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Comment What's your goal? (Score 1) 913

Is your goal to have a degree because it would be useful to list on a résumé, or do you want the degree because you think the content of the BS in CS would be useful? If it's the latter, then independent study or auditing college courses might be the answer for you. If it's the former, though, you more or less have to accept that the BS is not just a vocational degree--it is a degree from a university that attests to you not only knowing the content of the major but also the gen-ed requirements.


Submission + - RCMP Tolerates Piracy for Personal Use (

mlauzon writes: "The RCMP announced that it will stop targeting people who download copyrighted material for personal use. Their priority will be to focus on organized crime and copyright theft that affects the health and safety of consumers instead of the cash flow of large corporations.

Around the same time that the CRIA successfully took Demonoid offline, the RCMP made clear that Demonoid's users don't have to worry about getting caught, at least not in Canada.

According to the RCMP it is impossible to track down everyone who downloads music or movies off the Internet. The police simply does not have the time nor the resources to go after filesharers.

"Piracy for personal use is no longer targeted," Noël St-Hilaire, head of copyright theft investigations of the RCMP, said in an interview with Le Devoir. "It is too easy to copy these days and we do not know how to stop it," he added.

St-Hilaire explained that they rather focus on crimes that actually hurt consumers such as copyright violations related to medicine and electrical appliances.

A wise decision, especially since we now know that filesharing has absolutely no impact on music sales. On the contrary, a recent study found that the more music people download on P2P-networks, the more CDs they buy."


Submission + - Skype outage: An unprecedented wake-up call (

An anonymous reader writes: According to Rick C. Hodgin "Many Internet companies, especially services we love to use, have a get-out-of-jail-free card. We tend to forgive failures much easier than we would with any other non-Internet company. This continuous outage of the Skype service could be powerful enough event to change this scenario in less than two days."

Submission + - Can Coal Mine Tragedy Spur Safer Energy Use? (

Arash Payan writes: "With the deaths of rescue workers at the Utah mine that trapped several other workers August 6th, should we rethink the continued use of coal as an energy source? A resource that is so costly in terms of lives (coal worker and environmental pollution related deaths) should be replaced with safer and greener alternatives. People can demand safer working conditions for coal workers and cleaner coal power plants, but at the end of the day it's still dangerous work and it still pollutes. What do Slashdot readers think?"

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