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Comment I blame "whole word reading". (Score 3, Interesting) 153

I blame "whole word reading".

Pople who learned to read that way simply do not read for pleasure. They read when they are required to do so, but not otherwise.

If you are a "whole word reader", and you encounter a word you've never seen before, it's off to the dictionary to look up the new ideogram (since that how the words are taught using that method), even if you actually use the word daily when speaking.

I've occasionally wondered if we are going to have to make books available in "text speak", in the same way that we make them available in braille, in order to comply with the Americans With Disabilities act.

Comment Re:"Build better bridges" (Score 1) 129

I'm pretty sure the Romans thought their empire was going to last forever, and built based on that eventuality.

So what you're arguing is that the Romans would have build just as ephemerally as we do, even though they didn't expect to be ephemeral, had slaves, and didn't have labor unions that needed make-work contracts to keep the workers happy.

By "selection bias", you are referring to the Romans killing engineers and architects who built things that fell down, leaving only non-dead engineers and architects to design and build new things, right?

Comment "Build better bridges" (Score 2) 129

"Build better bridges".

Not really. The better we've become at engineering, the more we cut the bridge designs from "massively overbuilt, in such a way as to endure they never fall apart" to replace them with "barely overbuilt, in such a way as the first storm slightly out of the overage tolerance we've allowed will cause everything to be destroyed".

Seems stupid.

Rather than trying to figure out how to cut our tolerances as close to the bone as possible, we should probably go back to massively overbuilding things -- and then use our knowledge of tolerances to *ensure* they are massively overbuilt.

If we did that, we wouldn't have things like the 2007 I-35W bridge collapse happening. The bridges might sink into the ground under their own weight, but they wouldn't be collapsing.

Comment There's several options. (Score 4, Funny) 415

There's several options.

(1) Don't use a lot of password protected services; that way: less to remember.

(2) Live with being occasionally hacked.

(3) The Bratva solution: someone hacks you, send someone to shoot them in the head.

I don't know about you, but I'm kind of partial to #1, with #3 being a close second. I don't particularly like #2.

Comment You actually can't do this. (Score 2) 337

No longer UC's property, no longer UC's problem. And still available to whoever may wish to view it.

You actually can't do this.

Trying to put something in the public domain to get out from under legal liability is the reason things like the MIT and BSD license exist: in order to attach a hold harmless clause, you have to assert Copyright, such that the only terms on which the content may be legally used is via agreement to the terms of the license.

It's unfortunate that there is not a blanket hold harmless exception for works placed in the public domain, but there's none. It's very difficult to make something actually public domain, these days.

Comment Re:Please retitle this article. (Score 1) 1001

Code schools aren't the place to go if you want to be a "rock star" at Google or Facebook. These are designed to turn out junior developers, or "apprentices" as they're known at Software Guild, which currently has 16 instructors and 148 students split between in-person and online programs. Students learn just enough to be dropped into teams of more experienced coders and continue their education at a company, even as they draw a competitive full-time salary.

So you can drop them onto a team at "Bob's Software Company" to continue their education... and when they get good enough... "Screw Bob! I'm going to Google!".

What's the incentive to Bob to hire these gits who are just using his company as a free method of not paying DeVry Institute or a similar company for their vocational education? Because if I were Bob, I'd be kind of pissed, since my company was created to create software, not provide vocation education.

Why should I pay someone to attend my (now) vocational education company, again? Because students who are rookies should be paid to be students, while at the same time soaking up cycles from my senior developers, so that they can't produce complex code for me, either?

Someone must thing Bob's a fricking moron... "Here's some students to teach at your vocational institute, while not getting a lot of useful effort out of them. And oh, by the way: the tuition is a negative number".

If you want to be an apprentice some place, become an electrician, a plumber, or an HVAC specialist. Software Engineering doesn't *have* apprentices, because they don't have a *union* to prevent people not in the union from getting jobs as software engineers!

Comment Homeopathic WMDs! OMG! (Score 2) 642

Homeopathic WMDs! OMG!

So, let me see if I have the summary right:

1. Take a large rock in space
2. Dilute that rock with space, yielding a large space rock tincture
3. Repeat the process until you have a small space rock tincture
4. Drop the small space rocks on Earth, from the height of the moon (works because the moon is "up" and the Earth is "down")
5. Kaboom!
6. ???
7. Profit!

My god! What if she thinks to use space dust, instead! The more you dilute a homeopathic tincture like that, the more effective it becomes! We're all doomed!

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