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Comment: Aim higher (Score 1) 637

by guacamole (#47617245) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

At the best undergraduate CS departments, the students have to learn the basics of C, assembly, Java or some other high level programming language, plus some elementary algorithms and data structures.. that's before the end of sophomore year. I know in my school they learned some Lisp, C, assembly, and Java in the basic courses.

Comment: Re:Fast RAM required (Score 1) 117

by guacamole (#47587587) Attached to: AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

It's because on the APUs there is no dedicated graphics memory. The graphics units use the main memory as was always the case with all integrated graphics chips for a long time. Using the main memory for GPU tasks is a serious performance penalty, that's why it's normally recommended to use faster memory with APUs if you care about GPU performance.

Comment: Re:Propaganda won't help this time (Score 0) 503

by guacamole (#47482351) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

I really wonder what you mean by Ukraine won't. Do you really believe, or what me to believe, that Ukraine is not engaged in a hard information war, just like Russia against Ukraine. Please. The current Ukraine is America's puppet state in East Europe, together with Poland and Latvia.

Likewise, your speculation about what's considered an "accident" is laughable. Do you know how many civilian aircraft have been shot down flying over war zones over the last 30 years? More than 10, according to CNN, including an Iranian flight with 290 on board in the 80s shot down over the Persian gulf by Americans. Shit happens during the armed conflict. The question is why was a civilian airliner flying over a war zone?

Comment: Re:A sampling of hot button economic issues (Score 1) 305

by guacamole (#47357887) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

There are a lot more hot button issues:

Minimum wage laws: The economic theory very clearly concludes that imposing a minimum wage will increase unemployment, and yet the economists couldn't have consistently pinned this effect down in the empirical studies. As a result, a whole bunch of high profile economists supported the last federal minimum wage hike.

Monetary policy: These days a lot of economists have less to say about monetary policy than a janitor who works at a Federal reserve bank. A very vocal and influential wing of macroeconomists embarked on a research agenda trying to build models of economy where "money doesn't matter" in the 70/80s. This resulted in the famous Real Business Cycle model (RBC) of the 70s and 80s, for which Prescott and Kydland have won a Nobel prize. While today a lot of economists disagree with the notion that money doesn't matter, a whole lot of leading departments still churn out macro economists who can't say anything intelligent about the monetary policy. In my opinion, a couple of decades down the road, the Federal reserve may be recruiting people with a non-economics background because of this.

Macroeconomic stabilization issues in general. What to do during the recession? AKA Keynesian economics (more spending/less taxes) vs monetarists (loose monetary policy) vs the do nothing vs lower all taxes crowd.

Corporate Taxes. Many economists argue that corporate taxes hurt the economy, and the conservatives love this idea.

Agricultural Policy: Another hot button issue. Most economists would argue that in the long run the agricultural subsidies and import tariffs and other protections hurt consumers and are costly to the government. And yet, farm bill after farm bill, the US Congress, in non-partisan manner, is happy to send generous portions of pork to the agricultural states.

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