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Comment Re:30++% diff. U yourself describe != relevant? (Score 1) 93

See subject: It is a LARGE margin & suddenly when what YOU yourself describe is used against you it's now "irrelevant"?

You have misread. What is irrelevant is (1) general ed - The MBA student has already taken their general ed, they already have a Bachelor's degree. (2) minor - any minor outside of BA is not on topic, matter of fact that is a loosing path for you to go down. Few BA majors seek minors while all MBA candidates already have a full Bachelor's. About 1/3 in scientific or engineering disciplines.

Not only can I speak of Business degrees (having one myself, a FULL one no less up to Bachelors level) but I also can of CS & DATASTRUCTURES is one of the VERY BEST MOST INFORMATIVE COURSES IN THE CURRICULUM

I'm afraid your appeal to authority is not going to work here. I have Bachelor's and Master's in Computer Science and an MBA. Plus about 30 years of software development experience, except for my Freshman year working while in school for all three degrees. Data Structures is absolutely critical, however an intro to data structure type class will not be revisited in a Master's program. You are expected to go pick up Knuth or equivalent on your own if you need info on the mechanics of implementing list, trees, graphs, etc. Such basics are not worth the class time in grad school. These are things you are assumed to know by the prerequisite of a Bachelor's. What will be revisited and delved into much deeper than undergrad classes is analysis of algorithms. The time and space complexities of algorithms is appropriate for grad school, not simply basic coding of implementation details.

Similarly various electives of the undergraduate BA program are not appropriate for grad school, the MBA program. These classes often represent topics that are appropriate for students who have never had a job in the real world, entry level positions. They would be a waste of time for someone who has years of experience in the real world and has moved beyond entry level positions. Such classes are the primary difference between an undergraduate BA program and an MBA program. If you look at the core classes the BA and MBA programs at a given university are pretty much the same. Its only on the elective that they differ, and the difference is largely in entry level first job out of college stuff. The work experience an MBA candidate brings with them essentially balances out those six additional classes.

An undergraudate BA program and an MBA program at the same university are not that different.

I've accomplished QUITE A LOT for someone MINUS a masters or PhD ...

Yes, work experience is quite valuable. That is why the MBA programs don't offer entry level classes as an undergraduate program would.

in the art & science of computing (one of my biggest regrets? Not having gone on for masters OR PhD level in CS actually

Been there done that. Its a lot of fun, going into some old topics much deeper. Having some electives that were not appropriate for undergrad levels. However the payoff is a bit diminished if you do not then work in the field where you did your research. It still valuable, and lots of fun on a personal level, but a bit harder to justify if you will work outside of your research topic.

Comment Re:Not different? You describe 30++% diff! (Score 1) 93

The coursework for general ed and the minor are irrelevant. All that matters is undergraduate vs MBA business classes. And the typical 6 additional classes for the undergraduate are offset by the fact that (1) some undergrad electives are redundant/irrelevant due to the work experience MBA candidates bring with them and (2) even for the same topics the MBA classes are at a graduate level and more difficult academically.

Your assertion that an MBA is an "EXTREMELY STRIPPED DOWN" version of the undergraduate is not true. Similarly a Computer Science master's program is not stripped down compared to an undergraduate CS program because it lacks "intro to data structures" and other such classes.

Also be aware that there are Executive MBA programs (EMBA) that are somewhat stripped down compared to a regular MBA program. EMBA programs are designed for people who are already in some sort of senior management position. In other words some traditional MBA classes deemed redundant given their work experience. Check with your brother to see if he was in an EMBA or MBA program. Also, things can vary wildly from school to school in terms of academic expectations, difficulty of classes. Its really only safe to compare undergrad and MBA programs at the same university.

And yes, "mustangs" are generally the best.

Comment Re:Symbiotic not parasitic relationship with sport (Score 1) 138

Baloney. The vast majority of sport programs are a net loss for the University. ESPN did a story on this. Even the powerhouses like Alabama (Football) lose massive amounts of money. People think the Universities are making massive money off of these teams, but reality it is just the coaches and Athletic Directors getting rich.

Did ESPN only look at ticket sales? Did they look at the increased sales of school merchandise? Did they look at the increased donations from alumni? Did they look at the increased student applications/enrollment? There is both direct and indirect income.

Comment Something will be gained ... (Score 1) 138

And, nothing of value was gained or lost...

Actually something could be gained. The problem will be studied, technical solutions considered, possibly developed and implemented, and such technical solution would probably have uses beyond sports.

My area of research in grad school was computer vision. I can easily envision a thesis project or two.

Comment Sports are important (Score 1) 138

If you don't put enough points on the board then you risk having the referee decided the match in a way not favorable to you. If that happens you have no one to blame but yourself. We insist on accountability and no whining. If it doesn't go our way we own it and figure out how to make sure we do better next time.

This fellow nerds is why sports is *one* important part of growing up and education.

Comment Symbiotic not parasitic relationship with sports (Score 1) 138

... the amount of money funneled from education and research to sports programmes in a couple of universities ...

Actually at many US universities the sports programs pay many non-sports bills for the university, sports being a revenue source for the university not an expense. Plus there is the dual use nature of fitness and sports physiology and medicine between athletics and medical science in general. Things are far more complicated than you suggest. The preceding is not meant to suggest that we do not overdue things with respect to college sports, just that the relationship is symbiotic not parasitic at many universities.

Comment BA and MBA not that different (Score 1) 93

MBA = An EXTREMELY STRIPPED DOWN Business Adminstration degree is what it is. I know - I have one in a Bachelors of Science (not mere MBA) coupled with comp. sci. to go with it in other degree work.

A typical MBA program has 18 business classes. A typical undergraduate program has 24 business classes. Comparing the undergraduate and MBA coursework at my old university shows very similar core classes and electives. The core classes are damn near identical. The elective classes are similar but the undergraduate program has a few more highly specialized classes (ex taxation, micromarketing, business of healthcare, etc), the MBA program has more entrepreneurship related electives.

The BA and MBA programs are not that different. The BA seems to include some more low level stuff, which makes sense given that the BA graduates will typically have no work experience in the field. Unlike the MBA graduates who will typically have some experience in the field and possible some leadership experience as well.

Comment You are clueless about MBAs ... (Score 1) 93

I pretty much expect the VCs and MBAs to be clueless on this topic

Then you yourself are pretty much clueless on the topic of VCs and MBAs. For example 1/3 or more of MBA are coming from a technical background, scientist or engineer. When the topic of open source comes up in an MBA classroom there is no shortage of software developers to explain what it is and why it is useful.

An MBA program is not a finance/accounting program. It is an overview of all the major parts of an organization. Finance and accounting are just two of many topics covered. The point of an MBA is to let you see how the other departments in your company/organization look at things. So that you, for example an engineer, can understand the marketing, strategy, accounting, etc perspectives so that you can factor in their needs and perhaps more importantly be more **persuasive** when communicating technical needs and realities to these people. In short, the engineers get what they want more often when they can understand and communicate more effectively with the non-engineers. That is the reality of an MBA program today.

Comment Not a replacement for solar, a complement (Score 1) 74

It is hard to find an application of this that would not be more easily solved with solar. Perhaps if you really wanted to hide your sensor as this could be completely inside the tree.

Its not a replacement for solar it is a complement. We need trees, we should probably have more trees. Their trunks and branches are going to bend and flex whether we take advantage of that or not. Much like the tides are going to come and go. Having piezo devices running along (outside) tree trunks and branches is an interesting idea. Way too early to say how practical it is, but its yet another thing to look into. Science and engineering is at times all about looking at "crazy" ideas.

Skyscrapers? Bridges?

Comment Built for Android developers not hackers (Score 1) 180

Built for hackers? No. Maybe built for Android developers, at least in the past where the price tags were relatively low for an unlocked phone.

There is really only one thing that distinguishes Nexus devices from everything else Android. As a Google device its pretty good about getting software updates. OK, a little less factory bundled software is nice too. These software updates are what makes Nexus an excellent phone/tablet for end users too.

Comment Collar with speakers ... (Score 1) 28

I ignored the video and the first link and looked only at the link for the company with a product. A "smart" dog collar. GPS, cellular, speakers. Aside from the expected "where's my dog" utility, the speakers were an interesting surprise. Issuing relatively quiet commands remotely, not having to yell across a field.

Comment Re:Burgers and fries will only get us so far (Score 1) 115

Suez Canal played a small role there. Seems to me that we are in a position to deny oil resources to others with extreme prejudice if we don't need to use it ourselves. May prove to be an advantage in diplomatic efforts that prevent war.

Control of the Med, or at least very strong interdiction, would negate the Suez.

Denying oil to prevent/end war was a popular theory in the US Congress around 1940. It led to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The ability of Iran to interdict oil to the US is the major reason we care about Iran and many others in the region.

Comment Burgers and fries will only get us so far (Score 2) 115

Oil wells are strategic targets. That's why Rommel was in Africa.

Actually Rommel was in Africa to save Mussolini. The real strategic target for oil for Germany was the Soviet Union's fields at Baku.

Feedlots may end up being harder to capture or destroy.

Biofuel from food industry waste is probably only enough for these demonstrations, not ongoing operations. For ongoing operational needs of the US military we will probably need biofuel production infrastructure, for example facilities where algae are excreting fuel. Burgers and fries will only get us so far. While there would still be industrial targets they would be domestic, not industrial facilities across the oceans, not commercial oil tankers upon the ocean.

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