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Comment: Re:Lower Level != "Complex" (Score 1) 648

by svanheulen (#48857295) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming
Exactly, so I would think starting with simple things in assembly (or C to a lesser extent) would teach them these fundimental comcepts better then starting in a language like Visual Basic. Knowing how computers work at the lower levels allows you to be a much better software engineer even when using higher level languages.

Comment: Lower Level != "Complex" (Score 5, Insightful) 648

by svanheulen (#48856519) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming
I never understood why people think that C, or even assembly, are "too complex" for beginers. Obviously they're complex if you're trying to do something complex like graphics but why would a beginner need to do stuff like that? They should be learning the fundementals, which are often obsucred by higher level languages. Wouldn't it make more sense to start lower (and simpler) and work your way up so that you have a solid understanding of what's happening behind the scenes in higher level languages?

Comment: Re:The worst thing... (Score 5, Insightful) 575

by svanheulen (#45689421) Attached to: GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language
Why wouldn't they have that power? I have that power on websites that I own and operate. I never understand why people feel that owners don't have the right to manage their own website as they see fit. If you don't like the way they operate use someone else or, better yet, make your own website and host it on your own hardware.

Comment: Re:Lesson in software development (Score 1) 81

by svanheulen (#45180821) Attached to: Teachers Get 1 Week To Test Tech Giants' <em>Hour of Code</em>
The main problem with this isn't that it's so rushed. It's that most of the students that will be taught this are computer illiterate. It's always surprising to me how even young tech savvy people don't even know the basics of file systems, or the difference between a hard drive and RAM.

Comment: zero threat to the environment? (Score 2) 380

by svanheulen (#44902521) Attached to: Its Nuclear Plant Closed, Maine Town Is Full of Regret
I hear this a lot and I don't understand why everyone assumes this. Has no one ever heard of a thing called "law of conservation of energy?" Yes, it's true that the use of wind and solar don't (directly) create pollution but they remove energy from the surrounding environment. It's not the same threat we're used to but it is still a threat, and one that we don't yet know the long term effects. I'm not saying the wind power is a bad thing, but saying it "pose[s] zero threat to the environment" is false.

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_