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Comment: Re:Today's computer science corriculum is practica (Score 2) 153 153

Nowadays, anything that specific that you don't know, you just google it. I have a master's degree in CS and 30 years experience, don't have a clue what that subnet mask thingy does either, but I can find out in five minutes. Maybe your problem is you're hiring dumb people?

Comment: Re:I want the same question answered clearly (Score 1) 313 313

You can get a Tracphone flip phone from Walmart for $15, and service for $10/month (50 minutes). If you don't like it, well, you haven't even reached the one-month unlimited charge for most providers and you can start over. Not the best network (AT&T) but it'll work in cities and along major highways.

Comment: 20,000 hands against each player? (Score 0) 65 65

Let's see, over two days that's about 400 hands per hour, or one hand every 8.5 seconds, assuming the players take no breaks for sleeping, eating, etc. Yet they still trounced the computer, and it's claiming "no statistical significance"? I think this is one of the greatest achievements of man versus machine in history!

Comment: Re:That clinches it. (Score 1) 393 393

For me, the years of the Linux desktop were roughly 1998-2001. Once Windows XP and Cygwin became available, the Linux thing became more trouble that it was worth for most purposes. Nowadays, of course, a huge majority of computers are running Unix hidden under the covers (Android and iOS), so this discussion is kind of moot.

Comment: Re:More non-fiction now, for complicated reasons (Score 1) 164 164

I just finished Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer, and found it enjoyable and light but not too light. It does have privacy in the information age as an underlying theme, but focuses on the characters and their interactions more that the heavy stuff.

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