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Comment: Just had to do this... (Score 1) 136

by gunner_von_diamond (#48367535) Attached to: Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility
I went back to my old iPhone temporarily, but when I switched back to my android I wasn't getting some people's text messages. Thanks to this post, I know why! Went online to deregister my phone number and problem solved. It is a bummer to think how many text messages are now lost floating in cyber space.

Comment: Re:Not a chance (Score 2, Insightful) 631

by gunner_von_diamond (#48252711) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay
Exactly, at least with Credit/Debit cards you can report your card lost/stolen and almost instantly your described issue would have been resolved. I can see a merchant having fine print saying something like "Use of CurrentC consents automatic withdraws for XYZ service at $9.99 monthly".

Comment: Don't Need to Memorize/Give Info in Schools (Score 1) 553

by gunner_von_diamond (#48223821) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
The last thing young people in school need is more information. In seconds someone can lookup almost any information they will ever need on the interwebs. Students need to learn how to analayze and make sense of all the information they have been given. What do people do once they work in the "real world"? Certainly not memorize everything they need to do their jobs. Lookup information, narrow it down to what you need to accomplish a task, and solve the problem. That's what schools should teach.

Comment: Re:Is Coding Computer Science? Of Course! (Score 1) 546

by gunner_von_diamond (#47819463) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?
I definitely agree with you that

the vast majority of programming jobs require the ability to code, and no further domain specific knowledge

However, the theory of Computer Science and the history of it is still important to teach an aspiring programmer/computer scientist (still don't even know what that really means.) I think that the CS curriculum needs to teach more practical applications of things, including pure programming, but also necessary skills like using a version control system. Or how to download and install packages on different platform or using continuous integration servers/databases and other commonly used technologies. Learning the theory of SQL databases from 50 years ago is certainly not as helpful as learning how to set up and actually run a local database. More practical/hands on work, less theory and reading text books.

Comment: Re:My weight loss diet last January (Score 1) 588

by gunner_von_diamond (#47806447) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

But that means I managed to destroy twenty-two pounds of them in one month

You skipped eating lunch for a month? And only ate 2 meals of 1000 calories, and lost weight? No wonder. In the article it mentioned muscle mass. I would be very skeptical if you told me you lost 22 pounds without sacrificing muscle mass. I personally think that how you look in the mirror is a much better indicator than your actual weight loss. But hey, if you lost 22 pounds and you think you look better, then great!

+ - Would you sell YOUR privacy for $100 a month? ->

Submitted by gunner_von_diamond
gunner_von_diamond (3461783) writes "In order to use many websites and social networks, you have to forfeit a certain amount of your privacy.
But one San Diego firm is willing to pay you for the privilege of following you around as you browse the web, make searches and use social networks.
For $100 (£60) a month, Luth Research will track your every move online before selling it to the highest bidder, typically companies looking to advertise on the web.
As well as tracking browsing history, web searches, time spent on social networks and the user’s location, participants are also asked to complete survey questions about their behaviour.
This means clients can ask participants follow-up questions about why they choose to visit certain sites, or more details about their movements.
All the information is collected through a virtual private network connection, and the data is securely routed through Luth Research’s servers."

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Maybe Computer Science should be in the College of Theology. -- R. S. Barton

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