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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children 950

Posted by Soulskill
from the control-through-indoctrination dept.
mpicpp sends this news from CNN: In swaths of Syria now controlled by ISIS, children can no longer study math or social studies. Sports are out of the question. And students will be banned from learning about elections and democracy. Instead, they'll be subjected to the teachings of the radical Islamist group. And any teacher who dares to break the rules "will be punished." ISIS revealed its new educational demands in fliers posted on billboards and on street poles. The Sunni militant group has captured a slew of Syrian and Iraqi cities in recent months as it tries to establish a caliphate, or Islamic state, spanning Sunni parts of both countries. Books cannot include any reference to evolution. And teachers must say that the laws of physics and chemistry "are due to Allah's rules and laws." Update: 09/18 16:26 GMT by S : CNN has pulled the story over "concerns about the interpretation of the information provided." They promise to update it when they get the facts straight.

Comment: Re:Does Learning Mechanical Engineering Outweigh . (Score 1) 546

by soccerisgod (#47823725) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?
Maybe the problem is the definition of 'code'. Is is just cobbling together bytes that seem as if they want to fit together, trying to fit the round piece in the square hole until you realize that may be the wrong way to do things? Or is it the same as programming, which should involve a plan and design and a deeper understanding of the problem and possible solutions? 'Code' certainly sounds a lot more like "I hacked together something and it even works!" than 'programming'....

Comment: It depends on the actual person (Score 1) 546

by soccerisgod (#47823201) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Just my $0.02:

I've met all kinds: self-taught (for the most part what I am), university educated with varying levels of degree and anything in between. I've seen lots of people with high level degrees who were totally useless as soon as actual code was involved, but I've also met the other kind, highly intelligent people with degrees that at the same time were able and especially willing to use what they had to craft superb code.

If you want to learn to program and do actual work instead of just meditating about computing theory or fiddling with database concepts, you will. In the end, you must want to learn it, you must be interested, and you have to be a practical girl or boy, interested in getting into the thick of it and getting your hands 'dirty'.

IMHO, whether you get a degree or not has nothing to do with that.

Comment: Re:For a country so good at engineering... (Score 1) 212

by soccerisgod (#47805063) Attached to: Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

An engineer doesn't say "can't be done" (unless the laws of physics would be broken) - the real answer is "There are problems X, Y and Z that require research and development."

So, right now, we have a pipe dream. [...] Anyone who truly believes these can replace everything else is living in a fantasy world.

See the irony? :)


Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the 123456-letmein-iloveyou-trustno1 dept.
An anonymous reader writes Back in August, groups of Russian hackers assembled the biggest list of compromised login credentials ever seen: 1.2 billion accounts. Now, domain registrar Namecheap reports the hackers have begun using the list to try and access accounts. "Overnight, our intrusion detection systems alerted us to a much higher than normal load against our login systems. ... The group behind this is using the stored usernames and passwords to simulate a web browser login through fake browser software. This software simulates the actual login process a user would use if they are using Firefox/Safari/Chrome to access their Namecheap account. The hackers are going through their username/password list and trying each and every one to try and get into Namecheap user accounts." They report that most login attempts are failing, but some are succeeding. Now is a good time to check that none of your important accounts share passwords.

Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report 708

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the midsummer-2045 dept.
New submitter SomeoneFromBelgium (3420851) writes According to Bloomberg a leaked climate report from the IPPC speaks of "Irreversible Damage." The warnings in the report are, as such, not new but the tone of voice is more urgent and more direct than ever. It states among other things that global warming already is affecting "all continents and across the oceans," and that "risks from mitigation can be substantial, but they do not involve the same possibility of severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts as risks from climate change, increasing the benefits from near-term mitigation action."

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