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Comment What's with the memory controller? (Score 1) 107

I know that it's DDR3 SODIMM but is there any particular reason they're limiting it to DDR3-1333?

Would there be a performance gain if it could utilize DDR3-1600 like how the AMD fusion processors show decent performance gains using higher speed memory? I'm pretty sure that DDR3-1600 SODIMM's are out there.

Comment Re:What does HP DO anymore, anyway? (Score 1) 304

Hey hey hey now, don't be so harsh. HP still manages to keep a pretty tight grip on their market share of blade servers and I own an HP 50g which is much better than an equivalent TI graphing calculator IMO. My old HP Laserjet 6L has also stood the test of time and is still kicking and my dad still has 2 more at his workplace (plus an HP plotter that seemingly refuses to die). But I guess that stuff is from HP's yonder years...

Comment Re:bad idea (Score 1) 1232

Just because you have a safe doesn't mean they can't rip it out of the wall and deal with opening it later. You can deter people and make it hard for them but if they're determined they'll take it. I once heard of a guy who left for vacation for a long weekend and had his gunsafe stolen. I'm not saying that all criminals will do this but the determined ones will have prepared. He had a heavy steel safe with long bolts on the inside driven into the concrete foundation. Just like someone can go into a big business and pretend to be "IT support" and steal a big server rack with tens of thousands of dollars worth of blades.

Comment Anyone can be a VB programmer (Score 1) 767

It doesn't take a lot of skill to click buttons. But seriously, almost anyone can do basic programming (hello world, calculators, make some sort of output etc.) but it's when you start to get into things like Objects, Design Patterns, Constructors/Destructors, and Pointers where you have to start exercising your logical thinking and just be able to understand it if you want to get to the next level. The reality is that not everyone is cut out to be a manager, or a labourer, or a foreman, or an engineer, or a programmer. You can train hard and become decent or even good but I truly believe there is some inherent skill and brain function/thought process that you need to become great at whatever it is we're talking about. Except Liberal Arts, it doesn't take much skill to flip burgers/start a deep fryer or make coffee. Hell you could probably learn how to do latte art over a weekend and make cool fractal or mathematical latte art.

Comment Re:I'm surprised it's such a problem (Score 1) 379

It's a major problem when you're going "low and slow". That is when flaps are down and you're just coasting onto the landing strip. Not to mention that during that time it's the most dangerous to be distracted or impaired since there isn't very much of an escape route. Seeing as how flaps are down and you can't power up the engines or risk shearing off or damaging the flaps and there isn't much time to react and do things when you're in the landing stage anyways.

Comment Re:Perspectives from a British CS graduate (Score 1) 349

Christchurch kind of falls into the category as a "polytechnic" since it wasn't really always a "university" per se, however from what I understand it has one of the strongest Teaching College/Faculty in the UK. Really the key is quality education and turning out quality students. It doesn't mean someone who will just regurgitate but actually think about what they're doing and the future implications of it.

Comment Re:US-only problem? (Score 2) 913

In Canada it's the same. I have to take about 24 credit hours (or about 8 classes at 3 credit hours each) worth of Gen Ed classes. These courses include English (Academic and Technical Writing which everyone has to take AFAIK), Psych/Sociology/Poli Sci, Art/Media/Film Studies etc. They're interesting courses and I enjoy them. Now if they were to take up 1/3 or even 1/4 of my degree (well they do take up close to 1/4 of my degree) I'd have a problem but for now life is good and it breaks up the monotony of just grinding code, math equations, proofs, DB schema, contingency tables, and such. PS: I am also taking a concentration in Geographical Information Systems so I don't consider the Geography, Field Techniques, Remote Sensing, Geodesy, etc. courses "outside of my degree" or "Gen Ed" since I'm specializing in them.

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