This quote is commonly attributed to John von Neumann: "You insist that there is something that a machine can't do. If you will tell me precisely what it is that a machine cannot do, then I can always make a machine which will do just that." Did he say it, or something like it? Where? If not, who did?
I started my undergraduate career as a math/comp sci major, and did that for two years at two different schools (transferred to a better school after my first year). At my second school, I went through some rough emotional times, and changed my major for several reasons... [more inside]
Which page of The Art of Computer Programming is the problem mentioned here? Does that problem ("find all ways to mix 3 zeroes with 3 ones") have a name?
How can I bridge the gap between knowledge of basic programming and actually contributing to software development? [more inside]
Probably too late to major in Computer Science. Plan B? [more inside]
Looking for videos to create a youtube playlist to entertain a group of science-minded teenagers for about 30 min that are largely visual. Sound is fine but the bulk shouldn't be someone talking to the class like an instructor - visualizations are best - ideally they should look really, really cool. Class is engineering focused, but chemistry, robotics, wobbly bridges, comp-sci, biology, are all welcome. [more inside]
Academic with non-CS background but software development experience looking to transition into the professional workforce, from an ABD Ph.D perspective. How to overcome the "lack of experience with real/big systems" question, and in general pitch myself to employers? [more inside]
I am interested in going back to school for a masters in something, but probably comp sci. I would like some advice on how to approach this. [more inside]
So, I'm getting back into programming and am interested in comp-sci type stuff. I've been thinking about maybe rejoining G+ and socializing with various ubernerds who are into that kind of thing... I left over the nymwars, but it seems they still haven't fully fleshed out their policy yet, so I'm still hesitant to jump back onto it. Is there any other sort of social network for nerds? I mean, like, a social network, not just a question/answer site stackoverflow, but some place where you're really feel like you're interacting with others? I feel like G+ still probably has a solid set of users from the technical fields, though I could be wrong, since I haven't used it in over a year, but at the time it had plenty of geeky people. I subscribe to the /r/compsci and programming subreddits, but I'd like something more personal and less forum-y...
I'm a software developer in my early 30s, working in the defense industry. I'm pretty happy with my job, but wondering if I should move on. I would be looking to move to the San Francisco area. My question is, how do I know when to leave a pretty good job? [more inside]
What's the single best book for a beginning student of C++ to work through over a period of a month or two?
I need help deciding the benefit of a 401k and a free masters degree for a software engineer who likes his current job but is hearing the siren's song from the private sector. [more inside]
I am (very nearly) finished with my applications to computer science PhDs, and I realized I don't really know what will happen next. Assuming I get in anywhere, what sorts of contacts with programs are in store between their decision and mine? [more inside]
Jobsearchfilter: I'm a year away from a B.S. in biochemistry and computer science. As a recent graduate, my primary objective and my most valuable skill would be to learn new things. Please help me brainstorm software companies that will hire smart, ignorant people and train them in-house (i.e., the companies whose recruiters ask about graph traversals, not dependency injection in PicoContainer). [more inside]
How can I get a comp sci education without all the BS that goes along with getting a BS? [more inside]
UT Austin vs. UT Dallas computer science. [more inside]
I've been asked to teach a week at a summer university. Help me to design the most awesome computer science/discrete math course ever. [more inside]
Is it possible to do a part-time MSc and a part-time MBA at the same time while continuing to work? [more inside]
Contemplating on switching my comp sci major to something specifically related to the automotive industry...
Switching from comp sci to automotive. Is it worth it? Also, work ethics and discipline dilemmas are abound. [more inside]
Advice for a diploma mill IT guy going back to college for computer science? [more inside]
Finishing up my degree and looking for a gay-friendly, outdoorsy city with good tech employment prospects. [more inside]
Is joining Upsilon Pi Epsilon worth anything?
What are the possible pitfalls of my new life plan? [more inside]
An overly romantic person in a non-romantic world... help! [more inside]
Comp Sci: What's the best Design Pattern or structure for dealing with a complex relationship between many booleans? [more inside]
What is the next step for a soon-to-be graduate of a large school in Pittsburgh, PA who has degrees in both Computer Science and Japanese? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a book (or online equivalent) that teaches the theory and practice of writing compilers, specifically those targeting the Microsoft CLR (ie .Net)? [more inside]
Tell me about being a junior programmer at a hedge fund. [more inside]
Given two unsorted lists, size N and M (N < M), how long [ O (???) ] and how much storage [ O (???) ] would be required to find elements in common between N and M (the number of common elements could range from 0 to N)? How would you go about doing this? [more inside]
I'm trying to come up with a reading list for a "personal comp. sci. degree" (along the lines of Josh Kaufman's "personal MBA" reading list). What books should be on my list? [more inside]
I'm a competent self-taught programmer with zero commercial experience and no relevant qualifications. How do I go about getting my first job? [more inside]
I'm doing some research for a paper about the ways in which computer science has been coping with program complexity throughout its short yet interesting history, and I'm worrying I might have overlooked some fundamental developments. [more inside]