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From: email@example.com (john jardine)
Subject: Re: Career in computer science
Date: 29 Oct 2002 13:23:00 -0800
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firstname.lastname@example.org (The little lost angel) wrote in message news:<email@example.com>...
> On 28 Oct 2002 07:29:58 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (john
> jardine) wrote:
> >Anyway ... Where's the "science" in 'computer science'?. Why not
> >'computer technology' or just 'computers'?. ;-)
> I think the science part refers to the computational theories and
> stuff no? The kind of things that normally programmers don't bother
> with, like the theoretical upper bound and lower bound of whatever
> algorithm they happen to be using.
I think you're spot on there, LLA. They are stuffing their courses
full of this useless rubbish because it offers pretentions in the
direction of the computing subject being possibly regarded as a
'science' by their 'real' scientific colleagues. There's no actual
'science' in the subject (natural laws of computing etc) so they are
looking to mathematics to provide some kind of veneer or hallmark of
respectibility (obfuscation). To this end they will grab and
incorporate any old rubbish maths that look like it may have a
computing aspect. Never mind the quality, feel the width.
Computing consists of hardware and software.
The hardware has already been done by the electronics engineers so
they don't teach it. The software is done by programmers. Programming
is an artform and not a science so they can't teach that either.
What the hell are they actually teaching! ;-)
In the past 60 years only two things have come from the computer
'science' world that I would regard as specifically clever and worthy
The first is the idea of neural nets.
The second is the 'shell sort' algorithm.
(I forcefully restrain myself from starting to rant about the AI world
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