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Comment Re:Do people really take this risk seriously? (Score 1) 236 236

thousands of pedestrians are killed each year just in the United States

That number might be a lot less as it likely includes people who commit suicide. Same things with many traffic accidents. However, you cannot commit suicide by asteroid strike.

Comment Re:Not easiest to read, but forgiving... (Score 2) 414 414

Hard for me to agree that a language is forgiving when it avoids syntax pitfalls other languages might contain. Forgiving implies it let's things go. In this case, Java by its design and nature, helps avoid problems you would otherwise need to deal with when using another language.

Comment Re:Sales people do (Score 4, Insightful) 387 387

It's not about what they know, it's about their credibility in opinions such as above. In this case, Microsoft is simply pushing their agenda instead of really looking out for students. I'm all for exposing kids to technology the right way. It's not about replacing chalk, pen, pencil and paper with electronics but using electronics where it makes sense.

A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work. -- Anatol Holt