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Comment: Re:get rid of shitty teachers (Score 5, Insightful) 373 373

by 77Punker (#28097665) Attached to: Company Claims EEG Scans Can Help Identify ADHD

ADD isn't necessarily about school; it's about having the ability to pay attention and structure thoughts into actions. I was diagnosed with ADD at a young age and thought it was bullshit until I got to college because I was smart enough that I didn't need to pay attention to get good grades. When the ideas I needed to pick up were complex enough that I couldn't infer them on my own (data structures, anyone?), I noticed that I would listen intently to my professor in a class I enjoyed and come out with no idea what we just talked about.

Now in the "adult" world (it disappoints me that many adult are overgrown children), I know ADD is real because I'm certainly smart enough to write code that implements business rules, but I often lose track of important conversations. I constantly end up asking not for clarification of a topic, but just to hear things restated verbatim because the words went in one ear and out the other.

Your psychiatrist may be an irresponsible dirtbag that just throws stimulants at everything that comes through his door; incompetence is rampant in every profession. This does not mean that the body of established evidence for the existence and treatment of ADD is wrong.

Comment: Just give me an electric car (Score 4, Interesting) 894 894

by 77Punker (#28089561) Attached to: The Great Ethanol Scam

People in California were driving electric cars every day ten years ago. They were fast, quiet, clean, and reliable. They were also accessible to the everyman, unlike the Tesla roadster.

I don't give a fuck about corn or other combustibles. We could all be driving electric cars today if not for big oil colluding with government regulators.

Give me my electric car!

Comment: Re:So... (Score 4, Insightful) 307 307

by 77Punker (#27849427) Attached to: An Early Look At What's Coming In PHP V6

Gotta break some eggs to make an omelet.

Hopefully this will include cleaning up the argument lists of the string and array functions so that they hall take f($needle, $haystack) in a consistent order. Fixing the argument lists isn't in TFA, but it's a really obvious place to start.

At work, it may give me an excuse to rewrite a horrible old app that's been holding us back since the days of PHP4. I suspect I am not alone in wanting to see some old (buggy, slow, insecure, poorly designed) PHP apps get ruined so that they can be redeveloped now that PHP5 is actually a decent language.

Comment: Re:Almost, but not quite (Score 2, Insightful) 429 429

by 77Punker (#27764913) Attached to: Microsoft To Disable Autorun

What about someone who intentionally creates a malicious autorun and distributes a CD-R? How about a virus that adds its own autorun to every disc burned by its host system?

It's still a huge problem and the fact that they removed it from other media demonstrates that they don't understand all of the attack vectors.

One more thing: virus scanners are a joke.

Comment: Classroom interaction is valuable (Score 4, Insightful) 469 469

by 77Punker (#27663067) Attached to: BYU Prof. Says University Classrooms Will Be "Irrelevant" By 2020

I don't know what kind of classes he's teaching, but when I was in school asking questions and having some sort of discussion as part of the lecture was just as important as the textbook.

Hearing perspectives and having those perspectives challenged and evaluated by your professors and fellow students is an integral component of the college experience. I doubt listening to iPod lectures would be nearly as useful.

Giving out information for free is a great idea, but the electronic media can't replace human interaction.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (4) How many times do we have to tell you, "No prior art!"