Recent content by so-crates

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    US losing it's technological and scientific competitive edge?

    If you can get in, and finish, you shouldn't have trouble finding a job. You might not be able to work wherever you want, or be incredibly rich, but you will have at the very least a decent paying job. The same cannot be said for science/engineering.
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    Programs Becoming Software Engineer/Network Administrator with 2 minor felonies

    I can't find a job in the tech industry with a B.S. in C.S. so I doubt if you could either with felonies on your record.
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    Age Discrimination?

    Aerospace took a big hit in the early 90s and the golden age is over. Jobs are incredibly hard to come buy, even for people who did things the "right way". So the answer is probably no. I don't know the full extent of your background, but I doubt you would even be accepted into a reputable...
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    Test for equality simply by checking identity in JAVA

    The == operator on two objects by default will test for reference equality, so there doesn't seem to be a need for pointers. Can't you just extend the object and override isEquals() ? This can even be done without bloat anonymous/inner classes. BTW I don't understand the utility of...
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    Doing Well in Engineering - Please Help

    An 800 on the Math portion of the GRE general test was only in the 92% percentile in 2004. Its a fairly meaningless test. The only thing it really accomplishes is to weed out a few odd cases, which are probably few and far between nowadays.
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    Test for equality simply by checking identity in JAVA

    Why would you want to use a hash method to test for equality ? Hash tables are for key indexing.
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    Isomers of C6H10 and C6H12

    The way I did it for hydrocarbons was to consider how many isomers there were given a certain number of primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary carbons. This helped me to limit the confusion somewhat when the number of carbons gets large. And as Euler said you have to account for...
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    Courses Recommended computer science course

    I can think of a couple reasons 1) Syntax is cleaner than C, and much, MUCH cleaner than C++ for the OO stuff. 2) No header files or other preprocessor mess to deal with. No linking stage the programmer has to deal with (its all done dynamically). Therefore, no makefiles to deal with...
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    Programs Dual major in chemistry and physics of physics and math

    Past a certain point it seems like chemistry becomes about memorizing reaction mechanisms (esp. with the organic and biochemistry stuff) and less about explanation on why something happens based upon more fundamental physical laws. I suppose the lab work is useful however. So I would...
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    Schools Grad school concern(math)

    Bad GPA can really kill your applicaiton. You generally have to have a really good excuse. The only ways to overcome it are to have glowing recommendations, really original research ideas, or in the case of math, a high score in the Putnam. A good score in the Math GRE might help a little bit.
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    Concerning lipid bilayers

    Its more of a graduate level topic, so I wouldn't be so worried at the undergrad level. That said, the univerisities I personally know of that have people doing research on biophysics nclude Rice, Baylor, Johns Hopkins and the U. of Rochester. I wouldn't transfer to the last place though, over...
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    Programs Learning outside your major

    This is pretty easy these days. Run wires(probably the hardest part. If its not in an office with easy access to the celing and behidn the walls, you will have to ripout drywall which is a MAJOR headache) Plug into Linksys router. Plug router into gateway. Done. As for cars, stuff...
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    Good books for systems programming

    It seems like hes more interested in knowing the details of how those drivers are implemented (which actually isn't that interesting for those simple devices) rather than knowing how to use them.
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    Part time IT job

    What type of pay are you looking for? I answer tech support calls at the univerisy's IT support center. Student wage pay might not be enough for you.
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    Old version of Norton on windows XP

    I work in call center for a university and Norton is a big cause of our headaches. What has been working for us is disabling all startup programs with 'msconfig' run from the command line and restarting your computer. I believe the reason why Norton is hard to uninstall is because it is...