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Comment Re:It was a joke to begin with (Score 1) 276

Of course anyone can be shown how to write a "hello world" application in any language but that doesn't make them a programmer.

We're talking about K-12 education here. The computer science training you give these kids is bound to be somewhat superficial, but it's still valuable. Part of what our education system is trying to offer at that level is a broad range of experiences so that students will be exposed to many things. When the time comes to start specializing in something (i.e. choosing a major in college), they will have a good idea of what subjects they enjoy and have an aptitude for. That's where they'll pick up the math and analytical skills and other foundational stuff. If they're not exposed to coding before then, it's much less likely they'll consider that path.

That's how it worked for me, anyway. I was not a computer hobbyist as a kid, but I had a programming class as a sophomore in high school that was pretty much just fiddling around with QBasic. I enjoyed it, and it came naturally to me. I ended up getting a computer science degree and I'm a working software engineer, a career I'm very happy in. Without that superficial high school coding experience, I don't think it would have crossed my mind to pursue a CS career. I am thankful for it.

Comment Re:Question for the editors (Score 4, Interesting) 410

Here's my question:

Mr. Sckreli, below is the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, a psychological tool for evaluating people for psychopathy. Please rate yourself on each trait on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 meaning "I do not exhibit this trait at all" and 10 meaning "I fully exhibit this trait".

1. GLIB and SUPERFICIAL CHARM
2. GRANDIOSE SELF-WORTH
3. SEEK STIMULATION or PRONE TO BOREDOM
4. PATHOLOGICAL LYING
5. CONNING AND MANIPULATIVENESS
6. LACK OF REMORSE OR GUILT
7. SHALLOW AFFECT
8. CALLOUSNESS and LACK OF EMPATHY
9. PARASITIC LIFESTYLE
10. POOR BEHAVIORAL CONTROLS
11. PROMISCUOUS SEXUAL BEHAVIOR
12. EARLY BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS
13. LACK OF REALISTIC, LONG-TERM GOALS
14. IMPULSIVITY
15. IRRESPONSIBILITY
16. FAILURE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OWN ACTIONS
17. MANY SHORT-TERM MARITAL RELATIONSHIPS
18. JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
19. REVOCATION OF CONDITION RELEASE
20. CRIMINAL VERSATILITY

Comment Got it right (Score 3, Informative) 91

Most of the articles I've seen about this inevitable dropoff in popularity have had an underlying implication that Niantic had done something very wrong. What is often left unsaid is the second part of this headline: it is still INSANELY profitable. SIX TIMES more profitable than its nearest competitor. Pokemon Go is still an app developer's wet dream. Yes, Niantic has had some big stumbles in their rollout, and yes, the fad has died down a lot. But they're still raking in money hand over fist, and they've still got a pretty loyal fan base, and if they're smart they'll continue to roll out new features to keep people interested for some time.

Comment Re:No thanks. (Score 4, Informative) 87

I read on a Kindle every day, and it's almost entirely content not purchased from Amazon. I use SendToKindle and InstaPaper to send interesting articles to my Kindle, I get books from the public library, Project Gutenberg, or buy them from other DRM-free sellers. Sometimes you have to convert from ePub using Calibre, but if you're already using Calibre to manage your eBooks, it's easy and seamless.

Comment Re:Smells Like A Fish Story (Score 1) 210

This is maybe possible, provided

  1. 1) he wasn't a very good programmer to start with
  2. 2) his job was very easy to automate
  3. 3) his manager was completely incompetent and had no idea what he was supposed to be doing

I know people who have been in QA for a half a decade who feel like they've forgotten how to code, but I bet if they started doing it again they'd pick it back up very quickly.

Comment Re:Not enough first-party content / Wasn't Hacked (Score 1) 230

Just out of curiosity, what are you missing by continuing to running homebrew channel on the vWii side? I guess you can't make use of the new controller (which everybody seems to agree doesn't add that much value anyway), and there's a little extra time switching modes, but otherwise it does pretty much what I want it to do, and homebrew is alive and well on Wii U.

Comment Online play (Score 1) 230

I still enjoy playing mine. I just hope that they continue to support online play for a good, long time, because Mario Maker and Splatoon will be pretty worthless without it.

I mean, I get why they'd discontinue a marginal platform like this, but Nintendo lives and dies by brand loyalty, and it would make me feel WAY less loyal to have several of my favorite games suddenly become mostly unplayable.

Comment Re:The polls are probably skewed towards elderly (Score 1) 585

It would be interesting to see a survey that also asked a few questions to determine how informed the survey taker is about this story and encryption in general. I bet if you could look at responses from people who met some moderate threshold of prior knowledge, you'd see huge support of Apple's stance. Maybe this is what they were trying to get at by looking at responses from people who owned a smartphone, but these days owning a smartphone doesn't really indicate any technical savvy.

Comment I feel like I'm missing something here... (Score 3, Insightful) 140

So, the guy whose name is currently on the registration (Leon Shiman, from what I've gathered) doesn't want to turn over the domain, but also isn't going to renew it? Is he being uncooperative on purpose? I know he hasn't been involved for years, but is he being antagonistic, or can they just not get hold of him, or what? It seems like this should be relatively simple to clear up, so what am I missing?

Comment Re:Physical store advantage? (Score 1) 203

Part of the genius of Amazon Prime is that it capitalizes on the sunk cost fallacy. I (happily) give them $100/yr to allow me to shop there with no shipping costs, and, by god, I'm going to get my money's worth. I'm not going to squander my sunk costs by shopping at some brick-and-mortar store! IMO, this is one of the biggest hurdles Walmart has to overcome.

I think Walmart is right that accessibility and immediacy is sometimes desirable. If I blow a tire on my bike and I want to ride to work tomorrow, I'm still heading to a brick-and-mortar store. I can grab a few groceries while I'm there.

I do also think they could leverage their distribution network. There's a Walmart on pretty much everybody's way home from work, and it's only a minor inconvenience to stop in to pick something up. I've done it before for larger items that Amazon wouldn't ship free.

But that Prime, though! I love it, and I wouldn't give it up, and there's no way I'd pay somebody else for a similar service in addition to it. That's where they've really got me. That's how Amazon went from something I only used for hard-to-find items to my go-to vendor for practically everything.

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