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Submission + - Is a Comp/Sci Degree a Waste of Time?

NMZNMZNMZ writes: "I've been programming since middle school and it is one of my favorite hobbies. I currently write small, freeware games and game engines in my spare time; in fact, I enjoy programming game engines more than playing games themselves. For years and to this day, I've wanted a job programming at a fun games studio (Bungie, Blizzard, and Ensemble Studios are at the top of my list). In addition to acting as a fun hobby, making my own game engines has taught me more about programming than any university course I've taken so far. I'm in my second year of college and I have yet to learn anything actually useful.

I have heard from many people that a degree will make getting a job easier and result in higher pay, but I've also heard that games companies don't care about degrees so much as actual game projects that the applicant has been a part of. Would writing a well-coded and functional game engine be more productive than spending 4 years and thousands of dollars at a university?

Keeping in mind my goal of working at a games studio, am I wasting my time pursuing a degree in Computer Science?"

Submission + - Donated Blood Loses Effectiveness After 3 Hours (

Dekortage writes: Researchers have determined nitric oxide in donated blood dissipates after three hours in a blood bank. "Nitric oxide, which helps keep blood vessels open, begins breaking down as soon as blood goes into storage... If the blood vessels cannot open, the red blood cells back up in the vessel and tissues go without oxygen. The result can be a heart attack or even death." In the U.S., blood banks store blood for six weeks, so this finding is disturbing to many health professionals. However, "if they added nitric oxide to banked or stored blood at any point, the red blood cells were again able to open blood vessels and deliver oxygen to tissues."

Submission + - Forget about OpenOffice, KDE readies KOffice 2.0 (

Da Massive writes: While the industry is distracted by the ongoing tussle between Microsoft and over document formats, the KDE project is quietly preparing the next generation of its own office suite, KOffice, which will run on for Linux, Mac OS X and... Windows.;1596080362
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Submission + - Two-Word Malware License Agreement (

Tech.Luver writes: "theRegister writes via about 'two-word' license agreement of a malware, " it's refreshing to find an agreement that gets straight to the point without wasting users' time scrolling down through something they aren't going to read anyway. A license agreement for a malware-bundled codec from hotelcodec(dot)com simply says: "FUCK YOU".""

Submission + - Hamas Creating Secret Telephone Network (

Rapide writes: Defense, Interior, Telecommunications and Justice ministries would launch an "immediate" investigation into the creation of new telephone cables by Hizbullah. "We have discovered by accident that a new telephone network is being created along that of the state in Zawtar Sharqieh," Hamadeh told Voice of Lebanon radio. y-networking.html

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