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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Hodr Re:It's all bunk. (546 comments)

I took the bog standard BS in Computer Science (so not Software Engineering), but had to learn basic proficiency in multiple languages.

CS101/2 was C++. There was a machine language course where we learned theory (MIPS) and practical (SPARC assembly). There was a data structures course that required labs to be done in Java, and expected you to learn it on your own if you weren't already familiar.

There was an Artificial Intelligence course which required you to learn and use Lisp and a compilers course where we developed compilers for our own limited scope language, and an operating systems course where we built an OS using our compiler from the previous course.

And who could forget the database course with the flavor of the day SQL, or the computer graphics elective that made use of OpenGL.

There was also a general languages course where every 2 to 3 lab sessions we switched to a new language. Obviously we didn't learn anything in depth about them, but we were exposed enough to get the basic concepts and to determine when / where they would be most applicable.

So sure, the degree wasn't laser focused on one or two languages, but to say we weren't exposed to programming is laughable. And while the BA in Computer Technology (the programming only degree we had at the time) was also offered, our BS CSCI students with decent grades could be guaranteed several offers from recruiters while the BA CT students almost never received such attention.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Hodr Re:Solution lies with users, not Apple (311 comments)

You can buy RSA tokens, the same that governments and militaries around the world rely on, for $10 a piece.

about two weeks ago
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Delaware Enacts Law Allowing Heirs To Access Digital Assets of Deceased

Hodr Re:Okay so what happens if... (82 comments)

They will do it the same way they always do. If the company is "out of state" but does business in Deleware, they can be sued in Deleware. Same if they are out of Country.

Now, how effectively can Deleware (or the US if it is out of country) claim the assets from the judgement, that is obviously case by case.

An example would be someone sueing Google. Google doesn't recognize Deleware's authority, doesn't show up for trial. Summary judgement for claimant in $XXX. Claimant then sees a Google StreetView car parked in a Motel 6, calls the Sheriff and has the car seized and turned over. Rinse and repeat until the value has been reclaimed.

about 1 month ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

Hodr Re:Cheap Salaries yields cheap talent (327 comments)

Just wanted to mention that the article lists $148k as the highest level. Given that the highest paid employees at the USPTO are federal lawyers and judges that seems pretty low.

about a month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Hodr Re:This is why I'm leaving academia. (541 comments)

Without commenting on this particular situation; why does the researcher necessarily have a more correct interpretation of the data than someone else who has reviewed that research.

Take academia for example. If a professor has 20 of his students experiment on rats and report the results to him, which he compiles and then publishes with a conclusion. Why is his conclusion automatically better than anyone else with similar background that can now review the same data? Because it was his "idea" to do the research?

about a month ago
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Least Secure Cars Revealed At Black Hat

Hodr Re:High speed car chase on "Cops" (140 comments)

Ahh the old Europe is superior to US because they drive stick argument. I love it when people become overly proud of a talent that pretty much anyone can learn in a few hours at a Walmart parking lot.

Your healthcare may be superior, but driving a stick is a personal preference and is about as boast-worthy as being able to operate the fryer at a burger joint.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

Hodr Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

I see this as making sense for physical goods, but if they "destroy the market" for intangibles like eBooks, then raise their prices, it is trivially easy for the publishers or some third party to re-enter the market.

about a month and a half ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Hodr Re:raise money privately? (200 comments)

Presumably it is easier to get access to easements and existing municipal infrastructure. Funding is easier as they can self finance through municipal bonds vice getting loans from the bank, and they add a sense of legitimacy that may encourage fence sitters to choose the new option.

about 2 months ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Hodr Re:Texas? (172 comments)

Factory for building batteries, owned by the person who owns the largest installer of solar panels in the US, only considering regions with a high percentage of clear sunny days. Somehow I think the power grid is not their primary concern.

about 2 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Hodr Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

I think it more likely has to do with the difficulty of creating a female hero that people actually care about. Since they can't seem to do that, they will just convert an already popular hero, giving them an instant audience.

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Hodr Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

I know Slashdot isn't all one mind, but I seem to remember the arguments from our European members being the opposite when it came time to try Microsoft for being a monopoly.

How can the EU fine a US company? Simple, they fined the portion that was incorporated in the EU.

This is the same issue; The US is not going after the EU Microsoft corporate entity, they are going after the US corporate entity. That these may be the "same" company (like a person with dual citizenship) is not really the issue. They can ask the US company to provide the data (wherever it is located), and if they refuse they can be held in contempt, found to be obstructing, etc.

   

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Hodr Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

You already have so many replies this one is bound to get buried, but I wanted to point out that you are missing the legal argument completely.

This absolutely NOT an issue of sovereignty or one country imposing its will on another.

This is the same as if they have you in custody and subpeonaed evidence you stored in another country. Sure, you don't have to turn it over and they likely can't force anyone in that country to get it for them, but they still have you and can find you in contempt of court.

So, Microsoft doesn't need to turn over the data, but they would presumably get hit with a heft fine if they don't.

about 2 months ago
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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

Hodr Re:Someone put gum in the outlets. (119 comments)

or 3 days before all of the panels have been removed and sold by young entrepreneurs.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Hodr Re:Remind my why they are being sued (484 comments)

You cant understand why CABLE companies might want to sue a company that increases the value and marketshare of OTA Networks?

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Hodr Re:Zediva all over again. (484 comments)

If you were renting that HDHomerun and antenna from a 3rd party.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Hodr Re:Predictable (484 comments)

Oh come on now, if there is one place where "technically correct is the best kind of correct" it's the Federal court system.

about 3 months ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

Hodr Re:Haha, nobody will do this. (208 comments)

So if you could only own one video game at a time (like most people only have one cell phone with one OS), then the market can shift like you propose.

But that isn't the case, and for many a video game (even at $60) is an impulse buy. It doesn't have to be the best, or even all that good, to maintain a decent market share.

about 3 months ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Hodr Re: Controversy? (215 comments)

Just like so many other things that the rest of the world like to complain about the American's making use of (Imperial measurement, colonialization, etc.) we got the word Soccer from.......the English.

Yup, Soccer was the word the English gave to the sport to differentiate it from other games of foot ball like rugby foot ball(or basically any game concerning a ball that wasn't done from horseback).

So the question you may want to ask is not "why do American's call it soccer", but rather "why did England/other english speaking countries decide to change the name, causing most to follow".

about 2 months ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Hodr Re:One example (455 comments)

Admittedly I have only purchased two cars new, but my experience was that you can negotiate on an out the door price. My process was to find a model I was interested in, wait until they were motivated to sell, then started e-mailing.

I e-mailed all 7 of the dealers within 60 miles of me and asked for a no kidding out the door price, and told them not to figure in a single incentive that the general public wouldn't qualify for (good student, military, etc.).

Then I took the best price and e-mailed those who were close to that price and told them they had one more chance.

In both cases I came out with a price that was well below what truecar says is a good price, and when I wen't in to buy it was easy. I had financing in hand and when I got to their closer (the guy who upsells you) I just said no to every single thing he offered and walked out with the keys 20 minutes later.

about 2 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Hodr Re:I've been saying this for years. (377 comments)

I would go out on a limb and say the guy double parking is "superior" (or just less of a douche) than they guy who destroys other people's property just because they were inconsiderate or inconvenianced him.

about 3 months ago

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