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Comment: Re:The first crappy language I encountered! (Score 1) 161

by plopez (#49605327) Attached to: Bill Gates Owes His Career To Steven Spielberg's Dad; You May, Too

It was a teaching language; it resembles assembly, Fortran, and COBOL; pushed into production and was very harmful; http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?BasicCo...

But of course since we learn nothing in IT and software development we had to do it again; http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/re... . It was a teaching language for the love of Mike.

Probably because larval PHBs had only one computing class in college and so it was what they dictated when placed in a decision making position over IT and programming departments. Footnote, I see the same thing happing with Python these days. Being pushed into unsuitable roles because that is all anyone knows.

Comment: Re:More like to his own parents (Score 2) 161

by plopez (#49605291) Attached to: Bill Gates Owes His Career To Steven Spielberg's Dad; You May, Too

His dad gave him $2 million dollars after he dropped out of school. I certainly would not have gotten any money from my parents if I had dropped out of school. His dad was a well connected lawyer, who helped guide MS in the early years, and got prominent businessmen to serve on the board of a fledgling MS. His mother was from a well connected banking family.

With those sorts of advantages how could you fail?

Comment: Re:He's also an interesting candidate for this (Score 1) 375

by plopez (#49602615) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

There s debate as to whether a Free Market can ever truly exist at all. To fulfill the definition, in a Economics sense, you need things like instantaneous information spread all across the market. In addition if you look at the NYSE, often touted as approaching an dealized free market, you will find it covered by three layers of regulation; the exchange regulations and by laws, the NY state regulations, and the SEC. So it seems you can't even get close to a free market with out regulation and government intervention.

Comment: Re:This is Boeing Tech Support (Score 1) 234

by plopez (#49600631) Attached to: Long Uptime Makes Boeing 787 Lose Electrical Power

"Thank you for calling Boeing tech support. Did you most of your questions can be answered online in our FAQ section? Simply go to www.boeingcares.com/customercare/support/FAQ. If this is an ground problem press 1, if it is a maintenance question please press 2, if this is about the galley hotbox recall press 3, for in-flight problems press 4"

*beep*
"You have selected in-flight problem. For engine fires press 1, for structural failure please press 2, for fuel system faults please check 3, for all other in-flight challenges please press 4."

*beep*
"You have selected other. Your call is very important to us you will be transferred to the next available customer care representative. Did you most of your questions can be answered online in our FAQ section? Simply go to www.boeingcares.com/customercare/support/FAQ. Due to unusually high call volumes you expected hold time is 15 minutes. Please hold..."

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"

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