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Comment Strawman (Score 4, Interesting) 270

As the parent of a 12 year old girl, I can assure you all, kids today are not having trouble learning to code. They have resources today that I couldn't have dreamed of when I was their age, and they are using them. There are two major problems that I see happening: there are too many languages out there and no one works in text/console mode anymore.

Computers were text based when I was learning basic 3 decades ago. As such, BASIC made a perfectly sensible starting point. Instead, today, a web or mobile app requires knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, CSS, some backend language such as C# or Java, SQL, and probably some other things AI haven't thought of.

Really, if you want to bring back a version of BASIC that was reasonably accessible but could still write something resembling a modern app, bring back Visual BASIC 6.

But like I said, kids today aren't really having much of a problem. My kid and her friends are learning JavaScript and C# and C++ and I have no idea what else. There are lots of resources out there and kids are taking advantage of them.

Comment Re: "risks serious damage to the system" (Score 1) 138

Desktop cards are easy to replace and you're only out the cost of the card. Fry the GPU on the laptop and in a lot of cases you have a repair that costs as much as the laptop did new. NVidia doesn't want to anger their customers, but there is probably enough hardware that they're paying warranties on that this has become necessary.

Comment Re:If it works, DO NOT FUCK WITH IT!!! (Score 1) 233

Oh, it gets worse. I had a programmer that created some circular dependencies between the libraries. It was literally impossible to compile everything from scratch for a while. "But I can compile it just fine" That's because you have the current copies of everything on your machine. I deleted them and told him not to commit anything else until everything compiled cleanly.

Comment Re:If it works, DO NOT FUCK WITH IT!!! (Score 1) 233

plan that has worked for me is to separate the code into two piles. The application, which remains a fucking mess, and a library which only gets clean code

No, I've tried that. I have an ecosystem of 23 applications that make my project work. There are now 6 separate libraries of various generations that need to be maintained. Ugh. I just don't have the staff to clean everything up while getting everything done that needs to get done.

Comment Re:Your rights don't include infecting my kid or m (Score 1) 297

Your rights don't include injecting whatever the hell you think you should into my body or my child's. Now personally, my child is vaccinated against pretty much everything. At the same time, I'm very strongly against having public schools. Every private school should have the right to refuse service to any unvaccinated child. Also, while my child is vaccinated, I still fill out the conscientious objection form, because it's none of the state's business.

Frankly, what I've been seeing from the latest outbreaks is it's overwhelmingly the unvaccinated who are getting sick with a very small percentage of the ill being those who have been vaccinated. With results like that, I don't think the argument that the unvaccinated put the rest of the population at risk holds that much weight.

Once a few children get sick and die from these preventable diseases, a lot of people will decide that vaccination is the right course of action. It won't take any government mandate, either.

Comment Re:Novelty Media is Novelty (Score 1) 278

How much manual labor do you do? When I worked in fast food and manufacturing, I spent more of my spare time reading, gaming, and writing software. I still do those things in my spare time, but now, as a desk jockey, I do a lot more woodworking, cooking, and biking. I trained for a week long bike ride across Iowa. Best shape I've been in in years because of it. As I spoke with my fellow riders among the corn fields, I found a lot of professional workers. I didn't find any carpenters or plumbers or electricians.

I assume that one of the reasons you find running to be rewarding is because of the amount of work it takes to successfully prepare for a marathon. Running a marathon in anything under 5 hours is a major achievement. We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Some guy that builds houses for a living? He doesn't need any more hard work.

Comment Re:Novelty Media is Novelty (Score 4, Insightful) 278

I think we're also at a point in society where many things have become just a bit too easy. I can carry around one thousand albums and play them back on a device the size of a pack of gum. Vinyl forces you to store and manage a bulky item. You can't take it on the go, you put on one album and you listen to it (or even only half of it). It's a listening ritual.

Similarly, people who don't find themselves doing enough real work do things like running marathons. Food preparation these days, especially for dinner parties, is often about showcasing how much time you have to devote to the process. In a world where you can have anything you want delivered the next day from Amazon, people are starting to want things that require a bit more effort.

Comment Re:Static IP reverse DNS. (Score 1) 405

Not just that, even if you have both a valid forward and reverse DNS entry, a lot of spam filters will reject the message if the DNS entry is in the format of or other similar format. Make sure both the forward and reverse are for your domain. I had that problem when I first put my business server on Comcast.

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