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Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

StarvingSE Re:False Premmise (949 comments)

Yup, these quotes always rear their heads when an education debate sparks on slashdot. I fully concede to the fact that not everyone learns the same way. Nietzsche, Wilde, and Einstein are very unique individuals who required a different path to satisfy their curiosity and learning. Other people excel in structured formal education.

There are people who fail out of college, but are then successful anyway, and then they come complain that the formal education system is a failure because it didn't work for them.

There are others who graduated with honors from college, and lambaste those who failed out because they "didn't try hard enough" or "they just couldn't cut it."

Both parties are wrong. Formal education doesn't work for everyone, that doesn't make it inherently evil. Not all universities are extremely formal. I, for one, went to a university that catered to different kinds of students.

more than 3 years ago
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Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

StarvingSE Re:False Premmise (949 comments)

In the programming world, I always got the impression that, collectively, we respected the self-taught coder more than one who spent four years in school being spoon fed how to code.

I feel like comments such as this are what programmers who didn't go to college say to feel better about their decision.

Why assume that just because someone spent four years in college, that they had to be spoon fed coding knowledge? Many of my classmates were tinkerers well before college.

Higher education provides many advantages, many of which are intangibles, that help one rise above a simple "tinkerer" to someone who wants a career in a field.

more than 3 years ago
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Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

StarvingSE Re:False Premmise (949 comments)

not any pseudo-intellectual ivory tower nonsense. I think this is the kind of anti-intellectual thinking the article is referring to...

more than 3 years ago
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Dragon Age: Origins To Get Paid DLC Expansion — On Launch Day

StarvingSE Re:EA rears its ugly head (241 comments)

Remember when games used to come with feelies? Things like cloth maps, gold coins modeled after ones in game, miniature figures, etc? This is kind of the same thing. Buy the game from a certain retailer and you get a "digital feely." Most of the time, these things are insignificant in the game, and are usually available for free after the game's first patch. Now, the $7 add-on DLC on launch day is just greed. All they did was remove content so they can charge more for it. Bioware got EA'ed, and that's just really sad.

about 5 years ago
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Initial Reviews of Google Wave; Neat, but Noisy

StarvingSE Re:I was thinking the same thing (336 comments)

You do know that you don't have to log into twitter/facebook/google wave/IM every time you're on the computer, right? If you're feeling social, log in. If you just want to surf or play a game, log off. Not that hard, bro. I hear this argument against social networking all the time, and it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

Personally, twitter and facebook have been very useful beyond saying "whats up dude?" I've discovered new restaurants, met up with old friends that I've lost touch with, etc.

about 5 years ago
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Facebook Reverts ToS Change After User Uproar

StarvingSE National attention (260 comments)

Facebook had to do some damage control once the national media decided to make a story about it. There was a CNN story yesterday morning warning Facebook users about what the new terms of service meant and what it means to any content they put up on their profiles. I tried searching on youtube but couldn't find a video, unfortunately.

more than 5 years ago
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Rescued Banks Sought Foreign Help During Meltdown

StarvingSE Re:I want to know... (749 comments)

I see your devil's advocate tags, but I need to comment regardless.

The philosophy of this country is that you should be able to make a better life for yourself than your parents. If you work hard enough, you'll be able to live a comfortable life. I see entire families struggling to put a simple meal on the table because they only pull in 20K a year. With the cost of housing, food, college for your children, and occasional entertainment (all work and no play makes a very unproductive and unhappy citizen), I'd like to see all of this come in at under 20k a year. This isn't even taking into account any savings for retirement, etc. You do realize that companies don't offer pensions anymore, right? Unless you want to live in a cardboard box when you're 65, you gotta factor that into your 20K too.

more than 5 years ago
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Rescued Banks Sought Foreign Help During Meltdown

StarvingSE Re:I want to know... (749 comments)

If all these companies continue to hire H1-B workers at a cut rate, the American workers who usually purchase products and services that said company produce won't be able to afford it anymore. Hiring foreign workers pay off in short term savings, but putting the American worker out of work is not investing wisely in your company's future, IMNSHO.

Also, how long do you think these H1-B workers are going to stand working for that measly 20k? They have to live somewhere, and 20k is not a living wage in this country.

The problem with "true capitalism" is that decisions are made in terms of personal gain, and not necessarily what benefits society as a whole. Greed will ultimately cause a true capitalistic society to fail, there needs to be compromise and regulation. I'm in favor of large tax hikes for companies who choose to hire more H1-B than American workers, the extra money will help pay for our unemployment checks.....

more than 5 years ago

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StarvingSE StarvingSE writes  |  more than 7 years ago

StarvingSE (875139) writes "Virginia Tech police state that at least 20 are dead in a campus shooting school officials are describing as a "monumental tragedy." From the article:

"Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," said university President Charles Steger. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified."

The attacks mark the worst school shooting incident since 1999 when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado


This story is a little off-topic on a technology-related site, but I'm sure quite a few readers attend or are alumni of Virginia Tech."
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StarvingSE StarvingSE writes  |  more than 7 years ago

StarvingSE (875139) writes "Often, the term Test-Driven Development, or TDD, is mistaken as simply the practice of getting developers involved in testing. However, this is only the basis on which TDD is built on. The Register has an article discussing the common confusion regarding TDD, and goes on to explain how it is used to drive specification and design of software."
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StarvingSE StarvingSE writes  |  more than 7 years ago

StarvingSE (875139) writes "D-Wave Systems, Inc., based near Vancouver, claims to have built the world's first computer based on quantum physics. Its machine is described as a computer that can perform 64,000 calculations at once.

From the article: "There are certain classes of problems that can't be solved with digital computers," said Herb Martin, the firm's CEO, over a decidedly-noisy digital cell phone. "Digital computers are good at running programs; quantum computers are good at handling massive sets of variables."

Perhaps we are finally at the brink of a major breakthrough in supercomputing technology."
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StarvingSE StarvingSE writes  |  more than 8 years ago

StarvingSE writes "An interesting article on space.com reveals that astronomers today have thrown out the old notion of what the definition of a planet is. This new definition does not include Pluto as a planet, instead fitting into a new "dwarf planet" catergory. FTA:

"Capping years of intense debate, astronomers resolved today to demote Pluto in a wholesale redefinition of planethood that is a victory of scientific reasoning over historic and cultural influences."

Looks like we're now living in an eight planet solar system!"

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