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Comment: Re:Will the training really matter? No. (Score 1) 388

by djdanlib (#48804487) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

I'm preaching to the 4-digit choir here, I know. Let me issue the disclaimer that I am not a teacher but a bunch of my friends are, and my job does depend on staying up to date.

You're right, the gap cannot be mitigated. It's how kids' lives and brains work. We were the same way at one point, too. You'll never have as much time to learn new stuff, nor the same neuroplasticity, as you did when you were a bored junior high schooler with all those summers and weekends and snow days and such. It was nice to be so free from responsibility that I could drop a whole week's evenings into writing a DOS game in BASIC or C or assembler, or whatever else, learning while I did it.

Staying ahead of the kids requires a LOT of effort and an independent adult with all of the relevant things to take care of might not be able to stay ahead of the most dedicated ones. You may have the wisdom and specialization of years of experience (I'd like to see those kids build a robust enterprise network, or spec out an IVR soup-to-nuts) but being up to speed on all of the new stuff? Forget it. Grading assignments and planning lessons around an existing curriculum takes a lot of time and you just want a break when you're finally done at 10pm. You have time for some of the new stuff but not all of it.

I do think there should be in-service days, decent salaries, ongoing education benefits, etc for computer teachers. Attract some real talent.

After all: The new hires we work with today were those kids in a computer class just a couple years ago, so maybe schools can make better coworkers for the rest of us.

Comment: Re:Hospitals are a stupid target (Score 2) 130

by djdanlib (#48689167) Attached to: 2015 Could Be the Year of the Hospital Hack

Coming soon to headlines near you:

The number of STDs this celebrity has will shock you! Now with the names of the partners they got it from!

You'll never guess who has herpes! Online dating, now with health background checks (including identifiable previous partners) on each potential match.

Parents, find out if your grown children have had a pregnancy test with this one tool.

Media leaks from the hack suggest that my opponent has mental health issues, so clearly you should vote for me instead.

Sorry, we can't hire you. HR investigation pulled up your medical records and told us to invent a reason not to hire you, because they think with your conditions you will be taking a lot of medical leave.

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 1) 572

by djdanlib (#48222177) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

The problem with that, as I understand it: On Windows, you can change the drivers' INF files to use PID 0 with any text editor. You could do something similar on any OS. The problem is, the OS won't even try to load drivers for devices with PID 0. So you can't write a driver for that unless you intend to write a new driver for the USB chipset itself that remaps PID 0 devices to something else.

Comment: Whose job is it to know that? (Score 1) 313

by djdanlib (#48183493) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Why is Apple even responsible for tracking that kind of information?

Can I sue them if they get it wrong, rendering my mail client unable to connect to the correct server (or revealing my credentials to a third party) because it followed their instructions instead of mine? No, that wasn't a typo, but thank you for redirecting my login credentials to the wrong server, which then stole them and used them...

Comment: Re:Mind boggling (Score 3, Insightful) 167

by djdanlib (#47979193) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

Wellllll... kind of. When you're publicly traded, it's all about risk and paring down excesses. Shareholders don't want you to take risks. They want you play it safe so their share values don't go down. They want to see that you've cut operating expenses by X in every report. This limits your ability to try new things or market to those niches.

When you're private, you can take as big of a risk as your cash reserves permit.

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann