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Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

dark404 Math is important (656 comments)

but the weight of its importance depends on how far you go. A B.S. in Computer Science does not expose you to much in the way of how higher math is applied in computer science - but if you go to the graduate level, you need that background. One of my criticisms of how calc and beyond is taught to CS undergrads is that the applications are not made clear at all. It wasn't until I was in grad school and started working on some machine learning / bioinformatics stuff that the application became clear. If I never see another word problem with springs again it will be too soon.

about a year ago
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Pen Still Mightier Than the Laptop For Notetaking?

dark404 Re:Notes (569 comments)

Then you've been using shitty fountain pens.

more than 4 years ago
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Pen Still Mightier Than the Laptop For Notetaking?

dark404 Re:Notes (569 comments)

Actually I just picked up the HP TM2 tablet. That with one note is awesome for note taking. Being a CS grad student myself, diagrams and more importantly equations drove me nuts trying to take notes before so I relied on my trusty fountain pen and a tablet of paper, but the hand writing recognition is really there _now_ for tablets, and the hp gets great battery life.

more than 4 years ago
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State of Colorado Calls Firefox Insecure, IE6 Safe

dark404 What do you expect... (530 comments)

What do you expect from a state who uses 128 characters to describe a perspective hire's education.
The Education Property has been increased to 128 characters due to popular demand. Thanks for your patience.

more than 5 years ago
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Mathematics Reading List For High School Students?

dark404 Two books (630 comments)

Group theory in the bedroom (sounds dirty, but isn't) it has a lot of interesting essays involving mathematics and some historical stuff. For something with a little more meat, godel's proof - it's short, and sweeet.

more than 5 years ago
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Louisiana Passes Intelligent Design Law

dark404 Re:And they wonder why. . . (1574 comments)

Ironically in the New Orleans area (not to be confused with the rest of this state) there is a much larger population of Catholic high schools and elementary schools, none of which teach this ID nonsense in the first place. In point of fact from my own education in Catholic schools here, it was mentioned more than once "It's too bad Darwin didn't pay more attention to Mendel's work with pea plants or it would have solved his blending problem"

more than 6 years ago

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