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Comment: Re:Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. (Score 1) 244 244

Other people are more threatening to our survival than any animal on the planet.

If you think about it, it doesn't take a lot of brain power to hunt a woolly mammoth. Perhaps there was a minimum requirement to hunt the way we did. But maybe our current situation is the result of a runaway chain reaction of bigger and bigger brains so that we may better compete with ourselves rather than other animals.

The "whole dumb people reproducing more" meme may be true in some places, but in others, I bet that dumb people don't live very long. And by dumb I don't mean uneducated, I mean unintelligent. Someone with a lot of street smarts is intelligent, they just learned different things, and those things were needed for their survival. Someone unintelligent in an unstable or failing society is probably going to end up dead at a young age. While the smart ones live to become village elders or guerrilla leaders or whatever, but most importantly - mothers and fathers.

That said, both of our comments are off-topic.

Comment: Re:Again (Score 1) 166 166

The industry is playing an progressively larger roll already. Perhaps it's too early to say for sure, but I think what we may see next are other industries: construction, healthcare, agriculture, entertainment, etc, competing with each other in the educational dominance of American children from the cradle on up.

If you are taught from preschool to 12th grade be a nurse, and your exposure to alternatives are reduced, you'll probably become a nurse. What we're seeing now is just one industry seeking to dominate education in that way. The result - if held consistent over a generation - may well be a glut of computer programmers. The outcome of that is obvious, but what may also occur is a call to attention from the other industries, who suddenly feel left behind and forced to pay more for their dwindling supply of talent.

Comment: Re:If a software dev make $250-500k a year... (Score 1) 166 166

Assuming you're talking about an average industry-wide income - I think you can get to that by having a shortage of talented applicants thereby forcing the industry to compete for them.

If there's a glut of talent, the scramble for the best of that is less intense, and the talent overall is made cheaper.

Comment: Re:Gates and Zuckerbergs Vision for America (Score 1) 249 249

I might be okay with this if not for the constant propaganda used to snare kids into this vicious cycle for their benefit. I mean, I guess eventually word will get around that these jobs won't pay well... after hundreds of thousands of people find out the hard way. The AC poster here has a good point I think. Computers aren't the end-all-be-all of everything. There's jobs people don't talk about or know about, that pay well and have decent hours and are sorely under-serviced.

Comment: Re: Do not (Score 1) 133 133

In modern history, we're known to do things with uranium and lead that we shouldn't have. Today we continue to muck about with chemicals in things with unpredictable results on our fertility and fetal development. So I say that sort of thing should not only be possible, but remains a contributing factor to our potential decline.

Comment: Re: Do not (Score 1) 133 133

They don't just do that for ancient peoples. I've heard theories about modern technology coming from aliens. The great minds from 70 years ago to today that developed the computer technology that almost everyone on Slashdot benefits from? Ada Lovelace? Alan Turing? The geniuses at Bell Labs? Fairchild?

Nope. Aliens.

If one of us make something amazing, you can count on some group saying aliens did it, and it'll only take a generation or two.

Comment: Re:privacy :{ (Score 5, Informative) 190 190

I had to turn off UAC in Windows 8 to compile and automatically copy my plugin project to its proper directory because that directory is under Programs Files. This was necessary because I had set the host program to start immediately afterwards in order to debug my plugin as it ran. This worked, but in doing so, I lost access to my Windows 8 apps. I only use a few, but it was annoying enough that I eventually moved the project to a Windows 7 machine (and you don't have to turn UAC off completely, it's just as far as Windows 8 is concerned, if that one registry entry concerning protected directories is toggled off the whole thing is compromised).

So, while any rebuttals here to the effect that "undoubtedly you can turn this off" are probably accurate, I wouldn't be surprised if there were things like this built into the system to encourage the user to keep it on. "Want to develop software on your PC? Well, either apply for a personal certificate or stop using Metro apps." It won't really stop developers, but it could shut down new user interest outside of closed markets.

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