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Comment James Tour made me a Comp Sci (Score 4, Interesting) 187

I'm a student at Rice, where James Tour teaches. First semester my freshman year, I made the mistake of trying to take Organic Chemistry with James Tour as my professor.

That class proved to me that I was not, in fact, a chemical engineer.

I switched to Computer Science the next year, but it always makes me laugh seeing Prof. Tour's name.

Comment Beating piracy (Score 1) 347

If you want to beat piracy, here's a checklist:
1. One website on which to sell the movies
2. Streaming or download at your leisure cross-platform
3. A price that is reasonable (at least, considered reasonable by some portion of people; don't get snippity with me)

If you skip any of those, I will still be able to pirate it more easily. I once spent 15 minutes trying to find a legitimate way to watch a movie on my Linux laptop. If you want me to buy stuff, don't make it so difficult.

Comment The more I read... (Score 4, Interesting) 276

The more I read about Dorian Nakamoto, the more I want him to be Satoshi. That would make it an even better story.

Unfortunately as it stands, this is just a story of a journalist with an obsession and some amount of tunnel-vision. The more you want something to be true, the more blind you are to evidence against it.

At least he got a free lunch.

Comment A Quote from an Officer at a Corporation (Score 1) 712

I know a guy who recently became an "officer" of a large corporation. He's a lawyer who's climbed his way up the corporate ladder, and his most recent promotion has added him to the group of officers (150 officers out of the 250k employees)

When I asked him what an officer was, he said, "It's a person who gets paid more than they're worth."

This man is a bit of a remorseful capitalist.

Comment Get rid of some of the mysticism (Score 1) 313

I'm a college student studying Computer Science now, but I've been programming as a hobby for a while now. "Programming" and "understanding computers" are two very different things. In my humble opinion, any classes taught to the younger folk shouldn't be focused on programming. The classes should teach people what functions computers serve in our society, what limitations they have, what sorts of things are happening at a slightly lower level, etc. Of course, such a class would involve some amount of programming, but programming alone won't teach people all that much about computers. This sort of class would help give people more realistic expectations out of computers and the people working with computers.

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