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Comment: Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (Score 1) 190

by mwvdlee (#48913533) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

You kind of prove my point. General population don't need to learn how to do programming, but they need to be able to take a complex problem and break it down into small steps which they can run using existing tools.

In the case of the CSV first/last name splitting, the solution was to add a column with a formula that contained the position of the first space, a second column that contained the part of the full name up to that position and a third column with the rest. This gets you ~90% of the way. Finally a single manual pass to find and fix the exceptional cases. Very little technical skill required, but saved a lot of time.

Many people don't have a software developer readily available, and even if they do, their time is often a lot more expensive. Besides, requiring two people to solve the problem

You changing your oil costs you the price of the oil plus markup, labour costs, time to make a garage appointment, drive to and from the garage, wait for them to finish and hope you didn't have to shuffle around too much of your time in order to fit in the appointment in the first place. For me it costs five minutes and the price of the oil.

Comment: Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (Score 4, Interesting) 190

by mwvdlee (#48912249) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

For once, a car analogy that makes sense!

I believe basic "coding" should be a part of general education. The kind you would do in BASIC or a spreadsheet. Everybody has a computer, they could be using them more effectively if they knew how to automate stuff.

In my office, I sometimes get called in to split CSV files of addresses into street and streetnumbers; everybody should be able to do that in any spreadsheet. Nobody should have to call in a professional developer for such tasks.

Heck, just learning how to make complex iTunes and Google searches would be a huge time-saver for most people.

In that respect I agree with TFA's notion that modeling (breaking down a problem) is the core requirement, not some random programming language's syntax.

Comment: Re:A known "Fact"? (Score 1) 219

by mwvdlee (#48863479) Attached to: Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Does science say womens' and mens' brains are identical? No, it doesn't. There are differences. If you don't believe me, ask your doctor. Also, try to explain why most women feel like woman and most men feel like man.

Did I say men don't have feelings? No, I didn't. I merely suggested they might _EXPERIENCE_ them _LESS INTENSELY_. Basically like all humans experience emotions at a different level of intensity. I was merely suggesting there might be some bias coming from gender.

Do you have any numbers to back up your claim of "so many men in prison for crimes of passion"? I couldn't find any. Only thing I could find even remotely applicable was an article on how men are more likely to get longer sentences for crimes of passion.

I'm sure you'll continue fighting your imaginary strawman, but I shall have no further part in it.

Comment: Re:A known "Fact"? (Score 1) 219

by mwvdlee (#48854647) Attached to: Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

First of all, why would this be unlikely? Women's and men's brains are wired slightly differently, why would that not have an impact on how intensely the brain perceives emotions considering it has an impact on a lot of other things.

Secondly; why would this be insulting? You're good at some things and not as good at other things. So what? Why would you have a need to feel better than the average person at everything? More importantly though; whether you feel insulted by something doesn't make any difference to whether it's true or not.

I'm a man and personally I don't feel insulted by the notion that my half of humanity might feel emotions slightly less intensely on average than the other half of humanity.

Comment: Re:And that people... (Score 4, Interesting) 329

by mwvdlee (#48830041) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

It is. It just protects against fewer problems.

Every type of backup method has drawbacks and benefits.
If there existed a perfect backup method, we would have only that method.

Redundancy makes it very easy and fast to recover data, but lacks security against localized physical problems and malicious software. It would be a perfectly valid first layer of backup and sufficient for backing up reproducable information such as downloaded/scanned/ripped media. It protects against accidentally deleting files or hardware problems. For less easily reproducable information you probably want some additional backup layers.

Comment: Re:Add another one... (Score 1) 783

by mwvdlee (#48829715) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

There are several hundred other countries to choose from.
My own country is slowly turning into a nanny state as well, but we're not nearly at USA-levels of government control yet.
When we do, there are some fine scandinavian countries still keeping it relatively sane and some other regions on the earth where you still have some freedoms.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.