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Comment Re: Not everyone becomes scientists... but (Score 1) 300

Coding, by itself, is a skill or trade. Pair that with other concepts, and you've got some flavour of computer science.

I think it's a mistake to think all students needs to code, per se. It's just that coding (and more so, computer science) gives people a defined structure to think about and exercise problem-solving skills.

I have non-IT coworkers that literally have no idea how to proceed when faced with a new problem or new piece of software. Even worse, they expect to dump these responsibilities on others because they "never took a course in this". They expect everyone else to fix it for them instead of taking any initiative or responsibility themselves. That's a huge problem.

Comment Re: Expert Plumbers and Carpenters on the Board (Score 1) 67

Sadly true, as much as it shouldn't be. I've heard people in our department described as "internet janitors". When I wouldn't bend on a security policy to a PR exec, they pulled the "I'm so important, no wonder you only work in IT" schtick. I somehow refrained from responding "I guess since you're too stupid to hold a real job, you have to have a job manipulating people instead."

Comment Don't log or track too much in general (Score 2) 104

Are we capable of logging information at our workplace that would give concrete answers about some legal issues that could arise? Yes.
Do we do it? Oh, hell no.

We log some stuff, but we're careful not to do too much as we don't want to be accused as being "responsible" for the behaviour of some idiot or jerk because "we should have known what was happening".

A desire to nail someone for being naughty could be one of your own undoing.

Comment Weekend warriors are not Olympic material (Score 1) 151

It doesn't help either that Startups are being pushed as the way to do tech, or the new way to make money fast (develop something and get bought out by a large vendor). It's become a buzzword. You get a whole bunch of people stuck on the idea of "hey, I could do that" or "hey I should do that" when they have only 1 of 20 facets required for it to potentially succeed.

Comment Re:This is one reason why IT doesn't get respect (Score 2) 765

That's an important point. I'm less likely to offended at jokes that are directed at oneself, or one's own sex. I'm also more likely to be offended by a questionable joke *if I don't know them that well*. That's why people should refrain from them in a professional environment and why they're asked to do so.

One of my best buddies has a Chinese background, and there are "you must know kung fu" jokes that I could say in his presence. He knows me well enough to know I'm making fun of the racism of it. I wouldn't make the same joke at work to a colleague, especially one I'm not good buds with.

A lot of the arguments I see in response to this simple request are "Help I'm being oppressed". You're missing the point. The point is, don't be a jerk when it's known it would likely give offense. Having a profession has the expectation that' you'll be professional. We don't care what you do at home.

Have I seen questionable material and been amused by some of it when I'm browsing stuff at home? Sure. Was I impressed when Linux Journal was using words for the tentacle rape of women in their coding examples, and the lone female staffer was using cartoon avatars of her in S&M gear in a professional publication? Not so much. That's the distinction.

Comment Re:The lesson here (Score 1) 266

This is a good point - I was pretty surprised with all the bouncy in-your-face crap software I found on the E series I bought for my dad last year. I removed virtually all of the "extras" immediately. That some of the Lenovo series has one that is verifiably sketchy; I'm not surprised. The things I was seeing smelled like adware/spyware right from the get-go. Somebody responsible for these partnerships with Lenovo obviously knew about it, at least to some degree. If I were a senior admin making these agreements with vendors, I would be damned sure the software is audited before I expose my division to that type of liability. Wouldn't you?

I guess I'm going to have to go through and do a more thorough examination of the Lenovos I own. And to think I was just about to buy my husband one of the larger-screen Z series when it became available here.

Comment boomer + older market untapped (Score 1) 248

My Dad lives in a seniors apartment where they still have their own kitchens. If you could designed simple safety IoT gadgets for seniors that would give their middle-aged children more peace of mind, that would be a big help.

A common issue in seniors apartments is that grannie and grandpa still fiercely fights for their independence. But fuses on ovens get pulled because grannie forgets what she did with her oven or stove, or that she already made bread. A sink overflows on rare occasion. Can we not make intelligent stoves that set timers for specific purposes (or calculate when bad things or bad timings are happening), or taps that check their flow rate and beep a reminder and auto-shut off? How about a gadget that senses when someone falls and alerts specific people (not an expensive monthly monitoring company?)

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

I'm with you, the wrong question was asked. We shouldn't be asking where everybody needs to know how to code. The real question is whether everybody needs to problem-solve. People could stand to learn a whole lot more perseverance, too. Interestingly, computer science isn't about coding, it's about problem-sovling - people make that mistake all the time.

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