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Comment IT workers and the cloud (Score 1) 138

There are many definitions of "the cloud". My personal favorites:
cloud = server(s) managed by someone other than you in another location

Other than some common generic services you still have to engineer solutions to fit your business needs. Anything you want to have you have to specify and pay for. The cloud does not magically/automatically provide backup/fail-over. You have to set these up and pay extra for them.

IT can succeed or fail in the cloud just the same as it can in your own private data center. People who "know how it works", or IT people will still be needed regardless.

Comment False early advantage (Score 4, Insightful) 150

From what I have seen, children with early access to technology treat them as just another toy. They may be more familiar with some interfaces and know how to do some basic tasks but do not have a great advantage over someone introduced to computers at a later age who is interested in learning about them. You need some basic skills to use a computer. You need to be able to read and write. Some basic math skills and typing are helpful. Once you have the basics you can add technology as a supplement. It is not a replacement for the basics of learning which can still be done with a simple piece of paper and a pencil.

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