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Comment Excel is data death (Score 1) 273

The problem isn't just that they are all using stale data, repeating each other's work, doing a bunch of clicking, etc. though that's all a colossal waste, the problem is that they don't know if it's right. Excel puts business logic (code) in many cells and one could be different than another, it's hard to peer-review, hard to debug, etc. You cannot do real version control on it, because the data changes all the time, etc. Logic which could be expressed in 20 lines of code become bazillions of counter-intuitive cascading codelets all over the sheets. There are probably a bunch of apps which try to address this problem but they're bags on the sides of a crappy system.

Business logic should be peer-reviewable, should be version controlled, should be commented, etc.

This is why we don't make billing systems in Hypercard. This is why no one in a business situation should be using Excel for anything other than making graphs.

Comment Seems like it. (Score 3, Insightful) 578

Normally I'd think that neither leftists nor rightists want to discourage people from pursuing graduate degrees. Now I'm not so sure. If only the rich can afford to go to school, then only the rich will profit from the rewards of education. Is this what Rs want?

It doesn't seem to make sense -- one would think that uneducated people cost the system more money than they return. But the more I look at our education system, the more I think that it is indeed the case that the rich want to keep the poor and middle class from getting an education.

This tax bill includes a removal of the ability of teachers to deduct a few hundred bucks spent on school supplies for their work. Talk about going out of your way to make things hard for little gain. Seems crazy to suffer the political penalty for doing this unless they really believe that publicly available education should work poorly.

Comment Luddites (Score 1) 589

Another myth about Luddites is that they were trying to stop progress/mechanization. They knew their jobs were toast. They wanted retraining and a new economic model which would take care of them and their families. The smashing of frames was a resistance act to lend power to their demands, not an end in itself.

Comment Re:Raise your child properly (Score 0) 449

This is silly. Give your kid a chromebook, a bare system with no GPU for linux, and a library card.

He can buy his own windows box with the money he makes working at his after-school job. If he does waste his money on that, then set up a network outside your home router for his windows box, so he has access to the internet but all the viruses he gets can't screw with your machines.

Comment Re:Makes sense to me. (Score 1) 123

Dude, vowels are the hot new tech. They're much newer than the consonants. Try reading early Latin or any Semitic language before this new vowels tech hit the scene.

Sort of like math using pen and paper is WAY newer than calculators (in the form of the abacus and similar high-tech stuff).


Submission + - Futurama stars working on Kickstarter for Animated Webcomic Goblins

wonkavader writes: Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, and Phil LaMarr from the Futurama cast are working on a kickstarter campaign to animate the Goblins web-comic. Also involved are Matt King, Jim Cummings, Matthew Mercer, Steve Blum, and Jennifer Hale from World of Warcraft, Resident Evil, Cowboy Bebop, Mass Effect, Powerpuff Girls, and other stuff. It's surprising to see so many well-known voice people on this kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/pr...
The writing for the show will be done by Matt King and Phil LaMarr along with the original Goblins creator, Tarol Hunt. They have an initial teaser trailer (or rather the 'animatic') which is definitely aimed at people who have already been following the comic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

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