Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

  • ““Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design.”
    This implies, for one, that good documentation does not excuse bad design. You can ask people to RTFM, but it is folly to assume they have read everything and memorized every detail. The clarity of examples, and the software’s decipherability and debuggability in the real world, are likely far more important. Form must communicate function.”

    tags: weekly education apply facdev software

  • “A Chinese man concerned about his unemployed son’s gaming addiction hired online hitmen to ‘kill’ his avatar.

    tags: weekly

  • ” Perhaps the file was obtained from someone involved in printing the reproduction, or it was a scan made of the reproduction? Indeed, the common belief in online 3D Printing community chatter is that the Kinect “story” is a fabrication to hide the fact that the model was actually stolen data from a commercial high quality scan. If the artists were behind a server hack, the legal ramifications for them are much more serious than scanning the object, which has few, if any legal precedents.”

    tags: art copyright weekly 3d scan

  • “A gigantic government operation is always going to be an appetizing target for skimmers, rule benders, and straight-up crooks. Data science is part of the answer. Lawyers are still necessary. But to extract the dirt from the data, you need to understand how human beings might be tempted to manipulate the truth—and where they fail to cover their tracks. There is no app for that.”

    tags: data thinking computationalthinking weekly

  • ” Cooper compiled 120 studies in 1989 and another 60 studies in 2006. This comprehensive analysis of multiple research studies found no evidence of academic benefit at the elementary level. It did, however, find a negative impact on children’s attitudes toward school.

    This is what’s worrying. Homework does have an impact on young students, but it’s not a good one. A child just beginning school deserves the chance to develop a love of learning. Instead, homework at a young age causes many kids to turn against school, future homework and academic learning. And it’s a long road. A child in kindergarten is facing 13 years of homework ahead of her.”

    tags: homework research weekly

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