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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

JustAnotherIdiot It already is? (313 comments)

In my high school, we were required to take at least one year of a programming course, I didn't know this wasn't the norm.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

JustAnotherIdiot Garbage. (2219 comments)

I've been reading slashdot since about 2004ish, and back then it was my one stop news site for tech stuff.
However, now, I only read it as a joke, a reminder of what used to be.
The editors are a joke, most of the articles put up aren't newsworthy and/or are very poorly edited/summarized.
And this new beta page? Absolute shit.
We get it, the current owners of slashdot don't give a single fuck.

I seriously doubt you hear us, but we hear you loud and clear.
I have no doubt that this beta page will be the straw that broke the camel's back, and long time members will leave in droves.

about 8 months ago
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Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

JustAnotherIdiot Goverment solution to everything. (365 comments)

Throw more money we don't have at the problem and maybe it'll go away.

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study

JustAnotherIdiot I don't think so, but... (338 comments)

As much as I do wish this would be the case, I don't think it's going to happen.
On the other hand, ten years ago I thought myspace would be around forever, and we all know how that turned out.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?

JustAnotherIdiot Video games. (231 comments)

When i think back to my elementary school, there was only one reason to visit the library other than to check out books, and that was to play games on the computers.

We had games like Spellevator Math Blaster as well as some adventure game that constantly quizzed various knowledges that I can't for the life of me remember the name of.
(I wish I did because I never beat it and I'd love to go back and do such now)

The point is, there's many an educational game out there, and it's an easy way to get younger kids learning things they may not otherwise take interest in.

about 9 months ago
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I think wearable computing will take off...

JustAnotherIdiot They already did. (254 comments)

My uncle would go off and rant and rave about how everyone was wearing these "gosh dang fangeled computers" on their wrists every time he saw me with my digital watch back in the 90s.
We didn't visit him much.

about 9 months ago
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User Alleges LG TVs Phone Home With Your Viewing Habits

JustAnotherIdiot Well of course he's upset. (286 comments)

He didn't want anyone to know he was watching teletubbies. How embarrassing.

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

JustAnotherIdiot Re:Really? (276 comments)

Remember back in high school where all the cool kids wanted alcohol because they were told they weren't allowed to have it?
It's the same thing. The US government is about to tell a bunch of nerds they can't have something, so they want it even more now.

about a year ago
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Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf the Web While Driving

JustAnotherIdiot "accessing the internet"? (365 comments)

This seems like a fairly broad statement. Despite what the horrible title says, people did NOT admit to "surfing the web" but "accessed the internet".
The only definition in this incredibly short article defining what that means is the following:

(e.g. check email, surf websites, etc.)

However, it doesn't say if they prefaced that when asking the question. If they simply asked me, for instance "Do you access the internet while you drive?", my answer would be "Yes, yes I do!"
Using google navigator, maps, etc? That access the internet. Even if it's sitting on my dash the entire time without me touching it, I am, indeed, accessing the internet while I drive.

I have a feeling that, gasp, this study was purposefully skewed for shock effect. And as per usual, slashdot took the bait.

about a year ago
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Next World of Warcraft Expansion: Warlords of Draenor

JustAnotherIdiot Re:I guess I'll see (156 comments)

Has there ever been an MMO where grinding wasn't a requirement?

about a year ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

JustAnotherIdiot No. (603 comments)

This will only cause more needless deaths.
I don't even trust the TSA to scan for bombs properly, and now you want me to put GUNS in their hand?
This would make me feel incredibly unsafe, and I guarantee you it wouldn't be long before we hear of shootings started by these idiots.

about a year ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air

JustAnotherIdiot Hmm... (471 comments)

Apple also announced that the new version of Mac OS X (10.9 Mavericks) is available now and is free to all Mac OS X users

I'd check for a "Courtesy of the NSA" fine print.

about a year ago
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No, the Earth (almost Certainly) Won't Be Hit By an Asteroid In 2032

JustAnotherIdiot Re:Well yeah, people are stupid. (142 comments)

And now with the updated number, so it's 1 in 50,000 odds of this hitting us, nearly 3,500 times more likely than a lottery win.

1 year,3 days
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No, the Earth (almost Certainly) Won't Be Hit By an Asteroid In 2032

JustAnotherIdiot Well yeah, people are stupid. (142 comments)

The odds of an impact at that time are incredibly low — in fact, the chance it will glide safely past us is 99.99998%! But that hasn't stopped some venues from playing up the apocalypse angle.

A 1 in 5,000,000 chance of this asteroid hitting is super high compared to the 1 in 175,223,510 odds of winning the grand prize in the Powerball lottery, yet tons of idiots still line up to play.

1 year,3 days
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For Playstation 4 Owners, Bad News On USB, Bluetooth Headsets

JustAnotherIdiot Re:Never buy consoles at launch. (292 comments)

Nope, typical change to "CEO/Board says we're not making enough money, fire all the workers and ship anything that's even half ready"

1 year,6 days
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For Playstation 4 Owners, Bad News On USB, Bluetooth Headsets

JustAnotherIdiot Never buy consoles at launch. (292 comments)

Shit like this is becoming more and more frequent, consoles are shipped missing key features with updates promised.
If it's not right, don't ship it. If it's not ready, don't ship it.
A company I used to work for lived by these words, if only the rest of the world did. (and if only they did too, they kinda don't anymore)

1 year,6 days
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Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?

JustAnotherIdiot One word. (348 comments)

Price
This is what drew me to Steam, this is what keeps me buying from Steam while my ps3/wii/etc gather dust.
If they keep up the constant sales and fairly good games on the Steam Machine like they're doing now on PC, yes, yes they can.

1 year,19 days
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The Next Big Fiber Showdown: Austin

JustAnotherIdiot 4th. (230 comments)

It'll cost $500/month to use, to make it's other plans still seem like good deals.

1 year,20 days

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