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Comment Re: Poor design (Score 1) 212

People below the Age of 1 don't get Bankcards or control of their own bank accounts, however. ESAs require a named "Responsible individual" who is at least 18 years of age

And that was her problem, she's only (1)17. Once her (1)18th birthday comes around, she can get an ESA, and legally have a drink to celebrate it.

Comment Re:COBOL isn't hard to learn (Score 1) 356

Oh, hell no. Universities and computer science departments are not trade schools, and we shouldn't be expecting them to teach any specific technology or language.

They should, OTOH, at least make some sort of attempt to teach some vaguely relevant language rather than going out of their way to teach to must useless academic wank they can come up with. The local Uni has taught, over the years, Apple Pascal, Eiffel, Prolog, Haskell, and other similar ones. It's like going through a catalogue of "languages you'll never be able to use in real life and that you'll never be able to get a job with" and drilling them into students. It's no wonder that a local software company recently complained that they had to interview on average seventy candidates to fill one position, none of them could program worth a shit in any actually-useful language.

Comment Re:COBOL isn't hard to learn (Score 5, Interesting) 356

Exactly, if there's a demand for it, it'll be fulfilled. The article reads like something written by some recent CS grad, lets throw out this horribly uncool, unhip code that nevertheless can handle three trillion dollars of transactions a day and has been going for forty years and replace it with something that some Indian subcontractors slapped together using Ruby and MongoDB.

In a past life I worked for a bank. They decided to replace their existing Cobol on IBM big iron with Java on... something that wasn't big iron. After several years work and tens of millions of dollars spent and even more than that lost due to problems with the new, modern replacement systems, they threw in the towel and made their modern system screen-scraped 3270s because that shit just works, and keeps on working. It's now all Windows-based at the front end, but everything in the backend is still Cobol on mainframes.

Comment Re:Opposite (Score 1) 540

I'm a millennial and expect to retire at 55.

You're probably the exception. I have numerous friends who are millenials, A disturbing number of them have no savings, no significant assets (don't own their own house), have kids to provide for, and no plans for retirement other than assuming the government's grand Ponzi scheme will still be running in 20-30 years' time.

Comment Re:Different != more accurate (Score 1) 74

Simple medical problems are simple. Typical medical problems are not.

Oh I don't know, I've always had great success treating patients using a course of leeches. A leech on the ear for ear ache, a leech on the bottom for constipation, just pop a couple down your codpiece before your go to bed.

Signed: Dr. Hoffmann of Stuttgart.

Comment Re:Different != more accurate (Score 1) 74

There's nothing indicating that the second or third opinion is correct.

Or will lead to a different outcome. The article says that in 21% of cases the diagnosis was completely changed, but not what the outcome of the treatment was. For a non-medical analogy, consider you have a rotting deck that needs fixing. You ask five builders in for a quote and get give different ways of addressing the problem. Most of them will probably end up fixing your deck, but they're all slightly different. Does this mean any of them are right or wrong?

An example from the medical field is blood pressure. Doctors are rewarded by their HMOs (see Goodhart's Law) for getting blood pressure within certain limits, so they aim for that even when it doesn't make sense - you get far, far more effect from lowering blood pressure at the extremes, even if you don't hit your target, compared to lowering it a few percent to hit your target.

So while the results are interesting, this needs more work to determine whether it's actually an issue or not.

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