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Comment Re:History repeat itself. (Score 2) 126

On the side of the people driving this, yes, very likely. It is doomed to fail completely though, because coding is about as far as you can get from typical industrial work. What these morons are overlooking is that there is no mass-production stage with coding and that is exactly where most cheap industrial jobs are found.

Comment Re:Effective solution (Score 1) 126

I know the government wants to make coding the next blue collar job but it takes a lot of knowledge and practice to perfect the craft.

Only problem with that is that it will never happen. Really simple things like building a web-page do not require any coding anymore. But as soon as you get into things that does, you need far more than that and "advanced white-collar" is more were you will find it once this settles. Sure, at the moment there are a lot cheap and really bad coders around, but they destroy value, i.e. their work has negative productivity. The business world is slow to figure this out, but that cannot last. And when it is finally something generally known, many current coders will lose their jobs. The last thing we need is a whole additional bunch of bad coders.

Comment Re:Effective solution (Score 1) 126

Same here. I now have been coding for 30 years and I am still learning stuff. (Of course, I know a bit more than one language in one coding paradigm ...)

This "teach everybody to code" is really unmitigated nonsense. As any skill, coding takes a few years to get any good at it and it requires specific talents even for that.

Education

Arizona Bill Would Make Students In Grades 4-12 Participate Once In An Hour of Code (azpbs.org) 126

theodp writes: Christopher Silavong of Cronkite News reports: "A bill, introduced by [Arizona State] Sen. John Kavanagh [R-Fountain Hills] would mandate that public and charter schools provide one hour of coding instruction once between grades 4 to 12. Kavanagh said it's critical for students to learn the language -- even if it's only one session -- so they can better compete for jobs in today's world. However, some legislators don't believe a state mandate is the right approach. Senate Bill 1136 has passed the Senate, and it's headed to the House of Representatives. Kavanagh said he was skeptical about coding and its role in the future. But he changed his mind after learning that major technology companies were having trouble finding domestic coders and talking with his son, who works at a tech company." According to the Bill, the instruction can "be offered by either a nationally recognized nonprofit organization [an accompanying Fact Sheet mentions tech-backed Code.org] that is devoted to expanding access to computer science or by an entity with expertise in providing instruction to pupils on interactive computer instruction that is aligned to the academic standards."
AI

Americans Believe Robots Will Take Everyone Else's Job, But Theirs Will Be Safe, Study Says (cnbc.com) 337

An anonymous reader shares a CNBC report: You may accept, by now, that robots will take over lots of jobs currently held by human workers. But you probably believe they won't be taking yours. Though other industries are in danger, your position is safe. That's according to a report released by LivePerson, a cloud-based messaging company which surveyed 2,000 U.S.-based consumers online in January. Their researchers find that only three percent of respondents say they experience fear about losing their job to a robot once a week. By contrast, more than 40 percent of respondents never worry about it. And a whopping 65 percent of respondents either strongly or somewhat agree that other industries will suffer because of automation, but theirs will be fine.

Comment Re:For variable values of "practical" and "relevan (Score 1) 134

That is just my point. There is a big difference between a high-effort attack that is hard to do and a simpler one that has been done mass-scale. The second is a real risk, the first one is pretty irrelevant. Incidentally, the defects of the CA system are systematic, and they cannot be fixed by merely moving to a non-broken hash function.

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