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Ask Slashdot: Is Going To a Technical College Worth It?

sycomonkey Switch to Community College and transfer to a 4yr (309 comments)

It's really rare to go to a technical college for CS-related stuff and have it work out. The entire concept has been sullied beyond redemption by the ITT's and Devry's of the world. The best bet, money wise, it to take your first 2 years at community college, get all your prereqs like History and Calculus and CS101 out of the way for cheap. Then transfer to a traditional state 4-year for the last two years, even if its just a satellite campus. It's going to be much more expensive, and more challenging than CC, but you will hopefully end up with knowledgeable professors right when you need them, and after 50% of the class has dropped for lack of interest or plain immaturity. Also do your best to work with the school and line up an internship during your summer break between 3rd and 4th year. You'll have a degree that helps your resume instead of hinders it, a token amount of real world experience, and spend a bit over half as much money as just going straight to the 4-year.

about 2 years ago
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Kasparov Arrested By Russian Police

sycomonkey Re:The importance of grouping (374 comments)

Then why do they keep saying they're a punk music group, they obviously can't be a group if they're not associative.

about 2 years ago
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Delaware To Permit In-state Online Gambling

sycomonkey HTTP is Stateless. (148 comments)

Trying to confine any sort of online activity to any sort of geographical boundaries is an exercise in futility. "In-State" is essentially meaningless on the internet. Sure, they will come up with all kinds of enforcement mechanisms, and some of them might even repel a few Non-Delaware people, but the vast majority will do a quick google search and get around it in less time than it will take them to type in their creditcard and start throwing money away.

more than 2 years ago
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US District Court: Game Elements In Tetris Clone Infringe Tetris Co.'s Copyright

sycomonkey Re:Oh good (138 comments)

As part of my CS degree we had to write a Tetris clone, and add an extra feature. Mine was a 5-block piece game mode. It was virtually impossible. 3-blocks is far too easy. Four blocks is really the only fun setup for that particular style of block game.

more than 2 years ago
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DVDs, Blu-Rays To Show 20-Second Unskippable Govt. Warnings

sycomonkey Easy: Rip before watching (587 comments)

If you still want to keep things above board (for the creators, not the leeching middlemen), just rip the disks before you watch them. Yeh, it's a good 5 minutes and a bit of a hassle, and totally illegal due to DMCA, but you never have to sit through any of the crap they shove on the disks these days again, like these warnings, trailers, or flashy menus. Obviously pirates don't have this problem.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook 'Likes' Aren't Protected Speech

sycomonkey Re:Burden of proof (214 comments)

By "market reality" I meant things such as the fact that China exists, or that Widgets cost 3x as much to make in country A than in country B. Facts that affect markets.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook 'Likes' Aren't Protected Speech

sycomonkey Re:That's at-will, not right-to-work (214 comments)

Yeh, I messed that up. At-Will is standard operating procedure in the US though, which was my point.

more than 2 years ago
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How Apple Sidesteps Billions In Global Taxes

sycomonkey Don't hate the player, hate the game (599 comments)

Apple has a fiduciary responsibility to avoid as much taxes as legally possible. This is more indicative that the laws are not written correctly, rather than that Apple is doing something "wrong". Of course, congresscritters might be hesitant to fix these loopholes, since a lot of their sponsors directly benefit from them. In fact, that may or may not be why they are there in the first place, but the saying "don't attribute to malice what you can attribute to incompetence" probably holds here.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook 'Likes' Aren't Protected Speech

sycomonkey Re:Burden of proof (214 comments)

There are disadvantages to that. I'm specifically thinking of the flexibility of the job market: In the course of being edged out by competitors or a changing market, an employer might hold on to their workforce longer than they should out of fear of being sued for wrongful dismissal. That makes the entire economy less capable of adjusting to disruptive technologies and global market realities. That being said, in the US we tend to avoid this to kind of an absurd level. Most states are right-to-work, where you can be fired (or quit) for no reason whatsoever. And even in states were that is not the case, it is often practically impossible to sue for wrongful dismissal except in particularly egregiousness cases like discrimination (and you can still get sued for that in RtW states anyway).

more than 2 years ago
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Google's First Employee Departs

sycomonkey Re:Education industry (137 comments)

Indeed. It got me through a particularly horrible multivar calculus professor a few years ago.

more than 2 years ago
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The Condescending UI

sycomonkey Re:Doesn't everyone run in classic? (980 comments)

Man I figured you could back Win7 up to the XP look but I'd never actually tried it. Myself, I like my transparencies, tyvm. I mean, in my linux boxes I lately have been using XFCE, but I still use transparencies, to the point where having a completely opaque terminal is a showstopper. Anyway, so I tried setting Win7 to the classic theme and it looked like the mid 90's puked all over my computer. All I'd need to do was switch to a 1280x1024 CRT and set my wallpaper to some poorly rendered fractal and it would be like I was in middle school all over again.

I switched back to Aero pretty quick. We're talking about pure aesthetics here, but I can't imagine why you'd intentionally go back to that look.

more than 2 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Ditches GNOME 3 For Xfce

sycomonkey I also switched to XFCE (835 comments)

But when I switched it was because of Ubuntu's Unity. I suspect that's not an issue Torvalds would be likely to have.

more than 3 years ago
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HDMI Brands Don't Matter

sycomonkey Brick and Mortar shenanigans (399 comments)

I once wanted a 6ft HDMI cable right away. I noted that they were available at a popular online cable store for $10, and set out to find one for $20 or so, considering that to be an acceptable mark up for the immediacy required. Couldn't find any for less than $30, most stores sold them for $50 or $60. They are either price fixing or just individually deciding to rip people off. Either way I just went home, paid $12 after shipping, and waited for them to show up.

more than 3 years ago
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Algorithm Glitch Voids Outcome of US Green Card Lottery

sycomonkey Re:Bad algorithm (131 comments)

I agree. I'm personally of the opinion that absolutely anyone who wants to immigrate should be able to, assuming they pass a security check and have a reasonably clean criminal record in their former country. We should be thrilled that people want to move here. Many first world countries are actually losing population and it is very hard on their economies.

more than 3 years ago
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The Insidious Creep of Latency Hell

sycomonkey Re:Java or Visual Studio 2010 anyone? (297 comments)

Also Java and Visual Studio tend to be used by less skilled developers and students (disclosure: i'm a student). Poor responsiveness of programs written in Java or using VS is more a factor of who is writing it than anything to do with the language / VM / IDE.

more than 3 years ago
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Senator Wants to Tax Internet Shopping

sycomonkey Terrible idea. (705 comments)

This is a terrible idea. If they want to make it consistent, they should make it so that NO online purchases are taxed, regardless of state. Sales tax is a horrible system and should not be encouraged. What should be encouraged is online purchases. It is so much cheaper and more efficient than traditional storefronts, but if people are forced to pay sales tax on purchases that have no business being taxed, then that is going to lower the economic incentive to purchase online. As it is I don't think there's any constitutional leeway here one way or the other. Trying to enforce state tax laws at a federal level is a gross overreach of federal jurisdiction.

more than 3 years ago
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Newspaper Plagiarizes Blog, Taunts Real Author

sycomonkey Re:Worst Formatting Ever (301 comments)

I'm not sure what you mean. When I look at the blog, it's black text on a white background, fixed width, centered. The font's kinda big, but that's about it. It's about as simple as you can get. Now if he had a busy background image, he may have removed it to conserve bandwidth, i'm not sure, but as of 8:24pst, it's a pretty dead simple page, and is perfectly readable. If anything it's TOO readable.

more than 3 years ago
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US Competitiveness Chief Immelt's GE Tax Bill: $0

sycomonkey "innovative accounting" (436 comments)

The tax system is a mess, but I think the key issue here is innovative accounting. I'm sorry, but accounting is supposed to be, by definition, crystal clear and straightforward. Innovation is this field is more properly described as "accounting in such a way as to hide money we've made while still (maybe) following the rules". Which says to me that the rules are not complete enough.
Unless GE gave every dime of profit they made to charity, they should be paying taxes. A lot of taxes. THIS is why we have a budget deficit.

more than 3 years ago
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Geologists Say California May Be Next

sycomonkey Re:Pacific/San Juan de Fuca boundary? (258 comments)

Well it's going to happen eventually, even if it's not the "big one" this article is predicting, the fact is that the SJF subduction zone has an extremely violent earthquake, on average, every few hundred years. And there was a big one in 1700. The average is 500 years, so maybe we can get along until 2200 before the next one. Maybe not. But it will happen eventually.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is the Recycle Bin a Good GUI Metaphor?

sycomonkey Desktop Icons? (465 comments)

I don't show any desktop icons, personally. Between the Win7 taskbar and start menu/search field, there's really no reason to have to go back to the desktop to start applications or access anything. I know this is a personal preference thing, but once you start showing icons the whole thing can get ugly quick.

more than 3 years ago

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