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Comment: Re:Because girls just can not hack it with boys. (Score 1) 554

If you think you can get an average 13-year old ready for college-level CS in one year, without sacrificing the rest of their usual middle school and high school education, you're severely deluded.

Absolute bullshit.

First of all, they're not trying to teach "average" 13-year-olds; they're trying to teach 13-year-olds who've applied to a special magnet school because they want to be software engineers (and presumably have at least some aptitude for it). That's a very different demographic.

Second, I coasted through my college intro to programming class (and the data structures / object-oriented programming class after that) on what I had taught myself back in middle school and high school. Anyone who can't do at least as well with a year (or less) of actual, dedicated instruction is completely unsuited to the field.

Comment: Re:Because girls just can not hack it with boys. (Score 1) 554

What, you mean with the trolling ACs spouting bullshit? Slashdot has always been that way.

More importantly, I'm right and you're wrong. Go use your reading comprehension skills to RTFS[ummary], specifically the sentence that says "Students in GALA will follow a six year sequence of computer courses starting in middle school that will culminate in AP Computer Science Principles."

Now fuck off.

Comment: Re:Because girls just can not hack it with boys. (Score 3, Insightful) 554

We all know that girls need special help.

It's pretty clear to me that that's what the people designing this program think, at least!

I mean, holy shit! They're talking about implementing a six-year academic program just to get these girls ready to pass the AP exam, which is only equivalent to an introductory college CS course! How fucking insulting can they be, to imply that those girls need six years to learn what they should be learning in one?!

Comment: Re:Can we get some all-white/all-black schools too (Score 4, Informative) 554

We have those already; they're called "charter schools." Here in Atlanta, anyone can attend the charter schools in theory, but in practice the white parents are the ones who sign their kids up, so the charter school ends up 70+% white and the regular public school (that serves the same neighborhood) ends up 80+% black.

(By the way: yes, those are real numbers; I looked them up.)

Comment: Re:butt-hurt Turks (Score 0) 245

Still, one can openly admit in most countries in the Americas that the indigenous peoples were mistreated, and in many cases whole tribes and ethnic groups were wiped out, without some crazy ass Mexican, American or Chilean hackers shutting down your website.

I don't know about Chile (having never been there or met any Chileans), but I get the impression that Mexico did a much better job of preserving the native culture and absorbing the Spanish into it (rather than the other way around) than the United States did. (I'm not saying Mexico has necessarily done a good job, just that it's been less bad than the piss-poor job the US has done.)

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 4, Insightful) 439

by mrchaotica (#49470369) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

The Net Neutrality regulations were a major overstep by the FCC and SHOULD have been a law passed by Congress.

The Net Neutrality regulations WERE a law passed by Congress! Specifically, Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, etc.).

The FCC isn't doing anything "new," it's just reclassifying Internet service providers from one category ("information service" to another ("telecommunications service"). And it's putting them in the category that they should have been in all along!

In other words, the FCC fucked up in 2002 when it made this ruling (where it exercised "forbearance" by not classifying ISPs as telecommunications services, even though the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that they were in fact telecommunications services), and now it's fixing that fuck-up.

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 5, Insightful) 439

by mrchaotica (#49466751) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

It locks in profits for big incumbent players while blocking innovation and competition.

You say that as if it didn't already happen anyway.

Here's a newsflash for you: there is no "free market" in telecom. It does not exist. It has never existed. It's all regulation, all the way down.

In actual reality, we have exactly two choice:

  1. Regulate incompetently, fostering an environment of graft and corruption that fucks over the public (this is what the Republicans want).
  2. Regulate competently, protecting the public (this is what the FCC's Title II authority attempts to do).

You'll note that not regulating at all IS NOT A GODDAMN CHOICE, so anyone who prefers option 1 to option 2 in the name of imaginary "competition" is either a shill or a moron.

Comment: Re:My kingdom for an easy software reinstall tool. (Score 1) 172

by mrchaotica (#49464313) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Kernel Released

Step 1: Create a shell script that logs your install command before executing it. Something like this (warning: this is barely tested, and I have no idea what it will do if you pass it arguments involving fancy shenanigans like quotes and pipes and whatnot):

prog=apt-get # or 'yum' or 'emerge' or whatever
echo "$prog $*" >> ~/install-commands.txt
$prog $*

Step 2: Alias your shell script to the name of whatever command you're replacing.

Step 3: Install software as usual. Each time you install a package, it will be logged in install-commands.txt.

Step 4: When you need to reinstall your programs, run `bash install-commands.txt`

(Also note: if you use a GUI to install software, you can't easily do stuff like this. Now you know why the command line is better.)

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