Algorithms Are Great and All, but They Can Also Ruin Lives (wired.com)
Edit: forgot to mention that there are 460 students registered for the exam. They wonder why we don’t have them write papers...
I personally think that the typical German university is better than the typical US one, but it is a very different system: In Germany you are very much on your own when you are studying. This teaches you a lot about self-discipline, which employers love. On the other hand, if you are a person who needs a lot of handholding, German universities are probably not for you. In my opinion being able to study mostly for free is more than worth the lack of handholding, but as I said: This system is not for everybody.
There are two co-existing systems in France. Universities and "Grandes Ecoles". The latter are more selective and usually have more fundings.
Humans tend to regard as ‘right’/of-value/impressive that which validates their own perspective, sometimes shamelessly.
Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves.
>Oscar bait films are theatrical, a word which here means “keeps reminding you that you’re [in] the audience.” So don’t be fooled when the panegyrics pour out over a Spielberg flick about a dog that sniffed out its owner’s cancer and then flew to D.C. to campaign for healthcare reform. The actors are side characters, background dancers. The hero is the camera. It’s the one with the character growth, guilt and redemption, it’s the one for whom the score sings. Which means the hero is…
(And yes, as a former tech worker with no professional coding experience can vouch I’ve learned a TON here.)
> Tesla finally launches a product as advertised. Hackernews, based on Youtube videos, reverse-engineers a spacecraft down to the metallurgical level and then sagely debates the maintenance characteristics of an aircraft that exited service before any of them learned to read and none of them have seen in operation, mostly derived from blog posts by people they're pretty sure knew a guy.
I remember chuckled reading n-gate, until I read a rant about Monica on n-gate. Monica, i think, is an awesome app to keep in touch with your best friends and family. N-gate said it's just an app that makes you creepy because you stalk your family and your best friend. Can't find the n-gate link though.
It's not just n-gate, I think Monica is creepy as all hell. Keeping in touch with my best friends and family is texting, chatting, and calling each other once in a while. Putting them on a "CRM to manage" is like using LinkedIn for my personal life.
Almost everyone I know uses tech to augment their relationships, whether by keeping a gift list, putting birthdays on their calendar, checking friends' fb feeds, etc., and while I perfectly understand discussions about the (negative) consequences of all this, it really irks me how there's some kind of magical 'line', obviously right where the deemer deems it to be, beyond which something is creepy.
On a more personal note: for people like me, the help of tech, including something like Monica, can really have a positive effect on the relationships I have. Chat, gaming forums, and places like here offer me a degree of social interaction that has no real world equivalent. Gaming basically saved my life, back in my lonely teen years. And yet throughout my life I've often felt vaguely or outright ashamed about all this, because of people calling these things creepy for, what appears to me, no reason other than that it is different from what they know.
Let's not forget 'coffee shops' and 'books' were going to be the end of our society too!
$ whois n-gate.com
$ whois n-gate.com
Domain Name: N-GATE.COM
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Registrar URL: http://www.gandi.net
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Registrar: Gandi SAS
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Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Name Server: A.NS.SCIOPS.NET
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>>> Last update of whois database: 2018-02-12T21:55:31Z <<<
For the most part I think they are right, though obviously I am still here. I think that says something about me.
Some of these people do things like do a redirect based on the referer.
Try following one of the links at https://news.ycombinator.com/from?site=jwz.org . Done because "Hacker News is a steaming cesspool and I don't have time or desire to deal with their bandwidth demands, so I just block them."
Never known people who like to argue with each other for the sake of argument?
Edit: Or, as another comment proposes, it could in fact be due to the referrer, and we're being had.
The course sounds exactly like my six graders middle school course. Well the six graders did read Hacker News, so I guess that is what makes it a College Level EE course (eyes roll).
This is not an EE class, it's an intro CS class, one that's not for those with prior knowledge who know they'll choose CS as a major. This kind of course can get new people interested, those who didn't think they'd like or could do CS. Even if they don't major in it, by taking this one course, they know more about an important part of what makes our world work.
CS50 at Harvard College  is also a very large, popular course that gets more people interested in CS as a major but is also useful to those who don't take another class. It also starts with Scratch though it switches to other languages very quickly and appears more challenging overall than this course.