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Comment: Re:~50% have no degree... (Score 5, Insightful) 173

by preaction (#47522917) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

I also do not have a degree, though I'm at year 13, and I've learned those lessons you said earning your degree taught you. It is good that you learned those lessons, but your conclusion is specious bordering on elitist.

I do have a large gap in knowledge. I made a great leap over a mountain of theory and low-level practice that I must fill in, but I (lucky for me) didn't need college to teach me humility and how to be receptive to learning (even when I "know" I'm right). The more I fill in that gap, the more I realize exactly how big that gap is, and strangely, the gap grows as it fills.

The point being: Though a university degree is how you reached... well... enlightenment, there are many paths. And if you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.

Comment: Re:Pick up that can (Score 3, Informative) 157

But Youtube was supposed to change the world! Time magazine said it did! Instead, it and all other things like it are just another channel by which the major content providers are allowed to provide you with content. Consume, citizen!

The DMCA requirements for good-faith are too lenient, clearly, if this many false-positives are allowed to continue. Google won't push back, it's not good business. And we won't stop using Youtube, ever.

The Internet was allowed to be free only until there was money to be made.

Comment: Re:Remote Kill Switch. (Score 1) 443

by preaction (#47434369) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Didn't we discuss, here, how a remote kill switch is AMAZINGLY DANGEROUS? Does it just turn off the ignition? In the middle of the highway? Do the brake lights come on to show I'm slowing down because the car is now off? Does the kill switch wait until I come to a stop to simply choke the car dead? Am I still stopped in the middle of a road with no way to move out of peoples' way?

No, the remote kill switch is a horrendous idea.

Comment: Re:Wikipedia survives it (Score 2, Interesting) 132

by preaction (#47426335) Attached to: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

Wikipedia's core tenet is "Everyone can edit". I've known I could edit it since the day I started using it. I just learned today, just now, that I can edit Google Maps, and I've been using it for years. Consequently, I have more trust in Google Maps (despite being burned a few times) than I do in wikipedia, even though wikipedia's citation policy lets me see how they got their information.

Comment: Re:Ruby is fast behind. (Score 1) 283

by preaction (#47301333) Attached to: Perl Is Undead

There are developers who ride the wave of new languages (who appear to be surfing towards Go and Rust now that JavaScript has crested). In that respect, Perl has long since settled down, and Ruby is on the wave's trailing end. It could be said that now the hype wave is over, people can get real stuff done in the language.

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