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Comment: Google Whitepaper Answers Your Questions (Score 1) 348

by idealego (#42376091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Test Your New Hard Drives?

This answers most of your questions and does so using data based on a large dataset.
http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/research.google.com/en//archive/disk_failures.pdf

If you are concerned about reliability I suggest using an Intel SSD. Their failure rate is very low.

Comment: 32-bit version frequently hits 4GB and crashes (Score 0) 224

by idealego (#42075753) Attached to: Mozilla Dropping 64-Bit Windows Nightly Builds For Now

I started using the 64-bit version because the 32-bit version frequently hits 4GB of memory usage and crashes. I've seen the 64-bit version over 16GB on my 32GB system. This is a problem that Chrome does not have, but Firefox has some extensions I really like that Chrome lacks. As long as I can continue using the 64-bit nightly that I'm currently using I guess I won't really care, but this seems rather short-sighted.

Comment: Solution: Setup Chrome As Default PDF Reader (Score 1) 164

by idealego (#41029115) Attached to: Google Employees Find 60 Security Holes In Adobe Reader

Setting up Google Chrome as the default PDF reader is more secure, and it's one less program to update. To do so in Windows 7 just right click on a PDF file, click "open with", click "choose default program", click Browse, and Browse to the following file:
C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\Chrome.exe

Adobe Reader does have some features that Chrome lacks, but 95% of users will be perfectly fine with just Chrome.

Comment: Still no Google+ for Google Apps users (Score 3, Insightful) 519

by idealego (#37665866) Attached to: Google+ Loses 60% of Active Users

Many of the early adopters out there are Google Apps users, and yet we still can't use our Google Apps accounts with Google+. I've heard many good things about Google+ but am still waiting for Google to allow me to use it.

And I'm not interested in managing yet another account just to try out Google+.

Comment: Re:Slow! (Score 1) 554

by idealego (#35576114) Attached to: Firefox 4 Released!

Try it with a fresh profile.

If that fixes it then it obviously has something do with your extensions or something else in the profile.

If that does not fix it then try turning off hardware acceleration and see if that helps (options->advanced->general). I'm not sure what else to suggest right now, as I just started playing with it. It's certainly quicker on my system, and all the reviews indicate that it should be significantly faster.

Comment: Re:Applied software engineering programs (Score 1) 583

by idealego (#35466974) Attached to: CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

Your analogy would make more sense if you said you didn't want to fly in a plane unless it was built by a physicist, as that's a closer analogy when comparing computer science to programming.

Software engineers learn how to built software, and aerospace engineers learn how to built airplanes.

Comment: Re:Applied software engineering programs (Score 1) 583

by idealego (#35466836) Attached to: CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

You appear to be making many assumptions:
You assume that people who do not complete a CS or math degree are not smart and do not learn things quickly. I need not comment on this one.
You assume that people in a software engineering program are spending four years programming. I hope that's not what they're doing in your universities.
You assume that a CS or Math grad is more likely to be able to "do" Lisp or ML than someone from a software engineering program. I think this unlikely, but again it depends on the curriculums at your universities.

Software engineering programs tend to have a few course in business. They will also tend to cover security, data and database admin, software quality and reliability engineering, and software architecture--all of which are usually not covered in a CS degree. Neither of the major universities near me have any courses on security within their CS faculties, which is obviously important these days.

I'm not sure what "MIS" means to you, but that acronym isn't used here to describe anything that's similar to software engineering.

Maybe the software engineering programs in your area just aren't very good or maybe there aren't any?

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