Wise Guys on WHO Radio - November 14, 2015

Brian Gongol

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Tech questions for tonight's debate

The moderators should ask the Presidential candidates:

  1. What role should the government play in ensuring nationwide broadband access?
  2. Does the military need a branch devoted exclusively to cyber-warfare?
  3. How would you promote the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) in office?
  4. Are all college majors equal, or do STEM fields deserve preferential treatment?

And I would also like to ask the candidates: Have you ever tried to learn any programming language? I would ask not because I really care whether the President knows how to write Javascript, but because the process of learning how to write code teaches a person quite a lot about how computing works. I don't like the idea of technology as magic or something that comes out of a black box somewhere: Just like learning a foreign language has material benefits to a person's ability to think and problem-solve, so does learning a computer language. And it would demonstrate a certain capacity for learning and a necessary type of curiosity that would be of great value in a President.

The terrorist attacks in Paris

In the news this week

Aviation News Mitsubishi claims starting from scratch helps it build a super-efficient regional jet

Computers and the Internet Google is getting into the manufacture of computer chips
Not content to make the software, they're venturing into the deepest heart of hardware

Computers and the Internet Apple's new iPad Pro is 12.9" in diameter
...blurring the lines altogether between "tablet" and "laptop" sizes

Computers and the Internet Samsung's $600 "Galaxy View" tablet has an 18.4" screen

Computers and the Internet Google and Tag Heuer roll out a $1,500 smartwatch
Get a smartwatch, but get a cheap one, then beat the crap out of it as most people do to their regular watches. Then replace it in a couple of years with one from the next generation. Unless there's something you simply cannot live without in the smartwatch you've been craving, everyone should start with the Pebble. For $100 (less when on sale, as they frequently are), you can test whether you get any real utility out of a smartwatch without committing hundreds and hundreds of dollars to a piece of vanity jewelry.

Computers and the Internet Google launches "YouTube Music" app for phones
People already use YouTube heavily for listening to music (whether or not they watch the videos), so this is hardly a groundbreaking step -- other than admitting that's what people use YouTube for

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