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Comment: Re: STEM is the new liberal arts degree (Score 1) 174

by brunes69 (#47523199) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Sure of course there will always be a small subset of jobs in industry that need this. But the idea that it provides inherent value to all CS is wrong. Calculus has nothing to do with CS at all in reality.

There are also lots of jobs in industry that need high levels of security domain knowledge or networking domain knowledge, but the stuff we need is not even taught in university let alone required for a degree so your example really has no meaning.

Comment: Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (Score 3, Informative) 174

by brunes69 (#47522775) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

I don't know what you consider "high level math", but if it is the same thing I am thinking of, I totally disagree with you.

I've been in the industry for over a decade, and have used the calculus and statistics required for my CS degree precisely never. And honestly there are hardly any professions that need either of these disciplines. Yes you should know some VERY BASIC statistics but the idea that everyone needs a university-level course in it is flawed.

IMO in CS degrees, the time spent on these courses would be much better spent on more algorithms courses and courses on actual development practice, both of which are VERY lacking with people coming out of university nowadays.. theyre' all hot-shot python hackers but have no idea what the difference between a linked list and an array list is.

Comment: NPAPI (Score 1) 194

by brunes69 (#47519911) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Actually, Firefox has one huge advantage over Chrome - their continued support of NPAPI. Chrome dropped NPAPI as of May, and along with it support for Java plugins. Like them or not, Java plugins are used in HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of huge enterprises for internal applications. By dropping NPAPI support, Chrome basically gave a big middle finger to all these enterprises.

I work for one of these huge companies. A bunch of our internal systems requires the use of Java plugins via NPAPI - and there is no way they are going to spend hundreds of thousands (millions?) of dollars to replace all of these internal applications, when Chrome was never an officially supported browser in the first place.

Since Chrome dropped NPAPI, I can no longer use any of these applications in it, so I am now back to Firefox for them. And if I am going to run Firefox for some things, I am going to run it for everything, because I frankly don't have the time or patience to run deal with two web browsers every day.

Comment: Horrible Slashvertisement (Score 1) 91

by brunes69 (#47519839) Attached to: Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

First of all this article is nothing more than a giant slashvertisement.

Second of all, essentially every SSD on the market self-encrypts, because it is how the secure wipe feature of SSDs functions. Any SSD that is locked with a password is encrypted and unreadable. This is not a new or novel feature at all, and whoever decided this was newsworthy should not be posting articles to slashdot.

Comment: Ignoring important factors (Score 1) 92

by brunes69 (#47514157) Attached to: Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

This guy is ignoring two very important factors here involved in purchasing of IT hardware in any enterprise.

- Hardware is a capital cost whose depreciation can be written off every year on your corporate income tax. After 4 years or so, your hardware actually now has near zero actual capital value to the company. Thus, as long as a company believes they will be around to see the depreciation of the asset fully written down, it is of little advantage to sacrifice performance in order to save some inconsequential amount on the hardware. This is why companies always buy the latest and greatest.

- The money you spend on the system is just the one-time capital cost. The on-going costs - the electricity used, the maintenance costs, the costs of extending the warranty - these will all be substantially higher per unit computed with older systems than newer systems.

Comment: This is the problem with having a two party system (Score 4, Insightful) 533

by brunes69 (#47465177) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

The idea that economic policy and social policy are tied at the hip in the two mainstream parties is ridiculous. Someone who supports conservative economic policy but liberal social policies, in any other country, has a mainstream party to get behind. In the US, they're essentially an outcast who has to decide which is more important to them, their personal values or what they think is the best direction for the economy, because voting for third parties is viewed as a lost vote.

Politics in the US needs drastic reform away from the two party system.

Comment: Much better board layout (Score 5, Informative) 202

by brunes69 (#47447803) Attached to: New Raspberry Pi Model B+

The model B has a lot more thought into the board layout. Having the power, and HDMI all on the same side of the board and the optional I/O also all on one other side, makes so much more sense and will allow much cleaner looking enclosures. Although.. I still wish they had done even MORE thought and out the I/O on the OPPOSITE side of the board where they have all the GPIO pins.

Comment: Just ran into this (Score 1) 753

by brunes69 (#47447745) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

When Arthur came up here (Atlantic Canada), it took out the power for a few days.. heck some were without power for a week. While without power, all the big box stores were closed. However, small mom & pop shops stayed open, using a hand ledger and accepting cash. I was actually in one store buying supplies that was operating by candlelight.

Comment: It looks more eye candy than useful to me (Score 1) 60

by brunes69 (#47411039) Attached to: All Web Developers Should Have Access to a Device Lab (Video)

- It sits high on a wall in some common area, far from the cubicle of anyone who would want to use the thing for actual testing

- Many of devices are mounted so high you wouldn't even see them without a stepstool let alone be able to interact with them (see hilarious video

- Almost all the devices are Google Play edition devices or Nexus devices and they're all using Chrome for testing, none using stock Browser or Firefox or Dolphin or any other browser. Hardly a good cross-section of devices or browsers for compatibility testing! It seems more like a PR stunt to increase Google device visibility. In fact they even say this outright! "We picked our devices mostly from Google Play Edition devices, and picked a few other fun and shiney net devices that would look cool on the wall"

Comment: Re:No it makes no sense at all (Score 4, Insightful) 702

by brunes69 (#47399013) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

"Now, a successful terrorist must spend an extra $100 on parts and 100 hours on hardware modifications, while still spending the time and money to jump through every other hurdle in the way."

"... the point is to raise the difficulty high enough that the attack isn't worth the hassle."

If you stop and think about these statements you will see how stupid they are. Such statements make sense when the motive is financial and the prospect of fines or incarceration is a deterrent. Or when such people are not extremely well financed. None of these things apply here. If you are an extremest who plans to kill yourself while blowing up an airplane, there is no point at which you stop and say "awww screw this, it's not worth the hassle". And most of these guys are backed by people will millions in the bank.

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