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Facebook Leads To Increase In STDs in Britain 270

ectotherm writes "According to Professor Peter Kelly, a director of Public Health in Great Britain: 'There has been a four-fold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected, with more young women being affected.' Why the increase? People meeting up for casual sex through Facebook. According to the article, 'Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex. There is a rise in syphilis because people are having more sexual partners than 20 years ago and often do not use condoms.'"

Comment Re:Algorithms (Score 1) 836

I agree with moo083 and let me add to their comment. There are other things that a 4-year degree will give you besides just algorithms. For example, the breadth of viewpoint that leads one to determine the correct time and opportunity to use an algorithm. Or, maybe, perspective enough to know when you need to seek knowledge from others rather than trying to create it yourself.

I've worked with so many programmers in my career. Relatively few of them would I call an engineer because of the lack of a disciplined approach to their work. In my experience, most of these programmers were vocationally-educated or self-taught. To be fair, there are quite a number (alarmingly so) of 4-year educated programmers that exhibit this lack of thought in their work, but there is a better chance that someone with a 4-year degree will be able to think from an engineering standpoint rather than taking a "let's code this sucker up" approach.

As with any life experience, your mileage may very, but I always have an appreciation for those among us that have completed a 4-year program. Since when is persistence and fulfilling a long-term goal a negative?

Just my 2 cents.

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