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Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

Banks are required to have insurance protecting a specific percentage of deposited wealth.

Do you advocate sending bank executives to jail if some robs the bank? But you do advocate sending a company's executives to jail if a hacker steals personal information. What's the difference?

Comment # github projects != language popularity (Score 3, Insightful) 132

All this shows is a count of github projects by language. I expect that the vast majority of those projects were created by people trying to learn a language by working through tutorials. It would be more useful to display languages by number of downloads or something like that, so we could see what languages are actually being "used" rather than what languages self-taught programmer wannabes are trying to learn.

Comment No Child Left in Asia (Score 1) 183

Outside of a few high tech corridors, the number of Asian students in US primary schools if pretty small. I also suspect that a large percentage of Google's Asian employees grew up in Asia.

the main reason given by a "comprehensive but not representative" sample of 9,693 K-12 principals and 1,865 school district superintendents in the U.S. for their schools not offering computer science "is the limited time they have to devote to classes that are not tied to testing requirements."

So what the survey found is that school administrators are blaming No Child Left Behind, because instead of giving the students a good education and letting the test scores reflect that, they're trying to game the system by teaching to the test. It would be nice if someone could come up with a better way to measure a student's progress. But then the administrators would spend their time figuring out how to game that measure anyway.

Submission + - How Viking 1 Won the Martian Space Race->

derekmead writes: Forty years ago today, NASA launched the Viking 1 spacecraft to Mars, where it would become the first probe to achieve a soft landing on the Martian surface. The touchdown was a major milestone in the exploration of Mars, providing the first images and data from the red planet, which had been obsessively studied from afar for centuries.

Moreover, on a geopolitical level, NASA’s success with Viking 1 was kind of like winning the Martian Triple Crown against the Soviet space program. Over the course of the 1960s and early 1970s, the USSR desperately tried to get a jump on NASA with regards to Mars exploration, and launched well over a dozen flyby, orbiter, and landing attempts.

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