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Comment: Re:It's all bunk. (Score 1) 546

by Hodr (#47824413) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

I took the bog standard BS in Computer Science (so not Software Engineering), but had to learn basic proficiency in multiple languages.

CS101/2 was C++. There was a machine language course where we learned theory (MIPS) and practical (SPARC assembly). There was a data structures course that required labs to be done in Java, and expected you to learn it on your own if you weren't already familiar.

There was an Artificial Intelligence course which required you to learn and use Lisp and a compilers course where we developed compilers for our own limited scope language, and an operating systems course where we built an OS using our compiler from the previous course.

And who could forget the database course with the flavor of the day SQL, or the computer graphics elective that made use of OpenGL.

There was also a general languages course where every 2 to 3 lab sessions we switched to a new language. Obviously we didn't learn anything in depth about them, but we were exposed enough to get the basic concepts and to determine when / where they would be most applicable.

So sure, the degree wasn't laser focused on one or two languages, but to say we weren't exposed to programming is laughable. And while the BA in Computer Technology (the programming only degree we had at the time) was also offered, our BS CSCI students with decent grades could be guaranteed several offers from recruiters while the BA CT students almost never received such attention.

Comment: Re:Okay so what happens if... (Score 1) 82

by Hodr (#47702139) Attached to: Delaware Enacts Law Allowing Heirs To Access Digital Assets of Deceased

They will do it the same way they always do. If the company is "out of state" but does business in Deleware, they can be sued in Deleware. Same if they are out of Country.

Now, how effectively can Deleware (or the US if it is out of country) claim the assets from the judgement, that is obviously case by case.

An example would be someone sueing Google. Google doesn't recognize Deleware's authority, doesn't show up for trial. Summary judgement for claimant in $XXX. Claimant then sees a Google StreetView car parked in a Motel 6, calls the Sheriff and has the car seized and turned over. Rinse and repeat until the value has been reclaimed.

Comment: Re:This is why I'm leaving academia. (Score 1) 541

by Hodr (#47648419) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Without commenting on this particular situation; why does the researcher necessarily have a more correct interpretation of the data than someone else who has reviewed that research.

Take academia for example. If a professor has 20 of his students experiment on rats and report the results to him, which he compiles and then publishes with a conclusion. Why is his conclusion automatically better than anyone else with similar background that can now review the same data? Because it was his "idea" to do the research?

Comment: Re:High speed car chase on "Cops" (Score 0) 140

by Hodr (#47606489) Attached to: Least Secure Cars Revealed At Black Hat

Ahh the old Europe is superior to US because they drive stick argument. I love it when people become overly proud of a talent that pretty much anyone can learn in a few hours at a Walmart parking lot.

Your healthcare may be superior, but driving a stick is a personal preference and is about as boast-worthy as being able to operate the fryer at a burger joint.

Comment: Re:raise money privately? (Score 1) 200

Presumably it is easier to get access to easements and existing municipal infrastructure. Funding is easier as they can self finance through municipal bonds vice getting loans from the bank, and they add a sense of legitimacy that may encourage fence sitters to choose the new option.

Comment: Re: Maybe, maybe not. (Score 2) 749

by Hodr (#47455741) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

I know Slashdot isn't all one mind, but I seem to remember the arguments from our European members being the opposite when it came time to try Microsoft for being a monopoly.

How can the EU fine a US company? Simple, they fined the portion that was incorporated in the EU.

This is the same issue; The US is not going after the EU Microsoft corporate entity, they are going after the US corporate entity. That these may be the "same" company (like a person with dual citizenship) is not really the issue. They can ask the US company to provide the data (wherever it is located), and if they refuse they can be held in contempt, found to be obstructing, etc.


Comment: Re: Maybe, maybe not. (Score 1) 749

by Hodr (#47455687) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

You already have so many replies this one is bound to get buried, but I wanted to point out that you are missing the legal argument completely.

This absolutely NOT an issue of sovereignty or one country imposing its will on another.

This is the same as if they have you in custody and subpeonaed evidence you stored in another country. Sure, you don't have to turn it over and they likely can't force anyone in that country to get it for them, but they still have you and can find you in contempt of court.

So, Microsoft doesn't need to turn over the data, but they would presumably get hit with a heft fine if they don't.

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