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Comment: Re:Minimum wage (Score 1) 31

by plover (#47539667) Attached to: AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

It seems to me they're trying to offer a career path to a group of people who could use additional options.

If we assume that attributes that make for good programmers (design skills, intelligence, etc) are equally distributed, there are a lot of really smart people (that could become programmers) out there that have something blocking their opportunities.

Things like bias, culture, and upbringing play a huge role. Earlier this year my step-niece (age 21, working on her bachelor's degree) was told "you're far too pretty for all this school, you should just find a nice man and marry him." These exact words came out of her grandmother's mouth. That's what these kids grow up with.

I firmly believe that part of the reason my son has been so successful is that we never expected anything less from him. He knew from kindergarten onwards that college was simply the next school after high school. His decision was "where", not "if". That's far from true in a lot of families or for a lot of kids.

Part of what Gates and Zuckerberg are trying to do is get the message out to these kids. If they don't hear from someone who says "you can certainly do this", they might never try.

Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 1) 112


Israeli propaganda. The peoples of Palestine have been there since Biblical times. They were once mostly Jewish, and with the history of the region, gradually Christian then predominantly Muslim.

There is no linguistic, archeological or genetic basis for the folkloric idea that Jews formed a mass exodus and diaspora, after the time of Herod. None.

Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 1) 112

"Why have they killed only a few hundred children, instead of all of them?"

There's a strong moral defense for the Israeli practice of driving a population out of their homes, into a confined reservation, then carpeting the enclosed with illegal munitions as collective punishment.

Comment: It's actually worse than that (Score 1) 4

You're still coloring within the idiotic lines that the health care is some sort of natural right or entitlement, and that a leap of idiocy like the ACA, or Single Prayer, is somehow worthwhile, or even existentially attainable in at a non-disastrous level.
Until we grasp that, at the federal level, we really only want to pursue multi-state and international issues, we are assured of staggering from disaster to disaster until SMOD take us.

Comment: Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (Score 1) 218

Wouldn't that be netflix's ISP?

Or do ypu think it is proper to charge someone in addition to what your ISP charges for access?.That is what it seems like you are saying. You build a website, find a host, and it is your fault it is slow for your users because you didn't negotiate with all the other networks that your users might be on despite the role of a host or the users ISPs..

Sounds insane to me.

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