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Comment: Re:Who watches this crap? (Score 4, Interesting) 133 133

Are you new to coding? Have you ever wanted to write a program or app, but didn't know where to begin? You can read books about programming, but that only takes you so far. Sometimes, you just want to see how other (successful) people do it.

Every single book I have read about C++ programming tells you how the language works, but suspiciously says something to the effect of "Using your compiler is beyond the scope of this book".

Terrific!

You can learn how to program, but you will never see the rewards of your effort because you don't know what linking/compiling is or what object/executable code is.

Comment: Re:Not just Java installers... (Score 2) 328 328

Agreed! If you have used a windows PC to install more than 5 programs, you have learned to *ALWAYS* choose custom install. I don't know if I would say that anyone *DESERVES* malware, but choosing to custom install your program will make you better at managing your own computer, and the world needs more of those people.

Comment: Re:Oh no, (Score 4, Insightful) 141 141

OK, here is the privacy concern: The company sponsoring this now has thumbprints of all the students in the program on record. With the thumbprints, the student can then be impersonated at other establishments that use fingerprints for authentication. Get it? If not, see slashdot articles about fingerprint readers at Disneyland.

A simple magstripe card would have provided the same information, and it's unlikely that it would be used anywhere else.

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