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Comment Re:More like... (Score 5, Insightful) 347

I think web development has a bit of a bad rap these days in terms of complexity. Things have moved on a lot from the 90s when anyone could hack together a bit of HTML and your biggest worry was making it work in internet exploder.

Nowadays a web dev needs a firm grasp on SQL databases and what you can and can't do on them, ever more complex stylesheets, a scripting language like PHP, Javascript plus interpretations like JQuery or AJAX, HTML, XML, the graphics packages used to produce the look of the websites, plus a whole host of subsidiary technologies including networks and Linux if you want to set up your own server as well as email, flash development and actionscripting, and on and on. And things are only going to get more involved now that we're getting into decentralised networks via WebRTC and mobile integration. And you do need artistic chops.

Yes the depth mightn't be as focused as C or whatever, but the breadth is impressive and growing more so. If a C++ dev was sat down and told to make a fully dynamic website from scratch, aestheticalIy pleasing and with all the bells and whistles, they might be surprised at how much is happening behind the scenes. I agree with the subby that traditional schools aren't going to cut it anymore, you do not need high end maths for web development, maybe something vocational to get a good grounding and understanding of the concepts before just doing it yourself.

Comment Re:Stealth became a necessary tactic (Score 2) 197

Yes, I'm of the opinion that science, technology and engineering will continue to advance long after I'm gone, probably to heights I would struggle to comprehend just as a visitor from the 18th century would struggle to understand what we've achieved, and as such feel comfortable indulging in speculation. It's deriding such speculation that is indicative of an unscientific mind.

Who knows, maybe they will send carrier pigeons down wormholes.

Comment Re:14 LY from earth? (Score 2) 132

Unless I'm mistaken the math is straightforward; at C the trip would seem instantaneous to the traveler, so half C a 50 light year trip would seem like 25.

No, there aren't really noticeable relativistic effects until you get into the .8C region or thereabouts, and the effects don't become significant until you go much faster.

Comment Re:I have a better idea... (Score 3, Insightful) 649

Except in the case of banks, they have all your money, so if they fail, all your money is gone. Reserves are meant to ensure that a reasonable ratio of funds are kept in case of emergencies, but due to the removal of regulations those dwindled to very little, among other things. Personally I'd target the banks and never mind the rest of the corporations, everything else descends from them. Split up their responsibilities so one single entity isn't shuffling funds from pensions to derivatives, make various kinds of banks rather than just one "bank".

Yes it will reduce the bulk of funds available for any one activity (like mortgages), but that's the price you pay for security; also it might inspire growth due entirely to creative activity rather than hype. There are a lot of other options for growth as well, but if you want to ensure this never happens again, return Glass-Steagall. Simple as that.

Stallman's idea is pretty good but it has a lot of gotchas as he mentions himself, not least of which is finding a definition of 'size' that quicksilver accountancy and shell company structures won't slide around immediately.

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