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Comment Re:Mathematica is pay to play only (Score 1) 241

BASIC is one of the worst ways to start anyone in anything. I've written more lines of various dialects of BASIC than anything else, and they all suck, especially for beginners. I can almost forgive those guys at Dartmouth for inventing it, but not people like Gates who pushed it after it became obvious how bad it was.

Carefully constructed lessons/projects involving JavaScript would still be my top choice. It's an excellent language and providing something that kids can use on their own everywhere for instant gratification and to construct things of an interactive nature is important in the early learning stages (the ONLY possible reason to use anything BASIC).

Comment We are and we're not (Score 1) 536

Who says we're not? Lots of things have been improved. However, many have allowed their efforts to be directed towards profit-making ventures that improve nothing more than some "entrepreneur"'s wallet size. This is where a strong union with a lot of participation could help. Not one like UAW that's focused on money and wages, but one that focuses on preventing techies from being abused (and eliminating H-1B).

Comment just noticed? (Score 1) 349

No surprise. Most MS stuff tries to guess what you want and gets it wrong more often than right. Excel's guessing at data types is horrible and causes a lot more problems than just this. What's more, the guessing at what you want repeated is sometimes unreliable and unpredictable, leaving people with a repeated date when they wanted an incremented one or more often the other way around. While I'm at it... Excel made spreadsheet output "pretty", but still doesn't offer a true third dimension (that can be easily referenced within formulae).

Comment not good (Score 1) 203

This is a bad idea. I hope I'm not the one hit by an Audi that timed it to hit the intersection just as the light changed to green at 45mph while I'm making a left turn, waiting on the other Audi coming towards me that tried to squeeze the lemon and failed. A much better idea would be to indicate, long before reaching the intersection, what speed will allow the car to reach it after it turns green instead of zooming up to it and sitting at the red. Still better would be traffic lights aware of how many cars approach from each direction and attempt to change to allow as many cars through from any direction per unit time as possible. Which would make Audi's "feature" useless, because the light would change each time according to immediate conditions and not be predictable enough to indicate imminent change to the driver.

While they're at it, the lights should only change in favor of cars using turn signals when planning to turn. Most Audi drivers would be stuck forever.

Comment well duh (Score 1) 279

Of course it's critical infrastructure. More critical than the electricity grid or road network. Urgency is the difference. A compromised election system isn't likely to be as urgent a concern. Therein lies the problem, and the reason it hasn't been addressed, similarly to climate change: people only get serious about urgent concerns. DHS??? As far as I can tell, the USCG is the only competent organization under than umbrella.

Comment Re:My first first? (Score 1) 254

Bingo! Unless the reporter spent time with those actually performing the comparative analysis and saw convincing evidence of that claim, it's usually safe to assume that General Wombat liked his iPhone and directed the "research" team to show why it's better. How many will sacrifice their army careers just to tell the truth about which phone is better? If someone is particularly incensed about it, they'll likely seek a transfer or retire or quit at the end of their next term.

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