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Comment Re:Normally I'm pro regulation (Score 1) 146

"That said, I don't think those forces have ever really been allowed to operate to their full extent, for a sufficient amount of time, outside of fictional accounts"

Is the word "monopoly" fictional? That is the end result of non-regulated market forces. Next time you read about a blockbuster M&A just substitute "increased market share" with "reduced competition". And with reduced competition comes less pressure to innovate and improve.

My guess is that Theranos will stop marketing itself as a technologically innovative company. Instead it will try to get funding to compete as a service provider at the national level in hopes of leveraging its name recognition into enough market share to be acquired. The end game of many an entrepreneurial MBA.

Comment Think of the Children! (Score 1) 331

If VB were to be open sourced some poor misguided fool might start using it to teach kids how to code in a simple point and click environment when they could be learning how to create responsive web pages! Why bother learning to do it yourself when you can just pull in megabytes of other peoples code to do your left padding!

Submission + - Telltale Signs You're Much Smarter Than Average

xanthos writes: Interesting post on LinkedIn by author Dr. Travis Bradberry regarding traits identified with intelligence: Anxiety, Early Reader, Left Handedness and Music Lessons.

So Slashdotters, how many of these traits apply to you? And what does this imply for secure right handed video watching music streamers?

Comment Think of the Old People! (Score 1) 149

Unless you're like a grandma who's only electronic device besides a TV is her Kindle that she was gifted.

Damn, where are my mod points when I need them!

A couple of years ago we gifted our aging parents with Kindles and they love them!

And yes, the only other technology they own is their TV. No computers, no smartphones, no WiFi.
So what should they do? Find someplace in the sticks with free WiFi and figure out how to connect? Go and side load off a public library computer?
Great options for an 83 yro newbie who doesn't drive.

So I guess Amazon's REAL solution for people like them to access their paid for content will be for us to buy them new Kindles! and BTW, the trade in value for the older models is $0.

Guess we know how Bezos is paying for his space toys.

Comment Have them convert between Arabic and Roman numbers (Score 2) 140

I taught an intro to programming course years ago and having them convert an Arabic number to Roman numerals was one of my favorites.

There are lots of CS constructs that come into play including number and string manipulation, looping constructs, if/then logic, etc.

They also get to see that there is more than one way to solve the problem and that some solutions can be far more elegant than others.

Comment Car (Insurance) Analogy! (Score 1) 113

In the US all or most states require you to have liability insurance to pay for any injuries or death, required just like the ACA mandates/requires you to buy health insurance.

Guess what, some people don't. Or they just pay the initial premium to show coverage and then let the policy lapse.

So some states also mandate that you have additional coverage in case the other guy is un-insured or under-insured (i.e. not enough to cover your co-pay).

These APP companies are the un-insured guys. They could be responsible and provide benefits typical of the jobs they provide, but instead they want it to be somebody else's problem.

Did anyone notice that they didn't actually propose anything beyond 1) we shouldn't have to pay and 2) stop suing us.

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