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Comment Re:I disagree (Score 1) 328

If we're going to do that, it should be along side of the foreign language requirement.

Even if we take a strictly utilitarian point of view, learning to program should be alongside learning a foreign language, because programmers ought to learn to write localisable UIs and the more exposure they have to other languages the better they'll understand what that means.

Comment Re:Neither software nor engineering (Score 1) 115

A regular CS degree may not be the same as a SE degree, but some of them are accredited for receiving the title of "real engineer". For example, the British Computer Society accredits various CS degrees for the Chartered Engineer qualification, and since that's homologised across the EU there must be similar accreditation in other European countries.

Comment Re:Why not a survey? (Score 1) 381

Your memory sounds about right. For what it's worth, Dedekind constructed the real numbers starting from the empty set in the late 1850s, so that aspect of it has a lot of history. Knuth's book presented Conway's construction of the surreal numbers, which extend the real numbers with true infinities and infinitesimals.

Comment Insufficient cushioning (Score 1) 130

Given that the article does not say tidal forces CAUSE quakes, this cushioning is completely unnecessary.

Given that the title under which the article was posted to /. is "The moon's gravitational pull can trigger major earthquakes, says study", the cushioning was not only necessary but inadequate.

Comment Re:So this is Russia answer to the ,, (Score 1) 256

Either it deploys from orbit, in which case the missile has to survive reentry, while not a huge problem there is a problem that it'll be effectively blind while doing so. making it a really easy target for interception.

So? ICBMs also have to go through reentry. And the B stands for ballistic: they're not intended to do complicated dodging. Is there any reason why MIRVs wouldn't be as successful an anti-interception strategy for orbitally launched missiles as for submarine-launched ones?

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