an official member of the ACM[^]. I just signed up for the student membership plus, which has a number of benefits, such as Microsoft DreamSpark access, full access to the ACM Digital Library, and a whole host of other goodies.
The process took less than five minutes, and the ACM website is very well designed. Which makes sense, as they are a Technology related organization.
I was going to join the BCS (British Computer Society) back when you had to be well qualified, very experienced and recommended by someone else (PhD, 20+ years of experience [at that time, 35+ now] and several admirers [all dead now]). I didn't at the time as I didn't see the point and didn't want to pay the modest annual fee. Now anyone with enough money can BUY one of several membership levels for enough money and keep it going with a large annual fee - definitely not worth it anymore.
- Life in the fast lane is only fun if you live in a country with no speed limits.
- Of all the things I have lost, it is my mind that I miss the most.
- I vaguely remember having a good memory...
The Argentinian Cow Matadors?
Or The Atlantic Chaos Mongers?
The Annonymous Charcoal Manufacturers?
And yes, they are really fond of acronyms, They seem to have one for everything. That's what we call 'AbKüFi" here. 'Abkürzungsfimmel', certainly the next word to be borrowed to the English dictionary.
I'm not accusing you of this, and I hope your chapter is better, but honestly, the ACM office at my school was mostly full of people with the pretentious "I'm more important/better than everything" attitude. While some of the SIGs worked on some cool projects, and ACM hosted some nice events, overall, the non-ACM and ACM people within the Computer Science department didn't mix very much.
The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative. -Winston Churchill
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. -Oscar Wilde
Wow, even the French showed a little more spine than that before they got their sh*t pushed in.[^] -Colin Mullikin
Our ACM 'chapter' is actually run by several professors from the CS department, so they get along well. There are no 'I am better than everyone' people there, and anyone who does things like that gets knocked down pretty quickly, as the people working the group are very strict on not having such an attitude towards others. The ACM chapter at Purdue is the same way.
The group also does a lot of different things, like rebuilding and selling old computers to students for a deep discount (e.g. a desktop with ~4GB RAM and a 250GB HDD will cost about $20-$40, depending on the number available and a few other factors. We also fix laptops.)
The internet is a great way to get on the net.
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