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Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 1) 205

by Bill_the_Engineer (#47617387) Attached to: MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

During that 12 week class you spend about a week learning a couple of formulas that you realize will be very helpful when coding accounting software, but just as you're getting into it they switch topics and start teaching you about business management and then spend 4 weeks on "How to use Excel"...

If only they would offer a more specialized class after the introductory course is taken.

Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 1) 205

by Bill_the_Engineer (#47617365) Attached to: MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

This looks like MIT's marketing department is running their learning programmes now

This is nothing new. MIT is known for issuing press releases for their staff and students that read like something that never been accomplished before despite the fact that it's not only been done a long while back some of it is still in practice.

Comment: Re:Hence, "Software Engineer" == MYTH (Score 1) 430

In your subject you claim "Software Engineer" is a myth and in your first sentence you called the term "software engineer" a bit of a misnomer.

I'm pointing out that you're mistaken.

To use your analogy: Automotive Engineers are a myth because all of your generalizations are based on automotive mechanics who aren't known for documenting their work.

Comment: Re:Hence, "Software Engineer" == MYTH (Score 1) 430

Could you imagine if, say, aerospace engineers didn't document their work? Automotive engineers?

A "software engineer" that didn't document their work is a code slinger pretending to be an engineer.

I think you've confused software developers who work in the consumer applications sector (release fast, often and cheaply) with software engineers in the industrial, manufacturing, enterprise, and control systems sector.

Comment: Re:Infection via PHP web apps (Score 1) 168

by Bill_the_Engineer (#47485557) Attached to: New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

hey'd probably get more money because they could hold a vast section of the internet to hostage

The problem is that more people use Windows at home than Linux. This is why Windows is the largest "soft" target.

Linux at home is not immune. Why? Because home users are less likely to be careful about their security and more likely to download malware. They also tend to tolerate software operating slower than normal because they incorrectly associate it with the age of the computer.

Computers running at an enterprise level (aka. the ones running the internet) are harder targets than what you would find running on a personal computer at the typical household regardless of OS .

Comment: Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (Score 1) 67

Again, they do the same sort of thing a CATV does, but by aggregating several discrete receptions across several discrete connections. This to my IANAL eyes is why Aereo should have been allowed to continue until someone changed laws regarding OTA reception and access.

The act used to define and regulate a cable system only specifies that the cable system sends video transmissions directly to the subscriber and makes no mention about the protocol or method used to send that video transmission over wire or cable. So the fact that Aereo used discrete transmissions versus multicasting isn't relevant to the act.

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