I can't say how it compares to other university programs. I also can't say how well it would prepare a student for a career in the field. I had been working as a software developer for 10 years when I decided to "upgrade" my minor in CS to a B.S. (Original degree was Applied Mathematics). As someone who was already familiar with most of the subject material I found it to be a fairly easy program. Other students seemed to find it more challenging.
If you decide to choose it, be careful, FSU has a more stringent foreign language policy than some other universities in the state university system of Florida. All degrees require 3 semesters of a foreign language or appropriate scores on a CLEP test.
As a scuba diver I have to say, the experience is not the same. Static images don't give you enough information or the same feel as being there in person. You can't see (or experience) a cleaning station from pictures. You can't experience the sensation of floating in mid-water while watching a shark swim back and forth around a reef below you. You can't hear the sounds, feel the water.
What it does do is give people the ability to see something that they may otherwise never experience in person. Never a bad thing.
The point is more to why a professional violinist usually tends towards older instruments rather than newer ones. If a violinist can find an older violin in the range between $40,000 - $100,000 range that they like, chances are they would purchase that one before they would buy a newer instrument that costs the same. Also a good number of the highly regarded luthiers have a waiting list of over a year or more for new instruments.
The fact is that most professional violinists cannot afford an instrument that costs as much as a Strad or a del Gesu. Those instruments tend to be purchased for private collections or by organizations that loan high quality instruments to promising musicians. The few violinists that do own an instrument like that are very highly paid concert soloists.
There is one key thing that people tend to forget when these kinds of test results come out. As the wood in the violin ages its sound will change. After about 300 years or so (the average age of a Strad) the sound won't change much. With a new violin (average cost for a handmade one by an expert lutier being around $20,000) you have no way of knowing how the sound will change as it ages. Sure it might sound good today, but what happens in 10 years as the wood ages? There are violins made by Stradivarius that don't sound good because the wood didn't age well, and he was known to experiment with his instrument design a bit (for example the Chanot-Chardon Stradivarius violin is guitar shaped). That same problem could happen to a modern made violin leaving the musician out the price of a small car and a nearly worthless instrument. Safer to buy an older instrument that has had time to age.
And on another note chances are if anyone buys a $100 violin they've bought a cheap poorly setup piece of junk that is almost unplayable.
Even good coders make mistakes. There can be various reasons for this, maybe someone was suffering from insomnia the night before and their mental processing is slower. Maybe they were working on a part of a project and there are integration issues in their code between a part of the project that they were not as familiar with.
Not every issue in code can be found by peer review, and not every issue in code can be found by testing. A good team has a combination of good coders, good peer reviews, and good testing. You need all of that (and more) for a good project. Good coders are not everything. Nor should they have an ego about their code. A good coder should realize that everybody makes mistakes, even themselves.
The operator of the dive shop has filed suit against the owner of the board in an attempt to discourage discussion about the bad air, the fatality, and the conditions of the dive operation. Part of the issue is that the operator closed ship and moved to another company in January of 2010. The posters on scubaboard found that it was the same person and started warning divers against using the new company altogether.
Is it possible or reasonable to hold public forums accountable for the posts of its users?"