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Comment: If there's on rap the teachers should take (Score 1) 493

It is that programming a computer requires advanced mathematical study. It doesn't. So long as you get through say 1 semester of Algebra 1 and know different base numbering systems like 8, 16 etc. you can program a computer.

Conditionals are one thing they'd have to learn and so too branching etc. But those are simple concepts that even a kid can pick up.

Comment: The reason for this is that (Score 1) 214

by kilodelta (#49005253) Attached to: Verizon Sells Off Wireline Operations, Blames Net Neutrality Plans
Verizon raped it's customer base pretty badly on the wireline side. And I do mean raped. You see back when they were all Ma Bell and a regulated monopoly partof the revenue had to be put back into upgrading OSP. Except once the regulatory clamps were released - they stopped doing that. In fact that is common among telecom, electric and natural gas providers who got deregulated too.

Public utilities should NEVER be unregulated.

Comment: Re:Not automatic (Score 3, Informative) 60

by kilodelta (#49005209) Attached to: How a Hardware Designer Was Saved By His Own Creation
No training involved. If you've ever seen an AED it's got the instructions printed right on it, with pictorials and everything. I note they're pretty much everywhere these days, even in office and public spaces.

Now the thing about AED's that interests me is who is going to put the pads on you and activate the machine? The whole bystander effect and all.

Comment: It's all due to (Score 1) 397

by kilodelta (#48915745) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms
The media echo chamber. They salivate over any snow storm event as a snowpocalypse.

Where I live in RI they had forecast 24 to 30 inches of the shit. We got maybe 5 or 6 inches of snow which is pretty much a non-event. But everything is shut down, the stores are closed, transit systems are shut down and the Governor appears on TV in bed hair. It's sort of amusing.

And I have the day off work. But then I couldn't get to work if I tried as they ban all car travel and public transit is all shut down and a 53 mile walk to Cambridge, MA is out of the question.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.

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