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Comment Context, for Americans (Score 0) 600

in England, even roads with a "central white line" are almost universally only wide enough for a single car at a time to drive down them by any sane measure. When there is no white line, cars will often drive down the middle of the road, and "slow down"/"move over" when another car approaches, entirely out of necessity.

When there *is* a white line, most cars won't do this, despite the same necessity still being there.

England's roads (the ones they are talking about) are basically foot-paths which were widened over time enough to allow horses through, but which were never widened or maintained enough to allow multiple cars through in any case. Two American cars would literally not fit side-by-side on these roads.

What is actually needed is wider, better-lit roads, with real shoulders and barriers at the side. But that costs money, so instead we get proposals like "what if we don't bother to even repaint the lines anymore?" and "people will slow down if we stop lighting the roads entirely"

As for "slowing down", the speed limit on most roads (even ridiculously tiny roads) is "meh, whatever". If they really want people to slow down, reducing the speed limit would be the *first* thing I'd try. It seems not to have occurred to anyone in England, though.

Comment Re:I've never had a problem with Amazon. (Score 1) 131

When you are a customer at Amazon.com, you are very unlikely to lose any money, even if someone hijacks your account. Your risk is extremely low.

When you are a customer with Amazon Web Services, *any* breach or security is exceedingly dangerous and can be severely expensive. Your risk is low because security tends to be high. Any sign of a potential security flaw should be taken very seriously.

Comment Re:Google... (Score 2) 131

He's talking about Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform.

There is a very small amount of overlap between Amazon Web Services support/accounts and Amazon.com support/accounts, but it is not entirely nonexistant (It is possible to be forwarded to the customer service team for one, after much cajoling / convincing that the other team exists at all, having first called the support team for the other. There is more overlap for Amazon Marketplace Web Services vs Amazon.com, though I have never experienced any overlap between AWS and Amazon Marketplace Web Services)

It is much smaller than the amount of overlap between, for example, the accounts used for Google Wallet vs Google Cloud Platform. I would be much more concerned for my Google Cloud Platform account if someone placed an order using my Google Wallet than I would be for my AWS account if someone placed an order using my Amazon.com (or .co.uk) account, for example.

Comment Misses the point (Score 5, Insightful) 214

Teaching "how to program" to the general population isn't about teaching a practical skill.

Just like Math, the point is to get students to understand Logic and Reasoning skills.

Similar to how P.E. class isn't meant to teach children how to play dodgeball, it's about making sure they understand the importance of being active, and know various ways they might be able to enjoy that.

If a "toy language" is more approachable, go for it.

Comment Integrate it into a Math class (Score 1) 317

Universal CS and universal Math classes (beyond basic arithmetic) serve the same purpose: They aren't about learning specific skills / formulas, they are about learning *logic* (with "whether or not you understand when to apply these formulas" being a straightforward way to test if the lessons are working).

Functional programming is a logical "next step" after learning the basics of y = f(x) when learning basic algebra. There's really no need to go beyond pure functional programming, as anything else risks straying too far into the "practical", which is not why these should be taught.

You are not going to get disinterested students to care about routing protocols which are guaranteed to be out-of-date by the time they are taught.

Comment Re:because MONEY (Score 1) 130

Sane companies are not built to be eternal, and certainly are not built to be immediately and eternally stable. Anyone who discards solutions because they are not infinitely viable is a fool.

The most effective company strategy has been "the startup": create a product which works *now*, if only as a proof-of-concept. Attract investors who will allow that proof-of-concept to become a longer-term solution. Die fast. Repeated effort is not wasted effort, as you literally cannot predict which differences from iteration-to-iteration will be the thing which makes your endeavor work better than the last one (vs which differences are unimportant "details").

Comment Re:The age of body-worn police cameras (Score 2) 202

with police officers wearing cameras, they implicitly control the narrative. They know that they are wearing cameras, and will always be much more familiar than the average citizen with their capabilities and limitations. If a police officer sees what they interpret as an action warranting an escalation of force, they can ensure that this is captured, and (without being malicious) can ensure that it is captured in a way which most-"accurately" depicts their interpretation of the situation.

Ensuring that other citizens have the right to show things "from their perspective" is key. And honestly, it would be completely absurd to say to anyone, in any situation at all, something which translates to: you are allowed to open your eyes, but you are not allowed to remember what you see.

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