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Comment Re:BASIC programming skills (Score 1) 214

Software development is well on the path that Networking took about a decade ago. Good luck finding a job that pays enough to support a family when every 10th grade is building apps.

You could say that about pretty much every job today, from Airline Pilot to Zoologist. That has nothing to do wtih programming, and everything to do with automation and globalization in particular and life in general. Change is constant. Deal with it.

I wrote my own 6800 assembler in C-64 Basic (and hand-tuned 6502 assembly) as a teen to run my homebuilt wire-wrapped computer, so I'm probably about your age or older. I've been around the industry a while. Programming isn't math, or logic, it's understanding the domain and the end user. If I'm writing a Linux device driver I do it in C, and the domain involves semaphores, interrupts, bottom halves, and a host of other things that have little to do with math. Coding an android app in the NDK might involve C++, but the real hard work (at least for me) is building a proper UX and creating the graphics that other people want to use. Web site coding requires HTML, CSS, and the sort of browser-quirk javascript that makes me squirm, but hardly any math beyond an occasional sum. The only time I worry much about math is when I'm coding a FIR filter or some-such.

No, success as a programmer involves understanding the domain and the end user. That 10th grader may have barely passed trig, but he can still code up angry round objects and animate them using a plug-in library. If by genius or serendipity he realizes that every other 10th grader in the world will pay to watch those angry round objects dive on things, he's still a successful programmer in my book. If some particularly sharp 7-year-old codes up the next Minecraft in Scratch, more power to her.

Comment Re:HDMI cables? (Score 1) 104

You don't understand the System. The HDMI extortion mob could care less about HDMI cabling on dark matter detectors, provided the scientists are not slapping HDMI-Compliant trademarks on them and selling them for home Dark Matter Detection use. And even then only if they're actually making money on them. If they're making enough money, they'll soon be fighting patents filed for 'Detecting Anomalous Tenebrous Particles via Interconnecting COTS Technology' and other absurdly general ideas scammed through the PTO. Make enough money on Home Dark Matter Detectors, and the scientists simply buy the entire licensing organization and a few Congressmen.

Comment Re:Useless Metrics (Score 1) 111

There should be a clear and inviolable line of demarcation between the attempt to improve hospital/doctor intercommunication and the attempt to cut government outlays on medical costs. If not, both efforts are doomed to failure, and in bad ways. However, that's rarely the way the government bureaucrats see it.

Comment Re:Classic! (Score 1) 169

And the two big ways to get caught:

1) You're obviously living well beyond your means. It's never a good idea for an Accounts Receivable clerk to show up for work in a Maserati, unless they have the lottery ticket stub to go with it.

2) The scheme works so well (and it always does it at first) that you either get greedier and greedier, or start believing that you're so smart no one will ever notice your pilferage. The smart criminals are the ones who know when to quit when they're ahead.

Fortunately for society, the same character flaws that create a white collar criminal also tend to be those that create dumb criminals.

Comment Re:It reminds me (Score -1) 390

The 'cherry picking / proof by example' argument is common and fallacious. Most women who get an abortion are using it as a means of birth control, not as a medically necessary procedure, so the odds are the protesters will be right in their assumptions more often than not. The same fallacious reasoning is in full force whenever gun-control advocates assume that every gun owner is a mass shooter waiting to go off. Preying on people at their weakest is indeed wrong (unless you're a man-eating tiger), but so are straw man arguments.

Comment Re:Sandy Hook (Score 1) 1165

As soon as an equal amount of time, energy and media attention is focused on the issue of mental illness and the other societal ills. Removing every gun in the country would be like busing the homeless from the city streets into the nearby forest and calling the homeless problem fixed. It doesn't really solve any of the fundamental underlying issues.

Comment Re:What about the rights of those injured by firea (Score 1) 1165

Wrong. Plenty of folks throughout history loved to hack and slash each other in warfare and other bloody sports, up close and personal. However, you were generally more successful if you were built like King Leonidas or had the fighting prowess of Archilles. Guns are simply the great equalizer, allowing the weak and dim-witted to partake in the carnage as well. The problem has never been knifes, swords, or guns, but people, and that won't change until the robot revolution makes it a moot point anyway.

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