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Linkdump for February 3rd

by Rob Friesel
  • Ovetta Wiggins, The Washington Post:

    A proposal by the Prince George’s County Board of Education to copyright work created by staff and students for school could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to the school system, not the individual.

    Despicable.

    (tagged: copyright education )
  • Jessica Lahey, writing for The Atlantic. Not as "fun" as the "Please Don't Help My Kids" article, but in the same vein.

    However, I did take slight issue with this:

    We teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight.

    No. I teach those things to my kids; I expect you to expect me to do that teaching.

    (tagged: parenting )
  • If asked to boil it down to a single catch phrase, it would probably be:

    …events are essentially the only variable…

  • Fun little post about numbers and parseInt in JavaScript by Dr. Axel Rauschmayer. In retrospect, some of these should seem obvious given the size of the numbers we're talking about here. Anyway… I'm a sucker for this sort of trivia.
    (tagged: JavaScript )
  • Professor Jeff Leek, writing at his blog Simply Statistics:

    Of course that is a ton of material for 8 weeks and so obviously we will be covering just the very basics.

    I wrapped up the first week of the course on Thursday (1/24). So far it has been a bit intense, but also fun. So far the format and lectures have been good, and I'm (re-)learning quite a bit. I have some stats background from college, so some of it has been review, but it has been fascinating to hear about statistics from other perspectives — I'd never really considered how an economist or biologist or engineer might use those tools. That has been very valuable.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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