While I only code as a hobby, I started with TRS-80's running BASIC (yeah I was the guy hogging the computers on demo at the Radio Shack near you!), did an official BASIC course at my high school before PC's went mainstream. Then I got into ASM, COBOL, Pascal and C, all self taught. After that I got a life.
But if you think about it languages are just different ways of doing exactly the same thing. If you know how what your code is doing to the machine, then you can program in any language - it's just a case of learning the new syntax. Unfortunately too many people think a language is like some arcane spell where the words have to be said just right or the Computer God gets angry.
and how many young people were betrayed by their institutions and communities at the very start of their programming careers.
That knowledge of Pascal will last you a lifetime son.
Remember when they stopped arresting prostitutes and targeted the John's ?
Yes that put a stop to prostitution all right. Er wait, what? What do you mean there's still prostitution?
It's one thing to try to come up with solutions. It's another to come up with solutions that actually work.
will mean that certain critical vulnerabilities may not be discovered in time, or not reported.
Which, if you think about it, works in Big Brother's favor. Again.
No, I have an account with facebook. The only problem is that it's a dog. None of my personal information is there. Only a picture of my dog, and a few stories about my dog. So all the data collected by the account, browsing history, tracking, etc, is all well and good. How the plan to market this however... how old am I? Where do I work? Why do I have a penchant for liking doggy things? Heck, what sex am I? Sure they can probably extrapolate that through my history. But at the end of the day if they want to sell my data, all they can show is that they have data on a dog, who they THINK is actually a person. Now, how much you do say you want to pay for that?
Of course they can always come after me for violating their TOS and close the account. Awww. And if they try any legal action I'm sure my lawyer will explain to them that dogs can't be expected to read and understand a TOS click-through...