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Comment: Re:low-tech countermeasures (Score 1) 210

by ColdWetDog (#48915297) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

High-pressure, wide-spread water canons should take out low-flying drones pretty quickly. The only advanced tech bit would be the targeting system.

Cool! Let's turn the White House into a giant fountain. That should spruce up the neighborhood nicely.

Really, the problem isn't the drone. It's the White House. If it wasn't there, then all of this whining and wailing would never see the light of day.

We just need to move the White House away from everyone who could possibly want to hurt it's inhabitants. Given our new found relationship with Cuba, I'm going to suggest we move the complex down to Guantanamo Bay.

Comment: Re:yes, programming, like poetry, is not words, un (Score 5, Insightful) 190

by ColdWetDog (#48910995) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Pretty much this. The whole push to have 'everyone' code is because it's trendy and is a definable skill, unlike 'learning how to think' or reason. And it segues quickly into 'jobs' which makes everybody happy. Further, there is this odd belief among many people (including a whole raft of Slashdot posters) that software can do anything and the world should be viewed through the lens of a Von Neumann machine.

Coding is a subset of human activity, not a superset. Even modeling, as championed by TFA is only a small part of human learning.

But schools are in a tough place. They are supposed to teach everyone, from the next Albert Einstein to the kid that will be sweeping the floor. They're supposed to push the latter child farther and faster than they could possibly go while not slowing down the new Einstein. All the while acting as in loco parentis, cop, judge and diaper changer.

For only $29.95 per child.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.