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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

papa248 Re:Wrong (347 comments)

Did the same thing. I don't give a O(n) in a lot of things, but the degree (which ended being an EE) has been invaluable.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

papa248 Re:More like... (347 comments)

Agreed. There is a lot more to a college degree than "career development."

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Replacing a TI-84 With Software On a Linux Box?

papa248 Make sure you learn the theory! (254 comments)

Good God man, make sure you learn the theory! If you can't graph y=sin(2x+1) by hand, give up now. How about a circle? Sphere? Surface? Bode Plot? Smith Chart? (and God forbid) root locus?? That's past where you're at, but I managed with a TI-86 just fine, and its mostly because I hated doing matrix math (but knew how).

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Replacing a TI-84 With Software On a Linux Box?

papa248 Re:Matlab (254 comments)

Agree 100%. I'm an engineer (electrical) and knowing Matlab is simply a requirement. In fact, a PhD student in Physics (my sister-in-law, actually) asked me for some help with it. It's mandatory.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Storing Items In a Sealed Chest For 25 Years?

papa248 Re:Put stuff in sealed plastic cases? (434 comments)

Agreed. 25 years is no biggie. When I worked for Fitzimmons, we had blue prints for John Deere tractors going back to the 50s. (This was in 2008). Store *data* in a couple of formats, use high-quality CDs/DVDs, use a good thumb drive, and maybe even an SSD. Store all in a moisture barrier bag (check Uline) with dessicant, and seal. They are also ESD compliant. You'll be fine. I just had to buy a bunch of ICs* made in 1990 that were stored as such, and they work just fine.

* I work for a contract electronics manufacturer that is based in the US

more than 2 years ago

ASUS Running Out of Hard Disks

papa248 Bigger issue (207 comments)

This is a much bigger issue than is reported in the mainstream media, and not just with hard drives. I work for a contract electronics manufacturer, and we're really feeling the impact. They are a number of electrical component manufacturers (TI, Toshiba, On Semi, Fairchild just to name a few) that have had their plants affected. Besides hard drives and their respective components, there are a ton of other electronics manufacturers that are saying their plants will be shut down until as late as Q2 of 2012. Expect a lot of consumer electronics to go up in prices, especially as class-3 electronic devices (medical, aerospace) get priority for components.

more than 2 years ago

Three-Dimensional Structure of HIV Revealed

papa248 Re:All these 'almost there' cures announcements... (189 comments)

People run around like headless chickens when a few die of mad cow or whatever but nobody cares about AIDS killing thousands daily.

I call bullshit. AIDS does not come after me, infect me and my family, and kill me. I personally have to do something to infect myself with AIDS like do drugs or have unprotected sex. You're damn right that I don't care about AIDS killing thousands daily, since in MOST of the cases, those people killed themselves.

more than 8 years ago



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