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Comment Of course, there's a fourth option... (Score 1) 357

One thing you need to understand about programming languages, is that they're like comic book villains. They do die, but they're never completely dead. I learned COBOL for fun a few years ago, seeing it through the eyes of a modern programmer. It's unique among programming languages, I find the syntax remarkably straightforward, after you get used to some of the underlying concepts it's predicated against.

I think the language has possibilities. Especially in an age where the human computer interface has moved from keyboards to voice. It would be amazing if you could do the kinds of complex programming tasks by voice that you see in Star Trek, and I think we're only a few years off. Here, COBOL is really the only language that makes sense for the task. Well, for the most part, and barring some of the more recent additions to the language, that is. No such application exists for it, yet, but it certainly could. And something like that will certainly be both needed and wanted in the coming years.

As far as the banks go, you have to understand business. If a system works properly and needs very little maintenance, there is no business case for replacing it. It's not like anyone runs websites with COBOL these days. Typically, it's the language of big iron mainframes, that were designed to last forever. If the current group of COBOL programmers does die out, it makes sense to train new ones. There's still a fair amount of demand for it, which will appeal to the mercenary nature of modern programmers.

I don't think that's an outlandish suggestion. We pay people to learn new things all time, even programming languages. To pretend that banks are somehow different than any other big organization, anywhere else, in any other industry is silly. Let's just call this what it is, stop worrying about it, and move on.

Comment Re:Americans no longer want to pick fruit. (Score 3, Interesting) 38

I'm in a "weird" part of the country without much in the way of migrant workers and Americans do all "the jobs Americans won't do".

A friend of mine has a teenage son who's worked at a nearby orchard for a couple years, after school and summers. I know, he can't exist according to labor economists who don't get that bottom-wage jobs are for kids with no experience. He's off to college next year, and I doubt a robot will be taking his job.

Comment Re:Too much work (Score 1) 8

But at some point their own electorate will notice how staggeringly little they have accomplished with all the power.

Judging by history, that's one hell of a theoretical point far far into the future. Remember: abortion is still legal, gays can marry, and there was a black dude in the White House and conservatives keep voting Republican.

Comment Re:Too much work (Score 1) 8

Every once in a while - like every fucking day? It's hard to find a day that some conservative talking head isn't saying something derogatory about either Hillary or President Lawnchair.

Still cheaper than investigations and hearings, y'know, actual work.

If the democrats had a spine between them they would start calling out the GOP on neglecting the legacies of the people who died that night. Flag as Inappropriate

That is one bizarre sentence. You actually want them wasting their time just like you complained about the GOP doing?

Comment Re:People really need to educate themselves... (Score 1) 267

I had a similar experience recently, but with diabetes: three months ago blood glucose was 310-450, A1C 10.5. I've yet to do my second fasting test (playing phone tag with doctor's office) but according to my Accu-Chek Connect cloud service, I've been under 160 for two weeks and my A1C should be in the 5.5 range now.

Metformin and a paleo diet is what did it.

What a shock it will be next week when I finally get that 2nd blood test and go to see my insurance company's required diabetic support group for the first time.

Comment Nope (Score 0) 30

Look, if you mean near-field power and communication devices, that's one thing.

But IoT is a total security nightmare.

And that includes your stinking FitBit device. And your camera-enabled fridge.

By the way, there's a rat under your baby's crib. A dead one. You should clear it up soon, it makes the baby cry.

Comment 599 US dollars (Score 0) 52

Your cell phone also probably costs a lot more to run per month than a Nintendo 2DS/3DS or Nintendo Switch does. Many cell phone games such as Super Mario Run depend on a continuous Internet connection even in single-player mode. This requires players to pay a cellular ISP for a data plan, which often costs hundreds of US dollars per year, in order to play outside the range of home or restaurant Wi-Fi.

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