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Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 616

You don't have to write a production-quality sorter for a CS class, but you ought to learn and understand the algorithms, and having to implement them is a good way of doing that.

I've never written a compiler professionally, but what I learned by writing one for a compiler design class has had a long-term benefit. Besides taking the mystery out of programming itself, it made it easier to learn new languages, and to write some domain-specific ones of my own.

Comment Re:Get Self-Employed (Score 1) 268

The vast majority of the poor are not homeless and are not starving. They are more thankful for what they have than are the rich, and don't resent them as much as they fear the prospect of being homeless or starving. The stress of common poverty is being one minor illness away from the lost income and expense that could get them evicted, or worse.

Comment Re:And is this a bad thing? (Score 1) 392

This IS a good thing. The spooks can't afford to break into everybody's house, so they'll need to actually do some work and really assess and prioritize the threats. The economics of strong encryption will protect the privacy of a lot of innocent people.

Whoever dies with the most toys wins.