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Comment Re:Not worth it. (Score 3, Interesting) 260

I've had nothing but bad luck with btrfs, including irrecoverable data. (well, data not as valuable as time it would take to restore) It is my opinion that the push to make btrfs the new standard is happening way too quickly and for the wrong reasons. It has been my experience that it simply isn't as reliable as the more established file systems. I would highly recommend XFS over btrfs.

Comment Re:Urgh!!! (Score 2) 295

SWTOR didn't suck because of any sort of technical limitations. It sucked because of a lack of creative vision. They could have made a non-linear MMO, but weren't willing to take a risk. SWTOR was just a big cash grab. Non-linear MMOs ARE on the horizon. I played the Guild Wars 2 beta last weekend and it was amazing, and definitely not a WoW clone or theme park game.

Comment Um, I think some important facts are being ignored (Score 5, Insightful) 738

Software engineering as a private sector job is fairly new in the grand scheme of things. Programmers that are 40+ years old probably aren't even all that common, certainly nowhere near as common as programmers younger than that. I am not so sure programmers starting today will face quite the same challenges having grown up in the midst of the technology revolution. Furthermore, in ANY job you probably will see the older workers doing much more management compared to younger workers. I don't get how this is supposed to be news. Sounds like pointless fear-mongering to me.

Comment Depends on intelligence and motivation: (Score 1) 525

I believe it depends on how advanced your son is and what it is about programming that interests him. If he is highly analytic and mathematically inclined C could be a good start. Memory management in C is not simple though and pointers can be very confusing. Also, since it is pretty low level he won't be doing much in the way of graphics without learning an API. The good thing is so many languages share syntax with C.

However, if your son wants to learn programming predicated solely on his love of video games for instance, C may be a little too dry so to speak. In that case, I feel Flash is a good learning tool because it lets you very quickly and easily get graphics on the screen doing something. JavaScript/HTML5's canvas are a good choice as well.

If your son is gifted, and I don't mean in the way every parent thinks their child is, I mean truly advanced; I'd highly recommend the text "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs". It is the text used for the introductory computer science at MIT and many other colleges. The entire book is available for free online, with sample exercises, answers, etc. And since it is so widely used and well regarded there is quite a bit of help out there. The language this uses is Scheme, a dialect of Lisp. Again, this is if your son is at the level of an honors-student high school senior or college freshman. If he does make it through this book he will have a very firm understanding of important computer science concepts.

No matter what, your son will need SOME guidance. If you aren't able to provide it, you may want to set him up with an account on some web forums related to whatever you choose where he can ask questions.

Comment Re:News? (Score 5, Insightful) 362

It isn't so much that the item wasn't a fake (though an expert did claim it was genuine), so much as that in the case of antique violins, being fake doesn't mean its worthless by any stretch of the imagination. So, PayPal had someone destroy an irreplaceable piece of history out of their own ignorant policies.

Comment ...... Seriously? (Score -1, Offtopic) 356 Is this what Ask Slashdot has become? Seriously, are tablets in general not designed for travel? Please lets get some worthwhile questions on here, I don't know maybe something related to NEWS FOR NERDS or STUFF THAT MATTERS? "Asus Transformer Prime: This is currently my favorite, for a few reasons:" There you go, you answered your own question. All you are going to get is 100 other people's "favorites". Mod this comment down now.

Comment Re:It's the Same Everywhere (Score 2) 103

I think you hit the nail on the head with your first sentence. Obviously, companies aren't securing data out of the goodness of their hearts. I'm really not one for adding more laws but it seems to me there needs to be legal repercussions for negligence in regards to customer data. Of course, the issue is far deeper than a merely technical one. The US government isn't exactly known for holding corporations accountable; they much prefer to hold an individual's feet to the fire. So hold the whole damn company accountable. Even I'm not crazy enough to suggest criminal repercussions for negligent managers, after all each company is basically its own government so whos to say which individual is responsible, as you mentioned. So make breaches costly. And I'm not talking fining a multibillion dollar company $100,000. Base the fines on a (sizable) percentage of gross income per data breach. I can't think of any other reasonable way to give a company incentive to invest in security when its not crucial to their own business model.

Comment Re:It's the Same Everywhere (Score 1) 103

Its one thing when physical goods are at stake, but another entirely when private data of customers is at stake. The former is a calculated risk, the latter should be considered sacred. Furthermore its not like you can just automate walking down the street and trying to open every lock, but the same thing can and is easily automated on a computer. Take a look at your firewall logs, chances are you have a fair bit of attempted "break ins" that are just bots scanning an IP range for vulnerabilities. I'd be willing to bet the number of attempted online break-ins absolutely dwarfs the number of attempted physical break ins.

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