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Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?

PhasmatisApparatus CS is only part of it (630 comments)

A CS degree, and consequently most CS graduates, are hyperfocused on one aspect of software development: algorithms and data structures. Unless you're making AAA games, your learning should not end or begin there. Any other, more useful, parts of software development (design patterns, TDD, etc.) fall by the wayside because so much time is spent familiarizing the students with, well, programming language and OOP basics. However, since the CS degree is the closest thing to a "software development degree", employeers will continue to require it for even the most basic programming jobs. I don't expect the complaints about CS degree holding aplicants that can't fizzbuzz ending anytime soon, either.

about 2 years ago

C/C++ Back On Top of the Programming Heap?

PhasmatisApparatus Re:When will people learn... (611 comments)

The closer to the hardware you get, the more the lines blur between the CS ideal (Big O) and the hardware reality (registers and bandwidth and machine code interleaving). You really can't optimize for one without optimizing for the other.

Another interesting fact about low-level languages is that it is much more difficult for bugs to hide. Writing correct code is nearly the same as writing understandable code. The only things that can go wrong (huge functions, tons of global variables, etc.) could just as well go wrong in a higher level language. Just look at all the ruby and python developers writing code that translates easily into c, and only throwing in a class or two to look OOP.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Copy Protection Advice For ~$10k Software?

PhasmatisApparatus Re:Two words: (635 comments)

Except the code has to be decrypted to run on the cpu. The only "uncrackable" (in the very crackable ps3 sense of the word) way is to have a cpu on the dongle with signed firmware.

about 2 years ago

Proposed Law Would Give DHS Power Over Privately Owned IT Infrastructure

PhasmatisApparatus Re:Overdue (300 comments)

First of all, "IT" encompasses a whole lot more than you think. So yes, a broad field such as that should be able to escape across-the-board HIPPA-style regulation. Secondly, absolutely anything can be said to endanger national security, as we have seen. So dont think this wont expand past its stated purpose s decade or so down the road. Lastly, you know as well as I do that the best solution is the threat of serious fines for a business that gets hacked and lose sensitive data, but clearly the government is not interested in any legislation that would have to be used, only legislation thay they have the option to use (govt IT security audits wouldnt hit campaign contributors very hard, now would they? Fines after the fact would.)

more than 2 years ago

Elliptic Labs To Bring Touchless Gestures To iPad

PhasmatisApparatus I'm just wondering... (55 comments)

if emacs or vi will support gesture recognition first.

more than 3 years ago

USB 'Dead Drops'

PhasmatisApparatus Re:Yeeeahhh (322 comments)

Okay, is that "sudo apt-get remove autoplay"?

more than 3 years ago

Rubik's Cube Now Solvable in 20 Moves

PhasmatisApparatus Linear prediction (309 comments)

Let's see... Three moves shaved off every 2 years... That means that by the year 2024, we'll be able to solve any Rubix Cube in 1 move (or less!).

more than 4 years ago

Torchlight II Announced For 2011

PhasmatisApparatus A welcome trend. (85 comments)

At a time when there seems to be more defunct than active game companies, and huge gaming monstrosities such as Activision and EA are merging/acquiring left and right, it's a welcome change to see new developers like Runic spring up overnight.

more than 4 years ago

Prankster Jailbreaks Apple Store Display iPhone

PhasmatisApparatus Re:Wrong? (318 comments)

Vandalism, yes. But it also probably counts as hacking, since you're accessing some computer system (the iPhone kernel), without permission, display model or not. This jailbreak frenzy is just getting silly.

more than 4 years ago

New Mars Rover Rolls For the First Time

PhasmatisApparatus The rover (100 comments)

The rover will be equipped with weaponry for use against cats.

more than 4 years ago

Giant Guatemalan 'Sinkhole' Is Worse Than We Thought

PhasmatisApparatus I wonder... (357 comments)

... how long it'll be before a movie is made?

I give it about ten weeks.

more than 4 years ago

Japanese Guts Are Made For Sushi

PhasmatisApparatus Re:But then it makes no sense (309 comments)

It's not fully understood yet? Quick, somebody write a sci-fi novel, à la Michael Crichton or Parasite Eve!

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Reviewers Take on the Classics

PhasmatisApparatus What? (272 comments)

What world did I wake up in where Charlotte's Web is considered "great literature"?

more than 4 years ago

De Icaza Says Microsoft Has Shot .NET Ecosystem In Foot

PhasmatisApparatus Re:Pwahahahaha (425 comments)

Give me a pair of scissors and a Vista DVD and I'll show you. It's superior to Vista in every way.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Leads To Increase In STDs in Britain

PhasmatisApparatus You heard it here first, folks: (270 comments)

You heard it here first, folks: Facebook users cannot figure out how to use condoms!

more than 4 years ago

GoDaddy Follows Google's Lead; No More Registrations In China

PhasmatisApparatus This will make them reconsider. (243 comments)

China will be feeling the pain when their businesses and citizens are no longer able to be conned out of their money by GoDaddy.

more than 4 years ago

Professor Ditches Grades For XP System

PhasmatisApparatus Re:This is still no remedy... (311 comments)

It's happened to us all, I am certain. However, at some point (college hopefully, or at least later in the "real world") the joke's on them. Those who let the geek do all the work and make no effort to understand the project may get a passing grade, or be perceived as having accomplished something at work, but ultimately it will come around to bit them in the ass. I was in a programming class where they attempted to split the class in to those with programming experience, and those without. They then formed mixed groups. However, this backfired completely, as most of the people who were not experienced in programming let the programmer do all the work, and never learned anything. Finals came around, and, well, I imagine most of them are in that class for a second try.

more than 4 years ago

Professor Ditches Grades For XP System

PhasmatisApparatus p0w3rl3v3l1ng (311 comments) is gearing up4 the new semester! 1000experience points just $19.99! 1million 4 jst $29.99 safe and secure payment. delivery in hours!

more than 4 years ago


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