Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

+ - Australian Prime Minister Thinks Kids Should Not Code-> 4

Submitted by Gob Gob
Gob Gob writes: The Prime Minister of Australia has come out and ridiculed an opposition policy aimed at denying teaching kids to code:

'the Prime Minister said. "He said that he wants primary school kids to be taught coding so they can get the jobs of the future. Does he want to send them all out to work at the age of 11? Is that what he wants to do? Seriously?"

Arguably software development practices can be better group educational tools than maths, literacy and art as a software project can draw on coders, artists, organisers and others with different interests and backgrounds. Is teaching coding and technology from a young age an enabler for your community or should it be discouraged until the twilight years of schooling / collage?
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Essential? really? (Score 1) 257

Potable water is an essential service. Transportation is pretty damned essential, but I don't see DOT handing out Obamacars. Broadband is far from *essential*, especially considering there are accessible computers in libraries and schools.

Awesome. Can't wait for the additional taxes to cover the increased program expenditures ...

Yeah; I went for the first 14 years of my working life without a car. Transportation? Essential. Much of it can be done by walking, the rest with busses and rapid transit if you're in an at-all populated area. Sure, I used to regularly walk 20-40 min to get places, but I saved on the gym membership.

I'd say broadband is also an essential service -- and as you point out, that can be provided via libraries. Hey -- I used to have a local library with an internet connection back in the 90's in a rural area pop 3,000. Took me 15 minutes to bike to it. These days I'm sure it's got broadband.

To me it would make more sense to go the UK way: tax the non-essential services like TV to create value to serve over those services. Hey, it works (or at least used to; now people just buy a monitor and stream instead of buying a taxed TV).

Comment: Re:Eliminate all tax withholding (Score 1) 257

Let's do the math.

Employee makes $34k, is taxed at 7%
Employee makes $36k, $34k is taxed at 7%, $2k is taxed at 20%

Now the employee works for thoe government:
Employee makes $28k -- equivalent to $34k-tax. (we're doing really rough estimates here)
Employee also does contract work at $30k. Contract work is taxed at 7%.
OR
Employee makes $28k from government, plus an extra $6k on the side, for a total of $34k (because the tax law states that ANY earnings nullifies your non-taxable government income status) and you pay 7% tax -- and STILL come out ahead of the person who earned $36k.

So while tax bracketing inequality in the current system is indeed a myth, by introducing this new system, it would become reality. Imagine that people in Congress/Senate/etc. had this new system -- they could enjoy all sorts of non-taxable government work and supplement to the bare minimum with non-government work.

And what do you do for contractors who operate as a private entity, but are paid by the government? How about colleges etc. who get grants from the government but are private entities? How about things at the municipal government level?

There may be a place for reducing certain kinds of taxation, but every time you carve out exceptions, you create more exploitable loopholes. You have to calculate the point at which losses due to bureaucracy balance losses due to inequality. Traditionally, the US has gone for "one size fits all" -- except when it comes to corporations, who get special treatment once they can go multinational.

Comment: Re:This cannot have been legal??? (Score 1) 78

I think the idea here (although it'd be hard to prove one way or the other) is that this is an indication of his character, which will influence how likely he is to re-offend in the future, AND what his actual intent was in setting up and running the site. Setting up a black market and using it yourself to obtain some marijuana is a far cry from setting up a blat market and attempting to use it to kill people. It colors his intent for use.

But it's still not a good move on both the prosecution's part and the judge's part, as it damages the veil of impartiality.

Comment: Edited version... (Score 1) 4

by Em Adespoton (#49794927) Attached to: Australian Prime Minister Thinks Kids Should Not Code

Gob Gob writes:
The Prime Minister of Australia has come out and ridiculed an opposition policy aimed at encouraging teaching kids to code:

        'the Prime Minister said. "He said that he wants primary school kids to be taught coding so they can get the jobs of the future. Does he want to send them all out to work at the age of 11? Is that what he wants to do? Seriously?"

Arguably, software development practices can be better group educational tools than teaching maths, literacy and art in isolation, as a software project can draw on coders, artists, organisers and others with different interests and backgrounds. Is teaching coding and technology from a young age useful or should it be discouraged until the twilight years of secondary education/college?
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:jury duty and double jeopardy (Score 2) 78

The one time I was on jury duty for attempted murder, we were constantly leaving the room while they discussed what could be allowed to be said in court. Both the victim and the attacker had ties to organized crime, and prety much everything they said and did had links to other court cases that had either already happened or were pending. It was pretty easy to figure out what we weren't hearing from the direction the questioning was going each time the judge called a halt and asked us to step out. At least with that judge, unless the accusations had witnesses who were in court and were used to indicate character, and the accounting had no impact on other cases, it would not be allowed.

So in this case, if the officer who moonlighted as the guy arranging the hit was called on as a character reference and used this story in that context, it might be admissible and affect the weight of the sentencing. If it was just thrown in as hearsay, that would be grounds for mis-sentencing, and a new judge would need to be called for the sentencing (not for the finding of fact).

Comment: Re:Dear Mr Judge (Score 2) 78

Well no -- in this case, it was the state that first of all posed as a resource that had carried out hits in the past, and then later responded to his request, first to "send a message" and later to "take him out". They instead staged the whole thing (the guy who was supposed to be killed actually being held by the state at the time the hit was arranged). So at least in one of the five cases, they knew exactly what he had said/done, because they were involved in setting it all up.

Comment: Re:Not pool as we know it (Score 1) 42

by Em Adespoton (#49794631) Attached to: Black Hole Plays Pool With Plasma

Using english for side-spin is 2-D, as you're still on the plane of motion. But you can also add topspin or bottom spin without hopping the ball, which involves rotation through the third dimension, thus making it more than a two-dimensional maneuver.

And yeah; any useful pool move also takes time into account unless it's a straight shot, so until you go hopping the ball, you're in 3 dimensions (x, y, and t).

Comment: Re:20-40% overblown (Score 1) 517

by Em Adespoton (#49793191) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

Well, baseboard heaters will use AC on their own circuit for a long time, I'm sure -- as will ovens, hot water heaters and clothes dryers.

Anything with a heating element is likely to be pegged to 110VAC, including hair dryers, soldering irons, curling irons, clothes irons, heat guns, and the like. At least with vacuum cleaners, you have the option to go with a built-in system, at which point your power options are less limited.

Comment: Re:Not pool as we know it (Score 2) 42

by Em Adespoton (#49792427) Attached to: Black Hole Plays Pool With Plasma

While the playing surface is usually 2-D, the balls have always moved in 3-D in the games I've played. When the players are bad, the balls arc through the air to land on the floor/go through a window/etc. When the players are good, use of english means that the balls are accomplishing specific rotations that influence the other pieces with a decidedly non-2D physics model.

So if these plasma balls aren't on a 2-D plane, it's highly probable that this black hole just isn't very good. Most black holes are more subtle, putting a spin on their galaxies and taking their time with the collisions.

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." -- Albert Einstein

Working...