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David Semeria
Re: Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code - http://avc.com/2014...
"First point: yes, they're teaching the kids to be users, not programmers. Your second point is very similar to how the mouse will work. One kid will be the mouse and every time the user moves the mouse, the mouse kid will call the OS kid and say "mouse has moved up a bit and left a bit". The OS kid will then call the screen kid (at the blackboard) and say "move the pointer up and to the left" and finally the screen kid will call the pointer kid (with a big pointer on a stick) who will actually move the pointer." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code - http://avc.com/2014...
":)" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code - http://avc.com/2014...
"It's more a question of explaining the most important principle in computing: abstraction -- ie the fact that a given layer can only communicate with those immediately above and below. I was thinking of explaining this principle using 3 kids with telephones. Kid A can only talk to kid C by asking kid B (who is contact with both) to pass on the message, Except that instead of phones I want to use bananas." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code - http://avc.com/2014...
"I think we'll doing it in January. Video will be tricky for privacy reasons and also the fact that it will all be in Italian. Will certainly post some photos if the parents are ok with that." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code - http://avc.com/2014...
"Here in Italy my 11 year old son has just started learning about IT at school. I read his text book and became depressed. It's full of things like "How to use in start button in Windows". He has learned that stuff by himself, thorough trial and error. What is missing is any notion of what a computer is and how it works. So I proposed to his teacher that I came in and explained. But not using a blackboard, I wanted to something different which would hold their attention. So we're going to build a computer out of students. Each one will wear a hat defining his or her function (RAM, OS, keyboard, etc) and they will hold colored ropes which will define the communication channels (red for output, green for input). We'll then run a program on our human computer (I was thinking of tic-tac-toe or Connect 4). I don't know if the experiment will work, but at least we'll have some fun." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Immigration in the Rear View Mirror - http://themusingsofthebigredcar.com/immigra...
"Off to bed now. 2 am here. To be continued...." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Immigration in the Rear View Mirror - http://themusingsofthebigredcar.com/immigra...
"So, in a word, yes -- the USA is in war mode. Not in military terms, but in rhetoric. Internal strife only weakens the external facade. The language is of "us" and "them" (fill in as appropriate based on racial or political views). Not much bridge building and mucking in going on. A divided country is not a strong country. True, it's the democratic process in action, but -- as you have pointed out -- other countries have noticed." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Immigration in the Rear View Mirror - http://themusingsofthebigredcar.com/immigra...
"Hi BRC. I don't live in the States so I'm not qualified to comment on what goes on there. But I will say one thing. The Boss is a wartime consigliere. Now, Tom Hagen was a very good consigliere, but not in war. Tom built bridges, he sought consensus; he didn't do anything rash. But when it came to war? Sorry Tom, you're out -- as the quote goes. If I were in a trench -- which thank God I have never been, and hope I never will -- I would like someone like the Boss at my side. Someone with not only a very clear idea of who is right and who is wrong, but, much more importantly, someone who can get me to the end of the battle with my heart still pumping. In other words, the Boss is good in a fight. But this leads me to ask: why wasn't the wartime consigliere the permanent consigliere? Why switch consigliere personality types based on the likelihood of your ass getting popped? Why not stick with the guy with the biggest and brassest of balls regardless of the situation? I don't know the..." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: The Emerging Architecture Of Internet Applications - http://avc.com/2014...
"Comparing Diaspora and Facebook's user stats highlights the difference between words and actions. If people were so genuinely concerned about privacy, the subscriber numbers would be inverted. So I don't think there's much upside in promoting the blockchain to the masses on a trust ticket. However, I think the opposite is true when it comes to companies. As Fred once said: Don’t be a Google Bitch, don’t be a Facebook Bitch, and Don’t be a Twitter Bitch. Be your own Bitch. Open API's on top of the blockchain would be everybody's bitch - and therefore no-one's. I believe identity and authentication are the most obvious places to start." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Comments Are Dead, Long Live Comments - http://avc.com/2014...
"Let it go Andy. Drink some Pappy." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"Peter, irony doesn't really work on the interwebs." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"Good point Dave. Albert Wenger makes this point often: people rarely seek out information sources which challenge their views." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"Welcome to the double media post club, Charlie" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"William please delete this. I don't know why it was posted twice." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"Along similar lines...." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"Somebody close to you gave me that info. So I just assumed it was true. Anyway, USV 2004 is in a very exclusive club...." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"Yup, it takes a real idiot to run the best performing fund in VC history. Can you sprinkle some idiot dust on me too Fred. Please? Pretty please..." - David Semeria
David Semeria
"Sad but probably true Erik." - David Semeria
David Semeria
"That's a good point Fred." - David Semeria
David Semeria
David Semeria
"Well said Arnold!" - David Semeria
David Semeria
"Hey Avi, allow me to introduce you to the EDIT button, I believe you two have not met ;-)" - David Semeria
David Semeria
"I agree with the intention, but I'm not too sure the USA should be ruled by decree." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Capital And Success - http://avc.com/2014...
"Nah, just slightly less busy at work than usual." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Capital And Success - http://avc.com/2014...
"I'm reminded of Warren Buffet's decision regarding his kids' inheritance: Enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Capital And Success - http://avc.com/2014...
"Banks (when not in mass hysteria mode) generally don't lend money in the absence of collateral or cast-iron cash flows. A VC requires neither of these." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Capital And Success - http://avc.com/2014...
"Peace to you too" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Capital And Success - http://avc.com/2014...
"Money may not be the secret to startup success, but not having any is a bummer all the same." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Feature Friday: Distributed Identity - http://avc.com/2014...
"Good points Fernando." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Feature Friday: Distributed Identity - http://avc.com/2014...
"The blockchain is simply a distributed ledger which nobody controls and which is practically impossible to modify without the necessary crypto key. But if you let your key fall into the wrong hands, then they can operate on your behalf. This isn't a weakness with the blockchain itself, it's a security issue faced by every service which requires authentication, and is probably the hardest problem to solve on the web. I imagine that sooner or later someone will finally invent a viable biometric solution and in the process make a packet." - David Semeria
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