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Comment: We aren't all born with it (Score 4, Insightful) 247

by sureshot007 (#46112411) Attached to: Red Team, Blue Team: the Only Woman On the Team
From the article: "I taught myself some coding and computer repair in probably the most painstaking ways possible, but my experiences growing up put me at a disadvantage that I am still working to overcome. Throughout college, I was secretly fighting tooth and nail to understand concepts, references, and information that my classmates knew from young ages. From what I can tell, this is not uncommon."

I was a TA in college for intro CS classes, and I can tell you that not many kids understand this stuff right off the bat. Very few understood it by the end of the first semester. Most were just blindly typing and eventually, the monkeys typed Shakespeare. So, this woman not special. Nor is she special because she is a woman. In fact, I see nothing about her in this article that makes her any different from the thousands of others in the field.

Comment: Re:The Problem (Score 0) 332

by sureshot007 (#46036247) Attached to: Marc Andreessen On Why Bitcoin Matters (And A Critique)
Of all of the days to be without mod points!

Since Bitcoins have no intrinsic value, and no government is willing to go to war over their value, then they are worth about as much as Beanie Babies. At one time, Beanie Babies fetched a premium, but now people are just stuck with a room full of toys they spent thousands on.

So every time I hear someone talk about Bitcoins, I immediately think to that episode of South Park where Cartman thinks that pubes have value. "So, how much is that in pubes?"

Comment: Re:Numbers don't add up (Score 1) 1160

It does look like I missed the point of the article, but I was talking about the idea that a "shortage" of the traditional stock is becoming a problem, when you are only talking about a few dozen cases annually. You mean to tell me that you can't find something else to use that doesn't "threaten millions of patients"?

Comment: Was never secure to begin with (Score 3, Insightful) 505

by sureshot007 (#44476879) Attached to: Snowden and the Fate of the Internet As a Global Network
I don't know why this is a surprise to anyone out there. The internet was never a secure place to store any information, or discuss anything. Putting something in "the cloud" is like putting on your front porch. When is the general public going to realize this? Google is giving you email for free, do you really think no one is reading it?

Comment: Re:Easy solution...virtualization. (Score 2) 953

by sureshot007 (#43523891) Attached to: Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade
That would be an awesome idea...if it actually worked.

My place uses a lot of research equipment that runs on specialty hardware/software, which is not compatible with anything other than what it's running now (which in some cases is NT), but also doesn't work with VMs because the hardware interface doesn't recognize it. One of the scientists just purchased a 6 figure machine that came with XP on it. The manufacturer claims it's not compatible with anything else. How awesome is that?

Comment: Re:Well.. he did it. (Score 4, Insightful) 491

by sureshot007 (#43037255) Attached to: Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty To 10 Charges
Probably because the only way to fight the espionage charges would be to claim that you disobeyed standing orders for the greater good of the country, and things like the Geneva Convention for treatment of prisoners. If he wants to claim the high moral ground, he has to plead guilty to what he actually is guilty of.

Comment: Enjoy his last minutes of freedom!!! (Score 5, Insightful) 183

by sureshot007 (#42824545) Attached to: Summer Programming Courses Before Heading Off To College?
Tell him to stop worrying about college and just enjoy the summer. Once you go to college, it's all about studying and doing well, then summers are for working jobs to pay off some debt and have spending cash during the school year, then back to school....and once your graduate and get a job, all of your freedom is gone!

Have him enjoy his last moments of freedom from responsibility and have fun with his friends.

Besides, if I had a dime for every kid in Intro to CS that thought he knew how to program but couldn't grasp the idea of simple design patterns...I wouldn't have had to be a TA.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe