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June 27 2011

06:36

Frédéric Filloux - a debate about the management of facts at “digital speed”

Monday Note :: "Compared to Anglo-Saxon journalism standards, French practices are regrettably lax," Frédéric Filloux writes. "It doesn’t mean that France doesn’t have remarkable writers, editors or medias; but, too often, their practices are just sloppy. Here (France), journalists abuse anonymous quotes and are too cozy with their sources. Papers are insufficiently edited, reporters routinely go after a story with a pre-defined agenda – they know what they want to write and will twist facts, quotes and background accordingly."

How to manage facts at "digital speed" (in France or elsewhere in the world)?

Continue to read Frédéric Filloux, www.mondaynote.com

June 12 2011

19:26

Ask Slashdot: Best Certifications To Get? – Slashdot

My current theory is that programming is quite literally writing. The vast majority of programming is not conceptually difficult (contrary to what a lot of people would have you believe). We only make it difficult because we suck at writing. The vast majority of programmers aren’t fluent, and don’t even have a desire to be fluent. They don’t read other people’s code. They don’t recognise or use idioms. They don’t think *in the programming language*. Most code sucks because we have the fluency equivalent of 3 year olds trying to write a novel. And so our programs are needlessly complex.

Those programmers with a “spark” are programmers who have an innate talent for the language. Or they are people who have read and read and read code. Or both. We teach programming wrong. We teach it the way Japanese teachers have been teaching English. We teach about programming and expect that students will spontaneously learn to write from this collection of facts.

via Ask Slashdot: Best Certifications To Get? – Slashdot.


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June 04 2011

19:37

Isaac Asimov’s letter to the future patrons of a new library – Boing Boing

A library “is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you—and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.” Isaac Asimov’s letter to the future patrons of a new library


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