An argument that the days in which computer science majors from non-elite universities had great job prospects is ending, due to worker training programs and the unconcern of most employers with academic credentials.
“If we look closely at plagiarism as practiced by youngsters, we can see that they have a different relationship to the printed word than did the generations before them. When many young people think of writing, they don’t think of fashioning original sentences into a sustained thought. They think of making something like a collage of found passages and ideas from the Internet.”—Cutting and Pasting: A Senior Thesis by (Insert Name) (via rachelbdoyle) (via infoneer-pulse)
Microsoft originally said that new owners of Windows 7 who wanted to downgrade to XP would only have until 2011 to do so, but now the company has changed its mind and extended support for the old operating system until 2020.
That’s right. Windows XP, an operating system that is already almost 10 years old, will apparently still be relevant for another 10 years.
”We have decided to extend downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional beyond the previously planned end date at Windows 7 SP1,” wrote Microsoft in an official blog post. “Going forward, businesses can continue to purchase new PCs and utilize end user downgrade rights to Windows XP or Windows Vista until they are ready to use Windows 7.”
“Then Steve comes in,” [Mike] Evangelist recalls. “He doesn’t look at any of our work. He picks up a marker and goes over to the whiteboard. He draws a rectangle. ‘Here’s the new application,’ he says. ‘It’s got one window. You drag your video into the window. Then you click the button that says burn. That’s it. That’s what we’re going to make.’ “
“When you start looking at a problem and it seems really simple, you don’t really understand the complexity of the problem. Then you get into the problem, and you see that it’s really complicated, and you come up with all these convoluted solutions. That’s sort of the middle, and that’s where most people stop….
But the really great person will keep on going and find the key, the underlying principle of the problem—and come up with an elegant, really beautiful solution that works. That’s what we wanted to do with Mac.”—Steve Jobs via (via ninakix) (via infoneer-pulse)
It takes a special kind of crazy to turn down 1 million dollars in the form of a mathematics grant… especially a grant that you earned… even more especially because you earned it for solving a problem that has been bothering mathematicians for over 100 years. My hat goes off to you Grigori Perelman. You are very special.