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Comment Re:outsourcing banking support? (Score 1) 602

Would your nations money [sic] in the hands of a company located in a country which provides you no recourse against criminal activities taken against you so long as they can provide some convoluted logic as to how they're helping you?

Thanks, but I already bank in the US.

Comment Re:In all fairness (Score 1) 203

...in all fairness, getting off the mainframe is very VERY difficult...

Yeah, man, I had a friend once who was mainframing really, really heavy. He tried to go cold turkey, you know? He had such withdrawal symptoms, he almost died. Still couldn't kick. So he was back mainframin' the worst stuff you could find - CICS, JCL, RPG for God's sake!! Finally his friends did an intervention, got him into a substitution program, and rehab. He's doing UNIX maintenance now. It cost a lot and he says he doesn't get the same high as when he was "ridin' the 'frame" but the crash isn't as hard either. Goes to 12-step meetings and everything.

Comment Prudence and judgment... (Score 2) 133

It would not seem prudent that one should be significantly altering neurochemistry during periods of high levels of neuroplasticity. On the other hand, we've been altering our own neurochemistry for entertainment purposes forever. As such, I'm sort of meh on the whole thing. We all do chemicals each day - even if it's only by ingesting food, water, and air.

I doubt good (and, yes, there are a lot of good ones out there, if you actually look) doctors are handing out SSRI's like candy to kids. When they do, it's usually at the urging of a mental health counsellor and with prodding from parents. As such, it's not prescribed that much (in this age range). It's not like it's Methylphenidate (whose overprescription, in my opinion, is a much bigger issue).

Comment Re:Exactly when is "everyone" going to code? (Score 1) 255

Because programming is far simpler than even basic algebra.

OK. I guess in your world, it is. Please tell us where this amazing world exists. In my world, programming is a slog. And there's enough trivia to know that anyone who could learn it all would do much better memorizing world capitals and becoming the next Ken Jennings on Jepoardy! But that's my world.

In case you didn't notice, this post contains sarcasm.

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