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Comment: Re:Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. (Score 2, Insightful) 123

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)

Comment: Re:Buying music? (Score 2) 198

by SirGeek (#46036879) Attached to: Canadian Music Industry Calls For Internet Regulation, Website Blocking

Sorry, but your argument is wrong.

Most "Owned" Bands (i.e. on a Major Record Label) do NOT make their money on the CD Sales. They make a pittance. They make most (if not ALL their money) on tours.The reason we have things like JB, is they sell their souls to the music industry and allow them to be totally manipulated and peroform cookie cutter music that you can't tell from the other 20 performers of that style of music.

As for the "ugly" comment, You're telling me that a performer like Ted Nutgent.. I mean Nugent can't sell tickets ? Sadly he does.

If you want REAL musicians, Look up an Indie artist. There are a bunch. And some are even geeky. You have Marian Call, The Double Clicks, Molly Lewis, Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and others.... Support them and support their music.

Comment: Re:Pass the cost to the end user (Score 1) 73

Not "quite". Places are allowed to say "Price: X.XX, Cash Discount of $ Y.YY"

I've seen a few gas stations saying this. And doing this (offering a cash discount) is perfectly legal.

I would just like to see more places that do debit and credit (that don't charge more) asking people to use their debit cards (AS debit cards) whenever possible because it saves them CC Transaction fees - and thus saves THEM money because they don't need to raise their prices to pay for the fees).

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