top Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education
I was a CS undergrad and never used the Plato system for structured learning, but played many an enjoyable hour in the basement of the CS building on a Plato terminal playing Empire. Was the best Star Trek game back in the day. Fantastic game for its day, and very fun after spending uncounted hours hacking some assigned programming task into shape.
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top Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change
And as we know, farmers are on the cutting edge of science.
top Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year
The 100,000 is a nonsense number pulled out of his posterior. I have a number just as good: 0. Larry Page forgets the wild miss of Google Flu these past years:
top Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts
My drunken pet vole makes better predictions than those idiots at the CIA. News at 11, Captain Obvious.
top Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
Just as we shouldn't and wouldn't tolerate someone who actively promotes that miscegenation laws are a good thing, we shouldn't tolerate a homophobic bigot like this jerk. Our society has moved beyond this. Don't let the door hit you in the arse, buddy.
top Hacking Charisma
Much like the psychic who never seems to be able to hit the lottery numbers and become wealthy, Olivia appears to have none of the qualities of which she purports to teach, besides being a charlatan that appeals to the pointy haired bosses of the world looking for that silver bullet.
top Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?
A medal, parade and a full pardon. Plus his country's thanks for being a shining example of a true patriot.
top Majority of Enterprise Customers Finally 'Migrating Away From Windows XP'
I suspect well north of 90%. Anyone know a real number for this?
top Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks
Given that the reports of the Snowden NSA documents indicate that the NSA worked with willing private sector companies, why should anyone believe that this is nothing more than a public relations push by Google? I think Google is trying to restore trust by appearing to be doing something while in fact being just as open and cooperative with the NSA as it has always been. I will believe that there is some pushback by private companies when there are actual public (not secret) court cases brought by the government to force them to do something. Until then I call shenanigans.
top Uber Tip-Skimming Allegations Could Spark National Class Action
The point is that a) Uber is stealing tips from the drivers and needs to be punitively punished and the behavior stopped and b) there is so much malfeasance by companies doing this sort of thing that one can make a career out of stopping them from shafting working people. That is the outrage. And yes, the bad actor in this case is Uber and their stealing, not the people trying to set it aright. Dimwit.
top Craig Mundie Blames Microsoft's Product Delays On Cybercrime
What a whiney rant to cover up his own malfeasance.
top Irish Man's Death Ruled Spontaneous Combustion
From the article "Forensic experts found that a fire in the fireplace of the sitting room where the badly burnt body was found, had not been the cause of the blaze that killed Mr Faherty.". Yet we the investigator has no clue how the body could have caught fire. Geez.
top The NYT Imagines Life After Earth
"If the rocks are small enough, they burn up in the atmosphere. And even if the rocks remaining don't completely disintegrate in the sky, their impact on the ground, while causing loss of life in particular, will be so limited as to not cause loss of life in general."
Unfortuantely no. The issue is energy. The kinetic energy of the impactor has to go somewhere, and since it's hitting the Earth, all the energy is transfered to the Earth. With large impactors this will cause enough heating to bring about the conflagration of the biomass of the planet, or a large percentage thereof. The other issue is that these damn things are so huge, our nuclear arsenels don't have enough umph to break up the solid ones, not to mention that the numerious "rubble pile" astreriods and comets are fantastically resistent (read completely immune) to this sort of effect. Nukes are not the answer to cosmic impactors, not because tree hugging nuts don't like them, but because they won't work. Taking ones science from Hollywood is a mistake.