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Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 370

The whole point of school is to give you a somewhat shallow but very broad education. Math, chemistry, physics, literature, art, history, engineering, and yes, computer programming, are among the bricks that build the foundation of that basic eduation.

Nobody's recommending you be a proficient coder by the time you get out of primary school, just that you've been exposed to it. This gives you both the opportunity to see if you have an aptitude for it and if you enjoy it and want to dig deeper.

I'm extremely thankful that an observant instructor pointed me at an Apple II many years ago. Although the student in my class all got basic exposure to computres, I was the only one that reallly latched onto it. I had to self-teach basic all the way to assembly, and would surely have gotten more involved with it had a programming class been available. I had to wait until high school for that, and by that time my computer aptitude rivaled the computer teacher. She taught me pascal 1 and then I taught her pascal 2. Needless to say I didn't learn much more from her. I had to wait until college to get a real computer education. I wish I had been given earlier opportunities... so I completely support this.

I don't know if something more akin to VB would be more appropriate for this generation though, especially for younger kids. They need to find a way to keep things visual and keep the typing and algorythmic complexity in check at the very beginning.

Comment what did they use for an output device? (Score 0) 127

It has that sort of sound quality you hear from people trying to recreate the Imperial March using floppy disk drives or printer carriages. Does anyone know what they were using for an actual sound output device? Was it a speaker or something else? Maybe like the floppy drive players it was something mechanical the computer could control that was being repurposed?

Comment Re:Call a spade a spade (Score 1) 222

Can we just call a spade a spade, and treat "lobbying" as a bribe? I'm getting sick of seeing this blatant corruption.

Lets not forget these laws were passed by elected officials. When you "follow the money" you find that interests find pairs of politicians competing for office where one of then tends to vote for the company's interests, and the other does not. They shower the one that does with political donations. That money goes toward advertising during the next election. Remember, it's still the people that vote him back in. They're just biased due to the unequal campaign funding going on. But they're still uninformed voters doing a bad job at voting.

As much as people hate on the companies and the politicians. it's the dumb voters that make it all work. The politicians are motivated by greed, and you can't fix that. (you really can't even blame them for being greedy - it's a pretty universal thing, and you certainly can't outlaw greed) The only thing you really can try to fix are the voters. Educate the public, fix the voters, and the laws will fix themselves once the process starts working as designed.

Until then, complaining about how greedy people are raining on your parade is about as useful as pissing into the wind.

Comment Re:BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!!! (Score 1) 259

Well I don't think it's fair to say they haven't been trying at all, but they didn't put nearly enough effort into it from the start. (their OS was originally marketed to businesses, and they operated for a long time under the assumption that somehow this made the network totally trustworthy) Unix came from an academic setting, and there you are full of geeky, talented, bored students looking for a challenge or a vent, and that makes your network more hostile than the internet of today.

So they evolved in a totally different environmnet, even though they both ended up in the same pot at the end. Microsoft's malware approach is the same as irresponsible antibiotic use - slow to respond, with broad application of low strength with only verty gradual increasing effectiveness. It only breeds in resiliance, and fosters superbugs, which is basically the state of the internet now. Windows is living in a "post antivirus world" of sorts, where all the malware has had decades to evolve all the cunning required to help it survive some of the best AV efforts available today, now that they've (belatedly) decided it's time to get serious about it.

Microsoft doesn't have the track record to stop a runny nose, let alone cancer.

Comment Re:What makes them worse (Score 1) 429

T.gondii. It's endemic just about everywhere domestic cats can be found. It infects humans too, though it can't reproduce in them. In humans it concentrates in the brain, usually to symptoms so mild they go unnoticed - the victim just feels tired and slightly feverish for a short time - but the presence of the parasite has been linked to a number of mental health conditions.

sounds like "cat scratch fever" ?

Comment Re:Apple is trying to make money? (Score 2) 311

I think TFA has the cause and effect backwards.

That's the first thing that came to mind for me. "Cart before the horse much?"

Good businesses carefully examine growing trends, and look for ways to leverage their existing assets and market positions to their advantage. Great businesses anticipate and plan future trends, build and position their assets in advance, and back the trends that they will then be in a perfect position to capitalize on in the future. It's all about strategic planning over the long term. An ounce of planning is worth a pound of reacting,

Comment Re:Bullshit - Neither OS X or Windows work that wa (Score 1) 82

how is this any different than say, a modified router? Or a computer acting as a gateway? Is this device just intercepting unencrypted network traffic? Like any point on the internet can?

That would be no more earth-shattering than hearing that someone found a way to read my postal mail.

If you want privacy, you should be using end-to-end network encryption of some sort. Be it VPN, pgp email, ssh, etc. If you're sending in the clear and trusting every member of a huge network of random actors between you and your destination, you're stupid. Once it leaves your computer, it's fair game. It doesn't matter if it's getting sucked up at one of the NSA's big facilities, your ISP, the public kiosk's router, or a random ethernet adapter you found laying on the ground.

Comment Re:Really, plaintext passwords? (Score 2) 48

While I'm not a fan of the "we need to have a law for everything" mentality, this I could make an exception for. Storage of password in plain or recoverable formay should consitute criminal neglegence. Site operators have NO legitimate need to keep plaintext passwords, and expose users to that risk without warning. Imagine if they did give warning?

Creating new account. Enter username and password below. (note: your password will be stored in plaintext)

hell no?

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