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Comment: Math degree with emphasis on CS theory (Score 1) 433

by slashdotmsiriv (#42420181) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: CS Degree While Working Full Time?

A math degree would require less laboratory classes and less projects. You could do the studying to learn u/g level mathematical concepts at your own time and you would mostly have to worry about homeworks, midterms and exams and not so much about big (team) projects.

Projects in CS curriculums are extremely time-consuming. And most importantly, after all these years of s/w engineering experience, you don't need them. You have already acquired most of or more than the skills that these classes are designed to teach.

On the other hand, what you most likely lack is formal CS theory training. Being able to grasp deep algorithmic and complexity concepts, discrete math, numerical analysis, linear algebra, data structures etc would undoubtedly help you become a better engineer.

So my suggestion is a Math degree with as many CS theory courses as possible. Keep in mind that some of them will have projects, e.g., numerical analysis or algorithms, but those projects will actually teach _you_ something and are usually not as time consuming as big S/W engineering design and analysis or compilers projects.

Comment: Re:This is your run of the mill CDN (Score 1) 138

by slashdotmsiriv (#34754074) Attached to: BT Content Connect May Impact Net Neutrality

Absolutely not. You don't need to differentiate packet based on content, source or destination to provide CDN services.

You just need to build a CDN, i.e., caches, mechanisms for content replication close to its destinations etc etc.

Akamai does not need Telcos to differentiate packets for its CDN to work. Similarly Telco CDNs do not imply that Telcos differentiate packets.

If I am still not understood, here is the wikipedia definition to make it easier for you.

"A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a system of computers containing copies of data, placed at various points in a network so as to maximize bandwidth for access to the data from clients throughout the network. A client accesses a copy of the data near to the client, as opposed to all clients accessing the same central server, so as to avoid bottlenecks near that server."

Comment: This is your run of the mill CDN (Score 5, Interesting) 138

by slashdotmsiriv (#34753828) Attached to: BT Content Connect May Impact Net Neutrality

Similar to those deployed by Akamai and Limelight for their customers, and by Google and Microsoft for themselves.

A typical case of a Telco moving into an additional market.
Arguably, it does allow BT to offer multi-tier services. But it is not packet-level differentiation
in the network, which is the issue at the heart of the net-neutrality debate.

If Content Distribution Networks violate net neutrality and the /. crowd thinks so, then
we should be blasting Akamai and Google long time before we started blasting the Telcos.

+ - Are 89% of BitTorrent files illegal?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A university in Australia has come up with some interesting research. After looking at more than a million BitTorrent files, they've come to the conclusion that 89% percent of the files infringe copyright on one level or another. However, it looks like people are mainly downloading a small core of content — just 15,000 torrents (4 percent or so) were responsible for 90 percent of seeders. The full report is available online for downloading, and contains a lot of interesting insights about the BitTorrent universe. It looks like they mainly analysed files through the meta-search engine, which can search a bunch of different BitTorrent sites."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Are we mature enough as a species for this ? (Score 1) 295

by slashdotmsiriv (#31040420) Attached to: DARPA Aims for Synthetic Life With a Kill Switch

"You wonder if our technology is developing faster than our enlightenment? We already have enough weapons to kill everybody on the planet 100 times over, and our top priority is watching "Jersey Shore"... does that answer your question?"

Slightly off topic, but according to this article your "100 times over" assertion is incorrect:

Comment: Because ISPs in EU sell secured router/modems (Score 1) 274

by slashdotmsiriv (#30695254) Attached to: USA Has More Open Wi-Fi Hotspots Than EU

It is very simple really. ISPs in the densely populated EU quickly figured out that if they don't restrict internet
access to the paying customers, many other users from the nearby apartments/townhouses will free-ride.

So, they simply sell the model and the wireless router as one package, with a passcode that is setup by the ISP
and printed on the back of the router.

It is not that European users or ISPs are more aware of security. It is because ISPs want to make sure people
do not free-ride on their services, and that the users do not have to set up themselves the security of their wireless router.

Comment: Re:Execs, etc (Score 1) 189

by slashdotmsiriv (#29941933) Attached to: The Most Influential People In Open Source

So this is a list that gives credit only to business people for the success of Open Source ...

You are missing: Linus Torvalds (Linux creator), Eric S. Raymond (Open Source advocate), Bruce Perens (started Debian Linux and coined the term “Open Source”), Richard Stallman (Free Software Foundation spiritual father),

If you were aiming to credit people with substantial influence in the business part of IT, then why did you omit:
Bob Young & Marc Ewing (Red Hat founders) and Larry Page & Sergey Brin (Google founders).

This is just a list of nobodies (OSS-wise) that at some point in their life decided to use OSS in their business ... This is insulting really. Please no more
of these self-validation articles!

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.