Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Catch the rounded ones early (Score 3, Interesting) 300

Indeed, this whole conversation brings back memories of my grade 11 Computer science class where I got to see a very motivated and highly intelligent girl brought to tears repeatedly because CS was the one class she just couldn't master (not a girl thing either, I've met several good female programmers). I have also seen people teach themselves to code (the best one at 40) It takes a certain kind of logical thinking to master software development and I have yet to see anyone find a way to teach that part of it.

Having said that, I think offering programming classes to more students is a good thing since it increases the odds of someone who has the right talent for it being able to try it for the first time. I just don't think any of it should be mandatory.

Comment Re:6 years (Score 1) 127

Maybe not. I finally gave up and bought a phone without a physical keyboard and I HATE it. Everyone tells me I'll get used to it, but that never seems to happen.
The Android Space is now dominated by phones that all look the same, act the same and have the same features and the only thing that changes is the size and the phones I loived were the first victims .

If Blackberry gives me an Android phone with a keyboard I'm there in a flash.

Comment Re:Move to the latest version? (Score 1) 435

I hope ISPs assign at least a /60 otherwise we're likely to end up with a huge mess of hacks in the Linux kernel to allow subnetting of a /64 and also some form of autoconfig.

You can already subnet a /64. MAC addresses are 48 bits leaving plenty of room for multiple subnets and you can go even smaller if you use static IPs or DHCPv6.

Comment Re:Why do teens *need* all these drugs??? (Score 4, Interesting) 133

Don't blame just "Big Pharma" Parents prefer the drugs because it's less humiliating than thinking something went wrong with their parenting and at any rate it's a less time consuming fix that going to a physiologist. Teachers prefer the drugs because they let them keep kits seated for longer. Doctors prefer the drugs because it's easier than trying to get a child/teen to eat properly.

Big Pharma can hardly be blamed for selling us all something we begged them for in the first place.

Comment Parents suck too (Score 3, Insightful) 283

How many of these parents work with their kids when at home? How many let the kids to go their room and play on the iPad or xbox and only see them at dinner? Or are too busy driving them to useless and expensive team sports events?

Education requires major input from the parents but many of them treat the schools like babysitters and get mad at the teachers when their kids can barely read.

Comment Re:Suck it, "editors." (Score 0) 30

Every day the editors at /. wake up to a hot cup of fresh brewed failure.

They take the failure train to work.
They snack on failure chips and failure dip.
At lunch they eat failure sandwiches on whole-grain failure bread with special failure sauce.
They shit out failure and wipe their asses with failure paper.
They take the failure train back home where they eat microwaved leftover failure.
They lay in bed at night in quiet failure with a tear running down their cheek
They get up and, after fumbling for an hour, realize they are too inept to make a noose then put the rope of failure back down for another night.
They cry themselves to sleep and have the same shared nightmare of running in slow motion as the utter blackness of a failed life catches up.

Then they wake up to that hot cup of fresh brewed failure.

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.