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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

failedlogic Re:Ability to design and write software... (577 comments)

> requires foundations laid down in the 5th and 6th grade of school, mostly math, but also the interest and desire to learn.

I'm good to very good at math and interested in computers. So I thought I would be a programmer. I couldn't quite figure out some concepts as easily but more importantly there were some people that could code in circles around me. Depends also on the language used, textbooks and documentation. Some people have it some don't and you most certainly can't teach that. You also can't really predict who has it and who doesn't.

I think some languages are probably more suited to strong Math skills. Others are for people that are more Systematic thinkers. And others probably demand more Artistic skills think where end goal is graphics (math there too!), web, UI.

As I've learned career choice isn't just a matter of choice but of circumstance. Assuming a Coal Miner can't code is presupposing a lot about their work duties and abilities. Heck, some might make a better CEO or Mayor than Bloomberg.

5 days ago

The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

failedlogic Re:Reality in the USA.... (529 comments)

"Smart and gifted kid? Shove them to the back of the class. Oh that not so bright kid that can run and catch really good? he is a superstar!"

I can't speak of the entire job market, but there are a lot of very smart people without jobs right now. If smart kids are encouraged to be smart and pursue higher academic goals, we need an economy that can support them first and not just at the Grad school level. One major hurdle is TFA posted yesterday about Gates predicting workforce replaced by AI/Robots article. We need to plan and prepare for the future by having real discussions on the future workforce. With all the recent unemployed/underemployed Grads right now, there isn't much motivation as it is.

The start-your-own business model fails miserably when too many people are competing for finite resources.

"Teachers are scared to death of kids that are smarter than them"
Not only that but we have an education system that 'forces' everyone to think the same way.

about a month ago

How Data Storage Has Grown In the Past 60 Years

failedlogic Re:Using 'songs' as units of measurement? (100 comments)

Not once did the author of TFA bother to use the LOC (Library of Congress) as a measure of data. Now I'm totally lost. I don't even know how much data a GB or a TB can store. Please use the LOC measure next time! It is less confusing.

about a month ago

Apple's Hiring Spree of Biosensor Experts Continues As iWatch Team Grows

failedlogic Privacy regulations (62 comments)

There are all kinds of biosensors available that don't connect to the Internet. An Apple device presumably will.

There is enough concern with the amount of information being collected with an iPhone. Consumers should be cautious about providing their personal health info with Apple. I would only hope whatever information is stored on Apple servers, it is regulated like other HIPAA info. At the least, if Apple needs to be HIPAA compliant and information is breached, big fines and other penalties will/should follow.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

failedlogic Re:I gave up and used a tablet (134 comments)

I was looking at youtube videos of PDFs on various tablets. It looks like with book format the larger hi-res tablets (like iPad w/Retina) and some of the newer 9-10.1" Androids with similar hi-res display (2048 x 1152-ish) do a much better job of displaying the full page of text and are legible to read. I find the small screens make reading difficult and strenuous on the eyes.

I'm going to grad school soon and I'm debating buying a tablet or getting a new laptop with hi-res display. I just want to setup something where I don't have to sit down and read all day long. I'd think a laptop would make that easier or tablet with one of those stands. I'm not clumsy but I dread the idea of dropping a $500+ tablet while sitting down to read.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

failedlogic Re:Tempest in a teapot (2219 comments)

I also don't care about the stories in and of themselves on Slashdot. I occasionally RTFM. Most of the time I read the comments. I like the moderation and I can easily adjust up or down depending on how much I want to read about a particular subject.

The comments on this site are generally intelligent and have added greatly to my tech knowledge over the years. I'd also add I have a deeper respect for different types of people and people pursuing different careers as a result of reading their comments.

I was on another web forum and just quit outright. With no moderation the comments on that site became a waste of time to read.

I like the current Slashdot site. Please don't change it. Slashdot it perfect as is.

about 2 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

failedlogic Solution (664 comments)

Putting this in a Faraday cage is sure to generate a report "Employee is well shielded from management and employees. Recommend promotion to CEO."

about 2 months ago

Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec

failedlogic Re:plastics the new paper (398 comments)

Canada makes polymer bills. The first polymer bill produced was the $100 CAD. Not too long after it was released, counterfeits were reported. This is a CBC story from May 2013. Too bad, for the longest time $100 and $50 paper bills weren't accepted at retail even if legal tender for fear it was counterfeit. Hopefully this doesn't happen with the new polymer bills.


about 2 months ago

Should Everybody Learn To Code?

failedlogic Re:Perhaps not everybody, but many more (387 comments)

This. It is even worse when said employee does this as their full-time job and it is in the government. The government has IT staff that could easily automate some of these jobs and they wouldn't be backlogged all the time.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Linux Set To Be PC Gaming's Number Two Platform?

failedlogic Premise of story a bit odd (281 comments)

The premise here is a bit odd. Windows is the obvious #1 platform on PC but the #2 Mac doesn't have a close second to Windows globally. Taking 2nd place here isn't very hard. There aren't even many desktop OSes capable of running modern games now. I also though Linux wasn't a "platform" since it isn't an OS, its the kernel. Anyhow, given the small number of desktop gaming OSes, it won't be hard to be #3 or #4. Unless I'm mistaken. Maybe there are a lot of gamers using DOS, OS/2, Solaris, BSD, BeOS, QNX ....

about 3 months ago

Facebook Puts 10,000 Blu-ray Discs In Low-Power Storage System

failedlogic Re:Write once? (153 comments)

There's a new (and rather expensive) Sony product: http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/m... that they're saying will be in densities up to 300 GB. From what I've read it looks like a Blu-Ray sized MiniDisc.

I'm not saying these are any better, but there is higher optical densities becoming available. They're targeting high-end video right now in the US markets. I tried to read-up more on this out of curiosity a while back but majority of info in on Sony.jp site site in Japanese. At $6,000 for the drive alone, hopefully there'll be some cheaper alternatives out there. The media prices are much less .. I see one site with a 300 GB disc for $50.

It seems Sony is partnering up with Panasonic. Hopefully something interesting happens with this.

I'd like a backup alternative to DVDs and doesn't seem to be worth the leap to go to Blu-Ray and most tape is too expensive for home use (and/or hard to find).

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

failedlogic Re:Probably some telphone code (533 comments)

I'm having the same problem. I'm looking for a cell-phone with rotary dial.

about 3 months ago

Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

failedlogic Used to have respect (117 comments)

I used to have a lot of respect for 60. Since Rather was let go, Wallace, Bradley and Rooney passed away, the show just doesn't feel the same. There was definitely more integrity to the show 5 to 10 years ago. I'm not just talking about recent pieces that have taken criticism. The show has access to people and places few other shows have because of the history and reputation. I'm not sure how much longer that will hold up either.

I'm sorry 60 Minutes. You should really be more careful before releasing future pieces. Go back to the standards you had before or you will definitely lose a long time viewer.

about 3 months ago

Encrypted PIN Data Taken In Target Breach

failedlogic Re:Why are they storing this data anyway? (213 comments)

I don't work in PCI compliance, but I've been reading up on it. This is, as I've understood it, a violation of PCI. Adding to parent comment, that it was taken "in-flight" is probably as much a rule breaker .... and one has to wonder how if this data was not being stored just how long it was being taken "in-flight". There's several million cards been taken from the news release. This might represent several hours worth of transactions (given the busy time of the year) so if this info was tapped for a few hours this is concerning.

about 4 months ago

A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

failedlogic Re:Advancing in what direction? (501 comments)

On the one hand, I agree. Not having internal expansion is a real killer on a desktop especially at that price point. OTOH, it used to be that on desktops/workstations you "needed" an add-on card to add sound, video and ethernet. Many on-board chips are good enough now that you don't need an add-in.

The only people needing internal expansion on this system will likely be for discrete cards for additional processing.

Apple opened a new production facility - in the USA - just to make a Mac Pro. It leads me to believe there might be a lower end model coming so production will be at full capacity.

about 4 months ago

Free Software Foundation Endorses a "Truly Free" Laptop

failedlogic Re:Umm, okay, but... (340 comments)

"...1024x768 12.1-inch screen "

I'm so used to using a desktop with a 20"+ screen that every time I try to use my 14" laptop screen, I can't bear to use it. Add to that the small keyboard and track pack. By the time I'm done modifying my laptop to useable state - adding a mouse, a full keyboard, disabling the trackpad and adding a monitor ... I have a desktop. I don't see the point in a laptop unless one truly needs portability.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

failedlogic Re:Checksums? (321 comments)

I don't have a large amount of critical data to backup (mostly documents for research). I've been using PAR (or rather relying on it) to verify and correct errors when recovering data.

That said, I realize I should probably also have a checksum. Should one consider a different algorithm then MD5, for example to prevent collisions of the hashes?

about 4 months ago



Dealing with Porn Addiction

failedlogic failedlogic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

anonymous coward (627314) writes "I'm addicted to 'Internet' porn. I call it Internet porn, because I believe I would not have the problem if not for the Internet. The anonymity, volume of material available and being able to keep it hidden from others are strong motivators for maintaining the behavior. I've tried deleting images only that I keep wanting or downloading more. I've filled many DVDs with Porn and still have over 100 GB at this point. I know I've downloaded much more. Its been an ongoing habit now for 10 years, starting in early adulthood. Has anyone else had this problem and been able to overcome it? Are there any suggestions to minimize the behavior such as keeping only a small collection of images? I have found it to be an incredible waste of time and want to stop or control the behavior. I'm still able to do other activities like sports, a normal social life, work and so on, its just this behavior is very, very easy to hide from others."

Changing Keyboard in Workplace

failedlogic failedlogic writes  |  more than 5 years ago

failedlogic (627314) writes "The keyboard I am using at my current employer is uncomfortable that by the end of the work day my wrists hurt a bit. I brought this up with my manager and IT and the company does not allow keyboards to be changed unless authorized by management and a doctor's medical certificate. This seems odd, as my request for a keyboard change is a preventative measure to workplace injury. In other similar sized companies where I worked the process was ask and its done. I would simply like to install a keyboard that I feel is comfortable and correct (I have studied ergonomics BTW). I'm not alone in complaining about the keyboards for the same reason. Since the current policy seems too complicated, I've considered just installing a keyboard. I don't want to take unnessary risks but there is no indication in Computer Use Policy or any company documentation that mention said procedure and the necessary requirements."


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