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Comment: Let's check the logic (Score 1) 216

by sls1j (#49440565) Attached to: Senate Draft of No Child Left Behind Act Draft Makes CS a 'Core' Subject
There's a big problems here. Who will teach the students? They will have to be competent programmers, and competent teachers. This seems unlikely. Schools can't offer a competitive wage so that will throw most competent programmers out of the running. This leaves incompetent programmers and a few competent ones that are willing to accept lower wages because they want to teach. But there is no guarantee that the competent programmer is a competent teacher so that will whittle the pool down further. Finally how can the school administration tell a competent programmer from one that isn't? Like is they cannot. The likely result is that you'll have teachers that cannot program and aren't enthusiastic about it to teach children. This leads to a **bad** experience driving potential programming talent away from the field.

Comment: Work training (Score 2) 442

You know if they wanted cheap labor perhaps they could offer on the job training to local people and grow their own talent instead of relying on the broken college system. I'll bet they could both afford to create on campus schools. Sure some people wouldn't cut the muster but many would. At least starting they could pay these people less until they prove themselves worth while.

Comment: Re:Free market will sort it out (Score 1, Insightful) 254

by sls1j (#49284475) Attached to: Evolution Market's Admins Are Gone, Along With $12M In Bitcoin
Having no rules is not a free market. A free market consists of the following:

1. Freedom to try. (bring a new or competing product to the market)
2. Freedom to buy.
3. The Freedom to sell.
4. The Freedom to fail (no member of the market is too big to fail.)

Of course there must also be a morality that exists in the market that at the bare minimum includes honesty. You aren't free to buy and sell if you don't trust who you are buying and selling from.

There must also be a lack of force on both the sellers and buyers. You do not have the freedom to sell if you are forced to sell at a certain price, nor do you have the freedom to buy if you are forced to buy.

In absence of this morality of some individuals a government of some sort must regulate to protect the market from those that would perpetuate fraud. That regulation must be in ensuring that force, fraud, and monopoly doesn't exist in the market all of which destroy a free market.

For more information see: The Making of America by W. Cleon Skousen p. 203-210

Comment: Much cheaper and don't have to wait if... (Score 1) 55

by sls1j (#49189247) Attached to: Ubisoft Has New Video Game Designed To Treat Lazy Eye
one could take an open source game and modify the graphics so some are light cyan and some are light red. Then you wouldn't be dependent on Ubisoft or this other firm, nor wait for the FDA trails to give it try. Of course do it quietly or you'll have a patent troll on you.

Comment: Re:What's the market here? (Score 1) 101

by sls1j (#49130055) Attached to: Amazon Files Patent For Mobile 3D Printing Delivery Trucks
I've had a 3D printer for a little over a year now. And it's a big deal. The very best thing about it is being able to design parts that fit. I had an antique drain where I needed to attach a hose from my furnace. I was able to make a part that fit the hose and the drain cover, replace lost vacuum cleaner parts, an LED flashlight helmet mount, custom clips for easily attaching straps to a caving bag, the list goes on and on.

Currently I'm working on quadcopter frame. Though most of the frame is aluminum angle iron, the engine mounting pieces, legs, electronic platforms are all 3d printed to fit. I'm personally not very great with power tools or other tools for machining, cutting, or carving parts. The 3d printer is far more accurate at placing screw holes and making things the right size than I am. I print it and as long as I designed the parts with the right size it just fits.

Though having a delivery truck that delivered 3d printed parts? I don't see that as being very useful. You don't have the turnaround time if you make a mistake in the design. It'd only be good for pre-designed items not self designed.

Comment: Stories (Score 1) 698

Tell your stories, your life history, what you remember about your own parents, grandparents, brothers or sisters, and about her. These stories will allow your daughter to stay connected with you. These stories will show your values. These stories will help her know a little more about herself. Tell every story you can think of. Then not only will she connect with you but also your grandchildren, and great-grand children in future generations.

Comment: Re:What he really said (Score 1) 681

by sls1j (#49112221) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge
It's also because they are often dependent on the CS guys to get the computer to crunch the numbers for them.

As a CS person I have been in a unique position to study broadly. To program for a scientist you have study until you understand at some degree what is going on. It program for finance the same is true. As a CS person you have a framework of how to make the computer run, but to understand what the computer needs to do you need to understand the science, business, medical, finance, statistics, math, language, and any other wide variety of topics. It's one of the things that attracted me to computer science in the first place is a love of learning. I've used my programming skills professionally in bio-medical sciences, cryptography, mathematics, business, meteorology, and other fields. In my hobbies I've use CS in electronics, physics, biology, art, physical fitness, navigation and language art. I don't claim I'm an expert in any of the individual fields, but there is an above level of exposure to a greater degree of knowledge. Of course that might be that I love learning, not something that having a CS degree gave me or being able to program.

Comment: Re:Yes! (Score 2) 88

by sls1j (#49087479) Attached to: Could Fossils of Ancient Life From Earth Reside On the Moon?
Funny that those to areas of Government spending are both mentioned (research and development, and infrastructure) in the Constitution, while most of the last are not. You'd think the founders were thinking when they wrote the document. Excerpt from the constitution Article 1 Section 8,

"To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries"

Comment: Hiring a CPA is like buying money and time. (Score 1) 450

by sls1j (#48798859) Attached to: Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid
I remember doing taxes one year. I'd spent all day at it. I was unsure I'd done it properly and came out owing around $100 in taxes. On the suggestion of a friend I hired a CPA. He gave me a 30 minute interview, took my various tax related papers, had me sign a few things, and that was it. In a week or two he reported back to me saying I'd be receiving a $1,500 tax return. It only cost $150. It's the best investment I've ever made. I have never done my taxes without a CPA since.

Comment: My own experience. (Score 1) 294

I've worked from home for about 14 years, and my software has worked from home for at least a decade. We work well "together" and have been successful. The remote work place has some challenges, but we've adapted. When offering remote support to customers we all are better at it and have a good idea what can be understood and how to go about the work.

One of the big advantages is having the space needed to really think free from distractions of coworkers. I'm definitely more productive.

If your employees won't work unless they are watched you have a management problem not a worker problem. Your employees obviously don't feel the success of the company is to their own advantage. They obviously don't feel like your giving them enough, and I don't necessarily mean money. Does the job make them feel important? Do they feel like they are contributors? Are you as a manager undermining the good they have done?

"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company." -- Mark Twain