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Comment: Re:I like this idea (Score 4, Interesting) 426

by wonkavader (#46070059) Attached to: Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

Let me add just a bit to your comment on Spanish. Spanish is the single easiest commonly used, spoken language an American can learn. It has a TINY vocabulary (you can claim fluency knowling well less than 10,000 words). There are native speakers all around you who love talking to English speakers in Spanish (not only is it hilarious, the English speakers are buying things and helping them makes them repeat customers). It's actually USEFUL, and you can start putting it to good use right away in almost any state. Try that with German! And then there's what you said.

ASL is also dead-easy, but it's not spoken, per se, not really written, and only useful in deaf schools. That said, you lean ASL and you can pick up other SLs accross the globe faster than anyone can pick up a new spoken language, and there's deaf folk in every country.

Comment: Re:headline fix (Score 5, Insightful) 426

by wonkavader (#46069985) Attached to: Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

I think you're missing the real point here. Computer languages are NOT foreign languages. Foreign languages teach mental dexterity in the verbal domain and allow people to experiences worldviews other than their own. Computer languages teach systematic thinking.

So what you really need here is:

"Kentucky: Logic = Foreign Language."

Comment: Re:False equivalence much? (Score 5, Insightful) 518

by wonkavader (#46005285) Attached to: Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

Do they recognize you can kill political prisoners and make a fortune by selling their innards?

In the American south, prison labor used to be common. You'd pay the warden and he'd share that money downward to the guards and police, etc., and prisoners would be sent to work for you for no pay to them. Oddly, the prisons were always full of people who were guilty of being black. There was a financial incentive to keep the prisons full.

If we legalize pay for organs, there's a great incentive for people you don't like to not only wind up in prison, but for them to commit suicide, get shot trying to escape, have accidents, etc.

Comment: Re:Ahhh ... (Score 4, Insightful) 196

by wonkavader (#44897003) Attached to: Nokia's Elop Set To Receive $25 Million Bonus After Acquisition

This is hogwash. Elop killed the company's feature phone business which was doing fine for the time being. Yes, Nokia needed help. Yes, it was on a slope downward and needed to figure out how to compete. But Elop didn't do that. Elop jumped forward without covering the company's behind.

That he made a wrong choice of where to jump to, that it suspicious in hindsight, those are irrelevant. He didn't work to preserve the part of the business which worked and would have kept working for several more years if he hadn't driven a stake into it -- that is his massive sin of incompetance, or perhaps worse.

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