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Comment: Re:Investment Tax Credit (Score 1) 265

NJ (#2 in solar in the US) has a subsidy scheme with "Solar Renewable Energy Credits". Many local governments bet on that subsidy to pay off solar panel installs with these SRECs, only for the market to crash (a victim of its own success) : http://www.nj.com/morris/index...

Note the collapse in prices: http://www.srectrade.com/srec_...

Comment: Re:Disincentivized (Score 1) 407

by NJRoadfan (#49356581) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
Some of this can be attributed to the College Board changing the language of choice for the AP Computer Science test curriculum from C++ to Java in 2004. Most universities in the US phased out C++ in their introductory programming classes after that. I'm also disappointed they phased out the AB Computer Science test.

You can also add NJIT to that list of places that require programming. Check out the syllabus for CS288. I was required to take that class back in the day. It was a joke, mostly because it was developed and taught by a tenured professor that didn't seem to enjoy his job. Somebody else appears to have taken over a revamped it. Plenty of pointers to be found there.

Comment: Re:Disincentivized (Score 1) 407

by NJRoadfan (#49356455) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
After taking several semesters of Calculus without a calculator (department enforced), I can say its more about developing problem solving skills than it is actual arithmetic. Some of the higher end math beyond the basic undergrad Calculus courses is used in advanced programming algorithms (things like encryption and data compression) , but the majority of programmers aren't going to be exposed to that in the real world.

Comment: Re:I know I'm gonna catch a lot of crap for this.. (Score 1) 240

by NJRoadfan (#49267037) Attached to: Windows 10 Enables Switching Between Desktop and Tablet Modes

I'm running it on a cheapie WinBook from Microcenter with 2GB RAM and 32GB flash as C:. And then, to add insult to injury, IE 11 is the best tablet browser I've tried, and I've tried quite a few. I still use Firefox when in the desktop, as well as all my old Windows desktop applications, but I try to Metro-app in Metro when at all possible. Thing is, when in desktop, get out the mouse and keyboard; the screen is too small for fingering around.

The advent of cheap Win8.1 tablets and lack of a "Metro Mode" in Firefox is really going to bite Mozilla in the ass. Hopefully they will reconsider adding that feature back in as even with Australis, Firefox on a Winbook TW802 is a bit annoying to use. I have tried running the Android version of Firefox thru DuOS as an alternative, and its mildly better to use, but still not as slick as IE11 in the tablet UX area.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 392

by NJRoadfan (#49225895) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?
Meanwhile the $99 tablet I picked up at Microcenter has more connectivity (full sized USB, Micro-USB for charging that can take OTG adapters, micro-SD slot, and micro-HDMI). Apple couldn't fit a Micro-HDMI port on this thing? I'd say this laptop is the ultimate example of form over function. "But it looks great on my desk!"

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky

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