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Comment: Re:Odd question. (Score 1) 634

by douglips (#40393183) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce Someone To Star Trek?

I've got kids who are about the same age I was when I first saw Star Trek. I'm introducing them. Does that count?

My strategy is just to watch TOS, so far we've seen 4 episodes and they are popular with all the kids except one who is freaked out by Spock's ears. I think I'll wait a few months and see if he gets over that.

Education

Computer Games and Traditional CS Courses 173

Posted by Soulskill
from the terrible-terrible-games dept.
drroman22 writes "Schools are working to put real-world relevance into computer science education by integrating video game development into traditional CS courses. Quoting: 'Many CS educators recognized and took advantage of younger generations' familiarity and interests for computer video games and integrate related contents into their introductory programming courses. Because these are the first courses students encounter, they build excitement and enthusiasm for our discipline. ... Much of this work reported resounding successes with drastically increased enrollments and student successes. Based on these results, it is well recognized that integrating computer gaming into CS1 and CS2 (CS1/2) courses, the first programming courses students encounter, is a promising strategy for recruiting and retaining potential students." While a focus on games may help stir interest, it seems as though game development studios are as yet unimpressed by most game-related college courses. To those who have taken such courses or considered hiring those who have: what has your experience been?

Comment: Re:Reading glasses are not a universl fix. (Score 1) 549

by douglips (#30126730) Attached to: Are There Affordable Low-DPI Large-Screen LCD Monitors?

Separate pair of glasses that are monofocals. When you are sitting at your desk you only need to see the display, and the glasses can be optimally tuned for this. You just put the bifocals on the desk and pick up the reading glasses when you sit down, and switch when you stand up.

If you don't want to buy the $5 pair at Walgreens I'm sure your optician will be happy to sell you a $200 pair that is exactly right for you.

Education

Interesting Computer Science Jobs? 352

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the do-something-you-love dept.
mattskent writes "I'm currently a junior in college working towards my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. As such, I'm starting to look pretty seriously at jobs in the IT/Computer Science field. I've spent plenty of time working entry-level IT jobs doing various kinds of help desk type work, and so most of the exposure I've had to the field is related to support of other people's computers. I enjoy helping other people out, but I'd rather not be plugging things in and restarting computers the rest of my life. Although the possibility is growing on me, I don't think I would particularly love to write code all day for a living either. What are some interesting jobs that you've had or heard of that I could look into fresh out of college with a Computer Science degree?"

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