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Comment Re:Catch the rounded ones early (Score 2) 300

IMO, the value of teaching kids computer programming are many:
1) The learn to think logically. Theoretically this could be done in a logic class but there's a value in expressing the logical thinking in a context where it can be validated, which weeds out incorrect logic.
2) They learn that they can control computers, not just use them. Even if they're not going to write software professionally, knowing that you can control the computer gives you confidence in using it, and
3) Some will actually program the computers, whether it's using "power user" tools like scripting and spreadsheets. And sone kids who never would have taken an optional computer science course might turn out to be amazing engineers!

Comment Re: Clear evidence of over-reaction (Score 1) 193

Of course, no matter how they're detonated they don't have blinking LEDs on a PCB on someone's chest. The whole point of a bomb vest is that it's NOT OBVIOUS, so the bomber can get into position without alerting security. So is someone wearing an obvious PCB with blinking lights, and no explosives, isn't a bomber.

Comment Re:Clear evidence of over-reaction (Score 1) 193

"It wasn't a problem in Boston either, until they attached one to a freeway support. "

They stuck blinkies in all sorts of obscure, random places, including under an overpass. Same as in the other 11 cities. None of them contained explosives, or even 'fake' explosives. They had LEDs arranged like a cartoon character, and a small battery.

Note that bombs (1) contain explosives, and (2) don't advertise themselves with blinking LEDs.

Comment Clear evidence of over-reaction (Score 3, Insightful) 193

In the guerrilla advertising campaign for "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" there were blinkies spread around 12 cities, 11 of which managed to figure out that LEDs are not explosives. Only Boston cops freaked out, locking the city down (despite being told by MIT that there were no explosives) and wasting $millions. Of course Boston cops aren't big on apologizing after their screw-ups; they tend to double down despite reality. The silver lining is that 11 other cities' cops were rational and did the right thing, which is cause for some optimism.

Comment Re:Who else (Score 1) 174

"The problem is that nobody wants a more locked-down game console. What we want is a more open one. "

Perhaps you're not familiar with how Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft operate their console businesses, but their consoles are all much more locked down than Apple. They are much more restrictive of what they allow onto the platform, and they demand much more money from developers; Apple's review process is a piece of cake compared to getting anything through Nintendo!

Of course, all consoles are more locked down the desktops - Mac and Windows and Linux of course you can install whatever you like from wherever you like. But that's not how consoles work - they're all much more controlled/organized. :-)

Google Play, if it were on consoles, would be an example of being more open. But so far when it was tried (Ouya) the result wasn't good. Not sure that the open-ness was the cause - they also didn't make marketing muscle. But it does show that "open-ness" didn't get either developers or consumers to flock to the platform. And Google Play is tiny compared to Apple's App Store on tablets and phones. So while I like open-ness, it's hard to find proof that it wins over a well run, curated model.

Comment Re:Far too late in the game...pun intended (Score 1) 174

You're missing Apple's strengths. They have many millions of very happy customers, and (by a wide margin) the largest and most vibrant eco-system of digital content delivery (iTunes, App Stores) with the largest collection of content (music, video, apps). And now, for $150, those millions of of people can expand their relationship with Apple, which is already their phones and tablets and computers, to their living room. You say that Apple doesn't have a franchise to roll out to serious gamers, and I say that "hardcore gamers" aren't Apple's target - Apple is much more interested in the larger market of everyone else, who want a cheap, fun device for their living room. My guess is that for $150 the Apple TV will outsell (unit sales) the $300 consoles by a wide margin.

Comment Re: Far too late in the game...pun intended (Score 1) 174

In terms of device unit sales, you're right that Android sells more, because these days there are lots of cheap Android phones sold as "feature phones", meaning that they're used to make calls and perhaps take photo's, but not as "smart phones" - no web browsing or apps. So not relevant as a market for games.

In terms of app sales, iOS wins. The result is that app sales for iOS are much more than Android, and growing. .

So if you're picking a platform to sell games on, you're going to start with iOS, because that's where the sales are.

Comment Re:As opposed to... (Score 1) 174

I know it's a popular idea that Apple's products are "too expensive" but the numbers are:

- AppleTV $149
- Xbox One $349
- PS4 $399
- WiiU $299

So the game console it much cheaper. The games will likely be cheaper, too, given Apple's pricing model (which is much more developer friendly than the disk-based consoles).

Comment Re:Drop origin of life (Score 1) 591

Correction "A new CDC poll shows that about half of Alabama's teens have had sex, *due to* the fact that abstinence-centric sexual education is the law in Alabama."

Numerous studies have shown that "abstinence-centric" sex ed course correlate strongly with increased teen pregnancy, sexual diseases and abortion.

Comment Re:Other employees did the same thing (Score 1) 344

Colin Powell used a personal email system. The the difference is that he wiped it all and didn't retain anything, so he can ignore any FOIA requests or subpoena's. The mistake Clinton made was in retaining emails and turning them over to the government as required by law. If she'd wiped them, like Powell, Bush, Cheney, Rove, etc., it would have been illegal, but apparently not made the news.

Comment Re:Born Classified (Score 1) 344

The previous SoS's also used personal email accounts for non-classified information. And according to the FBI, none of the information in the emails was classified. What is going on now is that in response to the FOIA request they're reviewing the information and retroactively classifying a little of it. That's routine when FOIA requests are for sensitive information. But they're not making any accusation that Clinton did anything illegal or even unusual - that's coming from right-wing politicians, not law enforcement.

Note that she used a classified email system for classified emails, and a non-classified email system for non-classified emails. She didn't do everything through personal email.

Comment Re:What other choice is there? (Score 1) 344

Well, since primaries are also "winner takes all" they actually make the situation worse, not better. That is, if the district is gerrymandered so that one party is guaranteed to win, then only that party's primary matters, which is the case for 80% of districts in the US. This means that if the district is 45% Democrats and 55% Republicans, the Democrats' votes don't affect the election, so a block of the Republicans (27%) can determine the primary winner and thus the election.

For example, imagine three candidates:
- Democrat with 45% of the vote
- Republican1 with 30% of the vote
- Republican2 with 25% of the vote

Comment Re:total bullshit? (Score 1) 344

Correction: none of the emails were classified, or contained information that was classified. The process going on now is that the FBI is reviewing and retroactively classifying some previously unclassified information in order to make sure that what they deliver in responsive to an FOIA request is "clean" - a process that is routine with broad FOIA requests of sensitive information.

As for Bush, etc., not being wanted by any government, read . Admittedly a bit obscure, but it was a real trial, by a real government.

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