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Comment Re:Teaching logic seems more useful. (Score 1) 73 73

I would offer some kind of intro to programming/C/Python/Pearl as an elective and maybe only in a magnet school.

All students need exposure to a good introduction to computer course, as computers are everywhere these days. Why should only the so called gifted have access to computers and not everyone else?

Comment Re:Not so really (Score 1) 73 73

However, a LOT of them had very poor spelling, reading and grammar skills.

This is why they're going to a community college and not a university. Community colleges do a better job at remedial education for both high school graduates and dropouts. Most universities avoid remedial education like the plague.

Comment Mathematics before computer programming... (Score 1) 73 73

Although I cut my teeth on Commodore 64 BASIC and 6502 assembly language for eight years as a kid, I wasn't a good programmer and took only the required Introduction to Computers course in college. Surprisingly, I got an A in that class and every guidance counselor since that class insisted that I study computers. I took a lot of English lit and mathematics instead.

Through a twist of fate, I got a six-month internship in black box software testing and enjoyed the work. Became a video game tester and lead tester for six years after that. I went back to school to learn computer programming after the dot com bust. I made the president's list for maintaining a 4.0 GPA in my major upon graduation.

Although learning computers is important, the literature and mathematics courses provided a solid foundation for learning multiple computer languages and solving problems. Going back to school as an adult also made a huge difference.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 73 73

When I was looking at college catalogs in the early 1990's, I was somewhat amused to see that some colleges would allowed the substitution of the foreign language requirement with a computer programming language. Needless to say, my eight years of Commodore 64 BASIC didn't qualify.

Comment Re:Militarily insane idea (Score 1) 390 390

Russia still have armed nuclear ICBMs that can reach the U.S. faster than tanks rolling across the bridge. The cold war may have ended, but Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) have not. You should be more concern about the Chinese buying farmland in the Pacific Northwest.

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/real-estate/californians-chinese-scooping-farmland-washington-state-n401841

Comment Re:Why? (Score 5, Interesting) 390 390

But that seems like a stretch given the effective shipping to ports on the west coast.

The west coast ports for North America. are maxed out and need modernization to accommodate larger shipping vessals.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/38e0825e-c677-11e4-a13d-00144feab7de.html

The Chinese are also spending $50B to build the Nicaragua Canal in Central America to bypass the west coast ports.

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/nicaragua_canal_a_giant_project_with_huge_environmental_costs/2871/

The occasional labor strike at the west coast ports and the resulting backlog doesn't help either. Alternative routes may be worth the money for the Chinese to get their products to U.S. consumers.

Comment Re:Thanks for the blotched printer migration... (Score 1) 44 44

The desktop monkey told me that I needed to use the Add Printer GUI wizard to test the print driver installation. Based on his reaction to my script, he's probably not familiar with the command line at all.

While your one-line of code will install a single printer, my four-line of code will read the printer URLs from a text file and install a printer every 30 seconds. Otherwise, it would take five minutes per printer using the GUI wizard. With 500+ printers to test, the time difference between using an automated script and the GUI wizard is ~4 hours vs. ~40 hours. Gotta a love a programming language that saves you time in cleaning up someone else's mess.

Comment Thanks for the blotched printer migration... (Score 4, Funny) 44 44

The server team managed to blotched a printer migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012. My boss threw me under the bus by volunteering me to clean up the mess involving 1,000+ printer queues and four servers. Just when I'm about to finish three weeks of work, the server team pulled the old print servers without warning. That created 100+ tickets from angry users who can't print. Another fine mess to add to my resume.

Comment Re:Oh, editors! (Or lack thereof...) (Score 1) 483 483

I've been getting emails and Windows taskbar notifications from Microsoft for the last week that Windows 10 was coming out YESTERDAY. I checked yesterday. None of my systems had Windows 10 ready to install. So something screwy is going on here.

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