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Comment At times like these (Score 5, Funny) 877

At times like these, I feel it's appropriate to start rocking back and forth singing:

Life's a piece of shit
When you look at it
Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true.
You'll see it's all a show
Keep 'em laughing as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

And always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the right side of life...

Comment Re:I say no. (Score 1) 474

That's true.

However, your last phrase is the one that worries me above all. "It just needs to be pointed out and used properly", is something I don't trust the Department of Education, or any public school, to be able to do.

I'm not saying that children are incapable of understanding certain parts of computer science. I'm saying that with the state of American education, I don't think the execution would go terribly well.

Look at the troubles we have with mathematics in this country. We learn the basic principles of math very early on, just like you mentioned learning about queues and resource sharing. However, the United States has relatively poor math skills. I fear the same would happen to C.S., especially if it's taught to a standardized test.

Comment I say no. (Score 3, Interesting) 474

I say no, and here's why: A lot of C.S. never made any sense to me, until I had a good grasp of language and mathematics. Knowing the state of American education, I'm guessing that means that the majority of kids will not be able to handle C.S. as a required course until they're well in to middle school, and most likely, a lot will not understand it until they're in high school.

(And yes, I know some people on Slashdot started coding when they were twelve. You're the exception to the rule.)

By that time, Computer Science is usually available as an elective, which is where I think it should be at. Making computer science an "integral"* part of American education seems like a nice idea. However, I doubt the practical application will yield anything useful, as most students will treat it as "just another subject", they have to grind through. The cynic in me says, "The majority of schools already fuck up Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, and Psychics already, why should we give them another area to piss on?"

On the other hand, I'm all for expanding computer science as an elective.

*Does anyone know what they mean by "integral"? Every time I've heard the word "integral" in education, it usually translates in to "Required". If it's not required, I'm much more for the idea.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 3, Insightful) 194

Maybe in a year or two I can just switch to carrying a poket-sized SSD around, and have desktops at home and work that boot off that.

I do almost exactly that. I carry around a 32GB flash drive and I run Portable Apps off of it. Since my work, school, and home computer all use Windows, I basically have the Desktop wherever I go. The only difference is that my home computer actually has Firefox, Open Office, etc. installed, as opposed to using the portable version.


Submission + - Linux sales booming thanks to Microsoft: Novell

Markeus writes: Novell says its Linux business has grown by 243 percent over the last three quarters, and it largely credits its deal with Microsoft. Novell has reached US$100 million in revenue from Linux over the nine-month period, thanks to the close working relationship it has had with Microsoft since the two companies signed their collaborative deal in November.

Groklaw Guts the Novell/Microsoft Deal 267

walterbyrd writes "Pamala Jones, at groklaw, totally rips apart the Novell/Deal patent protection deal. From the article: 'Justin Steinman reveals that to market their SUSE Linux Enterprise Server against Red Hat they ask, "Do you want the Linux that works with Windows? Or the one that doesn't?" It's just appalling. Let me ask you developers who are kernel guys a question: When you contributed code to the kernel, was it your intent that it be used against Red Hat? How about the rest of you developers? Is that all right with you, that your code is being marketed by Novell like that? I also have questions about antitrust issues, with Microsoft being Novell's partner in such deals and sales pitches. Nothing speaks louder about Microsoft's true determination never to be actually interoperable than this conference.'"
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Submission + - Demoniod p2p Site Returns From The Dead (

Kaneda2112 writes: Demonoid is up and running after shutting itself down following a threat the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) to club it to death in the courts. This morning the site was up, but broken, apparently while it made repairs. It is still being hosted by a Canadian ISP, but is blocking all Canadian traffic to avoid trouble with the CRIA.

Sony Launches 3mm Thin XEL-1 OLED TV 160

i4u writes "Sony introduces their first commercial OLED TV, the XEL-1. The stunning XEL-1 is what Sony teased on Friday on their site in Japan. The XEL-1 is an 11-inch display that is only 3 mm thin. It features a dramatic 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and the power consumption is a low 45 W. Sony plans to start shipping the XEL-1 OLED TV on December 1 for 200,000 Yen (~$1,740). Here is Sony's OLED TV product page (in Japanese)."

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!