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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

recrudescence Inevitable (848 comments)

More like "America, Fuck Off".

about three weeks ago

Writing Documentation: Teach, Don't Tell

recrudescence Re:Not just computer science (211 comments)

I disagree. You can gauge your interns' level of knowledge *while* having a lesson plan, and an insight on why it merits teaching in the first place; just showing up for a hard-arranged tutorial completely unprepared and willing to just 'wing it' because you totally think you know your stuff and can't be bothered to prepare a structure, let alone a topic, just doesn't cut it.
If you *really* want to ensure you don't tread on previously covered ground, you prepare a couple of topics, and allow the students to choose. You don't just show up with coffee.

Also, seriously, there was no *actual* need for the smug retort at the end there really, was there? What are we, twelve?

In all seriousness, there's an epidemic of clinicians who haven't done a day's worth of formal teaching-skills education in their lives, who suck in teaching as a result, but think they're hot stuff because they know their medicine well. And when the clinician is unable to transmit his ideas, the students / interns get blamed instead. To bring it back to the original article, it's worse than "just read the code", it's more like "just read the code that's in my head".

1 year,15 days

Writing Documentation: Teach, Don't Tell

recrudescence Not just computer science (211 comments)

It is not the responsibility of the student to fix a broken lesson plan. For fuck’s sake, the entire point of having a teacher is that they know what the students need to learn and the students don’t!

This. I've lost count of the number of times as a medical student when I showed up in a pompous consultant's teaching session, (arranged with great difficulty, no less), and the first sentence was "So, what would you like me to teach you today?".
If I knew I'd have gone and read about it myself rather than waste time here with you, thank you very much you arrogant prick!

1 year,17 days

How Patent Trolls Stalled a New Transit App

recrudescence Question. (85 comments)

If someone sues for patent infringement, can you just say "ok I withdrew the app" and that's it?
(and if minimal profit has occured, say, give the licence dues and move on)
Or once the lawsuit is filed you have to pay the exorbitant amount or fight it etc?

1 year,20 days

Search For Evi Nemeth Continues

recrudescence Re:I tried to help... (67 comments)

True, that's probably why there's a Sign in as a Guest link right below the username/password fields ...

1 year,28 days

Search For Evi Nemeth Continues

recrudescence Re:i just want to help (67 comments)

but who sees this aggregate result? I didn't find a way to do so, all I can do is share the map link

1 year,28 days

Search For Evi Nemeth Continues

recrudescence How do you share the result?! (67 comments)

How do you actually get other people to see what you've found? Is it built in the tool somehow? Shouldn't I then be able to see other people's finds? Or is the whole of slashdot meant to start posting random map links to each other?
Anyway for what it's worth, what do you think of this? oblong structure around 70ft with a homogeneously white (eye-of-faith-reddish?) 10-20ft structure slightly left and above it? Top mid-right of the map (on my portrait-oriented monitor)

1 year,28 days

Censorship Doesn't Just Stifle Speech — It Can Cause Disease To Spread

recrudescence Re:Need any more proof? (70 comments)

Religion and reality don't mix.

Am I missing something in your comment?
I don't see the role of religion here, or an insinuation in the article that there is religious motivation behind this.

The story is about the Saudi government wanting to contain outgoing information relating to its handling of an epidemic, and researchers criticising this attitude as dangerous to public health beyond Saudi borders, and drawing links to SARS etc.

Yes, it so happens that this epidemic has been kindled by the fact that there is an influx of people on a religious occasion, but it might as well have been an international proctologist conference as far as I care; I just don't see the religious link to the government's attitude to misinformation that you seem to be implying.

If anything, your comment smells more like a pre-programmed knee-jerk reaction rather than some sort of informed and well-constructed argument against religion. Talk about irony ...

1 year,28 days

Canadian Hotel Sues Guest For $95K Over Bad Review, Bed Bugs

recrudescence #iamspartacus (432 comments)

time for another #iamspartacus campaign?
leave a review saying "1 star: person who reviewed negatively got tracked and dragged to court; would not go to a hotel that has no respect for its customers", for example?

1 year,29 days

New Zealand Court Orders Facebook Disclosure To Employer

recrudescence Counterargument (243 comments)

"That's fine. However, I suspect the company has ulterior motives behind this decision; therefore I would like to have all emails by the director and finance departments to go through with a lawyer and an accountant to prove their motives. If they have nothing to hide then they shouldn't object, and it's only fair since you believe handing over passwords and examining *MY* private communications with any party to be fair play. I look forward to receiving the company emails. Regards."

about a year ago

Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks

recrudescence I don't get it ... (390 comments)

... can some one explain it to me with a car analogy?

about a year ago

Most UK GPs Have Prescribed Placebos

recrudescence Re:Short sighted (240 comments)

this whole thread reminds me of that louis ck skit where he explains why parents are horrible to their kids, but a stranger who isn't a parent sees them and says "what a horrible parent! When I have a child, I will treat it with respect (etc)".
It starts well ... but after a while the doctor is just like, "just, shut up and eat your french fries ..."
Reality is, a patient who wants antibiotics and doesn't get them will go to great lengths to get them. I won't even start about more extreme cases of media attention and political activism. The problem isn't with individual doctors, but public education on antibiotics (admittedly this has gotten much better over the years).

about a year and a half ago

AirBNB Opensources Chronos, a Cron Replacement

recrudescence Re:Where do I start ... (72 comments)

Apologies; in Greek grammar the same effect is called a diphthong. Nice to know of the difference in English grammar though :)

about a year and a half ago

CS Faculty and Students To Write a Creative Commons C++ Textbook

recrudescence Ignorance begets more confidence than knowledge... (96 comments)

I like how all of them in the video when asked "do you think you can do better than seasoned C++ professionals in writing a textbook" answer yes without hesitation.

That's not to say I frown upon their enthusiasm, but there is something to be said about the humility of recognising someone's expertise and efforts put into a project, rather than assuming than you can do it better without training or special knowledge, just because you think you're smart and stuff.

I've seen this symptom particularly among professionals like scientists or doctors: just because they're good at what they do (and well-respected for it), they automatically assume that they can make amazing teachers without a day's worth of educational training. Result? Usually they suck at transmitting their ideas and they take it out on the students

Nice project though, I pledged, for what it's worth. The open (and reviewable) nature of the book alone promises that it has good potential :)

about a year and a half ago

AirBNB Opensources Chronos, a Cron Replacement

recrudescence Where do I start ... (72 comments)

a) Chronos is actually correct (to the extent that the most accepted transliteration for the greek letter chi is 'ch' rather than 'kh') and means 'time'.
b) If anything, it's actually the Khronos group which should be cowering in shame, since they are misspelling the name Kronos.
c) Latin doesn't even have a 'ch' diphthong, except when transliterating Greek words (
d) The latinization of Kronos would have been Cronus, not Chronos.
e) Strictly speaking, Kronos is a Titan, not a Greek God (except in the looser definition of Titans as deities in general)


about a year and a half ago



Humble-Bundle introduces partial DRM

recrudescence recrudescence writes  |  more than 2 years ago

recrudescence (1383489) writes "HumbleBundle, a Previously-100%-DRM-free games (and not only) website, promoting indie developers via regular, pay-what-you-want events, has now started introducing restrictions on what users can do with their purchases. HumbleBundle gained popularity over other similar schemes, partly due to its policy that all content included in bundles should be DRM-free, and run on all three major desktop operating systems (i.e. including Linux). In their latest bundle, they introduced a new 'accounts' feature, which irreversibly links all past purchases with that account, rendering previously open key pages inactive. In other words, you can no longer share a bundle with a friend. While this isn't as restrictive as, say, Steam, (a game can still be downloaded by the account holder, then transferred, for instance), it is a surprising move for an organisation whose business model relies on good-will and trust; restricting access rights in this way is more likely to alienate users, and hurt HumbleBundle's business model, rather than secure it."
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Humble Bundle not so trusting of people anymore

recrudescence recrudescence writes  |  more than 2 years ago

recrudescence (1383489) writes "If you're anything like me, you will have bought from Humble Bundle many times, with the main intention of sharing with your friends you know would never buy directly themselves, and would miss out on discovering amazing indie games. You will also have paid for this from linux, which means you probably paid more than the average buyer would have paid (certainly more than the $0.01 my friend would have paid *if* they decided to buy at all). I loved the humble bundle for this. I'm sure my friends have bought their own keys when they felt they wanted the bundle themselves, or wanted to help out etc. But I was very appreciative of the freedom to share; legally and in a friendly manner, without shoving a 'gift' on someone's face — it's far easier to offer by saying 'feel free to check it out', rather than 'here, I paid this for you', which creates a feeling of awkwardness and obligation, especially when there's no special occasion to justify it.
Not anymore. Humble Bundle just introduced 'accounts'. Think it's a good idea? Once you sign up, all your keys get associated with your account, and you can never visit the page again unless you log in. So no more sharing. Also, THERE IS NO [obvious] WAY TO DEACTIVATE THE ACCOUNT to undo this change. I don't know about you, but this feels like DRM to me; I am no longer free to share what I legally own, and bought at the time under the assumption I can share if I want to, without giving full access to my account and password. I can honestly say I am less inclined to buy from Humble Bundle again now; it was never about the price anyway. I liked buying from them because the trust thing felt good, and I felt like I supported Linux, EFF, DRM-freeness and indie devs in the process with purchases I would otherwise not have been inclined to make. Now it's just another shop I don't need."

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Desura now offers a linux client

recrudescence recrudescence writes  |  more than 2 years ago

recrudescence (1383489) writes "Desura, the popular digital game distribution platform with a slight bias towards Mods and Indie games, now offers a proper linux client, and has also started featuring some open source games among its offerings (such as Neverball). While online shops offering a decent selection of linux games already exist (such as and this is the first digital distribution 'platform' to offer a dedicated linux selection. Is it a matter of time before Steam follows with their long-rumoured linux client?"
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Hot multi-OS switching - why haven't other develop

recrudescence recrudescence writes  |  more than 2 years ago

recrudescence writes "Slashdot readers might remember the Touchbook announcement from Always Innovating stirring up a lot of excitement in the slashdot community back in 2009 (almost a year before the iPad was announced and essentially killed this off, and way before the Asus Transformer, which is essentially the same idea). The company's new product seems to support Hot multi-OS switching, supposedly with a minimal performance penalty. What seems strange to me is, why haven't other developers jumped in on this already? Macs, for instance, made a huge campaign of their products' new ability to finally support Microsoft Windows, yet (disregarding emulation options) they're still limited to booting to a single working system at any time."
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Is Desura preparing a linux client?

recrudescence recrudescence writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recrudescence (1383489) writes "Desura, the popular Digital Distribution Service with a particular focus on mods and indie games, has responded to recent polls on its website indicating overwhelming demand for a linux client, and seems to have taken this on board. How could this transform the gaming scene for linux and the industry in general?"
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Best online resources for programming

recrudescence recrudescence writes  |  more than 5 years ago

recrudescence (1383489) writes "I'm a computer and linux enthusiast who has just made a big leap from medicine into a masters degree in advanced computing. However, I am a bit disapointed by the recommended textbooks for programming in our course. Furthermore, I find it easier to learn from online tutorials, as the learning experience they offer can be very different, whether they are interactive or not. For instance, I found the Really Big Index and Learn Prolog Now! websites extremely useful. I haven't really come across a nice, simple tutorial site for C/C++. What are some of the best websites that worked for you in your respective programming languages? And also, what other resources would you recommend to budding programmers?"


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