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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

whistlingtony Doing it wrong (181 comments)

Bah. If MOOCs are a failure, that's because they're doing it wrong. There's a lot of good research saying that humans learn best through experimentation and projects, and in groups... MOOCs can't do that.

I'm still waiting for our hidebound education system to do "homework" in class with other students and where the teacher can help and do "lecture" via a recording that students can watch while they're at home. My wouldn't THAT be nice? There's something MOOCs would be good at...

Throwing lectures via a recording at people doesn't work really any better than doing it in person.

2 days ago
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When Scientists Give Up

whistlingtony Political Posts Galore (347 comments)

There's going to be a LOT of posts about politics here. Mine will be no different. oh look, the first post is about global warming. "Just link your thesis to Global Warming, and you won't have a problem."

Except that's the complete opposite of what the article is saying...

We need good science. I'm very annoyed that we are subsidizing profitable industries while NOT funding important science work. You all should be too. What happened to us? What happened to America? When did we become so.... Stupid? When did we change from people that valued knowledge and learning to a people that put quotes around "scientists" all the time?

I'm guessing it happened right around the time that the messages that educated people were telling us became harmful to the messages that industry wanted us to hear. Why can people not see that?

5 days ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

whistlingtony tech vs. government (222 comments)

I am frequently found wondering about the pace of tech and the abilities it gives us being up against the speed of government, a large organization not known for speed. Designer drugs, fracking, UAVs, etc etc etc... It seems like it you move fast enough you can get away with a lot before anyone notices what you're up to. :D

This is not always a good thing, but... it is interesting.

about two weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

whistlingtony Re:To the slashdotters of the world (165 comments)

I should also note there have been a LOT of coups in Argentina, and the US has been behind at least the ones in the 70s... This is known, not conspiracy. Kissinger gave the green light himself, and those records have been recovered under a FOIA request.

about two weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

whistlingtony Re:To the slashdotters of the world (165 comments)

Ahem. I'm forced to point out that neoliberal is not liberal... I'm afraid many people don't know that neoliberal is a technical term in economics. From Wikipedia: "support for great economic liberalization, privatization, free trade, open markets, deregulation, and reductions in government spending in order to enhance the role of the private sector in the economy."

Or basically "capitalism with the gloves off"

about two weeks ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

whistlingtony Re:scotch? (116 comments)

Yes, because EVERYONE on slashdot reads the articles and fully understands all the issues before posting.... sheesh. It was just a question. Questions are good. They help us learn. Snark? Not so much...

about two weeks ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

whistlingtony Re:scotch? (116 comments)

woh! I see I got modded down into oblivion. I had never heard "scotch" being used as " Decisively put an end to". It seemed rather derisive. I'm still a little curious about the origins of the word. Looking up the Etymology of the word, it seems it might be from an old old word, and is not derogatory towards the Scots as I thought that it might be.

I'm not sure why curiosity or a sense of Not Assholism deserved to be modded down, but OK... Sorry Internet. Sheesh.

about two weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

whistlingtony Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

You know the parties switched. Old republicans are not New republicans. You know that. That's stated above, go read if you don't know that.

Do they? so, the ACLU and EFF are republicans? Ha! Name me the conservative ACLU and EFF.... I'll wait.

I see what you did all over the place. Lefties do indeed push for gun control, but there's been NO serious push for that from the feds. Despite this lack of a push, righties seem to think Obama is going to creep into their house and steal their guns.

Yes, I know Frederick Douglas was republican. See above.

Can you provide some evidence of that? That would be neat to know. Although, even if true, the Feds have been paying for upkeep for a LONG time.

about two weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

whistlingtony Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

I know this, because I hang out with all the other volunteers in my state, and we discuss politics. There are a few conservatives, and I'm happy to have them on this issue. None of us can get anything done while money sways votes.

about two weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

whistlingtony Re:Does it? (199 comments)

Aaahhh.... I didn't read the amendments. I only read the original.

How in the hell do the Feds do ANYTHING then? You'd have no interstate highways, no... anything. Sheesh.

about two weeks ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

whistlingtony scotch? (116 comments)

What does it mean to "Scotch" a review? Is that just a really stupid and completely unneeded racial slur against the Scots, or..... Couldn't the summary have just said "bury"? Uhm... WTH?

about two weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

whistlingtony Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

Look up Wolf-PAC. I'm a member, and I'm sad to say that most of us are left leaning. There's a fair bit of libertarians in there with us. I'm not a Tea Partier. So, you're wrong again.

Ahem. I'm not just a member, I'm a volunteer coordinator for my state. I've met with my reps.

Lefties love this country too. I'd say we love it more. We're always the ones complaining when it does bad things. I see the EFF and the ACLU fighting the government's overreach in the courts. I see Lefties in the streets, for specific causes. I don't see a lot of Tea Party folks doing much of anything really. Sorry, I don't mean to be rude, but I really don't see them. Who is against the stupid wars we fight? Who complains when we topple democratically elected leaders? Where's the Right's Noam Chomsky? Who was against slavery? Who actually fights in the courts against government overreach? Lefties....

Who rants about guns when there hasn't been a serious push to take away guns at all? Righties. Tea Partiers.

So don't give me any shit about the Tea Party Libertarians being the only ones fighting. Lefties have a long and far better history of fighting against government overreach than anyone else.

Unless you want to call The Government Actually Helping People as overreach. Then, yes, Righties fight against government overreach all the time. damn social security! Damn welfare! Damn the VA. Damn government health insurance! Damn interstate highways! Damn FDR and paying people to build infrastructure we're still using today and that benefited the nation greatly!

about two weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

whistlingtony Does it? (199 comments)

"The constitution specifically states that anything not in the document is NOT permissible by the federal government."

Where does it specifically state that? I think you WANT it to specifically state that, but I don't think it does..... Articles 1-3 set up the congress, president, and supreme court. Article 4 sets up the states. Article 5 allows for amendments. Article 6 is debts and treaties. Article 7 is definitions and signatures. I just skimmed it. It's not that long. It doesn't specifically say that anywhere. Did I miss it?

It DOES say in article 4 "The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States".

So, it looks really like it's the exact opposite of what you're saying. It looks like you're specifically stating something that's not quite true. You WANT it to be true, but it's not. The text is right there for anyone to read.

If I'm wrong, please point out the relevant section.

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

whistlingtony I actually don't see a problem (289 comments)

I'm going to map my drive to work, by driving it a few dozen times. Then the car can take over. I don't care if it's no good in parking garages or my own driveway. I'll spend 3 minutes driving from my house, let the car take over, let the car do the boring freeway driving, and it can alert me when I'm 3 minutes from work. Then I'll take over and get into the parking garage and park my car.

Are we really whining because a brand new technology can't do EVERYTHING for us? Because it only takes care of MOST of the drudgery?

about two weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

whistlingtony Re:They could start by not using civilians as shie (369 comments)

You're accusing other people of being brainwashed, but you sound even more brainwashed. Evil Hamas uses children to dig Tunnels of Terror! Let's face it, it takes two to tango and Israel is just as guilty of violence as Hamas. As long as they keep pointing fingers and taking retribution for the last attack, there will never be peace between Palestine and Hamas. Frankly, I don't think Israel WANTS peace. I think they want the Palestinian land. There's also the fat stacks of defense cash flowing through Israel. It's hard to blame Palestinians for fighting back when they're blockaded and can't get medicine or even building materials to fix up their buildings. It's hard to look at the situation with Palestinians throwing rocks, Hamas firing shitty homemade rockets that immediately get shot down by Israel's Iron Dome system... and then look at the disproportionate Israeli response, the 10:1 Palestinian:Isreali death ratio, and the facts of life under blockade, and see anything but Israel being the aggressor.

The Palestinian demands are to end the blockade and recognize them as a state. How is that unreasonable?

about two weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

whistlingtony Re:Yup - the story is doing its job (369 comments)

I'll second this. I could bring this country to its knees with $5000 on a Home Depot card. Drive past electrical substation, throw long and thick piece of wire, keep driving. That's just off the top of my head. Heck, I live in Portland, where the main water supply is open to the air, and in a city PARK. People jog past it.

There is no threat. I am much more likely to be killed by a drunk driver than a terrorist.

about two weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

whistlingtony Re:Looking for a real conversation (369 comments)

I see them following those passages. Perhaps you're not looking? Look in the direction of Uganda... Where it's now a death sentence to be gay, or to advocate for gay rights, or even just say that being gay is OK. Christians have plenty to answer for.

about two weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

whistlingtony Re:seriously (369 comments)

What are you afraid of? What is there to be afraid of? Why SHOULD Obama give a fuck at all? Some dude had things written down on his laptop. Big Whoop.

about two weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

whistlingtony I am not afraid (369 comments)

I am not afraid of a word document. This is nothing. Why must we always be afraid? Perhaps we wouldn't tolerate always being a war if we didn't have An Enemy to be afraid of.

I have books in my house with dangerous information. Having information is not a crime. Have a desire is not a crime. Writing down that you want to release bubonic plague on people is a FAR cry from having the actual means and will to do so.

A terrorist can take my life, but let's face it. Odds are, I'll die in a car accident. Terrorists with ACTUAL bombs don't scare me. Terrorists with word documents on a laptop certainly don't scare me.

The only people that hurt my freedom were Americans that keep voting stupid.

I'm going to download lots of dangerous information on my laptop. Perhaps a chemistry book or two. Perhaps my own country should invade my house.....

about two weeks ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

whistlingtony Re:Washington DC think tanks (465 comments)

You think people are making money from the idea that humans are causing global warming? All those scientists flush with Fat Cash, right? All those really influential people like.... who again?

And ... you... don't see the people making Fat Cash from ignoring the idea that humans are causing global warming? All those rich oil dudes... Nothing?

How does that WORK?

about three weeks ago

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How to get a project coded?

whistlingtony whistlingtony writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whistlingtony (691548) writes "Hello world!

Heh. Sorry.

So, I had an idea for a piece of software that I wanted coded. Unfortunately, it's been years since I touched that stuff. I'm beyond rusty. I'd really like for the thing to see the light of day, but...

How can one go about hiring a programmer? A quick google search turned up a couple of websites, but they seemed... sketchy. I find it ironic that a programmer might know of such a website, but a non programmer who would want to use it probably would not.

My Idea:
I hate facebook. I hate it with a passion. Still, I'd like to put up an online journal website for friends and family to check up on me. I'd prefer to run it myself. I don't want to deal with huge config files. I don't want to write HTML. I'm 31 now. I just want my software to work.

I'd like to have a web server written for me in Python. I enjoy python and once the thing is written, then I could tinker and poke at it.

I'd like for me to have some folders. In the "Front Page" folder would text files. The web server would put those up as updates to the main page. Other folders would have text and pictures in them, and those would be links from the main page. I'd like to keep it simple, no flash or moving objects or anything.

Eventually I'd like to move it to HTML5 so videos could be posted in the same manner.

That's it really. A simple web server that creates pages based on the text and picture content of folders and organized by folders. A bare minimum configuration file, preferably none at all. I want it programmed in Python. Preferably, I'd want everything served up in HTML5. I'd also want the rights to open source the thing.

I have money. How do I give it to someone to do this?

-Tony Diethelm
Hater of Facebook"
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I need a language agnostic book on pseudocoding

whistlingtony whistlingtony writes  |  more than 6 years ago

whistlingtony (691548) writes "Hi all,

I am not a programmer, but have a smattering of programming knacks in various languages picked up over the years. One of the best things I learned was that going through and doing pseudocode makes everything so much easer and cleaner. Once that's written down everything else is just language specifics. I'm looking for a good book that is language agnostic and deals strictly with the practice of pseudocoding. I can't find one that seems good. Can anyone recommend one to me?

Thanks!

Whistlingtony"

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