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Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death

nate nice Re:Precisely (766 comments)

You *bought* your windmill-powered generator? Corporate whore. I built my own and it runs my OS which was built from the computer I built using parts I machined myself (including the machining tools I fabricated myself as well) from materials I mined myself with tools I constructed from scratch. I can't believe you buy shit.

more than 3 years ago
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Arizona Governor Proposes Flab Tax

nate nice How About Some Proof (978 comments)

Everything study I've read says obese and smoking people cost LESS in healthcare because of their early termination of life. The healthy people of the country who live forever and end up getting expensive diseases late in life are the real cost.

Tax healthy people!

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Paul Allen Rips Bill Gates In Autobiography

nate nice Scandal! (249 comments)

Scandalous book is scandalous! (and that actually makes sense finally!)

more than 3 years ago
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Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A-bomb

nate nice Re:Gun rights (332 comments)

You don't have a right to possess the hazardous materials they require though.

more than 3 years ago
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Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A-bomb

nate nice Re:This has been known for years... (332 comments)

So it's like making any kind of good armor in World of Warcraft, essentially.

more than 3 years ago
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China To Overtake US In Science In Two Years

nate nice Re:The last line is the important one (362 comments)

There's actually a few books that recently came out on that premise. America's second place is the first place loser mentality. It's interesting overall but very much a part of our culture. We love this all or nothing proposition we live in where the winner gets everything and everyone else is a loser.

It's the whole Vince Lombardi thing. We want to achieve greatness over and over I guess.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Review: Test-Driven JavaScript Development

nate nice jQuery (55 comments)

"More specifically, I would identify the audience being the poor developers that have slaved over JavaScript for endless hours only to find out that there are 'discrepancies' in how their JavaScript functions in one browser versus another (or even across versions of the same browser"

This is why jQuery exists. Honestly I can't imagine using TDD for any kind of Web project. It costs money to use it in the form of time and the margins just aren't there. The problem with a lot of software development methods is that that kind of process costs money and in the low risk fast changing Web world, those dollars are better spent on another developer, or more expensive developers, that can build shit right and get it through a QA session pretty quickly.

The truth is mainly non-Academic methods of build Webware (I made that up, no you can't use it) just aren't viable. Not because they aren't good ideas or work...but because they cost money up-front and so often there isn't another dev cycle on a project that isn't trivial or requires that great planning was made. Especially on the front end.

Patterns are more important than practices.

more than 3 years ago
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Expensify CEO On 'Why We Won't Hire .NET Developers'

nate nice Re:Money (758 comments)

I sort of agree with what you saya lot. Agility is really the greatest asset a modern developer can have. I work for a company that does a lot of .NET/ASP/SQL development. But in the last year I also had to work on a lot of CSS/js as well as build a site in Drupal/PHP (I had a week to "learn Drupal now" lol) and then figure out a few different API's and a new mobile dev language system/etc. Not to mention do all types of smaller tasks that are sort of out of my domain.

Basically, I don't care what the guy "develops" in. I expect a good dev can pick up new things, apply solid fundamentals across the board and be more or less agile in their ability to learn new things. And it is fun learning new things, especially when being paid to do it and you can then fill your resume with some good projects utilizing different techs.

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CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain'

nate nice Re:I disagree (791 comments)

A law degree is possibly the worst choice you could have made the last 3 years.

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Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

nate nice Hasn't This Happened Before (1251 comments)

Where politicians started dictating what is and isn't legit science and ultimately killing scientists that didn't agree?

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Happy Pi Day

nate nice Re:Almost there... (341 comments)

I'm gonna chug a Mountain Dew at that exact moment.

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Happy Pi Day

nate nice Almost there... (341 comments)

Only 4 more years until 3/14/15. That's the big one and I expect math departments the world over to go overboard on the candy and soda that day.

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CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

nate nice Re:Do you want computer science, or engineering? (583 comments)

I think every CS curriculum covers that though. Operating systems courses (which cover interrupts, process scheduling), computer organization and then a systems course you have these things covered. We covered caching as well as the algorithms that caching techniques use in full and even had overlap.

CS degrees cover a lot of ground and I remember at least 3 courses that were core curriculum that covered all that you speak of.

more than 3 years ago
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CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

nate nice Re:Do you want computer science, or engineering? (583 comments)

What difference does that make at all? It's all still a Turing Machine obeying the Church-Turing Thesis.

Everything you describe would be covered in an Operating Systems and Computer Organization/Assembly course. I don't know what it has to do with anything discussed here, however.

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CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

nate nice MAke Everyone Learn Math (583 comments)

How about instead of having fewer mathematically literate people we require that every degree has a level of math that should be considered competent. So no matter what you have to know some basic calculus? I hate hearing the shit "I won't ever use it, blah blah blah". 100% of your education isn't a jobs training program. Colleges should still be interested in outputting thinkers but then again that deal went out the window after they raised rates a billion fold, admitting it was a jobs program.

more than 3 years ago
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CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

nate nice Re:Different Definitions (583 comments)

I agree with this 100% and always thought it but couldn't really put it together. That was everything that was hard about math to me. Nothing repetition and lots of thinking about it didn't fix.

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CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

nate nice Re:Do you want computer science, or engineering? (583 comments)

It's called a masters degree.

Why on Earth should an undergrad degree be so specialized when the student body isn't sophisticated enough to even really do anything with those fields without understanding core CS?

You're basically saying students should be allowed to skip the premise and foundation of CS so they can work in other fields that are derivative of it?

Computer Science undergrads already do what you desire. Any decent CS program is going to have plenty of core classes that all grads must take covering theory and practical applications and then allow the student to fill the rest of their degree with plenty of electives where they can focus on software engineering, testing, security, networks, graphics, databases, etc or more theoretical applications a future grad student may enjoy such as type systems, compilers, natural language processing, etc or a combination of them.

Any student who takes a type systems course and a compilers course I'm going to wager is going to be a better practical programmer. Plus, learning things like programming MFC or .NET or learning jquery and CSS or SQL (no more than a week or 2 on any DB course) is something you shouldn't need a professor to learn and a student should use their college time learning things that interest them outside of class. My college didn't teach Objectice-C and the App Kit but I taught myself it while in school for fun. We didn't teach Python but I used it a lot in college. We didn't teach .Net or ASP.Net but my first job out of school was using those techs.

I don't see what the problem is.

more than 3 years ago
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CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

nate nice Re:Applied software engineering programs (583 comments)

Yeah there aren't any in or around NYC. My city isn't known to have any qualified candidates in almost any field. It's only the most important city in the world at this time and age.

When hiring people we need to make a lot of assumptions. You're right, there are great and lousy candidates everywhere in terms of degree but with limited information about the candidate I'm going to err on the side of the person who has proven they can handle hard problems and learn complex systems. The MIS (or applied programming or w/e they call it at you community college - MIS is Management of Information Systems and what you describe) candidate is going to have to really nail the interviews if they even get in the door in the first place with us.

Computer Science degrees have courses in all of that too. And they also have testing courses, analysis courses etc. They just also have a lot of math and theoretical courses on top of it and those concepts get applied to those courses as well. I've never seen a CS program that didn't have or even require a Software Engineering, or similar, course. My university had CS courses in that, testing, security and plenty of applied topics. Many of them you could ignore if you wanted to instead take more theoretical courses.

The only thing I see lacking in my CS candidates is business awareness and business concepts. But because these kids are smart (the single most important trait) they tend to pick it up. And if they have business experience already its a non-issue. Not saying the MIS candidate can't or doesn't but it's far more rare in my experience. And they tend to not have the analytic brain we find so valuable.

But then, we have high expectations and performance matters being in NYC and all.

more than 3 years ago
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CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

nate nice Re:Do you want a university or a trade school? (583 comments)

This really couldn't be put better and should close the book on the discussion as a whole.

I agree, high level concepts are what's important and high level concepts rely on math.

more than 3 years ago
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CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

nate nice Re:Do you want computer science, or engineering? (583 comments)

Computers aren't limited to the machines we're familiar with. Computation is a subset of mathematics and a computer is as simple as a set of rules that can be written on paper.

more than 3 years ago

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Wow

nate nice nate nice writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Been awhile since I typed into this. To my loyal audience, sorry to keep you checking this every day, some of you nearly every hour, to see if I have updated it. Well, rejoice as I am here to tickle your eyes. Said Jesus, "light upon darkness will cease to keep alive the destiny of our sins." I'll remember this when the nukes start to fall. It's an interesting quote really and could have some relevance today. It's scary really how symbolic something like this could be. This thought from Jesus could be interpreted in many ways, and for anyone that believes in Him then, as His word is always true, this statement from Him must have some validity. But what is it? It resonates with negativity but perhaps Jesus was implying his death and resurrection were the light that crushed the darkness. Perhaps, but actually not at all. In fact, if you believe Jesus said this, even for a second, it's further proof the church can just as easily make their ideas up as a tool to manipulate their agendas, sustain their power and influence and increase their wealth. What was written above is a lie, but I have intuition that tells me it's as truthful as any page of the Bible, Qur'an and any other book of hatred, fear and division.

Does God even have the patience for our absurdity?

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ONE MORE DAY

nate nice nate nice writes  |  more than 11 years ago

One more exam. Been studying hard, cannot wait for it to be done...be able to spend more time with Ashlee and friends etc. She's great, damn I'm lucky. To all you out there, I'm happy I'm not you as you wouldn't have this great girl. She really makes life great, when I'm stressed out, disgusted with school or whatever, I just have to think about her and remember how good I really have it.

Anyways, been studying hard and hope to do well on this exam tomorrow. I'm sure Dr. Dumitrescu will make it as hard as possible, oh well. That's life I suppose.

I'm already excited about next fall. I hope to have a good semester as I can tell the end is near. Will have a study partner as Ashlee and I will be going to the library a lot hopefully. That really helps someone with as bad of study habits as me...not that I have bad study habbits, but I usually prefer to study things not related to my current classes at the time....or, I study things in the classes I have, but not always realevant to what we are doing as a class. Of course, teachers don't reward explooration very much...just if you can pass the test.

Must get back to my study session.

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5/11/03

nate nice nate nice writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Didn;t do anythng that great today. Studied some more, wasted time on Slashdot, like I am now. Cannot wait, almost there...

I wish.

I will.

Anyways, have a good night,..,.

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nate nice nate nice writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Nice day today. Got to have dinner with my girlfriend, Ashlee. Had to go into my job for a couple hours but it wasn't too bad. Great basketball game today, Sac and Dallas. Dallas in double OT. Need to study for exams tonight. First journal entry, fairly boring. Hopefully I get better at this thing one day.

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