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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

Bilestoad iSuppli ignores recent history (513 comments)

Funny that Apple sell so many retina MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs when they're the most expensive machines you can buy in those form factors. Could it be that a race to the bottom, cutting corners to reduce costs, ISN'T what people want? What happened with Netbooks again?

more than 2 years ago

Dragon Age II Released

Bilestoad Re:Uh-oh. (168 comments)

Steam: US$69.99 - still not cheap but that's two cocktails less than EBGames!

more than 3 years ago

Stable Roentgenium Claimed Found In Gold

Bilestoad Solomonic gold? (160 comments)

So Stephenson's "solomonic gold" may be based in fact?

more than 4 years ago

Ideas For a Great Control Room?

Bilestoad You need a football table! (421 comments)

Really, a football table. Like soccer. You may not like to watch it on TV but it's an excellent way to blow away some cobwebs and unlike most games you do it standing up.

more than 4 years ago

Wi-Fi Patent Victory Earns CSIRO $200 Million

Bilestoad Re:Are you fucking serious. (267 comments)

Idiocy. CSIRO is nothing like a patent troll. CSIRO developed the technology...

more than 5 years ago

Ivy League Computer Science Curricula Exposed

Bilestoad Re:Interesting project but...do students use books (312 comments)

As they should! I always hated being taught out of a book - where's the value-add? The book should be something extra, the professor should cover everything he is going to assess without relying on one.

"whether any Computer Science curriculum gives students the knowledge they need for the working world"

They should not attempt to, any attempt can only fail given the wide variety of areas a CS student can end up working in. A CS course should do two things; test aptitude for the subject and teach students how to learn. Aptitude is tested by the variety of subjects studied - any decent student (and of course prospective employee) primarily learns how to approach problems, and that approach should be expected to continue after the degree is granted. Don't like a particular subject? Most jobs have their fun parts and their not-fun parts too. At the end of it the grades reflect the aptitude and the ability, as they should. Expecting specifics, like ability to write in Ada or Python or C# or Cocoa is only going to work for a select few and fail the rest.

more than 6 years ago


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