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Comment: I was never taught low-level bit-fiddling (Score 1) 637

by Ulric (#47623459) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?
I studied CS in the 80s. The first language was LISP. I don't think we were taught any language that required explicit memory management. We did learn, of course, how a computer works from the silicon level and up. On the other hand, it was impossible to do anything without learning C, so we learned C.

Comment: Environmentally worthless (Score 1) 466

by Ulric (#46861901) Attached to: Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test
What people fail to realize is that the extinction of grazing animals will lead to extinction of the wildlife that depends on said grazing animals. That is the environmental effect that artificial "meat" would have. From an environmental point of view, such products are worthless.

Comment: Mandatory helmets in cars (Score 1) 1651

by Ulric (#41546873) Attached to: To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets
I believe that mandatory helmets for anyone riding in a car (driver and passengers) would reduce injuries much more than mandatory helmets for bicyclists. There are many more of them and they are going much faster. It would also be more convenient, since the helmets can simply be stored inside the car when the car is parked.

Comment: Better off in what way? (Score 1) 524

by Ulric (#41546833) Attached to: Are you better off than you were four years ago?
Interesting question! In the last four years I have divorced, quit my job, had a doughter with my new partner, quit the new job back to the first one and is currently on parental leave. That translates to "dramatically better" to me. Many of the comments seem to focus either on money (I make less now) or the upcoming US presidential election (which doesn't really bother me at all).

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