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+ - Should Computer Science become a required class in High School ? 1

Submitted by HW_Hack
HW_Hack (1031622) writes "I am fortunate to work at a high school that has a thriving technology program. It is led by an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable teacher only a few years into his career. He was using Game Design classes to draw students into programming a couple of years before such ideas were written up in places like Slashdot. Yet in many schools and school districts such programs are not only rare, but struggle to compete with other departments such a Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, etc. for dollars and head count. Should Computer Science be added to the list of required subjects such as Math or Social Studies ? Such a question is being asked at We The People via a petition: http://wh.gov/lUL8u"

Comment: Re:Assuming this is correct, how'd she die? (Score 4, Informative) 365

I've seen some videos of this groups work on this little island. It is no tropical paradise. I don't believe there is any fresh water - so they would need to capture evaporating water somehow. And the island is infested with spider crabs from the size of golf balls to the size of soccer balls. And these crabs are looking for something to eat. You could survive a short time there - long term would be a slice of hell.

Plus we all take modern medicine for granted -- stranded on an island a cut or injury could become infected and that is pretty much game over .... then the crabs eat your body and scatter your bones.

Comment: I got out while I could (Score 1) 286

by HW_Hack (#39815635) Attached to: Opus Dei To Hunt Down Vatican Whistle-Blowers

My dear mom was a devout Catholic and tried to raise me and my sibs that way. I was kicked out of a Catholic school in the first grade. Many bumpy years later at age 13 I was declared a lost cause when I questioned the whole "He has risen" thing at an Easter Catechism Class. All I was there for was the chocolate eggs.

I'm a "civilian" now and glad to have nothing to do with these manipulative crackpots in the Vatican.

Comment: The tech sector was not bailed out nor ... (Score 1) 328

by HW_Hack (#38486680) Attached to: Why the Occupy Movement Skipped Silicon Valley

directly involved with the financial disaster of 2007 - 2008. Its that easy. OWS is a reaction to those sectors and players directly involved with the real estate bubble and the sub-prime mortgage mis-deeds of big banks - and Wall St. Technology served to make all that possible but it was greed - corruption - and politics that made the disaster. Those are the areas that OWS has (or will) focus on along with the business as usual (no CEOs or senior management go to jail -- but rather get bonuses) environment in DC and Wall St.

People are fed up - and I am one of them.

Comment: The man - the myth - the legend (Score 1) 1613

by HW_Hack (#37621430) Attached to: Steve Jobs Dead At 56

No matter your technology religion Steve Jobs had an impact - a huge impact. The word iPod is a part of our lexicon. The iPhone has spawned the whole sector called smart phones, The iPad is doing the same. And as another poster noted he took UNIX to the mainstream with OS X. That may have been one of his most gutsy moves. The man had vision. The first computer I ever touched - ever used was an Apple II in college in 1981. Can't believe he is dead at 56 --- hell I'm only 55.

RIP Steve Jobs

Comment: It ain't easy (Score 1) 92

by HW_Hack (#37051522) Attached to: Walmart To Close Online Music Store

Another example that starting AND maintaining a music / media service is not a simple task. First you have to deal with the nuts in Hollywood on DRM and music catalogs etc. --- Then you have to have a coherent vision for your service and superb software --- Oh, and it would be good if you had either a cool device for consumers ... or a seamless way for consumers to get their media to any number of other devices. Lastly you have to have staying power to go on and on and on and on

Love it - hate it - or just use it ---- iTunes has been there for 10yrs (an eon in tech time) ..... surrender, it just works .....

Comment: Losing control by choice (Score 1) 227

by HW_Hack (#37051444) Attached to: Copycat "hiPhone 5" Surfaces In China

This is what happens when you turn over manufacturing to a 3rd party that you have no real control over.

Yeah - good luck with that. Oh and those fake Apple stores .... they were going to build those anyway. Apple just helped things along by sending China all its design info.

I hope this happens to many "American" companies who outsource manufacturing.

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