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Comment: Not sure (Score 1) 211

One one hand, I am convinced school should teach basic skills and that there is a lot to improve there.

On the other hand, I came to computing because of that the exact same kind of initiative in the 80's. The difference with today may be that it was not so obvious to have access to a computer at that time.

Comment: Brain blood barrier (Score 3, Interesting) 109

by manu0601 (#49311147) Attached to: New Alzheimer's Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function For Mice

The brain blood barrier is not just a fence against bacterias (evolution would have gave us blood barriers for other critical organs). It is also there to prevent neurotransmitters to leak or to break in.

For instance, eating dopamine does not increase dopamine in the brain. If you want to increase dopamine, you can either take a drug that prevent it from being cleared, or eat a precursor that can cross the barrier like Tyrosine, or closer, L-dopa, but here the brain remain capable to regulate dopamine increase.

Comment: Tools, motivation (Score 3, Insightful) 133

IMO, tools are a secondary problem. Many FLOSS project succeed with just e-mail and a distributed version control system (even plain old CVS). Motivation if the key point of FLOSS: people really want their contribution to get upstream, and that push them to make a lot of efforts. This may be difficult to reproduce with employed developers that may not care much about the project.

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.

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