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Comment: Adapt (Score 1) 520

by ducky101 (#37513398) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: CS Grads Taking IT Jobs?
Just adapt your title to fit the job you're applying for. The whole idea of a diploma (for most people) from an institution of higher learning is the flexibility it brings with it.
The people who know the difference between CS and IT will see it reflected in your resume and the people who don't know the difference.... well they don't know.
Either way you'll end up in the IT department.
tl;dr: Adapt the words to fit the job you want

Comment: Re:which language is best? (Score 1) 394

by ducky101 (#34036970) Attached to: Taco Bell Programming
A good analogy I read somewhere is that CS is as much about programming languages as Astronomy is about telescopes. Both are tools you use to perform the work and research in your respective field. That's why the professors at my uni never really cared what language we used to do the assignments as long as we could justify the techniques used.

Comment: Re:Cost to support benefit (Score 1) 436

by ducky101 (#33997080) Attached to: Gosling Reacts To Apple's Java Deprecation
I think Apple want's to level the playing field when developing for the mac and using the Mac App store. They wan't everyone to program in c (and direct derivatives). The fact that the jvm isn't bound to one programming language is, I think, one of the reasons. When you see that a dev team can develop faster with a language like Scala than for example ObjC, you can see what kind of advantages that might have.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 727

by ducky101 (#31473628) Attached to: Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?
Because a digital hearing aid doesn't just amplify sound, it also filters.
Amplifying all the sound in a room is just about as useless as hearing nothing.
Depending on how advanced the system is the more expensive it gets.

What type of hearing aid you need you should figure out together with your audiologist, it all depends on what type of environments you frequent, live in, work in and your type of hearing loss.
If you work in a noisy office with lots of background sound you might require a more advanced system than someone who works in a quit room with little background noise.

The price itself is dictated by the number of microphones in the hearing aid + the proprietary algorithms to filter and represent sound.
What you're basically paying for are the features (you want or need) of a hearing aid and research that has gone into developing them plus all the stuff that goes with it being a medical device.

You can watch the reviews for a couple of different hearing aids at http://www.youtube.com/user/HearingAidDocs.
Building something yourself which only makes sound louder will eventually damage your hearing even more, so be very careful with that.

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