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Comment: Re:No thank you. (Score 1) 87

by _UnderTow_ (#47468243) Attached to: Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

You don't own the books, you never did.

I'm OK with this. In my opinion, ownership of books is overrated. There are pros and cons to physical ownership just as there are pros and cons to ebooks.

I have teenaged children that read a lot, and ebooks allow them to all read the same book on their phones/tablets at the same time. I've witnessed them argue about who gets to read a new physical book first, and I'm glad to sidestep that entire argument.

With ebooks I don't have to store the book. I can't lose it or leave it on the train I take to work every day. Yes, DRM sucks, but I still prefer ebooks to physical books. I also don't have a problem "buying" movies from iTunes. I then don't have to worry about storing a DVD, or getting a new DVD if the old one gets scratched or otherwise degraded. I don't have to hunt through a DVD binder looking for the movie I want to watch.

Comment: Re:Ability to design and write software... (Score 1) 581

by _UnderTow_ (#46726077) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

So it's more accurate to say that some coal miners may be able to learn to code: Watch out for those blanket generalizations, they bite back.

If you actually RTFA, you'll see that Bloomburg didn't actually make the blanket generalization he's accused of, he was referring to exactly what you said here: Not all coal miners are fit to be programmers, so to say "just teach them to code and they'll all become programmers" smacks of elitism and a lack of understanding about how the non-tech world works.

To that end, Zuckerburg's quote sounds like it could have come straight from the mouth of Marie Antoinette.

More like "could have come straight from whoever originally said 'let them eat cake'".

Comment: Re:Compliance (Score 1) 374

by _UnderTow_ (#46120227) Attached to: California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

I don't know what the BPPE requires with respect to compliance (article does not say in what way these places are not in compliance), but maybe I want that too. =Smidge=

I fully agree. While at first it sounds like a typical bureaucratic money grab, I'd like to see what laws they're violating before further rushing to judgement.

Comment: Truly a South African icon (Score 5, Funny) 311

by _UnderTow_ (#45613645) Attached to: Nelson Mandela Dead At 95
I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Anit-Apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was found dead in his South Africa home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in this community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly a South African icon.

Comment: Re:Uh (Score 1) 321

by _UnderTow_ (#45166283) Attached to: Barbarians At the Gateways
I'm not involved with HFT in any way, just playing Devil's Advocate.

Insider Trading == using material non-public information to your advantage when buying / selling securities.

If the information inputs to the HFT algorithms are puplic (not sure if they are or not), wouldn't that make whatever was done with them NOT Insider Trading?

It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions. - Robert Bly