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Comment: Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (Score 3, Informative) 157

by rk (#47523061) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Let's match anecdote for anecdote: I've been in the industry for nearly 25 years, and I've used calculus quite a few times and statistics (beyond just mean/stddev type stuff) fairly regularly. Also a wild FFT and/or DCT has appeared a few times here and there. I'll readily admit my career has been a little different than most, including a near decade long stint at a NASA-funded research lab, but I've also had some of that stuff rear its head in odd places you might not expect, like doing predictive analysis programs for a manufacturing company, or programs to optimize course scheduling for college students. These tasks could not have been completed without at least exposure to more advanced mathematics.

Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 1) 308

by operagost (#47522285) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

My first Windows system had all 32 bit drivers, so, don't forget to close the gate when you leave so the unicorn doesn't get out.

Really, you only had trouble if you were using either very low-end, parallel-port attached stuff, or high-end proprietary cards. Everything else-- SCSI devices, PnP cards, and mainstream non-PnP cards-- were supported at launch or within a year. You might have to log onto a BBS to get the driver (since web support sites were still a little primitive), but most people shouldn't have been running anything in real mode. Sometimes the driver was even included in Windows, but if it loaded in autoexec.bat it would prevent the Windows one from loading. All you had to do was comment it out.

Comment: Re:Worst Response of all Time (Score 0) 149

by Dionysus (#47520591) Attached to: Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

All of the software should be free software so that backdoors are less of a problem.

How does free software insure that a service you access doesn't have backdoors? Is it really that difficult in your mind to branch off the codebase so that the code that is freely available is different from the code that is actually used, or are you one of those a*holes that thinks throwing out "free software" is the solution to everything?

Comment: Re:Appre (Score 1) 214

by Phroggy (#47520429) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

"Highly skilled" does not necessarily mean "highly in demand". Given that there are highly skilled Americans that can't find work, yes I will argue they're bad for America.

This hasn't been my experience. It's hard to find qualified people - they've all got decent jobs already. It's the unskilled workers that are struggling with unemployment (and underemployment).

As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error. -- Weisert