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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

dont_jack_the_mac Re:No Teachers (293 comments)

I think we will see more programs like Microsoft TEALS where an engineer partners with a local school teacher to teach computer science. A lot of companies such as HP allow you to count a certain amount of volunteer hours as working hours i.e. you're getting paid to volunteer!. If the local companies start jumping on board then we will see progress before people start retiring. Google's also offering this program CS4HS to train educators.

about 2 months ago

Physical Media: Down, But Maybe Not Out

dont_jack_the_mac Anyone remember VHS, LaserDiscs, and HD DVDs? (116 comments)

The problem is that the physical media formats still are continuously changing with no guarantees of backwards compatibility. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm not buying Lion King on VHS, DVD and BluRay "remastered" or not. The average consumer doesn't have the money to keep up. It makes sense that PriceWaterhouse Cooper is predicting only a small segment of the population will be driving the sales.

about 3 months ago

HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

dont_jack_the_mac Good news... (257 comments)

I'm all for more funding for researching new cutting edge technology but Whitman is going about it the wrong way. HP is laying off remote workers instead of the "dead weight" that routinely performs more poorly than their peers. What people don't understand is that remote workers at HP usually are stellar employees that had have to relocate due to some life event. Otherwise the possibility of remote work isn't even entertained. To cut the remote workers first, HP is taking themselves out before the competition does.

about 3 months ago

South African Schools To Go Textbook Free

dont_jack_the_mac Re:lugging around backpacks (76 comments)

I remember carrying tons of textbooks home and now I have traps of steel. Thank you American public school system.

about 3 months ago

Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

dont_jack_the_mac Kids? (378 comments)

Remember to re-educate them while they are young and turn them into government agents!

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

dont_jack_the_mac Re:Be there for him... (125 comments)

A good manager knows how to motivate this employees to do their work well without the manager stepping in and doing the work for them. I say ease into it and shows him the ins-and-outs of how you do things, but be ready for his own opinions especially if he's had more training than you. Ultimately you have to be a team player and learn to let go more, but s/he is still a rookie and as a manager you do have a right to check in on his/her progress.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

dont_jack_the_mac Re:I'm in CS grad school and we don't use textbook (247 comments)

Not all MS programs are made equal. I'm in MS program for one of the top CS programs in the country. We don't use textbooks and PhD and MS students share the same classes. My program is heavily research-oriented rather than class-oriented. This is probably due to my grad program being heavily populated by PhD students where MS students are a tiny population. There are more class-oriented MS degrees that are basically an extension of a BS program, but obviously more specialized.

about 5 months ago

HP Server Killer Firmware Update On the Loose

dont_jack_the_mac Re:Testing updates? (100 comments)

Yes, but management will ship with known bugs. Development will keep developing until the very end making it impossible for QA to keep up.

about 5 months ago

Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

dont_jack_the_mac Re:Making a Safer World... (342 comments)

It's not exactly hard to post on slashdot. My dad was 36 when my mom had me. Compare that with one of my co-workers who had his first kid at 15. Sure my co-worker said he had the energy to play basketball with his kids later on, but he was still a kid himself. A parent role is more than just being young and energetic. I am not energetic at any age, but I want to be experienced enough to where my children can benefit from my wisdom. I also want to be financially stable which means pushing parenthood into my 30s.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

dont_jack_the_mac Companies Help Pay For My Needs (390 comments)

Info sessions and hack-a-tons for food. Career fairs or campus organizations for free t-shirts. Every campus has something. It's time to join some clubs and meet people.

about 5 months ago

Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

dont_jack_the_mac Re:You don't need a college degree .. (287 comments)

Nowadays this would be hard for the millennial generation where some folks work pro bono for some hope of getting a position later on. There is more competition for the real tech industry now. Why take a chance on the person with no degree when you have so many with degrees to pick from? Most companies don't recuperate their losses on hiring someone until after he or she has worked for them for at least two years.

about 5 months ago

Ties of the Matrix: An Exercise in Combinatorics

dont_jack_the_mac Re:WHO (51 comments)

... or lack there of

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: the State of Open CS, IT, and DBA Courseware in 2014?

dont_jack_the_mac Massive open online courses (MOOCs) (84 comments)

You can find a lot of open CS courses from prominent universities offered online with lecture videos, assignments, projects, the works:


Some offer certificates, but most universities won't accept these. You can try to get the silly credits like English requirement done at a community college which will offer night classes. If you can't give up your 9 to 5 then you can attend a state school or community college part time. Some employers partner with state/community colleges for internships and jobs such as Lone Star College and HP (which actually share a campus in northwest Houston!).

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

dont_jack_the_mac Job security (373 comments)

spaghetti code = job security

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

dont_jack_the_mac Get your company to pay for it (370 comments)

A lot of government research entities will pay for your advanced education (Georgia Tech Research Institute, Sandia Labs, etc) because they value advanced degrees. I know this works great getting MS degrees. You just have to sell your soul to the same company usually for an additional 4 years. I recommend you just get a BS degree with a decent in-state public school. Usually you can help pay for tuition by working for the school as a TA or Research Assistant.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

dont_jack_the_mac What's your end goal? (197 comments)

If you're just looking to pick more programming knowledge to continue teaching middle school then you do not need a MS for that. MIT's Opencourseware is a great place to start:

about 6 months ago


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