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Comment Re:Torn between reading and doing (Score 1, Insightful) 355

I read most of volume 1. 30 years ago we were still working out basics and many programmer had to write or at least understand, basic processes. This is why this book was useful. In addition we were still writing lots of code, rather than just understanding and applying APIs. For instance no one is going to write a sort, or a gaussian elimination, or a GUI outside of classroom anymore. Few developers are going to have to know how to really code, or what is really happening in the engine they are using.

Comment Re:Not the only criticism (Score 1) 89

This is what is happening to US schools. A lot of the new school models are based on hiring new cheap teachers, working them to death, then getting rid of them before they have a real salary or a pension. There is no reason to even have teachers certified, because a teacher can teach for three years without certification. There is benefit to a certificated teacher as that teacher is just going to feel like they can stay for years.

Teaching is about the only professional job I know where corporate wants random people with dubious qualifications and no experience working. This is different from what it used to be, where teachers were put through a trial of fire but trained and mentored so that those who could be good teachers in 5 years were kept. These then helped the new teachers. It is important to have a long probation, simply so that good teachers can be identified and bad teacher let go. But this probation period should not be an excuse to just have a staff that can be worked until they are burned out, and students are not learning.

Corporate education does not work. We see this at the college level with the default rates on student loans, at the school level with the constant lawsuits against firms who steal money. Public education already knows how to educate a curated population. I went to such public schools, many of friends did as well, and we all are productive tax paying members of society. It is the general population that is a challenge, and all results show that corporate schools funded with public money do worse, or at best as well, as public schools. And this does not even take into account that corporate schools have much more leeway to choose who they wish not to educate.

Comment Re: Incentives aren't the problem. Shills are. (Score 1) 106

It is like the proposed ban on lobbying at the federal level. If you regulate it, then there is some control and transparency. If you ban it, then it goes underground.

The problem with these reviews is that they get elevated to the to-, presumable because sellers then have everybody click to find it useful. If amazon would mark these reviews, the relegate them to a lower position, they would serve a purpose without being overwhelming.

Comment Re:Nobody expects the Email Inquisition (Score 1) 497

The problem here is that normal people don't threaten to kill other people. They certainly don't challenge another person's bodyguards in public.

Threats of violence are usually actionable (by arrest or civil lawsuit), no matter who you are or who you threaten.

There is certainly a case for making jokes about the death of a sitting President, but actually lashing out with a punch-line-less threat about killing ANYONE is simply not acceptable in our society.

It's not really even a freedom of speech issue. Freedom of speech would be saying something like: 'This person has committed serious crimes. They should be put on trial and executed'.

Threats, however, are a kind of attack-- a verbal attack, certainly, but one that promises, however vaguely, a physical attack to follow.

I like to be VERY liberal when it comes to freedom of speech and allow even the most extreme speech. I feel that if you can't stomach the extremes, you don't really deserve the middle ground.

This guy wasn't stating an extreme opinion, though. He was making a declaration of intent.

Comment Re: I don't think this is a well thought out plan (Score 1) 83

Because they can't make a decent mobile device to save thier lives, and desktop monopoly is not going to matter that much in a decade. Fewer people will use MS studio because the tools for Andriod are free and Xcode is basically free. MS studio will basically be B2B only, and IBM does it better. It is not a well thought plan. It is desperation from a lazy company whose only skill was OEM intimidation and lock-in.

Comment US or World? (Score 2, Interesting) 430

Depends if you are talking US or the world. The people who voted for Trump in the primary likely see technology as a threat. They are largely uneducated rural people who expect to be paid to mine coal even if no one wants it or assemble products even if a robot can do it better. Can you imagine what computers would be like if we were still forced to hand solder components because we were required to support semi-skilled workers? No surface mount.

So even though the people who elected Trump is broader, the basic tenet of isolationism and coal miners is still inherently anti-innovation. The wind mills and solar panels that are being installed in Texas and other states, and are going to be a significant part of the energy grid in the next decade, is an extensional threat to the unskilled workers who elected Trump. The semi-skilled service jobs that require an associates degree and significant computer literacy are beyond the average Trump supporter who thinks that they deserve a middle class income for doing work a computer could do more accurately.

Which further opens the path for Asia and Germany to take over the technological world. Our trains are not designed in the US, but in Germany. More of out high technology is not only going to be built, but engineered, in Asia.

Comment Re: well... (Score 1) 76

Kids need to learn that if it is not your machine, not your network, there is no expectation of privacy. They need to know that when they are using wifi at McDonalds or Starbucks every they do is logged. If a school owns a computer, and they take it home that compuer shouldbe kept in a common area and not in private area where the kid might have naked time. Like any computer owned by an employer, nothing should be done in it that is not work related.

Kids are given computer so they can learn skills and etiquette so when they grow up they can be successful for a lifetime. Teaching them now so they don't get fired for making p0rn on thier work laptop is a good thing.

Comment Re:Difference in work product (Score 1) 587

These people you talk about are the incompetent ones. The outsourced workers are no better in this area, in fact they are often much much worse. The competent programmers in India generally get a scholarship to the US or Europe, few of them stay in India. This causes a brain drain in India where the ones left are average at best. The education system there also has a big problem with college degrees being purchased. With this bigger population its much harder to shift through them to find competent employees who haven't already been snatched up.

Comment Re:150% Sure (Score 5, Insightful) 171

In previous years Apple and Samsung accounted for the majority of profits in the smartphone category. Now that Samsung has sunk itself, not only with exploding mobile devices but also exploding washing machines, the only profitable firm is Apple.

The larger than 100% number is because most firms operate at a loss. For example, one can easily be 200% more productive than a very lazy coworker.

Comment Already exist (Score 1) 143

This stuff mostly already exist, and device with GPS (which these would have to have in order to be geoblocked in the first place), has places in the world they won't work. Primarily though they can't go over a certain speed or altitude, this is to avoid commerical GPS units from being used for guided missiles.

Comment Re:Not really competition. (Score 2) 116

Yep, this is about web games only. That said, WebGL is becoming a powerful replacement, its certainly better than Flash. With Unity now providing an export to WebGL option. Its nice in a way to see WebGL take off. Sure this isn't the future of PC gaming, but it certainly can be a great opportunity for hobbyist and small publishers. It would be smart of Steam to support WebGL games to some degree.

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