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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

bananaquackmoo It depends (546 comments)

It REALLY depends. There are several fast-moving and emerging programming disciplines which are too new to even exist at an educational institution yet. Once they DO exist at an educational institution, you can bet the info is outdated and the people teaching them have no idea what they're doing. Now I hear you saying that if you learn the fundamentals in school that they're applicable elsewhere. This is true, assuming they're the correct fundamentals, and there is a good possibility they are NOT. Once again, outdated info can hurt in the programming world, depending on which area you end up working in. Someone else posted about needing a degree to get past HR. Once again, this is partially true. On the other hand, if you make your own project, library, framework, or some other programming project, release it into the world and show it off, people WILL hire you. These days the #1 request I get from anyone is "show us your github code repository" or "show us examples of your work." It is ENTIRELY possible to get coding work without a degree. In fact, sometimes the people doing the hiring will PREFER that. That said, a large portion of college has NOTHING to do with learning a profession.

about two weeks ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

bananaquackmoo Re:It's the 1990s all over again. (161 comments)

Only the background image. Media queries don't modify HTML, they modify CSS.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

bananaquackmoo Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

Nevermind, I re-read your note and saw the "superpower" part this time.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

bananaquackmoo Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

So we'll be hearing more about North Korea on a near daily basis then?

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

bananaquackmoo Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

PS: This news is of interest to me, but it's hardly related to technology or geek culture.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

bananaquackmoo Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

I'm not sure why you're modded at zero points. I'd mod you up if I could.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

bananaquackmoo Re:Local Observatory (187 comments)

I hate to break it to you, but sometimes the "local observatory" is hundreds of miles away...

about a month ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

bananaquackmoo And yet (130 comments)

And yet it still sucks at presenting me with any news I'm interested in. I think I've clicked on a news story from that feed only once and by accident. Hint : I don't have any interest in sports, politics, celebrity gossip, pop music, old news, and pretty much anything else they've recommended.

about a month and a half ago
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Google, Linaro Develop Custom Android Edition For Project Ara

bananaquackmoo Re:Carrier agnostic, please. (46 comments)

You're in luck, they plan for exactly that.

about a month and a half ago
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Google, Linaro Develop Custom Android Edition For Project Ara

bananaquackmoo Re:I like the idea in principle (46 comments)

Maybe YOUR phones are, but mine are not. 3 years and it only has 1 slight scratch on the frame. PS: I don't use a screen protector or a case. I just take good care of my things.

about a month and a half ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

bananaquackmoo Re:Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

Hint : you took calculus. Most people can't even get that far. Congratulations. You can math.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

bananaquackmoo Re:No customer notification (495 comments)

Funny, I got an email. Check your spam folder though. Gmail flagged it as spam for me.

about 3 months ago
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Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

bananaquackmoo Bad summary (190 comments)

It is NOT impossible to LEGALLY visit Cuba. My friend did it in a study abroad program during college in the US. That said, they don't make it easy.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

bananaquackmoo Re:test drive a simple problem... (466 comments)

I'd mod you up if I could. This is the best way to try out new languages. If, for example, you're looking into web based languages, you could use a tool like todomvc.com. They have tutorials for solving the same problem using different languages.

about 3 months ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bananaquackmoo Networking 101 (186 comments)

These days there really should be a basic computer networking class that everyone has to take. If there were then people would know how to fix these problems themselves. Lockdown your LAN and make sure you keep your wireless device software up to date with super strong passwords, if you really need to have wireless.

about 3 months ago
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A Different Kind of Linux Smartphone: Samsung To Sell Tizen-Based Model Z

bananaquackmoo Re:More Samsung ? (105 comments)

Ditto

about 4 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

bananaquackmoo Re:D2X-XL (251 comments)

Needs funding and non-commercial are two entirely different things. Non-commercial means you can't sell it. Needs funding means exactly that, needs funding. There are ways to get funding without selling something.

about 4 months ago
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Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

bananaquackmoo Re:17 seems high (340 comments)

I agree. I wonder if its truly 17 channels or if its 17+ shows. I don't really care about channels as much as I do about specific shows (of which personally I watch less than 17 shows).

about 4 months ago
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Help EFF Test a New Tool To Stop Creepy Online Tracking

bananaquackmoo Re:Does it block Piwik Analytics? (219 comments)

I'm guessing his point is that he would prefer it to not be tracked at all.

about 4 months ago

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