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Comment: CS is only part of it (Score 1) 630

by PhasmatisApparatus (#41308267) Attached to: Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?
A CS degree, and consequently most CS graduates, are hyperfocused on one aspect of software development: algorithms and data structures. Unless you're making AAA games, your learning should not end or begin there. Any other, more useful, parts of software development (design patterns, TDD, etc.) fall by the wayside because so much time is spent familiarizing the students with, well, programming language and OOP basics. However, since the CS degree is the closest thing to a "software development degree", employeers will continue to require it for even the most basic programming jobs. I don't expect the complaints about CS degree holding aplicants that can't fizzbuzz ending anytime soon, either.

Comment: Re:When will people learn... (Score 1) 611

by PhasmatisApparatus (#39782795) Attached to: C/C++ Back On Top of the Programming Heap?
The closer to the hardware you get, the more the lines blur between the CS ideal (Big O) and the hardware reality (registers and bandwidth and machine code interleaving). You really can't optimize for one without optimizing for the other.

Another interesting fact about low-level languages is that it is much more difficult for bugs to hide. Writing correct code is nearly the same as writing understandable code. The only things that can go wrong (huge functions, tons of global variables, etc.) could just as well go wrong in a higher level language. Just look at all the ruby and python developers writing code that translates easily into c, and only throwing in a class or two to look OOP.

Comment: Re:Overdue (Score 1) 300

First of all, "IT" encompasses a whole lot more than you think. So yes, a broad field such as that should be able to escape across-the-board HIPPA-style regulation. Secondly, absolutely anything can be said to endanger national security, as we have seen. So dont think this wont expand past its stated purpose s decade or so down the road. Lastly, you know as well as I do that the best solution is the threat of serious fines for a business that gets hacked and lose sensitive data, but clearly the government is not interested in any legislation that would have to be used, only legislation thay they have the option to use (govt IT security audits wouldnt hit campaign contributors very hard, now would they? Fines after the fact would.)

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?