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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.

Space

Buckyballs Detected In Space 117

Posted by timothy
from the you-may-know-his-work-from-epcot-center dept.
Rhodin writes "Fullerenes, also known as buckminsterfullerenes or 'buckyballs,' were detected about 6,500 light years from Earth in the cosmic dust of Tc 1 (PDF; abstract), an object known as a planetary nebula. 'We found what are now the largest molecules known to exist in space,' said astronomer Jan Cami of the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. 'We are particularly excited because they have unique properties that make them important players for all sorts of physical and chemical processes going on in space.'" (More, below.)

+ - 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 Torrentz.com meta-search engine, which can search a bunch of different BitTorrent sites."
Link to Original Source
Robotics

Armed Robot Drones To Join UK Police Force 311

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-have-30-seconds-to-comply dept.
Lanxon writes "British criminals should soon prepare to be shot at from unmanned airborne police robots. Last month it was revealed that modified military aircraft drones will carry out surveillance on everyone from British protesters and antisocial motorists to fly-tippers. But these drones could be armed with tasers, non-lethal projectiles and ultra-powerful disorienting strobe lighting apparatus, reports Wired. The flying robot fleet will range from miniature tactical craft such as the miniature AirRobot being tested by one police force, to BAE System's new 12m-wide armed HERTI drone as flown in Afghanistan."
Programming

How Do You Accurately Estimate Programming Time? 483

Posted by Soulskill
from the step-one-invent-time-travel dept.
itwbennett writes "It can take a fairly stable team of programmers as long as six months to get to a point where they're estimating programming time fairly close to actuals, says Suvro Upadhyaya, a Senior Software Engineer at Oracle. Accurately estimating programming time is a process of defining limitations, he says. The programmers' experience, domain knowledge, and speed vs. quality all come into play, and it is highly dependent upon the culture of the team/organization. Upadhyaya uses Scrum to estimate programming time. How do you do it?"

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: http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/nuclear/nuclearwar1.html

Television

Nielsen Ratings To Count Online TV Viewing 178

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-yet-bad dept.
cashman73 writes "Several sources are reporting that Nielsen is finally going to start measuring online TV viewing. You would think that this is a good idea, since many people are now watching TV programs on the Internet. However, there's a catch: Nielsen's new service will only count viewings of a program with the same number of advertisements as the network TV model. So, this immediately eliminates Hulu, as well as any shows watched via the network's own websites. As a matter of fact, it would currently only include Comcast's XFinity TV service, and TV Everywhere (which, so far, appears to be the equivalent of Duke Nukem Forever for television). So either, (a) everyone will rush out to watch their online TV on Comcast XFinity, so that their viewing counts in the ratings (unlikely), or (b) Hulu and everyone else starts to put more advertisements on their shows (more likely, but would also probably mean the death of Hulu)."

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