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Comment There's more to learning Math than just the Math (Score 1) 656

A lot of learning Math is learning problem solving skills, or even more importantly it's about learning how to learn new problem solving skills. Sure there are many advanced Math skills that can be useful in industry, but learning how to think about problems in multiple ways can be helpful for developing solutions to problems. Additionally, Math can be useful for determining complexity and optimizing programs.

It sounds to me like you're more interested in software development than in computer science. These two fields are often confused for each other, but are certainly not the same thing.

Comment Re:specialty software prices (Score 5, Insightful) 953

When I've looked I've come across a complete lack of material for most topics beyond say third semester calculus and second semester differential equations that one can read to actually learn a subject. While there are certainly some example problems out there, a cohesive narration of how to go about solving more advanced problems especially with a consistent notation seems to be lacking. Sure there's resources like Pauls Online Math Notes, but that drops off before then. Wikipedia has some formulas and descriptions, but often doesn't have example problems. For many topics, you can find small pieces of information all over the web, but if you want to actually read up on a specific subject I haven't seen anything on the internet that rivals a good old fashioned text book.

Now, I don't see any reason for there to be new editions as often as there are. Many of the textbooks I read in my spare time are actually pretty old, but outside of some of the topics that rely on technology there isn't a whole lot of reason to have new editions. Even something such as numerical analysis (which should probably have a technology based theme for CAS) doesn't really need to be updated very often as the algorithms don't change, just the languages that may be used.

Perhaps I'm just biased, but a well written text book seems much more useful than gleaning bits of information from a variety of sources that all use different notations and symbols for learning about a topic in math.

Comment Re:Easy enough to fix (Score 1) 105

I'm not sure how well the GPS is going to work inside the buildings I spend most of my day inside of. Having a pedometer on my phone seems to work much better than any pedometer that I've ever used in the past as it doesn't accidentally get reset, and I don't have to worry about clipping it somewhere just to have it count my steps.

Comment Re:My mother has celiac... (Score 1) 68

As someone who is currently in the diagnosis process of celiac I concur with it being terrible. A lot of people think it's like lactose intolerance where you're ill for an hour or two then fine. If I have any gluten at all then I'm not able to leave the house for 24-36 hours and it takes 4 or 5 days for me to actually feel okay again.

That said, I haven't had as hard of a time finding gluten free foods as I thought I would. Sure I had to radically alter my diet, and I can't get a straight answer out of a lot of manufacturers, but there are a lot of things that will actually say gluten free on them (and I reward companies that come out and say it with my money, so that I don't have to search through a list of ingredients).

Comment Bestbuy (Score 1) 322

I was recently helping my parents pick out a new hub at bestbuy since they needed one solely to add an ethernet port to their network for their tivo to plug into. Speed didn't really matter since it was just for getting subscription data. When we went and found the wired networking stuff they had exactly 2 to choose from. An $80 gigabit switch and a $30 10Base-T switch. Not a 10/100 hub or switch, just a 10Base-T one. I had no idea they still made these lol.

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