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Comment: Learning? Who is learning? (Score 1) 259

by techstar25 (#46306081) Attached to: Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?
Don't assume that access to the internet is making anybody smarter. I think that's the real question. If anything, access to the internet is making people less intelligent, and I think there is more evidence to support that claim. The child who walks to the library and picks up a book and reads is going to end up smarter than the kids who hits up wikipedia, youtube, and various blogs to get his information.

Comment: Not a language (Score 2) 426

by techstar25 (#46075003) Attached to: Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language
A programming language is technically not a "language" at all. The word "language" is used as a sort of nickname for what programming really is. That's like giving physical education credits for "web surfing" just because it has the word "surfing" in it, or biology/entomology credit for debugging just because it has the word "bug" in it.

Comment: Re:What will replace Facebook? (Score 1) 193

by techstar25 (#46055815) Attached to: Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise
"Currently there is no "successor" to Facebook". Well, of course there isn't. And there wasn't a successor to Myspace for a while either. What we are saying is that we "can't imagine" a successor to Facebook, because, let's face it, if we could we would certainly build it. But the way these things work is that something will come out of nowhere and we'll immediately feel like we "need" to be a part of it. It will fulfill a need we didn't even know we had. Oh, there will be something that knocks off Facebook and probably Google as well.

Comment: Cigar Aficionado (Score 1) 363

by techstar25 (#43481319) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?
Cigar Aficionado. It's like if "GQ" was mature and sophisticated. I like that the articles are actually the size of articles and require an adult attention span to read. They aren't tiny blurbs and blog posts which most magazines have resorted to (as the web has decreased everyone's attention span).

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