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Comment Re:Too little at any time (Score 1) 100

We learned nothing.

I learned in the seventh grade (circa 1983) that the girls thought I came from a "poor" family because we didn't have cable TV to watch MTV and I didn't have an Apple ][ computer at home. It was so embarrassing. The funny thing is that I stopped watching TV once I got into college and I now own five computers (including a 2006 MacBook).

Comment Re:Effective solution (Score 1) 100

I would suggest they use a Toy language with a program counter and assembly primitives.

LOGO was quite popular on the Apple ][ for elementary schools in the 1980's. It taught students how to count steps, drop or pick up cursor, turn left or right at angles (i.e., 45-, 90-, 180- and 360-degrees), and make complex geometric shapes.

Also, no need to teach Higher-level abstractions such as Variables at an introductory level...... Registers are plenty sufficient.

Programming never made sense to me until after I got into college algebra to learn the order of operations and spent three years working years working as a video game tester. When I went back to community college to learn programming, everything fell into place and I graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Comment Re:Effective solution (Score 1) 100

Most of the class is just figuring out the ide, or getting the syntax right.

DOS EDIT was a bitch back in the day.

[,,,] make coding the next blue collar job but it takes a lot of knowledge and practice to perfect the craft.

So does carpentry, electrical, plumbing or any other skilled trade that face a shortage of workers as the native-born workforce is aging out and foreign workers are going home.

Comment Re:I don't worry... (Score 1) 330

Honest question, how would a person who has no assets (but does have a job) get their foot in the door to income they don't have to work for?

Comment Re:I don't worry... (Score 1) 330

That's one of the main points of developing a general-purpose AI.

That's what I read in the 1980's.

Just as adaptable as a human brain, but without the messy and expensive biological needs.

I guess you're never read "The Two Faces of Tomorrow" by James P. Hogan. ;)

Raymond Dyer's project had developed the first genuinely self-aware artificial intelligence that could learn and change its own programming to meet unanticipated problems. But could the AI—code-named Spartacus—be trusted to obey its makers And if it went rogue, could it be shut down As an acid test, Spartacus was put in charge of a space station and programmed with a survival instinct. Dyer and his team had the job of seeing how far the computer would go to defend itself when they tried to pull the plug. Dyer didn't expect any serious problems to arise in the experiment.

http://www.baen.com/the-two-faces-of-tomorrow.html

Comment Re:I don't worry... (Score 1) 330

Sad that you don't realize your situation is an outlier.

My entire life is an outlier. When God hands out lemons, most people suck it down with salt and tequila. I make lemonade.

Yikes. I REALLY hope you don't you lose your job.

Why would I lose my job? The five-year contract is fully funded. After I get my InfoSec certifications, I'll have a different job.

Comment Re: The cloud isn't safe... (Score 1) 59

Right. Because no one has ever suffered breaches to in-house infrastructure.

Except my file server is on a dedicated network not connected to the internet. Unless hackers have physical access to my file server, they're so out of luck.

Oh wait, Target. Oh wait, Home Depot. Oh wait, Yahoo multiple times. Oh wait, LinkedIn. Oh wait, Adobe. Oh wait, MySpace. Oh wait, Verizon Enterprise Services. Oh wait, Dropbox. Oh wait, tumblr.

Zee cloud, boss! Zee cloud!

Comment Re:I don't worry... (Score 1) 330

Government will send you packing for good in your late 50s or early 60s.

I work in government IT. Most of my coworkers are in their 60's and 70's. Unless Microsoft delivers on all the promises for SCCM 2016, they're not planning to retire any time soon.

And no chance you will live to 120 claiming government benefits for 43+ years.

I'm not planning on Social Security being available when I retire. The Wall Street Journal had an article that people who planned to live longer are less likely to outlive their retirement savings even if they live to be 115-years-old.

http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2017/02/17/the-people-least-concerned-about-outliving-their-savings-may-be-most-at-risk-financially/

Comment Re:I don't worry... (Score 1) 330

Better hope that job lasts.

I'm halfway through a fully funded five-year contract. Once I get my InfoSec certifications, I'll be looking for a new job.

You do not want to hit the market at 50+.

I'm the second youngest on my team. Most of my coworkers are in their 60's and 70's.

You might be the greatest programmer in the world, but if you won't "culture fit" with the 20 year olds, you'll stay unemployed.

I'm not a programmer per se. I may have an associate degree in programming but I don't do that for a living. I do IT support work for the enterprise environment.

You might be the greatest programmer in the world, but if you won't "culture fit" with the 20 year olds, you'll stay unemployed.

The last time I worked with 20 year olds was when I was a video game tester for six years. Even then I was "over the hill" for that job by being in my early 30's.

Intelligent people move into management in their 30s-40s (or, even better, have saved enough money that they can retire at 50 and do hobby projects)

Intelligent people have multiple streams of income in addition to their current job, and have plenty of options to fall back on.

Comment Re:I don't worry... (Score 1) 330

You have been doing support for decades.

My technical career started 20+ years ago. I've been doing IT support for the last 12 years or so.

You are at a time in life where most successful IT people begin to retire.

I'm only 47-years-old. I still have another 30 years before I retire and another 43 years before I die at 120-years-old.

You are your counterpoint, except there is no gold watch and pension.

My current government IT job gives me a month off each year, and I got extra month of pay as a Christmas bonus last year.

You should be worrying.

Only people who don't plan for the future need to worry.

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