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Comment: Re:There's actually a robust solution available. (Score 1) 317

by LWATCDR (#47935681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Those are hard to come by. Might I suggest a computer running OpenBSD?
Lock it down so they do not have access to root and you should be pretty secure as far as malware. OpenBSD is very secure and frankly desktop malware does not target the 6 people using OpenBSD for desktops.
The odds of them getting exploited is very low.

Comment: And this is news? (Score 2) 931

by LWATCDR (#47927589) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

First of all is anyone shocked by this? Really people you think this is news? I mean next you tell me that Sun is hot.
Second this needs to be put under the politics category.

I hide Politics on Slashdot so I do not have too see this kind of story.
It is not that I am not interested in political news, the reason is that the quality of comments and editing on anything political on Slashdot is so bad.

If you disagree on the quality that is fine but Slashdot let's the users hide categories for a reason. Helpful hint editors while it does not apply to this story if the word Republican or Democrat are in the title it is politics.

Comment: Re:Let's see your portfolio. (Score 1) 391

by LWATCDR (#47926359) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

I often make the mistake that people are as smart and as sensible as I am.

The original question was "If I want to be a developer is a Liberal Arts degree better than a CS degree.

The simple truth is even if someone has worked on a FOSS project you just don't know if they actually understand Computer Science. They might be completely self taught and know as much as someone with a CS degree or they may just know how to hack code.
A good code hacker might do fine but struggle with a race condition in multi threaded code or may not even know what a hash table is. Someone with a degree should know how to deal with both as would someone that did a good job at self educating.
So yes experience can trump a degree but I did say "Two people fresh out of college." So yea that is what I said.

BTW in College I did take class in critical thinking. I did very well in the class. In fact I got an A.

Comment: Re:However (Score 2) 108

by LWATCDR (#47926173) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

But In Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and even parts of Washington, Oregon, and California lakes and the sea can be a good distance from the fires or rare.
Also in the western parts of the US salt in the soil is a real issue.
Like I said, they can scoop on the sea but they prefer to use lakes. They have to spend a lot of time and fresh water to wash down after they scoop from a salt water source.
Of course in the Med you also tend to have calmer sea states than the west coast of the US.

Comment: Re:However (Score 1) 108

by LWATCDR (#47925839) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

That works great where you have a lake near the fire. ALso they really avoid using sea water. Salt water can cause issues. The planes are designed to do it but it is avoided when possible. Not only that but dumping salt water on the land in the west is also not the best thing for post fire recovery.

Comment: Re:Let's see your portfolio. (Score 1) 391

by LWATCDR (#47920419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

You do realise that it is an all things being equal is assumed.

Yes someone with an English Lit degree from Yale that has written several FOSS apps and contributed to the Linux Kernel will win over someone from the University of Guam that with a CS degree and nothing else.
I also question the very concept that a Liberal Arts education will give you better critical thinking skills than ta CS degree from the same University.

Comment: Gee I do not know. (Score 4, Funny) 391

by LWATCDR (#47918879) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

I have two people interviewing for a programming job right out of college.
1. Has a degree in CS.
2. Has a degree in English Lit.
Hummm.......
Yea right.
Or turn it around.
You are looking for a fiction book editor.
1. Has a degree in CS.
2. Has a degree in English Lit.
Yes still works.

Comment: Re:Translation... (Score 1) 196

by LWATCDR (#47918569) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Not Bribes but jobs. The simple truth is that a government program like this is often driven by requirements and job creation. If you have two systems and one is going to make more jobs in the area that you happen to represent than the other a senator will support the one from his area. That is just common sense.
I do believe that the Boeing proposal had two advantages over the SpaceX and DreamChaser.
Lower risk and more political clout. Not bribes but congress people that will support it for job creation in their areas.

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