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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

rujasu Re:Yes, but no (637 comments)

Small school. The top CS guy was my advisor and I did talk to the IS prof who was teaching the course. The CS and IS departments were involved in some kind of interdepartmental pissing contest. I believe a database class for CS students was introduced shortly after I graduated. They knew about the issue, but it was my senior year when this came up, so basically just bad timing for me.

Networks wasn't optional for us, we had to take at least a semester of it.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

rujasu Re:Yes, but no (637 comments)

Yeah, the database thing is a big issue. In college, I actually tried to sign up for a database management class and couldn't, because it was in the Information Systems department instead of the CS department, and I hadn't taken the official pre-requisites. (I had taken a similar class in CS, but that didn't count. From everything I heard, the CS version was harder, but who knows.) So I had to get on-the-job training to understand databases, and it's still one of the weaker points in my skillset.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

rujasu Re:Computer Science (637 comments)

In my experience, successful CS students are typically solid programmers before starting the curriculum, or become solid programmers early in their studies. (If they don't, they change majors.) Good CS programs go beyond just programming to teach theory, but taking courses in programming language design and analysis of algorithms is what turns decent programmers into great programmers. That's why, while a degree in CS isn't a degree in programming per se, CS students do tend to be better programmers and are well-prepared for real-world coding.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

rujasu What do you plan to DO with your degree? (637 comments)

Web development? Keep learning Java. You will rarely ever have to worry about memory management. Learning C won't make you a better Java programmer, and there are plenty of jobs for people with Java backgrounds. Of course, you should also know HTML/CSS etc. if you're going this route.

Video games? Learn C and C++, probably in that order. Java isn't going to cut it, you'll need to learn things like memory management and graphics programming. However, the object-oriented programming stuff you learn in a Java-centric curriculum will still be very helpful in C++ (or C# if you go in that direction), so you have a solid base to work with.

Embedded systems? You're in either the wrong school or the wrong major for that, you need to focus on C and Assembler for that. Completely different world from Java.

You get the idea. Figure out what you plan to do with your career if you don't already know (in a broad sense, you don't have to nail down a specific job), and steer your studies that way. If you want to keep your options open, teach yourself some basic C or C++ and see if it's right for you. If you can't figure out how to manage pointers, then you know what type of programming not to get into.

about three weeks ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

rujasu Re:Soon... (226 comments)

Why are you writing numbers in binary?

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

rujasu Tradition (681 comments)

Looks like MS is looking to continue the tradition of good odd-numbered Windows versions to make up for the bad even-numbered versions.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

rujasu Re:I recommend (176 comments)

Bochs? Surprised you didn't just use DOSBox.

about 2 months ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

rujasu Holy buzzwords Batman! (205 comments)

... substantial, underlying problems that sustain a sprawling cybercrime syndicate, according to an industry luminary who painted a bleak picture of the future of information security at a conference of hundreds of incident responders in Boston Tuesday.

about 2 months ago
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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

rujasu Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (93 comments)

Fraud in accounting? Sure about that? Sounds like it's more likely your account just got hacked.

about 3 months ago
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Britain Gets National .uk Web Address

rujasu Re:In other words (111 comments)

The words are synonyms. No, I don't care what your style guide tells you.

about 3 months ago
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Britain Gets National .uk Web Address

rujasu In other words (111 comments)

Everyone with a .co.uk domain name is now basically obligated to register (and pay for) another domain name within the next five years to avoid confusion.

about 3 months ago
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

rujasu Yeah, right. (213 comments)

This will TOTALLY work. Detecting sarcasm will be DEFINITELY not be hard to do in software, seeing as how it's SO EASY for humans to do already.

about 3 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

rujasu Re:No Way! (261 comments)

But curved TV's give the appearance of a TV that will produce a better picture. That's something, right?

about 3 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

rujasu Cinema-like (261 comments)

Samsung and LG claim that the curve provides a cinema-like experience by offering a more balanced and uniform view so that the edges of the set don't appear further away than the middle...

Reality: the curved TVs provide a cinema-like experience by charging roughly four times what a reasonable person would pay.

about 3 months ago
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What games can you no longer complete?

rujasu Can? (1 comments)

I mean, I *can* complete just about every game in my collection. Whether I actually bother to do so is another matter.

about 3 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

rujasu I don't like DRM either (361 comments)

But this is an open-source browser we're talking about. If we don't want DRM, we can make a build of it without the DRM piece.

Companies will use DRM schemes whether they're supported by browsers or not. I don't entirely agree with Firefox deciding to implement EME, but it doesn't actually matter all that much.

about 3 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

rujasu Re:Microsoft has no spine. (179 comments)

Yes, how dare they provide support for a large percentage of their userbase, rather than try to force their users to pay them more money for the latest version! Those bastards!

Seriously, I get that XP is old and there are real disadvantages to its continued use, but it's amazing to me that we've actually reached the point where MS is getting flack for not adhering strongly enough to planned obsolescence. Like, we want them to be greedier now and stop providing free updates? I'd like to believe that they'll continue supporting Win7 for quite some time. I don't particularly like the idea of forced paid upgrades, or the "subscription Windows" that everyone seems to think is coming.

I'd love it if people would start moving off of XP and onto modern OS'es, but that's not going to happen right away regardless of what MS does, and I'm not going to knock them for supporting their product long-term.

about 4 months ago
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What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For The Big Bang Theory

rujasu Re:Not for Nerds (253 comments)

That is definitely an issue, but not the only issue.

about 4 months ago
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What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For The Big Bang Theory

rujasu Re:it's true (253 comments)

Network sitcoms are always like this, not just the ones about scientists. Yes TBBT has its flaws and if you're not into it, I can get that. But while it could have been better, let's face it: a Chuck Lorre sitcom on CBS about nerds could have been so, SO much worse.

about 4 months ago
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What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For The Big Bang Theory

rujasu Re:Not for Nerds (253 comments)

Well, of course we aren't complaining about people who *can't* be vaccinated. If you can't be vaccinated, then that's that. It's the folks who can but don't who are an issue. Those who are opposed to vaccination are endangering those who can't be vaccinated, by the way. If everyone who can be vaccinated is vaccinated, then those who can't are unlikely to be infected, because other people aren't getting the disease.

about 4 months ago

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