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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

elfprince13 Re:Don't get a liberal arts degree (391 comments)

As the GP said, there are some rigorous top tier liberal arts schools that only offer BAs "on principle", so you should check into your applicant's backgrounds to see what the story is. I went to one that made the BA/BS distinction, and took the BS route, so I can mostly sidestep that particular mess, but from what I've heard there's definitely still some discrimination on the engineering side of things.

2 days ago

School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

elfprince13 Re:Great idea! (230 comments)

It already has been in places. My high school did this 7 or 8 years ago.

4 days ago

Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

elfprince13 Re:...but there are already films (252 comments)

BSG is the only other series that comes close with the physically accurate dogfighting. The Vipers are still *designed* like jets, but they don't fly like them.

about a month ago

How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

elfprince13 Re:The short version (114 comments)

I hit both of your target demographics, and have family ties to the Christian music scene (my cousin in law has toured as the Gettys' bassist, and was next door neighbors with one of Anberlin's band members, my dad wrote Mark Heard's biography, frequently plays and/or speaks at SoulFest, and organizes the Vermont Conference on Christianity and the Arts), and, well....I didn't realize "Christian DJs" were a thing people hired, and now that I know, I still can't imagine hiring one for a wedding reception. Maybe a youth group event or a YoungLife overnight.

about a month and a half ago

Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

elfprince13 Re:Cinema-like (261 comments)

Only four times? What kind of discount cinemas are you going to and where can I find them? At the nearest theater, it's $6 for a slushy that is $0.79 at my local convenience store.

about 4 months ago

DarkMarket, the Decentralized Answer To Silk Road, Is About More Than Just Drugs

elfprince13 Re:Eeeehhhhhh (251 comments)

The property that makes cash convenient in real life is the same one that make it anonymous: it's decentralized. Why should the situation be any different online (excepting technology lag and first-to-market effects)?

about 5 months ago

ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

elfprince13 Re:And yet Akamai deserves a /10 (306 comments)

They're a CDN that serves 30% of all Internet traffic. They get whatever they want, because if they don't, the internet starts sucking.

about 5 months ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

elfprince13 Re:He's sorry now ... (447 comments)

Sure, but what's the case law on the application of consumer-rights to free stuff?

about 5 months ago

Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

elfprince13 Re:Human Calendar? (224 comments)

I didn't know it had a name, but I thought this thirteen-month thing with extra days crammed on at the beginning or end was the system that basically anyone came up with the first time they tried to design a calendar that made sense.

about 6 months ago

The New PHP

elfprince13 Re:Inconsistency (254 comments)

Yes, 3, sorry 'bout that. In PHP you are guaranteed arithmetic results when using arithmetic operators. String concatenation is a distinct operator :)

about 6 months ago

The New PHP

elfprince13 Re:Inconsistency (254 comments)

Even JavaScript isn't as bad as that, there are only a few minor areas where implementation-specific issues pop up, like the awful CSS rule stuff, input codes, and some other stuff, with PHP, it is EVERYWHERE.

Cute. In JavaScript: "5"-2 = 0 and "5"+2 = "52". Even PHP isn't *that* nut.

about 6 months ago

Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

elfprince13 Re:ANDROID != LINUX (487 comments)

You're missing the point. Saying that a kernel is or isn't successful because it's distributed with a different userland than usual is (a) just wrong, and (b) a completely different sort of claim than that a particular software distribution is or isn't successful because various components have been integrated elsewhere.

about 6 months ago

Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

elfprince13 Re:ANDROID != LINUX (487 comments)

Analogy doesn't quite work because Linux IS a kernel (the Linux userland is usually GNU, but you could put something else on top, like Android without a problem). The FreeBSD components in Darwin/iOS/OS X are userland, not kernel (which is Mach/XNU).

about 6 months ago

Riecoin: A Cryptocurrency With a Scientific Proof of Work

elfprince13 Re:How much are they worth? (156 comments)

Go read just about any current textbook on microeconomics. Then get back to me.

about 7 months ago

BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

elfprince13 Re:What makes an OS realtime? (64 comments)

Did you bother looking it up?

A real-time operating system (RTOS) is an operating system (OS) intended to serve real-time application requests. It must be able to process data as it comes in, typically without buffering delays. Processing time requirements (including any OS delay) are measured in tenths of seconds or shorter. A key characteristic of an RTOS is the level of its consistency concerning the amount of time it takes to accept and complete an application's task; the variability is jitter.[1] A hard real-time operating system has less jitter than a soft real-time operating system. The chief design goal is not high throughput, but rather a guarantee of a soft or hard performance category. An RTOS that can usually or generally meet a deadline is a soft real-time OS, but if it can meet a deadline deterministically it is a hard real-time OS.[2] An RTOS has an advanced algorithm for scheduling. Scheduler flexibility enables a wider, computer-system orchestration of process priorities, but a real-time OS is more frequently dedicated to a narrow set of applications. Key factors in a real-time OS are minimal interrupt latency and minimal thread switching latency; a real-time OS is valued more for how quickly or how predictably it can respond than for the amount of work it can perform in a given period of time.[3]

about 7 months ago
top uses cookies to enable differential pricing

elfprince13 update (1 comments)

(update: looks like an ongoing site bug, not a malicious act)

about 7 months ago

GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

elfprince13 Re:Nothing new (359 comments)

I've never owned an Apple machine that needed to be replaced within 5 years of the purchase date, and the only people I know who have are the ones who dropped their laptops on sidewalks or down stairwells and cracked the screen. Troll somewhere else.

about 8 months ago

Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

elfprince13 Re: eh, it's not that bad (459 comments)

My officemate has a German laptop. Not only are the symbols like () in the wrong place, they switched z and y keys. Horrific.

about 8 months ago



Fan Community Launches "Ender's Game Fans for Equality"

elfprince13 elfprince13 writes  |  about a year ago

elfprince13 (1521333) writes "With talk of a boycott of the upcoming film, some enterprising fans have taken matters into their own hands. Rather than engaging in a boycott, they are suggesting that fans participate in a "political offset" fundraising campaign to counter the lobbying that Orson Scott Card's share of the profits might contribute to. The campaign is intended to support a variety of equal-rights themed charities spanning the political spectrum."


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