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Comment: My $ .02 (Score 1) 298

by bbelt16ag (#49732519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Skills Do HS Students Need To Know Now?
I would suggest you teach them how to do basic logical reasoning, you can use programming or blocks for all I care. I need my employees to be able to reason and get to a conclustion quickly. I need them to synthesize the meaning of a subject matter and be able to write about it. I want them to be able to take concepts and apply them to new things. They need to know how to spot social and psychological fallacies, god knows I can't even do that now and I went to college. Its very important to know when the BS is coming down the train at work. Helpes you avoid the stteam roller or unemployment. If these kids can do these things, then there is nothing they can't learn other wise. Show them they can learn, make it fun too, and they will learn the rest of their lives. I am not sure there is anything else I can say.

Comment: Re:"Tech Support"? (Score 1) 1065

by bbelt16ag (#49732273) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
hmmm, I was working for batch scheduling operations support for 15$ an hour for like a year and a half. It was 12 hours shift 3 or 4 day weeks. It paid the bills and I road my bike back and forth to work. Before that I was doing the receptionist work you were speaking of joining call with devs and trying to get them to work incidents, paging, doing sysadmin work like cleaning logs file or running scripts. For less than 15$ an hour. Then the offshore people took over everything, and moved it over seas. I am not sure how much they are being paid, but i bet it is less. It sure stung though when they fired everyone, I was no longer there but my friend talks volumes of the feels he got from it..

Comment: Re:Technology allows (Score 1) 636

by bbelt16ag (#49589067) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers
I am fairly certain we could feed most of us on algae and bio burgers grown from a test tube and wheat gentically modified to grows faster, etc. Our population will tap out at 12 billion according to the recent data and we can feed the majority of those. It may not be mcdondald and burger king burgers, but they will live. the question is what do we do with them all? they are not going to have the kinds of jobs we have, there is no reason to have that many people.

Comment: due to current trends.. (Score 1) 727

by bbelt16ag (#47718159) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
I suspect windows will be come illrevent, free, or cloud based very soon. Android has kicked it in the teeth tablet wise, and apple hit them when it was down in the mobile phone market. the chinese makers are coming with linux variants and samsung is biting at their tail on mobile too. this market is going to take care of 99% of the leisure read/game/talk time of people. They no longer need a desktop for that. The only reason to have a desktop is gaming is a big keyboard and mouse. windows can compete with gaming on the xbox, but with stuff like linux steam and support for native gaming in linux their days are numbered. They should go like IBM and become support for legacy windows and then sell it off to some other company to die a quiet death. Then they could start to innovate and be cutting edge doing stuff like Watson or Siri stuff they already have most of the know how.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 0) 445

It's not so simple. I approached the FBI with a proposal to use the military's already proven laser guidance and tracking systems to detect and rapidly respond to these threats. They apparently filed it under "kook" and never responded. The FBI is not interested in actually solving these cases. They're interested in finding someone to make an example out of and hopes that'll provide enough deterrence.

It won't.

Comment: Re:"hoy" is a perfectly cromulent word (Score 0) 98

by girlintraining (#46213191) Attached to: Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected For 7 Years

Merely punctuational errorification:

They should have synergized their market paradigms more to create a more linguistically diverse user experience. It's only gonna get worse though... once Beta consumes the site, all that'll be left is the outward appearance of a badly edited blog.with comments enabled.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 0) 578

by girlintraining (#46193257) Attached to: US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

It's a 118 year old tradition that happens to have copied the name from a 2790 year old tradition that ceased to exist about 1600 years ago. The ancient olympics have been gone 16 times longer than the modern olympics have been going. It's a tradition. It's just a bit of a stretch to say it's a 4000 year old tradition.

It started in 776 BC. 776 + 2014 = 2790 ... Not so much of a stretch.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 5, Insightful) 578

And why is it that you are owed free content?

I suppose a 4000 year old tradition of having an open and international series of games to bring about peace and cultural tolerance/friendship might confuse some people into thinking that as a global event, the ability to view and participate in them would be something not controlled by a single group of greedy profit-oriented people who don't care to hear the clamours of said participants. Sorta like Slashdot beta....

Some of my readers ask me what a "Serial Port" is. The answer is: I don't know. Is it some kind of wine you have with breakfast?