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Comment: Re:I have a Chromebook (Score 1) 101

I have a chromebook also, and I have no idea what you are posting about.

Please explain how using a chromebook causes anybody to "signing your soul away to Google."

And while you're at it, please explain how MS never pulls any vendor-lock-in scams, or anything like that.

Comment: Re:Stay away from my school please (Score 1) 101

> Think of all the personal information the pupil will generate and hand-over to Google in over a decade of schooling!

But it's okay to hand-over said data to Microsoft?

Microsoft is worse than google when it comes to harvesting data from grade schools children.

Comment: Re:Phil has no idea what he's talking about. (Score 1) 101

IMO: chomebooks blow windows laptops right out of the water, in many respects.

Every time I start my windows laptop, I want to groan: wait . . . wait . . . wait, while windows makes long series of updates. When I want to shut down it's the same thing. Even when windows is booted, it's not *really* booted - the computer is unusable because of so much crap going on in the background.

Plus I don't like being a victim of msft's non-stop format scams, and so many other vendor lock-in scams.

Then there is the anti-virus headaches. AV software can slow your winbox almost as much a virus. And it's nearly as hard to remove. AV software hardly works anyway.

Getting on a chromebook, or a linux box, after using windows is like a breath a fresh air.

Comment: Re:Wow, do you have it wrong (Score 2) 101

Bill Gates Marginalises Teachers and Harvests Schools’ Data for Profit at Expense of Privacy

Bill Gates Brings NSA-esque Surveillance to Children

Comment: Re:Wow, do you have it wrong (Score 1) 101

> I work in a K-12 school setting. And let me be up front about it...Google is Evil Empire 2.0. I'm not a fan of signing over 1,000 students to Google so that they can harvest personal data and target ad services to them.

You think MS is any better? You must not have been keeping up with the news. Microsoft is worse - far worse - when it comes to harvesting data from k-12 students.

Comment: Why is that a problem? (Score 5, Insightful) 673

by walterbyrd (#46712995) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

> There is a problem with the number of girls who go into technical fields such as coding and engineering and that problem needs to be solved.


I know five nurses, all woman. Two of them earn over $100K a year. Very few men work as nurses. Is that a problem that needs to be solved?

Comment: Other problems . . . (Score 1) 169

by walterbyrd (#46683537) Attached to: Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

But if the mainframe job market have a problem, is lack of people. Mainframes are not user friendly, and youngsters are not likely to devote two or three years learning something from the grannies, on a very harsh learning environment, with a step learning curve, when all their peers are talking about creating a new app and selling to Google for a gazillion dollars.

There is also the problems of: you cannot realistically teach yourself, no classes are offered, and you cannot get experience until you already have experience - and experience is *always* mandatory.

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson