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Comment Re:It was a joke to begin with (Score 1) 278

Maybe. We also don't need a generation of people who can muddle through poetry analysis, so they can go work as middling college professors.

There's value in knowledge for knowledge's sake. There's value in everyone having enough programming knowledge to know they're not "magic boxes", in the same way as there's value in people understanding how electricity works at a basic level.

Therefore I'm somewhat confused as to what "We don't need all these kids employed in our field, ('driving down my wages' is usually implied although not always said)" attitude is.

I for one, look forward to a generation of people who when faced with a basic issue can plug in their own monitor, and maybe have a useful discussion about technological issues as opposed to running away and passing laws against the 'scary magic box that's going to take my job away".

Now CS class may not be the best solution, I'll grant you, but it's better then the nothing everyone is proposing to replace it with.


Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 2) 588

Mark 16:15-16

And he said to them, âoeGo into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 24:10-20

And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. ...

And that was just 3 minutes of cursory research.

The point being, we're all living in the same glass house and it behoves all of us to be sparing with our rocks :).

For the record, in the 'none of the above' camp, being a follower of the flying spaghetti monster, may His noodley appendages flavor your life with aromatic spices.


Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 588

And I would put it to you that once again, you could swap places with Christianity and Islam in your statement. Even as a total outsider to both cultures, the simple math when you consider there's 2.08 BILLION Muslims in the wold will tell you that if anything more then a "small subset" (I'd say very small myself) of them wanted to "spend their entire lives trying to spread Islam" we'd notice, because they'd be at our doors every day!

The argument is even more striking when you consider how small a proportion of that 2.08B must be who favor violence, given that we're both still here to argue with each other.


Comment Re:Stupid (Score 2) 243

You cannot haul loads of people or freight on batteries

Logic and reality means nothing to these officious, ignorant twits.

Yes, because ad hominem attacks are the solution to our problems. If only there was a solution for moving people without desiel, but such a thing is obviously not possible right?


Comment Re:Time to create a distinction? (Score 2) 80

Isn't that basically what humans do all the time? We're really good pattern recognition systems (sometimes too good, that's why we keep seeing the Flying Spaghetti Monster in our grilled cheese sandwiches. Humans are notoriously bad for finding patterns in randomness and attaching significance to it.)


Comment Archives (Score 1) 348

I once did a stint working for govt, in the dept of Education. Interestingly, that department also had responsibility for libraries and archives.

We had an effort underway to in the 1990s to copy records form 8" disks to 3.5 inch floppies in order to ensure their viability. It was non-trivial to find a working 8" floppy, but fortunately most of the data was in flat text which made it easier then dealing with proprietary formats.


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