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Comment: thoughts on why is this news? (Score 2, Interesting) 290

by iberian411 (#15425352) Attached to: Freshman MIT Students Automate Dorm Room
well, if this wasn't mit it wouldn't be in the news, /. or otherwise. I would however like to throw out to whomever listening that the interesting between-the-lines of all this is that this sort of DIY, as easy as this particular project was, behavior is not only tolerated but celebrated at MIT. where I went to college, a little place call Moravian, the students were barely literate. In fact they were stupid. Which wouldn't be so bad if they were all women and attractive, but they weren't. Building such a device would confuse the troglodytes that roamed about and perhaps induce rage. sometimes i wonder how different my life would have been if i went to MIT, not considering whether or not i'm MIT material in the first place. The college I went to was so bad that I think I got dumber by attending. People I could learn from or network with later in life were few and far between, and the kind of experimentation that inspires technical thought leadership was shunned and in fact punished if brought into the classroom. It's almost as if the social impact of computing is in fact as imporant as the craft itself.

The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we've finished building it.