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Comment Re:What's clear from this is (Score 1) 205

I posted it only yesterday.

> I run LittleSnitch on my mac, and when I open Chrome, it calls to several of Google's addresses: appspot-preview, gstatic, www, and fonts.. It also does that when opening an empty tab. It gets images and fonts and whathaveyou from those sites, (all unnecessary, BTW: the page functions just as well when all traffic is blocked), and it of course reports URLs for "malware" detection. That should give Google a nice bunch of data to work on.

Comment Re:Have to rule out Chrome (Score 3, Informative) 160

I run LittleSnitch on my mac, and when I open Chrome, it calls to several of Google's addresses: appspot-preview, gstatic, www, and fonts.. It also does that when opening an empty tab. It gets images and fonts and whathaveyou from those sites, (all unnecessary, BTW: the page functions just as well when all traffic is blocked), and it of course reports URLs for "malware" detection. That should give Google a nice bunch of data to work on.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 328

> The problem is there is no basic coding language.

Yes, there is. And it's called, drum roll, BASIC. Perfect language for kids to learn one or two things about programming. For programming, the important thing is to learn to express yourself explicitly. The language itself is not that important. Only the talented ones will continue anyway, and they should learn other languages, and preferably other styles (functional, logical).

However, I agree that it's total nonsense to give up foreign language education over programming.

Comment The didn't crack anything. (Score 5, Insightful) 152

Another misleading headline. They didn't crack anything. Was there seriously anyone who doubted for one millisecond that that feeling was not somewhere in the brain? Of course it bloody is. The scans didn't reveal anything except a location that shows more activity when the condition occurs, and –suprise, surprise– it's an area known for precisely this.

But did they discover what sets up this association? No. Why these people experience it so strongly? Neither. So no cracking, just "located the area", and even that's surrounded by uncertainty given the experimental conditions.

Comment Re:Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 1) 495

It's not just for-profit. Where I live, and in neighbouring countries as well, there is a tendency to think that more degrees is better, and at the same time that paying schools and universities according to their output is good. The outcome is that the institutes lower their standards. We have tons of people with BSc and Msc degrees in "Media and Communication Sciences" that can't distinguish an average from a square root.

Comment Re:Lisp to C (Score 1) 108

True. I wrote toy one 20 years ago with the assumption you wouldn't make circular data structures and it was pretty fast. You couldn't do things like (set (f ...) (g ...)) either, of course. But I couldn't and can't find good use for Lisp-to-C. There are good compilers out there, so why bother going via C?

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