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Comment I don't want a "better" language... (Score 1) 626 626

The English language has so much character and personality, largely because of its "flaws". I wouldn't want it any other way. Most every language that people have used has character as a result of being used by humans and evolving over many, many years.

Comment Re:Grade is on the curve (Score 1) 110 110

Then we will move on to something else, but meanwhile we will have improved significantly over Comcast. Same thing happened 10 years ago when the cell phone companies ate the land-line companies' lunch. Now cell service providers suck, but we're still way better off than we were.

Comment Re:Focus on your studies as much as possible (Score 1) 309 309

As others have said, this is awful advice. Pursue internships, if you are a "self-starter" (feel free to slap me for using that phrase), you will learn FAR more at an internship than you will in class. Computer Science these days is too often not that rigorous and is taught to the lowest common denominator.

Comment From my personal experience as a 'B' CS student. (Score 2) 358 358

When I interviewed with Google, they cared not how good I was at critical thinking, problem solving and architecting good software systems. They did however care A LOT about my Big O notation and CS1 skills. Additionally, the only reason I even got an interview with Google was because of my previous internship experience at two different companies that hire from the same pool Google hires from. I didn't make it past the first interview because I stumbled on my basic CS1 material - which was completely my own fault. Two weeks later I had offers from the two Google competitors I had interned with.

In summary, Google doesn't care at all about 'B' CS students. Maybe I'm just bitter though.

Comment Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 358 358

Not only are you a pedant, but you are also wrong. The rule against ending a sentence with a preposition in english is bullshit. It's a "rule" invented by Latinists who wanted to impose latin rules on english. Unsurprisingly, since english is a germanic language, this "romanticizing" didn't stick.

From the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition): “The ‘rule’ prohibiting terminal prepositions was an ill-founded superstition. Today many grammarians use the dismissive term pied-piping for this phenomenon.” (Page 249.)

Comment Re:Ignore Silicon Valley (Score 1) 379 379

Baloney. Here's a list of the biggest companies with very significant presences or headquarters in Silicon Valley, from Wikipedia. I think you'll find that only one company on this list is solely in the business of "social cloud blog web 2.0"-ness. Silicon Valley has a huge amount of real engineering talent as well as a huge amount of media hype over sexting apps built by a small minority of the tech workers who call the Bay Area home.

  • Adobe Systems
  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Apple Inc.
  • Applied Materials
  • Brocade Communications Systems
  • Cisco Systems
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Pixar
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Intel
  • Intuit
  • Juniper Networks
  • KLA Tencor
  • LSI Logic
  • Marvell Semiconductors
  • Maxim Integrated Products
  • National Semiconductor
  • NetApp
  • Netflix
  • Nvidia
  • Oracle Corporation
  • SanDisk
  • Sanmina-SCI
  • Symantec
  • Western Digital Corporation
  • Xilinx
  • Yahoo!

Comment Re:No, it isn't (Score 1) 961 961

The reason Porsche's are known for it is as follows: With the engine in the rear, traditional Porsches typically run much wider rear tires than front tires (to a greater degree than in mid or front-engined performance cars.) This has a number of advantages, including being better suited to hard braking up to the start of (and even into) the corner, as well as massive corner exit grip under power. However, with lots of rear grip available, and even more available under power, it's easy to get into a situation where letting off the throttle reduces the amount of grip available to the rear of the car to a level below what is required to maintain the current turning pattern. This means that the rear of the car can let go, since the back tires will lose some grip when "weight" transfers to the front of the car resulting in more front grip and less rear grip.

He who is content with his lot probably has a lot.