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Comment Re:Even better career (Score 1) 264

Well, if $150k in Silicon Valley is "Good", then YES: 100K in Silicon Valley would actually be an "entry level CS salary"
(as scary as that is, being equivalent to the $50-77k we're used to for the same entry level CS job here in Canada)

Consider that a nice 1 bedroom condo in downtown Toronto might go for $400k
The same size of Condo would be priced at $900k in San Mateo.

Salaries for the same job scale with the cost of living (although not a perfect 1:1)

Comment Does the Therac-25 ring a bell for anyone? (Score 4, Informative) 253

+ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

The first computer controlled X-ray machine.... which accidentally irradiated some people to death...
due to *gasp* software faults! (say it ain't so!)

I first heard about the Therac-25 during my "Ethics in Computer Science" class many years ago - it made an excellent case study... about problems just like this one.
Once the textbooks get updated, Therac-25 will be replaced with a case study about the a400m roll out. ^_^

Comment Agreed, but the damage has already been done (Score 1) 107

I agree 100%: the greatest harm that could have possibly come about from this mess is not the truth that we have no privacy left, but the mistrust this generates in the spirit of keeping the Internet "Free" and "Open" as a world wide network of computers that enable the free exchange of information and ideas.

Things like the "The Great Firewall of China" will become more and more common - because this event completely validates the fears that these firewalls and countermeasures were designed to address.

Pretty soon getting your data in or out of a country is going to be even more encumbered that trying to clear airport security to get in and out of that country as a human being! :S

Unfortunately human nature & greed drive the need to control - I fear that all we can do now is prevent matters from getting any worse, but the damage has already been done IMHO...

Comment Re:Is this really helping people in 2nd or 3rd wor (Score 1) 64

And all of your suggestions are great - but none of them actually appear in Internet.org's manifesto.

Unless Internet.org plans to send computers pre-configured for text-2-voice to third world countries - those illiterate children would once again be faced with the burden of reading instructions to figure out how to set that up. It's a simple chicken & egg problem.

To quote an Episode of Archer regarding philanthropies:

“Nourish A Child, Shoe A Child, Bespectacled a Child, One Laptop Per Child Soldierwhich unfortunately became one thousand laptops per warlord.”
+ http://www.geekbinge.com/2013/04/05/archer-season-4-episode-12-review-sea-tunt-part-1/

Comment Re:Is this really helping people in 2nd or 3rd wor (Score 0) 64

These people we're talking about might be 150 miles from the nearest library with a full set of encyclopedias; for that matter, they might not even know how to read.

So they can't read books at a library, but they can read printed text on the Internet - THAT REALLY IS AN AMAZING BENEFIT AFTER ALL!! ^_^

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