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Comment Re:The science is not settled (Score 1) 455

You'd think, wouldn't you?

You have NO idea.

(the first few are mostly sane because they contain the debunking to it, la-la-land starts somewhere around the 5th video, reaching "outright batshit insane" at the 10th video mark).

So in case you wonder "who the fuck votes those idiots into power", realize this: These people can and do vote.

Comment Re: Ok. (Score 1) 557

How it is abuse can be easily seen by the whining that soars up today.

You know how the majority of people using the internet today have ZERO clue concerning computers, right? And if it wasn't for them installing adblockers now, none of the advertising businesses would be butthurt, because everyone else is but a tiny bit of static in the buzz of the web. You, me, pretty much anyone using this page here, we don't count in the grand scheme of things for companies on the internet. What they're after is our Joe here. Now, let's take a look at the computer of Mr. Joe Average Surfer.

Mr. Joe Average sits there with enough browser-bars to fill his screen to 2/3.

But he doesn't do jack to get rid of them.

He also dutifully clicks away 20+ windows when his PC starts due to all the crap he installed with various "free" programs he wanted.

But he doesn't do jack to get rid of them.

He even has more trojans, keyloggers and privacy-stealing malware installed than the average antivirus researcher.

But he doesn't do jack to get rid of them.

Can you even begin to fathom just HOW MUCH ads had to abuse Mr. Randomsurfer that he went out of his way to install adblockers?

Comment Re: What's the viable alternative? (Score 1) 157

That's basically the goal, that we can create cheap code domestic instead of sending the work abroad. What good that would do, well, you can divine by gauging the quality of code you get from abroad.

In the end I can reassure you that it will not work out. Programming is not just a skill you can pick up by drilling it into the heads of people. It's at the very least as much dependent on a certain state of mind (lacking a better term). You will certainly create a few people who will be more or less capable of slapping together some code, mostly in a cargo-cult, copy-paste fashion. And their programs may actually work. Sometimes. And that "sometimes" is exactly the problem. Because these people don't know how to take special cases into account in a way that they don't fuck up the result.

And this is critical. Because the main reason companies want to use computers is to create results fast and without human work. And that entails that it is mission critical that you can rely on the results to be correct. Because if you can not, that advantage you want to get is null and void because you still have to put a human there to at the very least check the plausibility of the results, and in the end you might end up with wrong results which can be VERY expensive to clean up afterwards.

And that's the huge problem here.

With many other things in life you can hire cheap amateurs and if they fuck up, you notice it quickly and can fix it. If your plumber fucks up, you notice it quickly with the huge puddle forming in your basement. An electrician creating a mess usually means that the power is gone. Hopefully nothing worse. A programming error may surface after years, leading to costly all-night repair sessions from experienced programmers who tend to cost an arm and a leg. A security hole in a software you use can easily lead to even worse damage. And again, damage you might not notice until it is far, far too late to mitigate it.

Comment Re: What's the viable alternative? (Score 1) 157

No, but wasting time thinking on where the keys are is. I can't even imagine programming sensibly if I had to actually look at the keyboard and ponder where to find the letters I want to write.

I can concentrate on writing code. You have to concentrate on writing itself. Personally, I'd consider this a huge disadvantage.

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