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Comment: Re:Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. (Score 2, Insightful) 144

by SirGeek (#47892953) Attached to: Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

What about teaching "Data Structures and Algorithm Design", C/Pascal/Assembly Language ?

Linux != Comp Sci ...

This is why we have a generation of "programmers" who's solution to a problem is "throw more RAM into the system" instead of fixing their crappy code.

Comment: Re:Not this again. (Score 2) 637

by SirGeek (#47615761) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

I've been out olf college for *mumbles 26 years* - I had Pascal, C, 2 Different Assembly Languages (X86 And VAX). Not to mention classes in Data Structures and Compiler Design. I've also done Embedded Systems Programming (Aircraft Engine Controls and Fire Alarms as a couple of examples). Too many people get the attitude - 'Oh. My program needs more memory, Just add some to the server.' which is a bad. Why write optimum code ?

I'd LOVE to see the Code Monkeys code working in some of the systems that I had to work with - Entire Program space was 32K (thats right - 32,768 BYTES) of memory - and NO OS. I've also worked with custom cpus that had 2 registers and no stack

Comment: And do they guarentee in writing that the data is. (Score 1) 64

by SirGeek (#47298131) Attached to: New Sensors Will Scoop Up "Big Data" On Chicago

... totally anonymous ?

How do you know that city employees are lying ? Their lips are moving :-\

and do they ensure that data won't be aggregated (i.e. Cellphone xxx-yyy-zzzz is anonymized at EVERY tower using a different encryption me key so that they can't look at the city and correlate that Cellphone xxx-yyy-zzzz was here, and here, and here, etc... ?

Comment: Re:No, we don't (Score 2) 309

by SirGeek (#47221635) Attached to: Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

I thought that was what Java was "supposed" to be. Write Once, Run anywhere ?

Oh yeah.. That's right... 99% of programmers ONLY write for their target... Use libraries designed for their preferred target and can't even bother to test the damned thing...

And I've been programming around 33 years (As a professional for about 25) so just a "little" familiar with what happens because of "I have this Tool (hammer) so every problem must be solved with it (everything = nail).

Comment: Re:False comparison (Score 2) 339

by SirGeek (#47123021) Attached to: The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

That is one thing they're NOT talking about. Companies are trying to push people away from all concepts of ownership.

They want you to rent:

  • Books (Why the push to more electronic books) ?
  • Streaming of Music and Movies (why OWN something as lame as a CD/DVD - Rent it and save space !)
  • Renting furniture (I'm almost 47 and I can't EVER remember there being rental furniture when I was growing up
  • Renting of Video Games (why else push for download/etc. - other than no resale of the games)

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar