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Comment Re:New structure for school day (Score 1) 178

Absolutely! I'm putting a lot of effort into this. Indeed, if someone's presence is needed to keep systems running and other people being able to work, it is commonly perceived in the companies I work for as a problem: as many things as possible should be documented and automated. Because you know, shell scripts are much cheaper and reliable than humans, and nobody likes to ruin someone else's vacation.

Comment Re:New structure for school day (Score 1) 178

Yes, they do. And if someone in different timezone needs my help, they have to wait too. And if I'm on vacation, they have to wait sooo long or find someone else to help them. And if this is really, really nuclear core meltdown situation, I usually have my cell phone nearby, but this happens only as often as never. Otherwise, nobody is gonna die, so it is perfectly fine to wait.

Comment Re:stop working without any visible abuse. (Score 1) 163

Solid effort to prevent device from bricking must include upgradable firmware, so that once first devices are hit, rest may be patched. Also, it must include bootstrap ROM code, which will take over in case firmware is damaged and allow to restore it. And I use "must" here like in "there is absolutely no excuse for not using basic common sense". If manufacturer prefers to save some costs, it's a bet against hackers, and loser pays.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1165

Mass-shooters are not criminals, they are mentally ill.
And there are a lot for shades between criminals with free access to guns and criminals without access to guns. Personally, I'll prefer criminals to have as much trouble as possible obtaining gun, and for common psycho it is better to be near impossible without committing a crime, so he could be caught before shooting starts.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 3, Insightful) 616

Unfortunately, high school math isn't "basic understanding", it's in fact advanced. Most people do not have any idea how to multiply matrix to vector, or that matrix may be multiplied to something, or that matrix isn't just movie title. Or how parabola and hyperbola differ. Basic understanding is fourth-grade arithmetic (mentioned in the article) and this is absolutely not enough.
Sure one can code without learning math. And one can play in trash movies without learning acting. So much as I can apply a cast to someone's broken leg guided by google search result, but really should not unless we are in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. And I (and most people) should not sing in the opera even in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

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