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Comment: I hate this word, coding (Score 4, Insightful) 211

Saying "coding" instead of "programming" is like saying "ciphering" instead of "mathematics". Please stop. Imaging the headline, "Arkansas is now the first state to require that high schools teach ciphering". I'm not a computer programmer, but I think you guys are disrespecting your discipline by encouraging the word "coding".

Comment: Re:Rock and Roll wouldn't EXIST without "stealing" (Score 1) 386

If most music sounds dull to you, then you better move beyond Western music. Listen to music which is not based on the diatonic scale. Example: Bulgarian state female choir. The dissonant chords will wake up your senses, and make you feel things you don't normally feel when listening to Western music. Even if you don't like it, I think it will help you understand what's missing from your musical palate, and lead you to discover something else interesting. Also, try to find not-too-Western-inspired African music. The chords sung by people from different cultures will push senses you never thought you had. Forreal.

You can't stop listening to music. Depression will slowly creep up on you, before you realize it.

Comment: Re:Bloatware?! (Score 1) 210

by twistedcubic (#49152147) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware
Lenovo shipped 16 million PCs last quarter. If it received $500/PC for "boatware" for half of these, the revenue would be 4 billion dollars, which obviously didn't happen. If it reveived a more likely $5/PC, the revenue would be 40 million dollars, which is probably more than enough to support their tech support department.

Comment: Re:Lenovo (Score 1) 134

by twistedcubic (#49100957) Attached to: Homeland Security Urges Lenovo Customers To Remove Superfish
Why not try to rehabilitate them? The Free Software Foundation agrees with your statement "we need computer hardware that is free and open all the way down to the hardware", but instead of sacking them they suggest telling them to "respect user freedom" etc. When I read the changelog from official Thinkpad BIOS updates which include the word "Linux", I'm more encouraged than discouraged about the company.

Comment: Re:We need to teach people to think, and to use to (Score 1) 291

by twistedcubic (#49056519) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?
I think learning to write computer programs helps develop logical reasoning skills. Why? Because it helped my logical reasoning skills, and I like to generalize my own experience to the whole world :) Now, I don't think teaching "coding" to totally uninterested kids helps develop their skills, but exposing everyone to "coding" will get interested kids started as early as possible, which I think is good.

Comment: Re:How does it make money? (Score 1) 69

by twistedcubic (#49047797) Attached to: LinkedIn Restricts API Usage

I get requests to connect from people I do not know and when I check they usually are in some business that sells products in my field...
I can't prove this, but I strongly suspect all those linkedin requests I get from unknown people are generated by robots. I closed my account recently. Say no to spam.

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