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Comment Re: Here's a thought... (Score 1) 274 274

I never did any of that. I was a well-behaved kid, which means I'd have a permanent advantage over you in the real world. I assume you learned eventually not to do that sort of thing, so it's not really relevant to who you are now, which means my advantage would be undeserved.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 274 274

Ideally, we try not to let teenagers mess up their lives permanently for stuff they do as children. It's not possible to succeed completely, but telling a 35-year-old that they should suffer from stupid posts they made when they were 15 does absolutely no good. Consequences need to be fairly fast to be useful in molding behavior.

Comment Re:If I could abort child, I can do ANYTHING (Score 1) 274 274

What I want is the kids not being removed from their family twice for no good reason (like allowing stuff that was perfectly standard when I was a kid). That's going to traumatize the kids. Kids are resilient, but it's best not to disrupt their lives like that arbitrarily.

Comment Re:Saving Grace (Score 1) 337 337

For developers interested in advancing in their companies, this also works the other way around. A good programmer with a decent basic understanding of the business and how it works is a lot more valuable than a good programmer who has to be told all the details.

Comment Re:medical software... (Score 1) 337 337

The FDA isn't qualified to run the experiments it demands either. The FDA can look at the software practices and testing regimen. The other part is that medical software tends to have more stringent liability than other stuff, so there's a lot bigger legal risk for bad software.

Comment Re:electric power tools (Score 1) 337 337

One of the problems the US Air Force had in the Vietnam war was that North Vietnam's bridges were designed and constructed by people who knew they were bad at it, and so they were way overengineered and extremely hard to take out with bombs.

Comment Re:Let me rephrase that quesion (Score 1) 337 337

The problem with that is that the user has to go get something that's used by a relatively small number of people. In the early Hypercard days, all the stuff you needed to write programs was installed on your Macintosh, and there were lots of books about how to make Hypercard stacks. It was useful for some fairly good things, like the first version of Myst. I wasn't following it very well, but later Apple took the ability to write stacks out of the standard OS, then the ability to run them.

I've finally learned what "upward compatible" means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes. -- Dennie van Tassel