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

lars-o-matic Math is "Sci" in CompSci & shapes your mind (656 comments)

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 ago
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My favorite New Year to observe:

lars-o-matic Re:"Other Solar Based Date" (219 comments)

Astronomical new year -- I like the vernal equinox. Happy rockin' Nowruz, my Zoroastrian pals!

more than 2 years ago
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I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

lars-o-matic Re:Stupid options (868 comments)

Hear, hear!

more than 3 years ago
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I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

lars-o-matic Other: Canadian dollar (868 comments)

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?

more than 3 years ago
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Best kind of engineering:

lars-o-matic Re:No "Cowboy Neal" option? (491 comments)

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'.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_rigging

I never heard the terms contributed by Ethanol-fueled before now, and don't like them at all.

more than 5 years ago
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I'll keep my castle secure primarily with ...

lars-o-matic SEP field (828 comments)

Prospective assailants will decide my castle is Somebody Else's Problem - no worries!

more than 5 years ago
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1000-mph Car Planned

lars-o-matic It's not 173 g, it's over 46000 g (380 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

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