Dagondanum writes: "Armadillo Aerospace have officially won the 2009 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Level 2, on a rainy day at Caddo Mills, Texas. Reports came in from various locations during the day and spectators posted videos and images using social networking tools such as Twitter. The Space Fellowship earlier reporting that the team were getting ready to fly. Level 2 requires the rocket to fly for 180 seconds before landing precisely on a simulated lunar surface constructed with craters and boulders. The minimum flight times are calculated so that the Level 2 mission closely simulates the power needed to perform a real descent from lunar orbit down to the surface of the Moon. First place is a prize of $1 million while second is $500,000."
Hugh Pickens writes: "James Maguire has an interesting story on Datamation about an interview he did with Robert Dewar, professor emeritus of computer science at New York University, about Java's role in the college classroom. Dewar says that today's Java-savvy college grad is tomorrow's pizza delivery man because their skills are so easily outsourced that they're heading for near-term obsolescence. The reason: students' reliance on Java's libraries of pre-written code means they aren't developing the deep programming skills necessary to make them invaluable. "Java is mainly used in Web applications that are mostly fairly trivial," says Dewar. "What we need are software engineers who understand how to build complex systems." Dewar says that colleges, alarmed by falling CS enrollment, have dumbed down the course requirements. Consequently, CS majors sail through a curriculum of Math Lite, earning a smiley-face on their papers for "developing" projects using pre-built libraries. "If people come out of school and they know Java and web programming, and they know how to put things together from libraries, that's just the kind of skills that are not going to be demand." Dewar's remarks echo his report called Computer Science Education: Where are the Software Engineers of Tomorrow?, that has prompted heated discussion throughout the tech industry."
I'd think that if someone (CmdrTaco) posted an article on slashdot they'd probably pay attention to it, and maybe they'd even be the first poster with a quibble. And if that same quibble was repeated by a few others, I'd even think some of them might be the same per