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« on: August 03, 2017, 04:19:26 PM »

This keeps cropping up in various forms. This article has a number of links to previous findings as well

https://qz.com/1041828/a-new-study-shows-millennials-are-no-better-at-using-technology-than-their-parents/

I saw it first here
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/07/27/20443/#.WX4BgK2ZPdQ

And Nature covered it, which seems to have kicked off all the coverage
http://www.nature.com/news/the-digital-native-is-a-myth-1.22363


I am really dismayed to find out that the original article is almost 10 days old and RC has not posted it yet.
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2017, 04:25:00 PM »

>dismayed

Will it help if I tell you I'd seen the headlines PLENTY. Almost had to filter on 'native.'
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2017, 04:53:56 PM »

I assumed you had seen it... which honestly, given my news vaccuum these days, I figure that by the time I've seen something, everyone else has too.

But if people are going to complain about nobody posting, they're going to have accept this regurgitated crap
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2017, 05:18:56 PM »

>complain about nobody posting

We seem to need these floggings every couple of years. It's been longer than usual since the last one.  It works, even for pork arses like Rumbas.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2017, 07:56:27 PM »

Personal experience, the best coders I've known are guys who are about 10-15 years older than me -- folks who have experience from the times before IDEs hit the scene and coding was a lot more manual.

That said, for not technical people I think there is a bit of a generation hole when it comes to baby-boomers who grew up thinking that technology was suppose to make everything simple.  The WWII generation had to do a lot of procedural manual work to get things done -- they had to think about the process to keep their appliances working properly or to keep their cars in tune.  My grandfather was an early adopter of personal computer technology back in the early 80s.  The boomer generation lived in a very push button world overall.  Very few boomers I know could hook up a DVD/DVR to their television.  Obviously, this is a mass generalization.
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2017, 09:14:28 PM »

> coding was a lot more manual

Agreed. I once heard a modern coder tell an old coder "I don't know how you guys remembered where everything went!"  (They were talking about looping through subroutines and setting flags.)  I've always thought that summed up 80s coding pretty well ...remembering where everything goes.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2017, 11:40:22 PM »

How they did it back then
https://github.com/chrislgarry/Apollo-11
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