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Comment: Provide money and guidance (Score 4, Insightful) 54

by Dareth (#47434511) Attached to: FCC Approves Plan To Spend $5B Over Next Five Years On School Wi-Fi

Provide money and guidance to the local school systems then let them buy the approved technology they need rather than what is dictated to them. Why is WiFi better or more important than web hosting? What if a school already has good WiFi but needs devices to make use of that network? Sounds like the "phasing out" process is more like "last call" at a bar and tells people to get those services from E-Rate now whether they need it or not cause soon the trough will only be feeding you WiFi. Guidance on good economic solutions for school technology needs and funding is what the school systems need. But hey keep on shoveling "one size fits all" technology into the schools. It keeps the vendors happy even if it doesn't help the schools or children all that much.

Comment: Re:Professional athletes and "unfair advantage" (Score 1) 608

by Dareth (#47430677) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I might as well mention that I am a Systems Administrator and not a programmer despite my computer science education. I am a "lazy work-a-holic" in that I will work like hell to make sure I do not have to do a repetitive task more than once. Scripting and automation are wonderful things. I believe this sums it up nicely.

Necessity is the mother of invention. Laziness is its father.

Comment: Professional athletes and "unfair advantage" (Score 5, Insightful) 608

by Dareth (#47414775) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Some people in life find an "unfair advantage". This is very evident in professional athletes. They must start with natural athletic ability and then hone that through practice and training. And then a select few get paid huge dollars to essentially play a game.

People with natural problem solving and logic skills also have an "unfair advantage". It doesn't generate the quick wealth of the professional athlete but can lead to a promising professional career path. It still takes practice and learning to really take advantage of these skills much like the professional athlete learning their sport.

I will not apologize for taking advantage of my abilities any more than a professional athlete will give back the money they earned playing a game.

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