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Comment false premise (Score 1) 38

The article summary states, "computer science is a very difficult thing to learn later in life"

That is a false premise. To learn anything you need the prerequisite skills. Computer Science can be taught to people with basic reading and math skills. Some experience typing is helpful but not necessary. I am working with my seven year old daughter on various tech skills. I found the Gcompris educational software to be a good place to start. Early parental involvement in learning is way more important than trying to make "code monkeys" out of people who are not interested. My daughter is mainly into the artistic aspects so far. It is a good learning experience for both of us.

Simply put, an interested learner of any age can pick up Computer Science and programming faster than someone who is not really all that interested in tech.


Massachusetts Embraces Philanthropy-Funded K-12 CS Education 38

theodp writes: The Boston Globe reports that after more than two years of lobbying, the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) — an advocacy group comprised of Boston-area execs from Google, Microsoft, and other large tech companies — will use $1.5 million of state money and another $1.5 million in matching MassCAN funds to train teachers in computer science instruction and to lobby more school districts to introduce the lessons. The move comes two months after the State of Washington embraced philanthropy-funded K-12 CS education after being cajoled to do so by Microsoft and tech-bankrolled "Computing isn't introduced in certain schools at all, or it's introduced very late in the educational experience — and computer science is a very difficult thing to learn later in life," said Steve Vinter, director of Google's Cambridge office and the head of MassCAN. Vinter acknowledged that MassCAN's campaign is driven in part by self-interest: Google and other companies are worried about a lack of programmers and developers that are highly in demand in the booming MA tech industry.

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.

The moon is a planet just like the Earth, only it is even deader.