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Comment: Depends (Score 2) 656

by ItzRobZ (#43874647) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?
If you're going into IT, chances are you probably don't need advanced math. Going into CS research? Probably. General software development? I think knowing advanced math helps you develop interesting and useful algorithms that can be used in the software. You may not use the advanced math topics/tools, but the skills you learn in advanced math help a bunch.

Comment: Re:there will never be peace in this world (Score 1) 247

by ItzRobZ (#33146974) Attached to: Most Consumers Support Government Cyber-Spying
To be more general, there will never be peace in this world if there is any labeling of any kind. Any labeling will differentiate one group from another and will raise issues such as pride. In a way, being an organism naturally eliminates the possibility in this world. All organisms compete for the same resources, which are limited. Even bacteria, that which has no brain to think, competes for resources. Different strains of the same bacteria will infect as much cells as possible. Usually one strain infects more than another, causing the other strain to diminish in population. It may not be intentional, but a conflict arises none the less. I suppose if there were unlimited resources... and... no emotions. I suppose the root of all evil can be pointed at emotions. Without those, the 7 sins would not exist. With unlimited resources, natural "survival of the fittest" would also not exist. I could be wrong though... just rambling!

Comment: Re:Cousteau (Score 1) 122

by ItzRobZ (#31470300) Attached to: Permanent Undersea Homes Soon; Temporary Ones Now

Since you are immersed in salt water, any sort of agriculture will either involve serious halophiles or highly efficient closed loop freshwater stuff. Hey, look, if you have the tech to manage that in a more or less cost-effective way, you can have your pick of the earth's presently unfarmable deserts, without the cost of pressure resistant naval architecture or the risks of running out of air. Plenty of wind and solar power, too.

The desert would require buildings/houses that can reflect quite a bit of sun rays. If it doesn't, houses will start to cook people. Having that much heat, sand, and wind will make having open houses impractical as well.

Having water to make farmable land isn't enough. The plants need to be able to survive the extreme temperatures in the desert.

All in all, undersea housing and desert housing will probably balance out, due to the fact that it is much cheaper to create heat than to remove heat. At the very least, you'll get a large supply fish in the ocean.

If you can generate substantial amounts of electricity, by some workable means, for your little underwater habitat, this implies that you are just an extension cord away from being able to bring large quantities of electricity to whatever coastal region you fancy. Loads of unused or underused coast that would be quite pleasant if you had the energy for some desalination.

Well undersea power generation might not involve a coast at all. The issue is how long of an extension cord will be needed to bring large quantities of electricity to any coastal region.

Living in the ocean may not be practical, but it is an alternative to other areas in the world.

Piracy

Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down 634

Posted by kdawson
from the single-point-of-well-you-know dept.
ZuchinniOne writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."

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