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Comment: Re:But do we really need a separate CS dept anymor (Score 4, Insightful) 112

by eclectus (#39806117) Attached to: Univ. of Florida Announces Plan To Save CS Department

No. I speak as someone with a MS in CS, so I may be a little biased, but saying CS should just be Math & Engineering is much like saying Physics is just applied math, or chemistry is applied physics. While one is built on the other, there are basic tenets taught in CompSci that would never come directly out of Engineering or Math. While there is a lot of overlap, subjects such as Data Structures or Autonoma Theory (off the top of my head) are VERY different than anything that would be thought of as engineering or math. Core concepts such as these affect the very way that CS majors view the world. It is a different level than just applied math & engineering.

Comment: Re:IN MARGARETAVILLE !! (Score 1, Offtopic) 129

by eclectus (#38846935) Attached to: North Star May Be Wasting Away

CSB: A pub I used to frequent had live entertainment in the form of a man on stage with a guitar singing various bawdy pub songs. A bunch of us were in one night when we convinced our friend ( a wonderful indian grad student who knew no fear) to get on stage and sing 'Margaritaville'. He didn'tt know the song, but the entertainer said he would feed him the lines as they came along just before along, like a human karaoke machine. So he get's up there and sings. The singer feeds him the line 'stepped on a pop-top' and he sings it as 'stepped on a pop tart' because he had never heard of a pop top.

I still can't sing it the original way, I like pop-tart better.

Comment: Re:No he doesn't (Score 5, Interesting) 231

by eclectus (#38343750) Attached to: Does Mega Media Control 90% of Content?

The quote from Jobs pretty much sums it up well.

"When you're young, you look at television and think, There's a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that's not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That's a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It's the truth." - Steve Jobs, Interview in WIRED magazine (February 1996)

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

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