Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Class Over

CS 430 is over and this probably my last post on this blog for a long time...

I was an interesting course, I would love to see computer science have more courses focused on this. I understand the degree is learning to program, making software, managing or being in teams, researching various computer science subjects, but this is also a very interesting subject.

In fact I will go as far as to say certain aspects of this course should be mandatory for all computer science students. Privacy and security is important for people who will most likely be spending a large amount of their lives in front of a computer. This class briefly covered topics of security and so on, and I know other courses talk about the programming aspect of programming. But like many faculties teach their students about various aspects of their jobs. I feel computer science at should do a better job on this subject.

For example, although the class did not go into the subject, from my interest in the topic dug further into finding people and data about them online. There are various ways to find people, with only their name and location, or email or just name and matching it with one username they use.

I remember when I first joined the CS program at UBC, when choosing my CS-ID password they told us to choose a phrase and then choose the first or 2nd or whatever letter of that phrase. For example; the phrase "Computer Science 430 is a very interesting course" I could use the password: CS4IAVIC or the 2nd letter of each word. OC3SAEN
or maybe to be even more catious, the 1st then 2nd then 3rd letter. You get the point.

This method was new to me and these tips and tricks need to be shared by professors either in their classes, or forum setup by UBC. Maybe even a site setup by UBC for all its students really. I know UBC briefly covers privacy, but they can provide the detail and people can use it as they see fit.

I just realized how much I wrote, in conclusion, the class was one of the most interesting ones I have had not only in computer science but at UBC as a whole.

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