top Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?
I agree with the less-cynical-sounding commenters: math is important in CS not just because of the history of the field, or because it shows your willingness to work hard, or because maybe one day you'll code in a domain that requires tensor analysis or what-have-you.
It's important because when you "grok" it, your mind is different than before you grokked. Garridan's comment (http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3805139&cid=43874611) is right on: you'll "sharpen your skills in symbolic manipulation". Pushups and bicep curls and stretching aren't sports: athletes do those things to condition their bodies for the real sports where nary a pushup is involved.
Maybe the marketplace for the kind of job you want demands a CompSci degree in these tough years, but I know many developers from a few years back who don't have one. Question yourself: would you be better off getting certifications plus a 2-year diploma and a 2-year headstart in the job market rather than a 4-year degree? You might do just fine with job-oriented training on top of your aptitude and some experience.
about a year and a half ago
top GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...
"Siri, find examples of a non-visual human-computer interface."
top My favorite New Year to observe:
Astronomical new year -- I like the vernal equinox. Happy rockin' Nowruz, my Zoroastrian pals!
top I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...
The Loonie is still just above the US dollar as I write this. Plus, I live here so it's the easy choice... carry a (very small) poke full of gold to the bank 2x a month? Shop with it?
top Best kind of engineering:
I've never encountered the term 'Jerry-Rigging' -- the canonical term I know for makeshift repairs is 'Jury rigging'.
Wikipedia mentions 'Jerry rigging' based on pejorative 'Jerry'.
I never heard the terms contributed by Ethanol-fueled before now, and don't like them at all.
top I'll keep my castle secure primarily with ...
Prospective assailants will decide my castle is
Somebody Else's Problem - no worries!
top I'd rather measure my days by means of ...
That would be the 'tilting shadows' option, which got my vote. It's not perfect (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_Second ) but is close enough for daily life and just feels right.
top 1000-mph Car Planned
Your typo: putting 2.8 (mach) in as 2.8 m/s.
Start over: centripetal a = v^2 / R
Plug in v = 476.5 m/s, R = 0.5 m (half of diameter); a = 454,000 m/s^2 approx.
Compare to g = 9.84 m/s^2 ; a is over 46,000 gee.