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Comment Re:Good way to encourage them to learn quickly (Score 1) 369

Exactly. Money always makes people think twice.

I cleaned up a PC that had over 500 (was several years ago, don't remember the exact number) infections. They were a friend of my dad's so I just charged him some gas money, since all I did was throw in an unattended XP CD and waited for it to finish.

I received a phone call from him before I had even made it home... about 15 min away. The AV I installed had already found several viruses on there. He got mad and said he was taking it to Best Buy. After they charged him $350 to reinstall Windows like I had just done, he was more than willing to sit down with me and let me show him how to be more secure with his computer use.

Submission + - The Varying Degrees of Computer Science Degrees 2

wikid_one writes: I recently went back to college to finish my CS degree, however this time I moved to a new school. My previous school taught only C++, except for a few higher level electives (OpenGL). The school I am now attending teaches what seems like every language in the book. The first two semesters are Java, and then you move to Python, C, Bash, Oracle, and Assembly. While I feel that it would be nice to get a well-rounded introduction to the programming world, I also feel that I am going to come out of school not having the expertise required in a single language to land a good job. After reading the syllabi, all the higher level classes appear to teach concepts rather than work to develop advanced techniques in a specific language. Which method of teaching is going to better provide me with the experience I need, as well as the experience an employer wants to see in a college graduate?

Comment Re:It simply illuminates a single fact. (Score 1) 626

What is more important is what they teach to the education students when technology classes are actually required.

A friend of mine has a degree in education from a big name teacher's college in the area. She also has a masters in "Teaching and Learning with Technology" and still has no idea about anything other than Windows and Microsoft software. Trying to explain to her how to use the MacBook she bought was like teaching her French.

To compare, the community college, no less than 5 miles down the road, requires every person working on a technology related degree to take a generic operating systems course. This course covers Linux, OS X, and Windows, as well as the main programs on each platform. I was required to take the class while I was there for an AutoCAD proficiency certificate, and AutoCAD is no longer supported on Linux, so knowing it would be trivial to my education.

I'm not sure what the best way to remedy this would be. If people show a desire to learn about other options, then the school would happily add those classes. However, if people don't have the proper education to show them these options exist, then how do they know there is something else out there?

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