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Comment: Math is "Sci" in CompSci & shapes your mind (Score 1) 656

by lars-o-matic (#43875311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?
I agree with the less-cynical-sounding commenters: math is important in CS not just because of the history of the field, or because it shows your willingness to work hard, or because maybe one day you'll code in a domain that requires tensor analysis or what-have-you.

It's important because when you "grok" it, your mind is different than before you grokked. Garridan's comment (http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3805139&cid=43874611) is right on: you'll "sharpen your skills in symbolic manipulation". Pushups and bicep curls and stretching aren't sports: athletes do those things to condition their bodies for the real sports where nary a pushup is involved.

Maybe the marketplace for the kind of job you want demands a CompSci degree in these tough years, but I know many developers from a few years back who don't have one. Question yourself: would you be better off getting certifications plus a 2-year diploma and a 2-year headstart in the job market rather than a 4-year degree? You might do just fine with job-oriented training on top of your aptitude and some experience.

Comment: Re:No "Cowboy Neal" option? (Score 5, Interesting) 491

by lars-o-matic (#28211897) Attached to: Best kind of engineering:
I've never encountered the term 'Jerry-Rigging' -- the canonical term I know for makeshift repairs is 'Jury rigging'.

Wikipedia mentions 'Jerry rigging' based on pejorative 'Jerry'.

I never heard the terms contributed by Ethanol-fueled before now, and don't like them at all.

Real programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC after reaching puberty.