashdot leaves its old product behind, the market it once served will seek out and likely find or create a replacement. Markets and people tend to do those things and their are many brilliant people in this crowd with enough gumption to do just that.

about 10 months ago
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In Greece, 10 Months In Prison For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

innerweb Re:Language (324 comments)

Well Said!

about 10 months ago
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In Greece, 10 Months In Prison For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

innerweb Re:Language (324 comments)

Okay, I just had to bite.

The real problem is not the word, but the grammar.

Change it to read:

He wrote a story about a fictitious miracle done in the past by this specific monk.

I believe this communicates the intent correctly. The story is real, the miracle is not.

about 10 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

innerweb Re:Bad call (611 comments)

Serious question: Is this a real problem anywhere in the world besides the US and certain Middle Eastern countries?

about a year ago
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Oil Train Explosion Triggers Evacuation In North Dakota

innerweb Re:eminent domain (199 comments)

The railroads did exactly that in many cases when they were first laid down.

about a year ago
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The Startling Array of Hacking Tools In NSA's Armory

innerweb Re:2013 (215 comments)

It will be made illegal. In many ways it already is. You must submit the key to encrypted material if proper law enforcement asks. Your lines are allowed to be tapped. Your locks are allowed to be broken.

The problem is not the agency, but the paranoid and ruthless people who abuse it. There are many people in law enforcement/intelligence communities who are honest law abiding citizens! There are a few who are not. The question becomes how do we watch the watchers? How do we catch the abusers? I am not sure this will ever be an easy thing to do. Knowledge is the most powerful tool one can have, and for those with an illegal or perverse agenda, the gathering of information provides opportunities to gain leverage over others, advantages in business and political dirt to get what they want. So, they will always try to use the system.

So long as the people who take power (not the elected officials, but the string pullers), have that power, and we the people allow them to, this is how it will be. There is no way at the moment to record anything and expect absolute security. I am not sure your own mind will be safe for much longer. It has always been this way. There is always someone, or a few people conspiring to control as much as possible around them through whatever means, legal, moral, ethical or not to do what they want. Some do it in the name of a god, some in the name of patriotism, some just because it is what they want.

What really needs to be figured out is how to stop these people from doing what they do. I do not think it is possible, as the people stopping them will most likely be those people.

about a year ago
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Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

innerweb Re: There must be a very good reason... (579 comments)

I get the feeling it is not about the separation of grid and supply, but rather power companies and extra dollars. Maybe I am wrong, maybe not.

about a year ago
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Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

innerweb Re:Ready or not (469 comments)

Opt in could be done individually for each person to each person. Similar to a google+ circle, not a facebook friend list. But the opt in would be at time of contact and be maintained on each others' local glass. No web site needed and no centralized server needed. But how do you monetize that? In the end, the money will drive it anyway. It always does. The track record of the vast majority of businesses does not make me comfortable with this technology, nor does the behavior of the average internet user. To me it seems like another bad combination in an anonymous world. The reason being the end user of the information is anonymous, and the actions they take may be anonymous and certainly nothing they do can be prevented until it is too late. Stalkers, Trolls and other criminals nirvana. It could be a really helpful technology, but it will wind up being used by bad people for bad things quite often.

about 10 months ago
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

innerweb Re:I support Mr. Mikko Hyppone (248 comments)

Just who works for the government to make up the *government*? That would be citizens. No way around it, they spy on citizens of other countries. The private life side is where they shake loose the ones who have skeletons in their closets that can be used against them to more effectively spy on the *government*.

about a year ago
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Excite Kids To Code By Focusing Less On Coding

innerweb Re:Programming IS hard and boring (207 comments)

The real problem has nothing to do with whether coding is boring or not, it has to do with attention span and critical thinking. Most kids have a short attention span and little to no critical thinking skills anymore. Add that to the expectation of instant gratification and yeah, kids are not going to like any process without immediate feedback or required thinking. Stop dumbing down the world so the children with the least abilities can appear to compete at a younger age. Reality does not care. ALL children need to be pushed to be better.

about a year ago
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Crowdsourcing the Discovery of New Antibiotics

innerweb Re:We need a new system (73 comments)

You must not live in the USA.

about a year ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

innerweb Re: Of course... (419 comments)

Right. They run different versions of windows, many of which are incompatible with each other. Most of the versions have changes to them that make them incapable of being used and programmed on in non-generic ways as a single build. So your point was? And they (MS) still pull stuff like Metro in the search of the *single* solution.

Windows 95 -> Windows ME -> Windows XP -> Windows Vista -> Windows 7 -> Windows 8.... (not including the server versions or mobile versions of MS Windows).

For our next trick, we shall make one vehicle that runs on two and four wheels, flies, floats, submerges, is sporty, family friendly, industrial strength, cheap, luxurious, compact, roomy ... Provided missing car analogy.

about a year ago

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