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Submission + - Do Screen Time Limits Reduce The Likelihood of a Kid Learning to Code?

theodp writes: Following the conventional wisdom that too much screen time is bad for kids, President Obama and First Lady Michelle famously limited their daughters' use of technology to weekends. But new guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics studies suggest we were wrong about limiting children's screen time, and new Google-Gallup research argues that students deprived of daily use of a computer at home are at a disadvantage when it comes to learning CS. So, could it be that the President's well-intentioned screen time limits contributed to his daughters' failure to take to coding in the way he'd like? And if one wants to raise a coder, might parents actually be better off emulating the Onion's 'Craig Georges' ("I've never once considered monitoring my child’s screen time. I guess I’m a better parent than I realized.") rather than the First Family? Interestingly, Melinda Gates recently blamed the decline of girls in CS since 1984 on video games — Gates argued a move away from gender-neutral games discouraged girls from playing, but that was also around the same time that well-meaning parents started limiting children's joystick time in general, worried that playing video games posed a danger to child development (we were apparently wrong about that one, too). So, how much time did you spend on a computer as a kid and/or how much time do your kids? Do you think screen time limits reduce the likelihood of kids learning to code before they hit college?

Submission + - WikiLeaks Transmits Cryptic Hashes As Assange's Internet Link Is Cut (

MojoKid writes: If you follow WikiLeaks on Twitter, you may have noticed a series of cryptic tweets consisting of strings of numbers and letters. These are hashes that appear to be related to another WikiLeak post on Twitter claiming its co-founder, Julian Assange, is without Internet access after his connection was "intentionally severed by a state party." That action has reportedly activated WikiLeaks' "appropriate contingency plans" in response. The announcement surfaced several hours after the site posted the aforementioned cryptic hash posts, three in all with references to Ecuador, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the UK FCO (United Kingdom Foreign Commonwealth Office). Each tweet contained a 64-character hash, which led to rumors that Assange was dead and that the strings of characters were "dead man's keys" or a "dead man's switch," codes to reveal classified secrets in the event of his death. That doesn't appear to be the case. Instead, those hashes, which are preceded by "pre-commitment" labels, are unique codes that can prove the legitimacy of documents leaked in the future that contain the same hashes. Any changes to the documents would alter the 64-character code assigned to them.

Submission + - SPAM: Google Can't Count (Baseball games anyway)

Glasswire writes: The Google notice about the final score in the Boston-Cleveland ALDS baseball series says it's for "Game 4" — even those Cleveland swept the series in 3 games so there WAS NO 4th GAME. Game 4 was originally scheduled for that day, Oct 10, but the actual 3rd game was postponed from it's original date and was played on the day when the fourth game was scheduled. Then a fourth game became unnecessary and never happened. It's an interesting glimpse into the automation of announcements like this that the game count is obviously being pulled from the schedule as opposed to updated from reality like the score.
Look at this quick, not sure how long it will be before Google fixes that page.

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Comment Thunderbolt 3 dubious for external GPU (Score 2) 296

T3 has only 4 x lanes (x4) of PCIe gen 3.0 ( and 2 slower lanes ), given that most discrete GPU adapters want to be in a x16 slot, it suggests to me that external GPUs will be crippled in PCIe connection bandwidth. However, I assume the beautiful monitor will accept the 4K DP over T3 to give you great performance for on-system GPUs.

Comment Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Port =... (Score 2, Interesting) 209

the following connectors embedded/extensible and accessible with dongles - power, 2 X Display Port 4K , multiple 10GE connections, as many USB 3 as you might want as well as extension of the system PCIe to even allow external graphics adapters (Although I think the internal Core i7 Skylake graphics will be pretty good) and huge amount of direct connect NVMe (direct to processor cache) external SSD drive support. That little USB-C port is why you don't need any other ports.

Comment "equitable pay based on data in the sheet." (Score 1) 1

No you mean they asked for raises. It's almost certain that some less valuable people were getting paid more than many peers and if everyone honestly asked for equitable pay that would result in some asking for a decrease and I doubt that happened. So, we do not strive for our fair allocation, we strive get that much or our greater unfair share. Reminds me of the proverbial children of Lake Wobegone, who are all above average,

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