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Comment Re:Wrong age (Score 5, Insightful) 67 67

This. Nobody is an adult at 18. Not even close. Most people don't have their cognitive act together, and any sort of capacity for rational behavior (if they're ever going to get there) until, these days, they're the better part of 30.

But knowing to not shoot selfies of yourself being a total jackass is something that can make some sense a lot earlier than 18. If some 15 year old can know enough not to drop his pants in front of his grandmother or in front of his classroom at school, he already has what it takes to know not to do it online. He just has to be taught that. Which involves, you know, parents. Who give a damn about their kids' future.

Comment Re:Yes it is what we need (Score 1) 237 237

Completely agree. You don't have to be able to bang out an OS, but man, if everybody just knew how to grep through some files or automatically run an SQL query, dump the results into an Excel file and email it to somebody, the world would be a better place.

Comment Potential buyers (Score 1) 466 466

Here's my list of potential buyers, in rough order of preference:

CmdrTaco
Crowd-funded non-profit entity
Some unheard of benign tech group
Another tech news company
Some unheard of business acquisition group
NewsCorp
Microsoft Corporation

Unfortunately that same list is much less amusing when sorted on probability.

Comment Yes it is what we need (Score 4, Insightful) 237 237

Think of the countless small ways in which knowing some code, or scripting has been useful over your life - sorting simple lists, renaming things in batch, formulas in a spreadsheet... etc. etc.

Even if most people will not be doing code professionally, it will help them do little things for themselves. It will also help them understand to some extent why software driven things behave the way they do, and even to make more informed choices as to software driven hardware they buy (and that is the future).

It's not like a flood of really bad programmers will get through most hiring barricades, already famously difficult to storm. They will go on to do things besides programming, where light programming can help them.

Comment Re:Another Corporate rape of the commons (Score 1) 91 91

for their benefit

And for YOUR benefit, if you have enough discipline to run your own business that happens to use the same type of technology. I suppose you consider the wireless connectivity you use every day to be a "rape of the commons" every time you connect to a web site that runs advertising in order to pay for their operations? Rape! Rape rape rape! Eeeeevil businesses doing things like ... delivery antibiotics to your hospital. Rape rape rape!

Comment Re:Ooh good business writing regulations. (Score -1, Troll) 91 91

Ooh good business writing regulations. (Score:1)

You're so right. Only people who HATE businesses should be recommending regulations. Only people who've never had the energy to organize a croquet game, let alone the biggest retailer in the world, should propose changes to a huge body of regulations. A fine idea.

Comment Re: Cost? (Score 1) 143 143

and $3.30 is fine. I paid way more for my SLC SSD's for my primary ZFS log device. Which are still going strong - thank you Intel. Gimme a giant one of these to swap out the mostly unused VM memory pages that are lost to containerization. It's webscale RAM. :P

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