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Comment: Help me out here (Score 1) 157

by mikein08 (#46910989) Attached to: Kids To Get the Best CS Teachers $15/Hr Can Buy
The idea is to teach kids to code? In what language? And how long will that language be in vogue? Are we ever going to have a "universal" programming language? Or is the idea to teach the kids the fundamentals of computing, computers, programming, file structures, algorithms, etc? At present, we have a plethora - perhaps an excess - of programming languages, and new ones are popping up like weeds all the time. It seems to me that an ability to program - at least in some high level query-only language - is highly desirable, rather like the ability to use a calculator or smartphone. But if we try to teach everyone to program, are we not simply creating even more potential hackers than we already have, thus making everyone's everyday experiences on the internet even more insecure than they already are?

Comment: You get what you pay for. (Score 1) 175

by mikein08 (#46908115) Attached to: Free Can Make You Bleed: the Underresourced Open Source
I don't trust "free" software. And never will. If you pay for software and it does not perform, you probably have a comeback on the vendor. If "free" software does not perform, you have no comeback on anyone, OpenSSL being exhibit one. And in case anyone was wondering, the ONLY reason "free" software has been so widely accepted by corporations is because it is supposedly "free". IMHO, free = crappy.

Comment: Maybe if more women wanted to be in IT (Score 1) 302

by mikein08 (#46847533) Attached to: Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech
there would be more women it IT. Seems that IT is not an attractive career option for the ladies. BFD. Interior design is not an attractive career option for men, BFD. I worked in IT for 30+ years, but wouldn't do it again. Too much sitting, too much listening to incompetent management, too many clueless users who didn't know what they wanted or needed and couldn't be bothered to figure it out ("how do I know what I want until I see what I get"), never-ending software updates, greedy and incompetent vendors. But it did pay pretty well.

Comment: Why the hate for Rice (Score 1) 448

by mikein08 (#46733729) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem
The PC crowd have their collective shorts in a knot over this one, as they did with the Mozilla CEO situation. Seems you can't hold a political view which disagrees with the official PC/libtard position without them having a temper tantrum. And it's so easy to set these people off on a tantrum that it's tempting to do it on a regular basis just to watch them scream. But I digress. There are only 2 reasons I can think of to put Rice on the Dropbox board: her business acumen and her political connections.

Comment: It's really annoying (Score 2) 303

by mikein08 (#46690395) Attached to: OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks
There are security vulnerabilities seemingly EVERYWHERE. Do programmers not test their code anymore? Is there no testing protocol for security issues? Is no one embarrased to have released a piece of software that's so porous? I'm retired, and I can tell you that if I had written code with the security holes that modern programs and apps seem to have, I would have been unceremoniously fired very quickly by any and all of the several employers for whom I worked in my career. But that doesn't seem to happen today, unfortunately.

Comment: Here's my advice (Score 1) 263

by mikein08 (#46341609) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?
Stay right where you are: max out your pension fund contributions, enjoy the perks your current employer provides, and take some contract work on the side to satisfy your need for challenge. Figure out how much money you need to retire comfortably and work toward accumulating that money as fast as you can. Then retire. You'll be much happier. Trust me, not having to respond to an alarm clock 5 or more days a week is very nice.

Comment: This is nosense (Score 1) 259

by mikein08 (#46308611) Attached to: Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?
Doesn't matter to me whether my ISP is feeding me data at 50 mbs or 100 gbs. 50mbs works just fine and handles my every need. Unless I am trying to watch 4 movies at once or somesuch as that. I suppose the average mormon family, with 2 adults and 6 or more kids, might need faster speeds, but I just don't believe the average household needs 100 gbs.

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